Leslie Mancuso, the president and CEO of the international health nonprofit and Johns Hopkins global affiliate Jhpiego, was one of three people inducted into the Maryland Business Hall of Fame by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce earlier this week.
The recognition honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Maryland's business environment. In addition to Mancuso, the other inductees were Kenneth Michael, chairman of commercial real estate broker NAI Michael; and Terry F. Neimeyer, chairman and CEO of KCI Technologies, a consulting and construction firm.
The 2016 inductees were honored at a dinner and award ceremony on Tuesday night.
"These are leaders who are who have demonstrated tenacity, vision, and passion in achieving their mission," said Kathleen T. Snyder, the interim CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. "Their actions compel others. It is a great honor to have such tremendous partners and the chamber's distinct pleasure to highlight the contributions of these individuals within our community."
Mancuso, a nurse and American Academy of Nursing Fellow, has more than 25 years of experience in developing relationships with international agencies; foreign governments; and nursing, midwifery, and medical professional associations; and in building public-private partnerships. Since her arrival at Jhpiego in 2002, the organization's budget has grown from $5 million to $310 million, and the number of programs has expanded from four to 110.
For 42 years and in more than 150 countries, Jhpiego has worked with front-line health workers to design and implement low-cost, innovative solutions to prevent the needless deaths of women and their families.