Ayoka Pond, system director of Public Relations and Internal Communications; and Mary Freeman, director of Government Relations, were recently honored among The New Tri State Defender’s 2013 Women of Excellence during a brunch and awards reception on Saturday, April 27.
Fifty honorees were selected for the sixth annual awards. Bernal E. Smith II, president and publisher of the publication stated more than 100 nominations were received this year.
They were chosen based upon the following criteria: African-American woman executive, business owner, community or non-profit leader, proven success within her profession/industry, positive role model whose contributions encourage others and highly active in community service or organizational involvement leading to positive impact on the lives of others.
Throughout the past five years, the TSD has honored more than 250 outstanding African-American professionals and community leaders distinguished by their civic contributions and career achievements.