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Spectrum Circle Announces Their 2023 Award Recipients

Spectrum Award Recipients were announced today, April 26, 2023. Friday, May 19, 2023, at The Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC, eight (8) women will receive The Spectrum Circle Award for Innovation: Delores Britt-Millhouse, LaToya Foster, Patricia E. Kelly, Dahlia Mahmood, Judith Platz, Maurisa Turner Potts, Dr. Artika Tyner and Tommi A. Vincent.

Karen Maria Alston, Founder and CEO, has selected an exceptional champion of women for recognition at this year’s luncheon ceremony. Also announced, Nicole Commissiong will receive the “Founders Award.” This selective award category which recognizes a woman who has been exemplary in her leadership, authenticity and support of other women has only been given once in the history of the Spectrum Circle.

About the Spectrum Circle

Founded in 2015, The Spectrum Circle is a community of women. It is a development platform for women to share their career and personal experiences to inform about their life journey. The goal of The Spectrum Circle is to help women achieve gender parity with men in their careers and expand the lens of what is possible. The Spectrum Circle uses unique experiences, events, training and workforce development to expose women to a variety of stories and diverse learned experiences from leaders in numerous industries and backgrounds. The Spectrum Circle was created to solve the challenges around gender inequity for women in the workplace.

The Spectrum Circle utilizes diverse members of the community to share their life stories, experiences, authentic conversations and backgrounds to change perceptions, inform others and inspire to follow their unique paths to success.

A plethora of women who are makers, entrepreneurs, researchers, educators, creatives, executives, leaders, disrupters, innovators, drivers and influencers in business or industry are featured at The Spectrum Circle programs.

About Karen Maria Alston, Founder

Karen Maria Alston e is a cultural and lifestyle expert, dynamic entrepreneur and brand strategist. For over two decades, Karen has built a career working on impactful branding and marketing campaigns that touch the lives of millions of consumers.

An executive, marketer, brand manager, entrepreneur, strategist, storyteller, innovator, women’s advocate and thought leader, Karen Maria Alston is an award-winning proven expert.

In her current role, Karen is the Chief Marketing Officer for Eagle Academy, a network of K-6, charter schools in Washington, DC and Columbus, Ohio. Karen is responsible for all communications, marketing, outreach and public affairs. Prior to her current role, Karen operated a boutique branding and marketing agency founded in 2002, Alston Marketing Group. In addition to her professional career, Karen is the CEO and Founder of the executive women’s professional development and gender parity platform, The Spectrum Circle.

Karen received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Howard University. Several post graduate executive education certificates including: Branding and Design from Harvard University, Non-Profit Management from Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University, and two leadership programs at Harvard Business School. Karen is a 2022 graduate of the Goldman Sachs Black in Business program. Currently, Karen is enrolled in the Columbia Business School – Chief Marketing Officer Program with an anticipated Fall 2023 graduation date.

To celebrate each awardee in person tickets can be purchased at


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