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March 10: Social Visionary Speaker Series

FREDERICK, Md.—A presentation celebrating International Women’s Day will be the topic for the annual Social Visionary Speaker Series at Hood College March 10.

Attendees will hear from a group of women who are making a major impact in the lives of those in the Frederick community and abroad at 7 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center Commons. Panelists Ana Filipovic; Tonya Hatosy-Stier; Pam Taylor, Ph.D.; Karlita Ekue; Molly Masterson; and Logan Samuels will present “Her Story. Testimonies of education and mentorship.” Each woman will share a personal story, followed by discussion questions.

Filipovic is a senior at Hood majoring in business administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in economics. She was born in Croatia and grew up in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She was the recipient of the Davis Peace Project in summer 2014, which enabled her to hold the summer school “Live to Learn—Learn to Love,” focused on cultural understanding and peace in her hometown, Prozor-Rama. She has been involved in the Frederick community interning with the United Way of Frederick County and volunteering at the Frederick Rescue Mission.

Hatosy-Stier is the executive director of Woman to Woman Mentoring, Inc. in Frederick. Taylor holds a doctorate in special education and has been in the education field for 24 years. She works as a special educator for a local school district as well as an adjunct professor for a local community college. She has also been a volunteer at Woman to Woman Mentoring for the past four years.

Ekue was born in Togo and raised in Senegal. She studied in Toulouse in the south of France and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance. In 2004 she returned to Africa where she opened a successful marketing and consulting firm. In 2012 she came to the states to visit family and friends and was forced to exile to this country at that time. She stayed with a friend in Frederick and fell in love with the area. She is currently attending information technology classes to change her career path and adapt to this new chapter in her life.

Masterson and Samuels, both undergraduate students at Hood, were awarded the Davis Project for Peace in 2015. They implemented a five-week after-school program at Frederick High School for immigrant girls from Latin-American countries with a basic to limited understanding of the English language. The focus of the program was women’s equality, advancement and empowerment, as well as the encouragement of leadership, all in the hopes of attaining peace over prejudice.

The Social Visionary Speaker Series was established to introduce the Hood and Frederick communities to individuals who have successfully turned unique visions and ideas into real and practical solutions that enhance the quality of life for others, and to inspire fresh and imaginative ways of thinking about contemporary issues.

This event is free and open to public. It is sponsored by the Catherine Filene Shouse Career Center and Office of Service Learning.

For more information, contact Lana Veres at or 301-696-3845.