Arlington Honors 2018 Women of Vision

Published on June 04, 2018

The Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will honor three women for the 2018 Arlington County Women of Vision for their commitment and leadership in the Arlington community. The women will be honored during a ceremony on Tuesday, June 26. Here are the honorees:

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Tickets are not required, but a $25 donation per person is requested and sponsorship packages are available to support the work of the Commission on the Status of Women. RSVP to


  • GOVERNMENT: Lauren Stienstra, Senior Manager for Research and Policy for the Arlington County Department of Public Safety, Communications and Emergency Management, is the founder and program manager for HERricane Arlington, a summer camp and continuing education program designed to give high school-aged girls the knowledge, skills, and abilities to survive disasters and consider careers in emergency management and allied fields.

  • BUSINESS: Sushmita Mazumdar is an Arlington-based artist, writer, educator, and founder of Studio Pause, a space where everyday people are invited to make time for creativity and celebrate community. For the past 10 years, her work has encouraged children, families, and seniors to share their stories of home, heritage, and migration through the fun and exciting book arts.

  • NONPROFIT: Adrienne Griffen, MPP, is the founder and executive director of Postpartum Support Virginia. Adrienne started PSVa to fill a gap in services. When she experienced postpartum depression and anxiety in 2002, it took almost six months to find the help she needed. Since then, she has been providing information, outreach, and support to new mothers and the healthcare providers who serve them.

The celebration of these extraordinary women will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at Arlington Economic Development's offices, located at 1100 North Glebe Road, Suite 1500.

The event will also feature two keynote speakers: Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran and Barbara Amaya, an advocate, author and survivor leader in the movement to end human trafficking and violence against women.

About the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) works to advance initiatives and policies that empower women and serves as a community advocate and resource on the social and economic interests of all Arlington women. The CSW is an Arlington County Board advisory group and members are appointed by the County Board. For more information on the Commission on the Status of Women, and Women of Vision sponsorship, visit the County website, or contact Anthonia Sowho, CSW staff liaison, at 703-228-3559 or by email at