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In the Company of Women Awards ceremony recognizes Miami-Dade County women leaders and their contributions to this community in celebration of Women's History Month.
The 2019 call for nominations has been extended to Oct. 19. Now's the time to honor an amazing woman – nominate her today!
How to nominate
All women in Miami-Dade County who have exemplified professional development, community responsibility, leadership and vision, contribution to women's progress and promotion of pluralism are eligible.
There are two ways to nominate:
- Download the nomination form and mail it with accompanying documents by the deadline date
- Nominate online
- Complete the nomination form.
- Submit the following:
- Nominee's resume.
- One high-resolution color photo of the nominee.
- No more than three supporting documents such as recommendation letters, newspaper or magazine articles, etc. For the Mayor's Pioneer Award nomination, you must submit recommendation letters from three individuals. If submitting recommendation letters, the letters must be from persons other than the nominator.
A committee of community leaders will review nomination packages to determine the nominee's eligibility. Nomination packets that fail to include these items and/or do not meet the application deadline will automatically be disqualified. Past recipients of the In the Company of Women award are not eligible. You may nominate one woman per form. The nominee MUST be able to accept the award on March 7, 2019, or send a representative on her behalf. Learn more about the awards categories by reading the Award Categories section below.
For more information email Laura Morilla or call 305-375-4967.
For professional award categories, emphasis will be placed on the nominee's contribution to women's progress in her profession or area of interest. The award categories are the following:
- Outstanding Woman in Arts & Entertainment
- Outstanding Woman in Business & Economics
- Outstanding Woman in Communications & Literature
- Outstanding Woman in Education & Research
- Outstanding Woman in Government & Law
- Elected Official
- Outstanding Woman in Health & Human Services
- Outstanding Woman in Science & Technology
- Outstanding Woman in Sports & Athletics
- Outstanding Young Professional — must be age 40 and under.
- Community Spirit Award — recognizes an outstanding woman who, through volunteerism and service, has made a difference within the community. No specific professional background is required for this nomination. Emphasis is placed on the nominee's volunteerism within the community.
- Posthumous Award — honors woman who has passed away and recognizes her accomplishments within Miami-Dade County. Emphasis will be placed on the nominee's contribution to women's progress in her profession or area of interest.
- Mayor's Pioneer Award — honors a trailblazer who has proven leadership, creativity and vision in addressing community issues and advancing the status of women in Miami-Dade County for at least the past 10 years. Emphasis will be placed on overall involvement in the community and women's progress. For this nomination, you must submit recommendation letters from three individuals.
Be a part of this special celebration by becoming a sponsor. For more information call 305-755-7943.
- Mayor's Pioneer – Honorable Enid Weisman, Mayor, City of Aventura
- Arts & Entertainment – Silvia Cubiñá, Director and Chief Curator, The Bass Museum of Art
- Business & Economics – Lakitsia Gaines, President, Lakitsia Gaines Insurance Agency, Inc.
- Communications & Literature – Sandra Peebles, Anchor & Broadcast Journalist, Univision 23
- Education and Research – Joanna Lombard, Architect/Professor, University of Miami School of Architecture; University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences
- Government and Law (Elected Official) – Honorable Shelley Kravitz (Aug. 9, 1953 - Jan. 2, 2018), Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge, County Civil Division
- Government and Law (Non-Elected) – Aliette DelPozo Rodz, Litigation Attorney/Partner, Shutts & Bowen LLP
- Health and Human Services – two winners: Catherimarty (Cathy) Burgos, LCSW Division Director of Operations, Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Department; and Dr. Giselle Guerra, Medical Director of Transplant Services and Living Donor Kidney Program, Miami Transplant Institute; Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
- Science & Technology – Veronique Koch, Producer/Filmmaker, Vero Productions/South Florida PBS/Frost Science Museum
- Sports & Athletics – Caron B. Schiffman, Physical Education Instructor/Coach, Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School
- Young Professional (New) – Honorable Patricia D. Fairclough, Vice Mayor, City of Homestead
- Community Spirit – Marile Lopez, Philanthropist, Miami Children's Hospital Foundation, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross and others
About the In the Company of Women Awards
Every March, in celebration of Women's History Month, Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, in partnership with the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and the Miami-Dade Commission for Women, present the In the Company of Women Awards ceremony to recognize Miami-Dade County women leaders and their contributions to this community.
Created in 1989 during a tumultuous time in Miami where racial and ethnic tensions caused divisions in our community, the award was meant to help heal those wounds and bring the community together. Women like Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Yvonne Santa Maria, Athalie Range, Elizabeth Virrick and Alice Wainwright were the first set of trailblazers to be recognized for the role they played in paving new paths for women. After more than 30 years, hundreds of women have joined this elite group of recipients.
The In the Company of Women Awards Ceremony also highlights the work and contributions of The Women’s Park – a Miami-Dade County Park – which opened in 1992 to recognize and celebrate women’s impact and influences in society. It is the first park in the nation of its kind, spearheaded by pioneer feminist Roxcy Bolton, a coalition of women leaders, former Miami-Dade Mayor, the late Stephen Clark, and with the support of the County Commission, it stands as a symbol of the trials and triumphs women have faced throughout the years.
Proceeds from In the Company of Women supports The Women’s Park and its Girls Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Camp.
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