Women in Business
Meet 30 professionals who embody the modern concept of leadership. Each has vision and passion, and each is innovative and collaborative. Learn how these women are transforming old business models and making their workplaces better.
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Lynn Lester never dreamed she’d run an inn, let alone one listed on The National Register of Historic Places. “I was looking at retirement and thought I’d enjoy years of doing nothing,” she says. Instead, the former educator bought the 173-year-old Brick Hotel in Georgetown—where she ended up doing everything. In January 2007 she embarked on a multimillion dollar renovation to combine historic integrity with modern amenities. She opened on Return Day 2008 to capitalize on Vice President-Elect Joe Biden’s presence. In only a year, online bookings have increased 50 percent, and the newly named Brick Hotel on The Circle is attracting a prime market of attorneys visiting for Chancery Court hearings and other business. Lester is building partnerships with local chambers of commerce, and advertising in metropolitan areas such as Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York.
NO BRICK IN THE BRICK Lester painstakingly removed layers of plaster that covered interior brick walls, only to learn that preservation laws required her to duplicate the original look. She had to cover them up again.
THE FIRST CUSTOMERS The Markell family stayed overnight on Return Day. Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee was among guests who watched the parade from the second-floor veranda.
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