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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 closed. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of judges made up of previous winners and representatives from the Commission for Women and Miami-Dade Parks. Winners will be announced here in December.  

Save the Date:
The 2019 In the Company of Women Awards Ceremony will be Thursday, March 7, 2019.

Submit a nomination

Award Categories

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:

  1. Outstanding Woman in Arts & Entertainment
  2. Outstanding Woman in Business & Economics
  3. Outstanding Woman in Communications & Literature
  4. Outstanding Woman in Education & Research
  5. Outstanding Woman in Government & Law
    • Elected Official
    • Other
  6. Outstanding Woman in Health & Human Services
  7. Outstanding Woman in Science & Technology
  8. Outstanding Woman in Sports & Athletics
  9. Outstanding Young Professional — must be age 40 and under.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Be a part of this special celebration by becoming a sponsor. For more information call 305-755-7943.

2018 Winners

  • 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

Past Winners

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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