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Pastor Recognized as ‘2023 Leading Woman Under 40’, Allegheny East Conference, Claudia Allen, Emmanuel-Brinklow, The Daily Record, Yolanda F. Sonnier

Pastor Recognized as ‘2023 Leading Woman Under 40’

Story by LaTasha Hewitt

Claudia Allen, a volunteer pastor at the Emmanuel-Brinklow church in Ashton, Md., was recently honored as one of the 2023 Leading Women Under 40 by The Daily Record, a Maryland statewide newspaper. The ceremony was held at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

“This year’s leading women are innovative leaders who don’t miss a beat. They juggle demanding careers, families, personal health and well-being, and community service, just to name a few priorities,” says Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, managing director of The Daily Record/BridgeTower Media.

According to The Daily Record website, “Leading Women identifies women who are 40 years old or younger for the tremendous accomplishments they have made so far in their careers. They are judged on professional experience, community involvement and their commitment to inspiring change.”

Yolanda F. Sonnier, Allen’s administrator at the Howard County Office of Human Rights and Equity in Columbia, Md., nominated Allen, where she serves as the community outreach supervisor.

“I am humbled by each of the individuals who wrote recommendation letters of support,” says Allen. “It’s a pleasure, a joy and a privilege to make a significant impact on people’s lives. May more of us dare to be a Daniel in our excellence in leadership, service to others and a commitment to social change.”

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