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Press Release

Paths for Families CEO Janice Goldwater Named a 2023 Icon Honors Award Winner by The Daily Record

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Baltimore, MD, (Oct. 24, 2023) — The Daily Record has selected Janice Goldwater, Founder and CEO of Paths for Families as a 2023 Icon Honors recipient.

Icon Honors recognizes Maryland business leaders, over the age of 60, for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership within and outside their fields. The honorees have moved their businesses and the state of Maryland forward by growing jobs and making a difference in the community.

To be eligible for Icon Honors, honorees must have a long-standing commitment to the Maryland business community. Honorees must also have a sustained commitment to community service and mentoring. They may be in the workforce or retired and must hold or have held senior management-level positions with significant authority in decision-making for their organization. The winners were selected by the editors of The Daily Record.

“This year’s Icon Honors recipients work tirelessly to excel in their careers. They spark innovation and progress, meeting a variety of challenges to make our community a better place to live and work,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, managing director of BridgeTower Media/The Daily Record. “They have a voice that makes all of us stop and take notice when they speak. They are, quite simply, inspirational. The Daily Record is honored to recognize their accomplishments.”

The winners will be honored Dec. 11 at The Center Club, 100 Light Street in Baltimore. Networking, food stations and drinks begin at 4 p.m., with the awards celebration at 5 p.m. followed by continued networking, dessert and drinks. The hashtag is #TDRevents.

Winners will be profiled in a special magazine that will be inserted into the December 12 issue of The Daily Record and will be available online at

2023 Icon Honors Recipients: 

Robert Becker, St. John Properties

Michael Bronfein, Curio Wellness

Sen. Benjamin Cardin, U.S. Senate

Joan Develin Coley, McDaniel College

Joan Carter Conway, Maryland Senate (Retired)

Memo Diriker, StratACUMEN

Wanda Queen Draper, Reginald Lewis Museum

Steven Edwards, Edwards Performance Solutions

The Honorable James Eyler, Maryland Appellate Court

Robert Gallo, UMMS Institute of Human Virology

Jan Gardner, Frederick County Government

Sheldon Glass, Baymark Health Services

Sheldon Goldseker, Goldseker Foundation

Janice Goldwater, Paths for Families

Shelly Gross-Wade, Prince George’s Financial Services Corp.

Ana Sol Gutierrez, Maryland House of Delegates (Retired)

Ellen Hemmerly, bwtech@UMBC Research & Technology Park

Harry Holt Jr., BITHGROUP Technologies

Denise Koch, WJZ -TV

Andrew Levy, Brown Goldstein Levy

Ellen McKenzie, JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health

Delbert Parks III, Sinclair

Steve Phillips, Phillips Foods

Bruce Plaxen, Plaxen Adler Muncy

Timothy Regan, Whiting-Turner

Leslie Simmons, LifeBridge Health

Robert Waldman, Venable LLP

Michael Wilmot, Wilmot Modular Structures

Linda Woolf, Goodell DeVries

About The Daily Record

The Daily Record is a digital first, daily news media company focused on law, government and business at The Daily Record publishes a print edition on weekdays in addition to more than 25 special products a year in a variety of industries. The Daily Record hosts 11 annual events to recognize excellence and provide leadership opportunities. These events include Maryland’s Top 100 Women, Most Admired CEOs, Influential Marylanders, Health Care Heroes, Icon Honors and more. The Daily Record also facilitates webinars bringing local experts from the business community together to discuss current topics and trends. Its Digital Marketing Solutions helps customers with social media, search engine marketing and optimization, retargeting and email marketing, among other services. The Daily Record, with 135 years of editorial excellence, is part of BridgeTower Media, the leading provider of B2B information, research, events and marketing solutions across more than 25 U.S. markets and industries.

About Paths for Families  

Paths for Families is an adoption and family wellbeing organization that partners with individuals and communities dedicated to the lifelong work of building and sustaining families. For more than 30 years, we’ve been here for expectant parents exploring adoption, birth parents, prospective and current adoptive families, children in need of adoption, people who were adopted, and professionals in the community. With the understanding that every path is unique, we enhance and support the wellbeing of children and families through placement services, counseling, and training. With a focus on nurturing positive and restorative experiences, we bring dedicated, technical expertise and trauma-informed, evidence-based practices to the communities we serve. On a systemic level, we share our training with professionals in child welfare and the broader community to build more trauma-responsive systems of care. We treat everyone with the understanding, kindness, and respect we believe all humans deserve. This is the compass that guides us in our work, putting human dignity and ethical practices at the forefront of everything we do for children, families, and their communities so they can genuinely feel they are not alone on this journey.