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In the Company of Women announces the 2016 honorees and awards ceremony

MIAMI (January 08, 2016)

This March during Women’s History Month, celebrate women’s excellence by honoring 12 outstanding women leaders for their contributions to South Florida at the 28th Annual In the Company of Women Awards Ceremony, presented by Macy’s, March 3, 2016, 6 p.m., at the Coral Gables Country Club, 990 Alhambra Circle, in Coral Gables.

In the Company of Women award winners are proven trailblazers in their professions who also give their time and talents to make Miami-Dade County a better place. This year’s honorees include: 

2016 Winners:  

Mayor’s Pioneer Award — Maria Nardi, Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces

Arts & Entertainment – Lourdes Lopez, Artistic Director, Miami City Ballet

Business & Economics — Tanya Ferreiro, Kaufman Rossin

Communication & Literature — Mayte Padron, WPLG-Channel 10

Education & Research — Karen A. Tynes, Miami Herald Media Company

Government & Law (Elected) — Honorable Lisa C. Davis, Councilwoman, City of Miami Gardens

Government & Law (Non-Elected) — Abigail Price-Williams, Esq., Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office

Health & Human Services — Lillian Rivera, Ph. D., Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County

Science & Technology — Dr. Helena Solo-Gabriele, University of Miami

Sports & Athletics — Jill Ellis, head coach, United States Women’s National Soccer Team

Posthumous Award – Sophie Baltic Herter, attorney, financial advisor, and real estate broker

Community Spirit — Patricia Robbins, Farm Share

Advanced tickets are $60, and $65 at the door, which includes pre-event reception with drinks, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction, followed by the awards ceremony. WPLG Channel 10 Meteorologist Betty Davis will serve as mistress of ceremonies. For more information or for tickets, please visit

In 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.  Proceeds from In the Company of Women provide support to the Girls Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Camp, where girls between the ages of 11 and 16 participate in projects, workshops, and mentoring opportunities to build self-esteem, strengthen their connection to the community, and provide quality arts experiences. 

Hosted by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, Miami-Dade Commission for Women, and Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, In the Company of Women is made possible by the support of generous sponsors including: Macy’s, Miami-Dade Commission for Women, Coconut Grove Bank, Miami-Dade County Vice Chairman, Esteban Bovo, Jr., Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno A. Barreiro, District 5, and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, District 4.  

Miami-Dade Parks, a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, focuses on placemaking, health and fitness, and conservation and stewardship.  For more information, visit

Created in 1971, the Miami-Dade Commission for Women falls under the purview of the Office of Community Advocacy, a division of the Office of the Chair, and serves 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 advocates for women in the community and strives to improve their quality of life. For more information, contact the Commission for Women at (305) 375-4967 or [email protected], or visit

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