This year FCOED is recognizing and celebrating Frederick County’s EmPOWERED Leaders who are experts and leaders in their industry, give back to the community and add significant value to their company and its culture. Join us every Tuesday and Thursday as we get to know our Top 50 EmPOWERED Leaders.
Carrie Karl Delente is a highly skilled and accomplished professional with a diverse background in both the arts and technology. Throughout her career, she has successfully established several businesses, including a faux painting company, an art gallery, a product company for the pharmaceutical industry, a technology company, and most recently, a restaurant. She has an unwavering dedication to excellence, her commitment to empowering others, and her tireless efforts to give back to her community.
Tell us about a professional achievement that you feel most proud of.
My greatest accomplishment lies in my love & ability to empower businesses and non-profit organizations, enabling them to surmount the obstacles they face and construct a solid foundation for enduring success. I strive to create a future where everyone has access to the resources, support, and guidance they need to grow and flourish. My life goal is to eradicate the problem of business failure and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential and make a lasting impact.
What does EmPOWERED mean to you?
Overall EmPOWERED is having more women in the tech industry and creating a thriving and innovative tech sector that benefits everyone.
What motivates you and why?
I love technology and its constant evolution, and I’m motivated by improving the lives of those around me, both through my work and my volunteer efforts. I am currently serving as a Center for Biomedical Transparency Board member, ASAE 2022-23 Healthcare Community Advisory Committee Chair, & the Heritage Frederick Board Chair. My passion is for supporting organizations that make a positive impact on our communities.
Who has influenced you most professionally and why?
This sounds so cliché but my Husband Eric. He was my business partner for 18 years and always allowed me to be myself and take the risks I love to take. He supported me and still does in all my crazy ideas.
What book or podcast would you recommend and why?
Oh there are so many but the most recent 2 that have helped me with my business even after 26 years of running a business is Scale or Fail & Traction.
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success and why?
Making the seemingly impossible, possible. I love to lead the way out of dilemmas and improvise inventions until I get them working.
What personal or professional goal would you like to accomplish in the next 5 years?
I aspire to transition into a visionary role, where I can oversee my companies as they flourish and evolve. My goal is to create an environment where my businesses can run smoothly and independently, allowing me to focus on future growth and innovation.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
In conversations, it's important to give the other person your undivided attention and take the time to really listen to what they're saying. Sometimes, this means allowing for awkward pauses or moments of silence in the conversation. While these pauses may feel uncomfortable, they are actually an important part of the communication process.
What is your favorite quote?
Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans - John Lennon
What do you hope to see for the future of Frederick County?
I hope to see Frederick County continue increasing diversity which I feel leads to a more dynamic and multicultural community and allows us to have and grow a wide range of cultural offerings and experiences.