Women in Business
Take a memo: Delaware’s businesswomen have the vision, ability and tenacity to build thriving companies. Meet executives who’ve succeeded despite unthinkable loss, financial obstacles or resistance from employees in male-dominated fields.
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Marjorie Rothberg, principal of Marjorie Rothberg Architecture, opened her business in 1998, but she’s been a practicing architect for more than 25 years. She has earned several awards, most notably for projects that include The Shoppes at Louviers and Avon’s northeast regional headquarters, both in Newark. Rothberg, who is a registered architect in Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Colorado, spent a semester away from Yale University to attend the Universita Internazionale dell’Arte in Venice.
Peer Pressure “Although my academic universities (the University of Virginia and Yale) were fairly balanced between male and female students, the working world is male-dominated. By nature, any glass ceilings were transcended with a profound commitment and dedicated work ethic.”
Her Mentor Rothberg once worked for a firm whose main principal was dean of Princeton’s School of Architecture.
Two of the four partners at Cover & Rossiter, a Wilmington-based certified public accounting and advisory firm, are women, and 73 percent of its entire staff is female. The partners, Diane M. Burke (left) and Marie Holliday, have earned the trust of the region’s most prominent businesses, individuals, nonprofit organizations and foundations. Named a director in 2003, Burke specializes in trust and estate tax matters, and offers considerable expertise in estate and trust tax filings, estate administration and preparation of formal fiduciary accountings. As the firm’s head of corporate tax practice, Holliday focuses on finding tax-advantaged ways to operate companies during the various stages of the business cycle to influence future business growth and development.
Burke’s greatest accomplishment Leading the expansion of Cover & Rossiter and opening an office in Middletown.
Holliday’s triumph “My ability to manage a demanding career and still raise my three children.”
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