Sharon R. Pinder

Sharon R. PinderSharon R. Pinder, special secretary for the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs in Maryland, was UMUC’s 2004 Distinguished Alumna of the Year, the University’s highest alumni honor. She graduated from UMUC in 2001 with an executive Master of Science degree in technology management.

Pinder has an impressive resume that includes 20 years of development and strategic planning for Fortune 500 companies. She has served as the manager of the development center for Travelers Insurance, the Internet development manager for General Electric Information Systems, the vice president of MYCOM Group, Inc., and the president of Early Morning Software, Inc., her own $5 million professional services firm in Baltimore.

With all of her professional success, Pinder still sets significant time aside for volunteer work. She serves on several boards, including those of Associated Black Charities, the Maryland Committee for Children, Inc., and Leadership Maryland, Inc.

In addition to the UMUC Alumna of the Year Award, Pinder has been recognized repeatedly with awards from the business community, including the 2004 Outstanding Women of Color in Business Award from the Maryland/District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council, the 2003 Award of Excellence from Maryland Women for Responsive Government, and the 2002 Outstanding Leader of the Year award from Leadership Maryland. Most recently, she was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Daily Record newspaper, Baltimore.