By Amy Moeller | April 17, 2017 | People
The latest from Capitol File's Editor-in-Chief, Amy Moeller.
I enjoyed a fascinating conversation—and a delicious farm-to-table lunch—with (FROM LEFT) Archana Vemulapalli, Donna Harris, and Teresa Carlson at Blue Duck Tavern.
Another year, another inspiring experience planning our Women of Influence issue. This year, when we sat down to tackle it, we decided to narrow the focus of the feature to one industry. It was from that intention that a brainstorming session for the soul ensued: How could we decide? Washington women are raising the bar in so many categories. Centrolina’s Amy Brandwein was just nominated for a James Beard Foundation award in the category Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic, and on that same list, DC restaurant industry trailblazer Nora Pouillon was honored with the 2017 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. Then there’s the arts: We’ve got Julie Kent leading The Washington Ballet; Susan Fisher Sterling helming the National Museum of Women in the Arts; Kim Sajet overseeing the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery; Kate Markert directing the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens; and so on.
Undoubtedly, women are rising in this city across nearly every industry, but the one that most captured my attention is one I hadn’t really considered much at all: tech. How utterly fascinating that the top city in the country for women in tech is Washington, DC. What exactly does that mean? Three women leading the charge—1776’s Donna Harris, Amazon’s Teresa Carlson, and the District’s own Archana Vemulapalli—fill us in.
I love the juxtaposition of these strong, powerful leaders in STEM with the fashion icon on our cover, Sarah Jessica Parker, who has built a business on the strength of her personal brand. She tells us all about opening the first-ever stand-alone boutique right here in the DMV for her footwear and lifestyle line, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker. Year after year, women in Washington prove that they are everywhere and doing everything—and coming out on top.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICH KESSLER