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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As owner and principal designer of Kitchens by Design, Catherine Hodgins works with some of the best contractors in the region. She has studied interior design in Paris and Milan, and at UD and the Philadelphia College of Fine Arts. Hodgins stays abreast of design trends by traveling to Europe and Asia, and she regularly attends kitchen and bath industry shows in the United States and Italy. With 24 years of experience, she has designed kitchens around the world, and her work has been featured in several national publications. Hodgins also was featured in HGTV’s “Mission: Organization” and two episodes of “Kitchen Trends.” Her clients always have the last word. “After going through the process of understanding the client’s needs, design, selections and installation,” she says, “the realization of the project is most rewarding.”
The whole enchilada Hodgins was commissioned to create blueprints for the interior of a 15,000-square-foot house. “I designed and provided cabinetry and countertops for two kitchens, 10 bathrooms, two bars, a butler’s pantry, a laundry room and two libraries.”
All in the family Hodgins’ first cousin, William Hodgins, of Boston, Massachusetts, is a renowned interior designer.
There’s no power like girl power. Just ask Anne T. Hogan, the CEO of Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay. “I see first-hand the impact of our fundraising in girls whose lives are touched and changed—sometimes even turned around—by our programs,” says Hogan. Hogan oversaw the construction of the Lynn W. Williams Science and Technology Lodge, the first building in Delaware to earn platinum certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. She also expanded the council’s Women of Distinction programs and helped drive up enrollments at Girl Scout summer camps. The Girl Scout Outreach Program grew under Hogan’s watch, with programs reaching more than 16,800 girls.
Most noteworthy accomplishment “Our council has met the challenge from Girl Scouts of the USA to transition into a high-performing, high-capacity, outcomes-based organization.”
Serious stats Sixty-three percent of the women elected to the U.S. Congress were Girl Scouts, as were 28 of NASA’s female astronauts and 70 percent of female CEOs in the United States.
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