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Winners announced for the 29th Annual "In the Company of Women" Awards

Tickets on sale now for the awards ceremony / reception, scheduled for March 8, 2017 at the Coral Gables Country Club

MIAMI (December 02, 2016)

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017, the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade in conjunction with the Miami-Dade Commission for Women and the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department will honor 12 of Miami-Dade’s most distinguished women leaders during the 29th Annual In the Company of Women Awards Ceremony and Reception, at 6 p.m., at the Coral Gables Country Club, 990 Alhambra Circle, in Coral Gables, FL. 

The women will be honored for their professional and pluralistic achievements in one of 12 categories.  This year’s honorees include: 

2017 Winners:

Mayor’s Pioneer - Carol Kruse, Director, Zoo Miami 
Posthumous - Julie Kay, Journalist, Daily Business Review
Arts & Entertainment - Nannette Zapata, COO and Art Curator, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Business & Economics – Patricia Nelson, Regional Head of Strategic Accounts, AvMed
Education and Research - Dr. Lenore Rodicio, Executive Vice President and Provost, Miami-Dade College
Government and Law (Elected Official) – Honorable Nushin Sayfie, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge, Criminal Division; and Honorable Angelica Zayas, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge, Juvenile Division

Government and Law (Non-Elected) - Dr. Emma Lew, Director and Medical Examiner, Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department
Health and Human Services - Annie Neasman, MS, RN, President and CEO, Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Inc.
Science & Technology - Dr. Yesim Darici, Director, FIU Center for Women’s and Gender Studies
Sports & Athletics - Leslie Nixon, J.D., Ed.D., Director, Government and Community Affairs, Miami Dolphins LTD/Miami Dolphins Foundation.
Community Spirit - Maria M. Blet, Chair of the Women’s Leadership Council, United Way Worldwide / United Way of Miami-Dade

Nominations were solicited from the general public from September through October 2016 and had to meet the following criteria:  professional development, community responsibility, leadership and vision, contribution to women’s progress and promotion of pluralism.  Winners were chosen by a selection panel comprised of previous winners and of representatives from the host organizations.

The event will feature a pre-event reception with drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction, followed by the awards ceremony.  Tickets are $60 in advance, $65 at the door; children 12-17 are $25, and under 12 are free.   Tickets can be purchased here.  For more information, visit

In the Company of Women takes place in March in commemoration of Women’s History Month and is hosted by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, and the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department. Proceeds support Miami-Dade Parks and parks programming, including The Women’s Park and the Girls Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Program.

About The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women

The Commission for Women falls within the purview of Miami-Dade’s Office of Community Advocacy, a division of the Office of the Chair.  The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women was created 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 advocates for women in the community and strives to improve their quality of life.  For more information call (305) 375-4967, email; or visit the website at

Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.