In the Company of Women 2013In the Company of Women, presented by Macy’s and Enterprise Holdings, is celebrating its Silver Jubilee on Thursday, March 7, 2013, 6-9 p.m., at the newly renovated Rusty Pelican, 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL. The annual event, hosted by Miami-Dade Parks, The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and the Miami-Dade Commission for Women, will continue its legacy by honoring 14 women who have exemplified Professional Development, Community Responsibility, Leadership and Vision, Contribution to Women's Progress, and Promotion of Pluralism.
In the Company of Women Awards Ceremony
Tickets are $50, $60 at the door, and include pre-event reception, signature drink, and the awards ceremony. Contributions of $250 and above also afford at-risk women an opportunity to attend the event. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.mdparks.org.
In the Company of Women is made possible by the support of generous sponsors:
- Enterprise Holdings
- Florida Power and Light
The 2013 Winners
Mayor’s Pioneer Award — Marie Osborne, Esq. – Chief Assistant Public Defender, Juvenile Division, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida.
Arts & Entertainment — Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Executive Director/Curator, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Inc.
Business & Economics — Gabriele Marewski, Founder and Owner of Paradise Farms Organic. Communications & Literature—Anne Cruz, Ph.D, M.A., A.B., Acting Director, Center for the Humanities, University of Miami, Department of Modern Languages and Literature, College of Arts and Sciences.
Education & Research — Jacqueline Foster-Moody, Opera singer and Music Educator at Coral Reef Elementary School, Dade County Public Schools.
Government & Law (Elected) — Honorable Anitere Flores, Florida State Senator, District 38.
Government & Law (Elected) — Honorable Lisa Walsh, Circuit Court Judge, Civil Division
Government & Law (Non-Elected) — Katherine W. Ezell, Esq., Partner, Podhurst Orseck, P.A.
Health & Human Services — Dr. Sonjia Kenya, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine & Community Health, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Science & Technology — Susan Markley, Ph.D., Chief, EECO Division of the Miami-Dade County Regulatory and Economic Resources Department.
Sports & Athletics — Amy Deem, Head Coach of the US Women’s Olympic Track & Field; Head Coach, University of Miami Track & Field.
Community Spirit Award — Constance Collins, Esq., President, The Sundari Foundation, Inc., d/b/a Lotus House Women’s Shelter.
Community Spirit Award — Priscilla Dames-Blake, Founder and President of Wingspan Seminars, LLC.
Posthumous Honors — Diana Cordova-Peña, Miami-Dade Police Officer from 2006 - 2012.
HistoryIn the Company of Women was created in 1989 as a way to unite the diverse population of Miami-Dade County by recognizing outstanding women who have impacted our community in a positive way. Winners are from many professions including government and politics, law, health, education, the arts, sports, business, journalism and the social sciences. This popular and prestigious event serves as part of Women's History Month, observed annually in March. The event has received recognition from the National Association of Counties and the Southern Region of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. In the Company of Women is part of the programming presented by Miami-Dade Parks' Women's Park. Officially dedicated in 1992, The Women's Park honors all women in Miami-Dade County in recognition of their diverse contributions to improving our community's quality of life. In 2000, the Roxcy O'Neal Bolton Women's History Gallery was built to serve as a resource center. One of the Park's seminal programs is the Girls Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Camp Program. Proceeds from In the Company of Women provide support to more than 50 girls between the ages of 11 to 16 registered annually in the G.E.M. Program with projects, workshops and mentoring opportunities to build self-esteem, strengthen their connection to the community, and provide quality arts experiences.
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