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Maranda Ward, EdD, MPH, Recognized with 40 Under 40 Award from Leadership Center for Excellence

Maranda WardCongratulations to Maranda Ward, EdD ’17, MPH, assistant professor of clinical research and leadership at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), who earned a spot on the Leadership Center for Excellence’s 40 Under 40 list.

This is the center’s sixth class of leaders who demonstrate exceptional and impactful leadership in their professional and personal spheres within the Washington, D.C., region. A 40 Under 40 Luncheon will take place on Oct. 25 at the Army-Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia.

Ward said she is “both humbled by, and grateful for, recognition of my community-based work.” 

The Leadership Center for Excellence is a northern Virginia-based nonprofit that provides leadership programs and events to inspire and connect leaders through community building and development.

“It is incredibly validating to know that others value your efforts,” Ward added, “whether through a formal regional award such as this one, or just stopping by your office to say just that.”

Ward recently created a new development series aimed at furthering health equity education for educators and health care providers, which was launched last month by Department of Clinical Research and Leadership at SMHS. The five-month series is running through January 2020. 

Ward said she is inspired to lead by students at SMHS, including undergraduates in the public health courses she teaches and students in GW's Health Careers Opportunity Program. 

Ward said she learned about the award through participation in the Leadership Center for Excellence’s DMV Diversity and Inclusion Institute. She added that she’s taking what she learns from the institute back to her department “to ensure our programs foster a culture of inclusion across social differences for faculty, staff, and students.”

For more information on the 40 Under 40 honors, visit