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48, endowments and foundations
senior adviser, Brown Advisory
Lending expert advice, Amy Seto —
a Hong Kong native who has invested
in Baltimore’s future professionally
and personally — guides foundations
and endowments so they can do the
most good, for the most people. Helping them increase their investments
allows for compounding impact. From
social unrest to the pandemic, “you
could give away everything and still
not meet the need,” Seto said. Inside
the investment management rm
where she is a partner, Seto is committed to diversity, having studied how to
become an ally: “I try to effect change
wherever I am.”
— Yvonne Wenger
34, founder, Just Call Me Chef
Catina Smith wishes she’d had a Black woman culinary star to
look up to when she was growing up in Northeast Baltimore.
That wish has fueled her organization, Just Call Me Chef, which
provides opportunities and networking for Black women chefs
through increased visibility.
“You can’t be what you can’t see,” said Smith, who lives in Guilford. “It would have been great to see someone who looks like me
Since launching the group two years ago, Smith has created calendars and organized photo shoots and networking events. Some of
the shoots have resulted in spreads in publications such as Cherry
Bombe, a magazine centered on women in the culinary industry.
A photo shoot last fall attracted 100 Black women in the industry.
“The energy was nuts,” Smith recalled of participants who had
traveled from as far as Detroit and New York City. “It was all about
Smith has worked in a number of ner kitchens locally including Magdalena, Alexander Brown and Copper Kitchen. She now curates a dinner series, 3 Petals, which she runs out of her home.
“This is our history. We have been in the kitchen,” she said. Yet,
“when we think of the culinary arena now, all we see is the face of
white men. I’m just trying to create that visibility for us.”
Next, Smith wants to offer a scholarship for Black women pursing careers in the culinary industry.
PHOTO BY AMY DAVIS
WO M E N T O WAT C H
— John-John Williams IV