Five to be inducted into Howard Women's Hall of Fame

Five local women will be inducted into the Howard County Women's Hall of Fame March 6 in recognition of their contributions to the community.

The five honorees are Bessie Bordenave, a civil rights advocate with the NAACP for more than 25 years, Ossie Clay, a 25-year veteran of the Howard County Public School System and founder of the Howard County Women's Hall of Fame, Becky Mangus, publisher of The Business Monthly and a prominent philanthropist and volunteer in the county, Caroline Sherman, a businesswoman and philanthropist who was an early adopter of information technology in the workplace and Felicita Sola-Carter, the first Puerto Rican woman appointed to a senior level executive position at the Social Security Administration and the current president of Conexiones, a non-profit advocacy for HCPSS's Hispanic students.

"These are five extraordinary leaders who have made significant contributions in Howard County through philanthropy, advocacy and leadership," County Executive Ken Ulman said of the honorees. "They are great examples to future generations, and show how we can move communities forward by working together."

A ceremony and reception for the induction, the 18th in the history of the Howard County Women's Hall of Fame, will take place March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Howard Community College's Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall in Columbia. The event is free and open to the public.

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