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ANOTHER YEAR, another in­spir­ing ex­pe­ri­ence plan­ning our Women of In­flu­ence is­sue. This year, when we sat down to tackle it, we de­cided to nar­row the fo­cus of the fea­ture to one in­dus­try.

It was from that in­ten­tion that a brain­storm­ing ses­sion for the soul en­sued: How could we de­cide? Wash­ing­ton women are rais­ing the bar in so many cat­e­gories. Cen­trolina’s Amy Brandwein was just nom­i­nated for a James Beard Foun­da­tion award in the cat­e­gory Best

Chef: Mid-At­lantic, and on that same list, DC restau­rant in­dus­try trail­blazer Nora Pouil­lon was hon­ored with the 2017 James Beard Foun­da­tion Life­time Achieve­ment Award. Then there’s the arts: We’ve got Julie Kent lead­ing The Wash­ing­ton Bal­let; Su­san Fisher Ster­ling helm­ing the Na­tional Mu­seum of Women in the Arts; Kim Sa­jet over­see­ing the Smith­so­nian’s Na­tional Por­trait Gallery; Kate Mark­ert di­rect­ing the Hill­wood Es­tate, Mu­seum and Gar­dens; and so on.

Un­doubt­edly, women are ris­ing in this city across nearly ev­ery in­dus­try, but the one that most cap­tured my at­ten­tion is one I hadn’t re­ally con­sid­ered much at all: tech. How ut­terly fas­ci­nat­ing that the top city in the coun­try for women in tech is Wash­ing­ton, DC. What ex­actly does that mean? Three women lead­ing the charge— 1776’s Donna Har­ris, Ama­zon’s Teresa Carl­son, and the Dis­trict’s own Ar­chana Vem­u­la­palli—fill us in.

I love the jux­ta­po­si­tion of these strong, pow­er­ful lead­ers in STEM with the fash­ion icon on our cover, Sarah Jes­sica Parker, who has built a busi­ness on the strength of her per­sonal brand. She tells us all about open­ing the first-ever stand-alone bou­tique right here in the DMV for her footwear and life­style line, SJP by Sarah Jes­sica Parker. Year after year, women in Wash­ing­ton prove that they are ev­ery­where and do­ing ev­ery­thing—and com­ing out on top.

I en­joyed a fas­ci­nat­ing con­ver­sa­tion—and a de­li­cious farm-to-ta­ble lunch—with (ƟƫƨƦ ƥƞƟƭ) Ar­chana Vem­u­la­palli, Donna Har­ris, and Teresa Carl­son at Blue Duck Tav­ern.


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