Sharon R. Pinder

Executive, Business Woman, Entrepreneur, Professor and Public Servant

Innovation is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Innovation encircles the world.

The Top 100 MBE® Awards were created to recognize those innovative entrepreneurs who fuel the region’s economy through their innovation, sacrifices and dedication. Since 2007, The Top 100 MBE® Awards has been bestowed to over 700 minority and women-owned businesses in the mid-Atlantic region.

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Hall of Fame

Inductee into the BWCC Business Hall of Fame

Development Center

Rawlings-Blake launches development center for businesses owned by minorities

Supplier Diversity Week

Pinder creates vision for 1st Supplier Diversity Week in Baltimore

Advocacy for Minority Business

Sharon Pinder to Expand Advocacy for Minority Business to Capital Region

Pinder's new post

Minority business advocate Sharon Pinder to leave City Hall for new post

A President's Rise

A president's rise to the top

State of the State

State of the State - D.C., Maryland and Virginia

Supplier Diversity and Inclusion

Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Week in Baltimore

Leadership Summit

Minority Businesses Prepare to Be Leaders at Summit

Business Mentoring

Baltimore business Journal Bizwoman Mentoring Monday

Economic Development Tool

Md. economic data at fingertips M/Quest is unveiled as marketing

Minority Business

Baltimore looks to overhaul minority business program


Sharon R. Pinder is an executive, business woman, entrepreneur, professor and public servant, who serves as the director of the Mayor’s Office for Minority and Women-Owned Business Development for the City of Baltimore since May, 2012. During the first two years with the City of Baltimore, Pinder created the first Mayor’s Advisory Council, won a $900,000 first time grant from the US Dept of Commerce to create a Minority Business Development Agency Business Center, and created the City’s first minority business development week along with the first City-sponsored mentor/protege program.

Prior to this appointment by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, she was the CEO of The Pinder Group from May, 2007 until May 2012. From January 2003, until May 2007 she was appointed by Governor Robert Ehrlich as Maryland’s first Special Secretary of the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs. Under Pinder’s leadership, GOMA was transformed from an ineffective agency to a model of advocacy. During the first three years at the helm, the number of contracts awarded to Maryland’s women and minority businesses increased from 15% to 22% and payments to them increased by $1 billion. She was also responsible for the creation of the Small Business Reserve (SBR) Program – the country’s first state level set aside for small businesses.

Sharon Pinder began her career in the information technology field in the late 1970’s . As one of the first African Americans to gain acceptance in Equitable Trust’s programming training class, she spent over twenty years as a software developer and engineer progressing through the management ranks working at corporations such as Baltimore Federal Financial, USF&G and ultimately with the General Electric Corporation where she led GE’s entry into the Internet in 1994. She created and implemented branding and the public image for GE’s initial site and commercialized GE’s products that used the internet as a secure channel to conduct electronic commerce.

In 1996 – 2000, Pinder launched a dot-com start-up business operation and provided e-business strategy, solution architecture, business process re-engineering and delivered M/Quest, Maryland’s first comprehensive economic development toolkit. From 2000- 2002 Pinder served as the President of a Baltimore-based software engineering firm and in 2003 accepted the Cabinet appointment from Governor Robert L. Ehrlich which began her career as an advocate for minority and women-owned businesses.

As CEO of the Pinder Group, Pinder founded the Top 100 MBE® Awards Ceremony – the only mid-Atlantic awards program recognizing women and minorities in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. She also created the “New Majority Initiative”, a think tank centered around the minority-majority.

In 2001, Pinder received her Masters of Science Degree in Technology Management from University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and in 2004 was recognized as UMUC’s Alumnae of the Year. As a Professor of Practice, Pinder has taught in both the undergraduate and graduate schools.

A recipient of numerous awards, in 2013, Pinder was inducted into the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber’s Business Hall of Fame. In 2014, The Sharon Pinder Scholarship Award for Entrepreneurship was created at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).

Pinder is a graduate of both Leadership Maryland ’98 and the Greater Baltimore Leadership ‘14 programs and in 2004 was recognized as the Outstanding Leader of the Year by Leadership Maryland, Inc.

Married to Reginald Pinder, they have two children (Reginald Jr., deceased) and Biah.

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