October 25, 2016
Network 2000 changes name to Executive Alliance
Name change announced at Women of Excellence Luncheon
BALTIMORE—Network 2000, which promotes the advancement of women in professional and executive roles, announced today its new name and tagline: Executive Alliance – A Catalyst for Women Leaders in Maryland. The announcement was made at the organization’s annual Women of Excellence luncheon.
In 1993, Network 2000 was founded by a group of professional women to raise awareness of the need for more women in the C-suite and boardroom. Today, this mission continues, but with an enhanced focus – to accelerate the success and leadership of accomplished women by expanding their impact and influence through advocacy, education and mentorship.
“To more closely align with the organization’s focus and its commitment to diversity in leadership by moving women into leadership roles, Network 2000 was pleased to announce at its annual Women of Excellence event in October that it has a new name and tagline: Executive Alliance – A Catalyst for Women Leaders in Maryland,” said the organization’s president, Ann Quinn. “Our new name conveys more clearly the makeup of our membership as executive leaders and promotes the collaborative nature of our work.”
Executive Alliance is a peer member organization that attracts executives, connecting them to other executive-level women and advocating for the advancement of women in leadership roles. The organization connects women with corporate and government board opportunities by building relationships and developing a pipeline of board-ready women. It collaborates with private and public entities as well as business leaders to raise awareness and advance women in leadership roles.
In addition, Executive Alliance offers educational opportunities to include sharing knowledge, leveraging best practices and providing resources to both rising stars and accomplished women. It helps executives cultivate new connections and expand their personal networks.
The mission of Executive Alliance is fulfilled through a variety of initiatives. Its Board Leadership Forum is an annual platform for discussion of critical issues and trends affecting diversity and leadership in the boardroom. Presented at the forum, the annual Census of Women Board Directors in Maryland monitors diversity in the boardroom among public companies in the state.
The organization’s Effective Impact Mentoring Program provides individual guidance and professional skills to help mid-level professional women achieve their career goals. The Greenbag Initiative recognizes the importance of public service and identifies women for consideration for government commissions and boards.
Executive Alliance’s Women Corporate Board Directors Event invites women directors of Maryland public companies to network, learn and share board opportunities and experiences. Its annual Women of Excellence luncheon draws approximately 1,000 business leaders who gather to hear from nationally recognized women.
In addition, the organization’s strategic alliances and corporate relationships focus on building greater awareness for our mission among organizations and supporting ongoing philanthropic activities. The efforts include giving scholarships and grants to support causes that help to develop and advance women and girls.
“As we look to the future, we see many exciting opportunities. Our new name, Executive Alliance, carries on our tradition while reflecting our continued commitment to expand the influence and impact of women, to promote the value of diversity in leadership, to build connections through partnership and to engage the next generation of leaders,” Quinn said.
Executive Alliance (www.executivealliance.org) is a statewide not-for-profit organization in Maryland composed of professional executive women and men. The organization initiates, supports and engages in activities to mentor and promote the advancement of women in executive positions. Executive Alliance promotes the placement of women on corporate boards and educates the public on the benefits of having women in decision-making positions. Members serve as role models and mentors to women seeking to advance their careers.