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Lakitsia Gaines wins Business & Economics In the Company of Women Award

MIAMI (December 21, 2017)

Lakitsia Gaines is one of 13 amazing women selected for the prestigious In the Company of Women award in the category of Business & Economics. Gaines is the owner and operator of two successful South Florida State Farm insurance branches and is a community volunteer and philanthropist.

Her long and distinguished career with State Farm has earned her profuse recognition as an insurance professional, with accolades including a National Multiline Sales Award, a National Sales Achievement Award, nine years’ running in the State Farm Chairman’s circle, and membership with the global Million Dollar Round Table, a group of the world’s leading life insurance and financial services professionals. In 2014, she was recognized by Legacy Magazine as one of South Florida’s Most Influential and Prominent Black Women in Business and Leadership.

Gaines’s brilliant financial savvy has prompted State Farm to showcase her best practices as a company model in a video training for 90,000 State Farm associates. She also freely volunteers her time to share her expertise, mentoring other State Farm agents, and giving financial literacy seminars to groups in her community, including the Miami Gardens Police Department and West Park seniors.

Gaines also works to help empower disadvantaged students with her involvement with Upward Bound, a Florida International University college preparation program. Gaines not only mentors these students, but has personally donated more than $50,000 for college scholarships.

Her personal motto is, “people don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

Lakitsia Gaines will receive her award at the 30th anniversary celebration on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the luxurious Coral Gables Country Club, 990 Alhambra Circle, in Coral Gables, FL. Tickets will go on sale in January 2018.  For more information, visit http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/company-of-women.asp.

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.

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.

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 [email protected]; or visit the website at www.miamidade.gov/advocacy/women-board-home.asp.