International Women’s Day 2019
Posted on March 08, 2019

 

Not only is Charm City Concierge a women-owned and operated business, but we currently are powered by an amazing team of women! For International Women’s Day this year, we want to introduce you to some of the inspiring women that keep us going and recognize our incredible vendor network of women-owned businesses.

 

Our Team

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #BalanceForBetter, which supports forging a more gender-balanced world by celebrating women’s achievement, raising awareness against bias, and taking action for equality.

Tina Urquhart, CEO

What is your biggest accomplishment so far in life both personally and professionally?
My biggest accomplishment is Having It All.  I have a great husband, three beautiful sons and I’m proud of organically starting, growing, owning and operating a successful and thriving all-women company for 25 years! My biggest professional accomplishment was breaking boundaries and being original by creating a Company to help office landlords take care of their tenants.  It was a progressive concept that didn’t exist at the time. 25 years later CCC is a leader in bringing buildings to life and serving our purpose of “enriching lives through enhanced experiences, connections and well-being”.

What do you love most about yourself?
I love that I am the ultimate optimist.  I believe my positive outlook and ability to be grateful (even through some of the toughest times) have attracted the best people to me.  I value connection and I’m a big believer in the law of attraction.  My “YES, IF” mentality has attracted and connected me with the most amazing people and experiences.  The best is yet to come!

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
For me, IWD allows us to reflect and honor all women, our experiences and our journey.  It’s a celebration of women’s contributions to the world.  It’s empowering to own an all-women company and be surrounded by 75 smart, innovative, determined, confident women living their purpose.  My team inspires me every day—every day is a women’s day for me.

If you could put on a parade for International Women’s Day who would you put on the main float?
I would put my entire team of tenacious women that contribute to our culture, drive growth and make it happen.  They impact lives, bring energy and embody our values: Innovative; Well-being; Perseverance; Empowerment.


Maggie, Corporate Concierge

What is your biggest accomplishment so far in life both personally and professionally?
Both personally and professionally my biggest accomplishment would be staying true to myself in my career and being in an industry that fulfills me creatively.

What do you love most about yourself?
The quality I admire most about myself if my ability to stay positive, be resilient and keep moving forward

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
International Women’s Day to me is a reminder to females to come together, to appreciate and build each other up rather than compete

If you could put on a parade for International Women’s Day who would you put on the main float?
The woman I would put on my float is my Mother, she is my rock and my superhero. 

 


Ashley, Director of Operations

What is your biggest accomplishment so far in life both personally and professionally?
Being part of the CCC team for almost 12 years, I’ve had the opportunity to watch a company grow from a handful of hardworking women to a powerhouse of innovative, creative and intelligent women. Personally, this has pushed me to try new things and always have the mentality to continue learning.

What do you love most about yourself?
My ability to try new things, take risks and always have a bit of healthy competition.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
It’s an opportunity to take a step back and recognize all the women in my life that have empowered me and helped me to become the person I am.

If you could put on a parade for International Women’s Day who would you put on the main float?
Wonder Woman, obviously 😉


 Nancy, Corporate Concierge

What is your biggest accomplishment so far in life both personally and professionally?
My biggest accomplishment so far is being the first in my family to graduate college and work in the corporate world.

What do you love most about yourself?
I love that I will challenge myself and push myself until I meet my objective. Even if mistakes are made, it is the only way of learning and improving.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
International Women’s Day to me is a day to represent those women who have worked hard to accomplish their goals despite any obstacles and inequalities, especially those in other countries who may not have the same resources available to them as women in the United States. It is a day of empowering each other and showing the world that we can accomplish whatever we set our mind to, despite the obstacles that may arise. It is a day of honoring history and everyone who has helped create what we have today.

If you could put on a parade for International Women’s Day who would you put on the main float?
In my main float I would include Hellen Keller, Selena Quintanilla, Ellen Degeneres, and my mother.


Brenda, Account Manager

What is your biggest accomplishment so far in life both personally and professionally?
Personally –  Learning how to play the piano as a kid and sticking with it – going on 20 years and I still love to play! Professionally – Winning CCC’s Outstanding Concierge award in 2017.

What do you love most about yourself?
My sense of humor – I don’t take life too seriously and love to laugh (even at myself).  On a more superficial note, I have also come to love my curly hair.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
Celebrating the strength and perseverance of females who have come before us, supporting one another today no matter the path we have chosen in life, and continuing the fight for opportunities and equality in today’s world.

If you could put on a parade for International Women’s Day who would you put on the main float?
Lucille Ball


 Courtney, Corporate Concierge

What is your biggest accomplishment so far in life both personally and professionally?
Personally: Making a professional dance team for the AFL.
Professionally: Achieving my Master’s Degree in one year and being asked to take on multiple roles within the workplace.

What do you love most about yourself?
My positive energy, how I always smile no matter what, and my willingness to never give up.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
How strong, intelligent, and powerful each woman is and is capable of being.

