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For Immediate Release:
October 28, 2011

Media Contact:
Laura Phillips

Nominations of Inspiring Miami-Dade County Women Sought for the 24th Annual in the Company of Women Awards

Company of Women Awards

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Miami-Dade County is seeking nominations of outstanding women leaders in our community for the 24TH Annual In the Company of Women Awards. Nominations may only be submitted by mail and must be postmarked by Friday, December 16, 2011.  The awards, which cover eleven categories, will be presented during Women's History Month at the Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel on March 21, 2012.

The award categories include:

  • Outstanding Woman in Arts and Entertainment
  • Outstanding Woman in Business and Economics
  • Outstanding Woman in Communications and Literature
  • Outstanding Woman in Education and Research
  • Outstanding Woman in Government and Law
  • Outstanding Woman in Health and Human Services
  • Outstanding Woman in Science and Technology
  • Outstanding Woman in Sports & Athletics
  • Mayor's Pioneer Award
  • Community Spirit Award
  • Posthumous Award

Nominees in each category must meet the eligibility criteria reflecting continued accomplishments in the following five areas: Professional Development, Community Responsibility, Leadership and Vision, Contribution to Women's Progress, and Promotion of Pluralism.

The Mayor's Pioneer Award honors one woman 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.

The 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.

The Posthumous Award is in honor of a woman who has passed away and recognizes her accomplishments within Miami-Dade County.

A committee of community leaders will review each nomination to determine the nominee's eligibility, with the exclusion of the Mayor's Pioneer Award, which will be reviewed by appointees from the Office of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.  Selections are based on the nominee's contributions to women's progress in her profession and/or area of interest.  For the Mayor's Pioneer Award, emphasis is on the nominee's overall involvement in the community and women's progress.

In the Company of Women nominations will not be accepted via e-mail.  For nomination forms and submission details go to Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department. It is suggested that you view the listing of past award winners on this site, as former In the Company of Women award recipients are ineligible for nomination.

For further information and/or to request a nomination packet by mail, call Laura Morilla, Executive Director, Miami-Dade County Commission for Women at 305-375-4967, or contact her via email

About the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women:
The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women was established in 1971 as an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners, the County administration and the public at large about issues pertaining to the status of women.  The Commission for Women also serves as an advocate for the women in the community and strives to improve their quality of life.  The Commission for Women is comprised of 26 volunteer members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, and its monthly meetings are open to the public.

About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade Parks call 3-1-1 or visit Miami-Dade Parks.

To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call 305-365-6706.


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