2020 Awards - Maryland International Business Leadership Awards
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About the Maryland International Business Leadership Awards

The Maryland International Business Leadership Awards is the region’s premier business awards event. Each year we receive between 50-100 nominations, and WTCI staff with the help of our selection committee  select 5-7 winners that represent the diverse cultures, genders, industries, and geography of Maryland. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, this year’s event will be held virtually – Join us on September 30th from 4pm- 5:15pm as we celebrate Maryland companies making a global impact. Due to the effects of COVID-19, the 2020 Maryland International Business Leadership Awards were held virtually on September 30th 2020. Nearly 400 of Maryland’s top international leaders tuned in to learn which companies are driving growth in Maryland.

2020 International Leadership Award Winners


Annie Sennet


Elda DeVarie


Margie Shapiro


Margot Connor

Steve Geppi

Steve Geppi

Timothy Chi

Former International Leadership Award Winner (and proud UMBC alum and parent) Stephanie Hill shared how to to Empower Leaders for Global Good.

Stephanie Hill

Executive Vice President of Rotary & Mission Systems
Lockheed Martin

Stephanie C. Hill

Robert Parker

The Wine Advocate

Robert Parker

The inaugural Global Visionary Award Winner and Maryland native Robert Parker, who began his career as an attorney then pivoted to become one of the most influential wine critics in the world, forever changing the wine industry was honored for the first time by the state of Maryland.

Governor Hogan gave his thoughts on the 2020 award winners, the state of Maryland’s economy, and what the future for our state may hold.

Freeman A. Hrabowski III President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County


Freeman A. Hrabowski III

The 2020 Governor’s International Leadership Award Winner Freeman Hrabowski first embraced the mantle of leadership as a child during the civil rights movement. From there he never stopped, earning countless accolades along the way including being recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people, a top 10 university president, and for nearly 30 years, the leader of the Nation’s #1 up and coming university.

Post Event Award Winners ‘Ask Me Anything’ Sessions (Sponsors Only)

Following the Leadership Awards presentation, sponsors are invited to a curated small group chat with a 2020  International Leadership Award winner.

Event Sponsors


Maryland Department of Commerce


Ruppert International



Showcase Sponsor


Global Reception Sponsors


Governor’s Circle Sponsors

EMD Sales
Johns Hopkins International
Maryland Department of Agriculture
Winbak Farm