TOWSON, MD—The Baltimore County Public Library this week announced that its CEO, Sonia Alcántara-Antoine, has been selected as one of The Daily Record‘s Top 100 Women for 2023.
The honor recognizes women in Maryland who have demonstrated professional accomplishments, community leadership and mentoring.
Alcántara-Antoine took the helm in 2021 and has been instrumental in expanding the library’s services and programs to reach more people in the community. She has also been a strong advocate for literacy and education and has worked to make the library more accessible to underprivileged and underserved populations.
“I am honored to be recognized as one of The Daily Record’s Top 100 Women. This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Baltimore County Public Library team, who work tirelessly to make the library a vital resource for our community,” said Alcántara-Antoine. “I also hope it inspires other women of color that are working in the library sector who aspire to hold leadership roles.”
In the first round of judging, more than 20 Circle of Excellence volunteers reviewed over 300 applications. They scored each application to assist The Daily Record in identifying 150 nominees to go forward to the final round of judging. During the final round, six previous Maryland’s Top 100 honorees reviewed each application packet closely and then met to discuss and finalize the 100 winners.
“The 2023 Maryland’s Top 100 Women are leading companies, creating change, breaking barriers and charting new territory. They are leaders who make a difference in their communities and also mentor and inspire future leaders toward success,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, managing director of The Daily Record/BridgeTower Media.
Maryland’s Top 100 Women will be honored at a reception and awards celebration on Monday, May 8 at The Lyric Baltimore, 140 W. Mount Royal Avenue in Baltimore. The VIP reception begins at 4 p.m., and doors open for the general networking reception at 4:30 p.m. The awards celebration starts at 6 p.m., followed by a dessert reception.