If you could put on a parade for International Women’s Day who would you put on the main float?
Michelle Obama

 


Sophia, Junior Graphic Designer

What is your biggest accomplishment so far in life both personally and professionally?
My biggest accomplishment both personally and professionally has been my ability to make a full-time career out of graphic design and illustration. It means so much to me to be able to do the thing I love every day while making other people happy.

What do you love most about yourself?
My bold personality and the way I walk through the world unapologetic about who I am and what I stand for.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
It means not only recognizing the history of women globally, but also being a voice for women today who may not be able to speak for themselves. We’ve come far, but there are so many issues we need to continue to fight for.

If you could put on a parade for International Women’s Day, who would you put on the main float?
Other than Beyoncé? I’d invite Tracee Ellis Ross, Angela Davis, Tarana Burke, and Malala Yousafzai. Oh, and maybe Yara Shahidi. How big is this float?

 


 Mattie, Corporate Concierge

What is your biggest accomplishment so far in life both personally and professionally?
My biggest accomplishment is being successful at one of the biggest steps I took in my life, moving across the country from California to New York City. Living in New York pushed me to become an independent, confident, and strong person both personally and professionally. I am so grateful for all the lessons my New York City adventure taught me, and am equally as grateful for the person it led me to become.

What do you love most about yourself?
What I love most about myself is my voice. I was raised with the courage to let my voice be heard, whether it is to stand up for others who feel they cannot, voicing my opinion on issues and topics I am passionate about or using it to express myself and lift others up. My voice, like all others, holds so much power and I am grateful for the strong women in my life who have always encouraged me to use it.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
International women’s day is a day to thank all of the women who have made this world a better place. It is a day to celebrate the women who have had the courage to be a voice for so many and it is a day that gives us the opportunity to stand together and recognize how far we’ve come and how much more we can do for the generations to follow.

If you could put on a parade for International Women’s Day who would you put on the main float?
I would put Malala Yousafzai, Madeline Albright, Sheryl Sandberg, Alicia Keys and Ellen DeGeneres on the main float. These women have in one way or another changed the course of history and have been an inspiration to men and women across the world. They are women who lift people up and bring out the best in society. 

 

 


Vendors

We are proud to work alongside these wonderful women-owned companies. Get to know a few of our amazing vendors and learn what International Women’s Day means to them. 

 

Berries By Quicha

A  Baltimore-based business specializing in crafting chocolate covered strawberries in a variety of flavors.

What is your biggest professional accomplishment as a female business owner?
Creating a year around demand for a unique product that was once only thought about for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day. Graduating from the GOLDMAN Sachs 10K Small Businesses Program. Very excited that Michael Bloomberg and President Barack Obama have enjoyed our chocolate covered strawberry experience.

“Not only do we take care of our homes but we also own Fortune 500 companies, are CEO’s and maintain executive positions in notable companies.”

What does International Women’s Day mean to you? 
International Women’s Day is a celebration of women as a whole. At one point our role was limited to taking care of the home. Over time the role has evolved, not only do we take care of our homes but we also own Fortune 500 companies, are CEO’s and maintain executive positions in notable companies. In the United States, over 11.6 million businesses are owned by women and they generate over 1.7 trillion in sales. Celebrating International Women’s Day is a reflection of just how far we have come.

If you could put on a parade for International Women’s Day, who would you put on the main float?
My mom ( Valerie Jackson), my 1st lady ( Natalie Thomas), Michelle Obama, Ellen Degeneres, my cousin Monica (Brunson)

Who inspires you professionally?
Shelonda Stokes (Greibo),  Oprah Winfrey, and Beyoncé Knowles Carter.

 



Choice Plantings

Offers a full line of Interior and Exterior plant services and is a certified woman-owned company with over 25 years of experience.

What is your biggest professional accomplishment as a female business owner?
My biggest professional accomplishment was when we reached the $1,000,000.00 revenue mark for holiday décor.  We have since grown to 1.7 million but never did I think we would be able to do over a million dollars in revenue décor since it is so seasonal.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
International Women’s Day is an opportunity to recognize women around the world and their accomplishments.  I love participating in Women helping Women organizations, which is one of the reasons I am the President-Elect of Crew (Commercial Real Estate Women), an organization dedicated to helping women in the real estate business and with pay equality.

If you could put on a parade, who would you put on the main float?
My float would have Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children.  I would also include Melinda Gates.  She is one of the most powerful women in philanthropy.  In addition, she created an organization called Pivotal Ventures which focuses on gender inequality and women empowerment.

Who inspires you professionally?
The women that inspired me the most in my life is my mother.  She taught me to be confident in my abilities, which inevitably gave me the courage to open my own business but also taught me to be a genuinely nice person.


The Cookie Batch

A custom small batch production bake shop.

What is your biggest professional accomplishment as a female business owner?
My biggest accomplishment so far may seem simple but it has been the ability to own, operate, and maintain a successful business for almost 15 years. My first year in business I remember reading a statistic that said that most businesses don’t make it past five years. So I am very proud that I have been able to exceed that! Aside from that, owning my own business allows me to be as close to ‘having it all’ with career and family as I could possibly be.

