Earlier this month Caro was honored at the event, which recognizes women in the D.C. metro area for their dedication to community service.  Since 2001, the March of Dimes has honored 101 “heroines” and raised more than $2.4 million in support of their mission to see that all babies are born full term and healthy.

 Leading the March
2016 March of Dimes Lifetime Heroine Award Winner Amy Caro, vice president,  Northrop Grumman health solutions business unit, with Heroines of Washington Awards Gala Co-Chairs Dondi Saunders (L) and Jeana Foster (R).

In receiving the award, Caro was cited for her volunteer efforts on behalf of several organizations including the Susan G. Komen Rally for the Cure and the Howard County Hospital Breast Cancer Center, advocating for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and organizing a substantial fundraising effort that resulted in more than $50,000 being donated to the Howard County Hospital Claudia Mayer Breast Cancer Center.

Caro has also worked with the Women’s Center in Vienna, Virginia, joining the board of directors in 2010 as chair of the governance committee.  In this role, Caro developed a new governance structure by building a strategic plan and identifying opportunities for corporate sponsorship.

Caro’s community leadership roles includes the American Red Cross where she has been on the D.C., Maryland and Virginia board of directors for the last four years, representing Northrop Grumman. She is involved in recruiting board members and planning the annual gala and golf tournament fundraisers.

Most recently, Caro has continued to volunteer her time and energy in support of Easter Seals of  D.C., Maryland and Virginia, whose mission is to provide exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs, including military, wounded warriors, veterans and their families, have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.

In October 2014, Caro joined the Easter Seals executive committee, supporting its 2015 Advocacy Awards, which recognizes key leaders in industry.  She then became the chair of the Advocacy Awards event for 2016 that raised the largest contributions ever, more than $850,000. Currently, Caro is in the process of joining the Easter Seals board of directors.

“Amy is a positive force of nature,” says Ed Sturms, sector vice president and general manager, System Modernization and Services Division, Northrop Grumman.  “As a leader in the health business, she works tirelessly with customers and colleagues to protect the health of the nation. Her volunteerism, community outreach, and heartfelt support of so many health-oriented organizations speak to her commitment to those in need and are part of what make Amy an incredible leader, role model and friend.”

Caro is also focused on higher education and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related initiatives.  She counsels high school seniors interested in attending Carnegie Mellon as an alumni counselor and, over the last 10 years, has been involved in Northrop Grumman-supported STEM initiatives including mentoring at local schools and leading presentations designed to encourage young women to explore their interests in STEM.