What does International Women’s day mean to you?
For me, International Women’s day is like a birthday, it is a celebration or rebirth of women in the world. A reminder to everyone (ourselves included) that we have not only made it another year but have thrived. It allows us to celebrate the relationships and accomplishments that we have with other women and reminds us to stop and celebrate how remarkable women are and how we contribute to the world. We as women are not great at celebrating our own accomplishments because we are too busy working toward the next goal, so this day is a pause in our work to do just that.

If you could put on a parade for International Women’s Day, who would you put on the main float?
Women have been breaking barriers since the beginning of time. I could include everyone from Harriet Tubman, Nellie Bly, Amelia Earhart and Rosa Parks to Katharine Graham, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Oprah. (Clearly, I like fearless and groundbreaking women). But a float full of women from every walk of life who are making it work for themselves would be just as amazing.

Who inspires you professionally?
Professionally, any woman who I see working hard inspires me. Those who spend countless hours in the office and then come home to run the PTA, those who work a job to help support their family but come home to a side hustle to support their passion. I don’t think there is a prescribed path to success so I’m inspired by every woman that doesn’t give up and continues to chase her dreams even when obstacles are thrown in their way.



2 Health Nuts

Passionate about creating happy, healthy, and successful clients through their expertise in the areas of fitness, nutrition, stress management, and lifestyle coaching.

What is your biggest professional accomplishment as a female business owner?
To enter a male-dominated business culture! By believing in ourselves, and knowing it takes hard work to make our dreams and passions come to fruition, our biggest professional accomplishment is growing TWO (2) sustainable and highly touted business brands that are giving new meaning and respect to our industry.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
IWD serves more as a reflection; it is a reminder of the generations before us that have contributed to our advances and successes of today. It is a most exciting time to celebrate being women entrepreneurs, and having an impact for today and for future generations to come!

“It is a reminder of the generations before us that have contributed to our advances and successes of today.” 

If you could put on a parade, who would you put on the main float?
Christine Lagarde the Managing Director of IMF (International Monetary Fund), Michele Buck the President and CEO of The Hershey Company, and Malala Yousafzai a Pakistani spokesperson for human rights, education, and women’s rights.

Who inspires you professionally?
Probably too many to list! Definitely those women mentioned on the main parade float, the instructors working for 2 Health Nuts, who are constantly raising the bar with each class that they provide, and our role models who inspire and motivate us on a personal level. These are our mother’s – Kim Puszcz & Dolores Shaw – and our grandmother’s – Jean Stewart & Ruby Zito!



Lovele Sweets

A custom dessert shop specializing in weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, corporate, and special events!

What is your biggest professional accomplishment as a female business owner?
My biggest professional accomplishment is taking the leap of starting my own business and continuing to push forward! It’s hard enough to start a business from nothing, but to not give up when things aren’t going the way you want is a big accomplishment to me.

What does International Women’s day mean to you?
International Women’s day to me is recognizing women’s rights around the world and continuing to fight for gender equality.

If you could put on a parade for International Women’s Day, who would you put on the main float?
Oprah, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Malala Yousafzai, Emma Watson, and Michelle Obama

Who inspires you professionally?
Some women that inspire me professionally are: Nigella Lawson, Maggie Austin, and Yolanda Gampp



Vino301

A personal escort through Maryland’s wine regions and culture. They create memorable wine tastings and fun tour experiences for you, your family and friends.

What is your biggest professional accomplishment as a female business owner?
Being recognized by my peers. I have been asked to participate in panel discussions about the wine industry and customer services.  That was pretty cool knowing my opinion and my company’s practices are valued among my peers.

What does International Women’s day mean to you?
There is a larger sisterhood of women working towards the same goals of trying to make the world a better place for them and their families.  It reminds me that my circumstances may be unique, but in the long run, we all want the same thing.

If you could put on a parade for International Women’s Day, who would you put on the main float? Of course Oprah.  Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) is a beast. And, everyone woman told she couldn’t do something and she did it anyway.

“There is a larger sisterhood of women working towards the same goals of trying to make the world a better place for them and their families.” 

Who inspires you professionally?
People like my first boss, Senator JoAnne Benson. Women who affected change in their own way and didn’t ask permission to assume a leadership role.  They took it and made their own way.  They embraced fear, and self doubt and took a chance.  They taught me you don’t have to have all of the answers, but you have to have courage to try.



Everyday Rosé

With a love of flowers, rosé, and making people happy,  Everyday Rosé was founded as a way to bring these three things together and share the satisfaction they find in creating floral designs with others.

“Here’s to strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”

What is your biggest professional accomplishment as a female business owner?
Doubling my sales two years in a row.

What does International Women’s day mean to you?
To sum it up in a quote, “Here’s to strong woman, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”

If you could put on a parade for International Women’s Day, who would you put on the main float?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Michelle Obama, Ellen Degeneres, Taylor Swift, Ina Garten, and myself so I could hang with all these ladies.

Who inspires you professionally?
Ellen Frost the owner of Local Color Flowers in Baltimore, MD and Natalie Sams the owner of The Loft in Baltimore, MD.