In the Company of Women Awards announces Communications & Literature winner
Lissette Gonzalez has been selected as a 2019 In the Company of Women awardee in the category of Communications and Literature. She is among 15 winners to be honored at the awards ceremony dinner March 7 at the Coral Gables Country Club, 990 Alhambra Cir. in Coral Gables.
Gonzalez is a familiar face to South Florida television viewers and an ongoing presence as meteorologist for CBS4 News for more than 10 years. A proud member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society, she has served as host/reporter for nationally syndicated programs such as “EXTRA,” “Extra en Español,” and “Livin’ Large.” Her weathercasts have earned her the Society of Professional Journalists “Florida Award of Excellence,” the Associated Press “Mark Twain Award,” and the National Weather Association (NWA) Television Seal of Approval.
Born and raised in Miami, Gonzalez has always understood the importance of celebrating cultural diversity and taking pride in one’s heritage and roots. The Cuban-American beauty traveled the state promoting the platform of “Celebrating Cultural Diversity” when she won the titles of Miss Miami and Miss Florida in 1998. The multi-faceted Gonzalez is also a 2001 University of Miami graduate with degrees in broadcasting and music. She was nominated for a Carbonell Award for her starring role as “Maria” in the off-Broadway hit “4 Guys Named Jose and Una Mujer." Her success off Broadway led to a record deal with RCA providing her the opportunity to record with Grammy-award winning music producers and songwriters in New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Still very passionate about music, Gonzalez has had the honor of singing the national anthem and “God Bless America” at Miami Heat, Miami Marlins and Miami Dolphins games.
Among her numerous awards, accolades and associations, Gonzalez was selected as Brickell Magazine’s “Top 20 Professionals under 40″ and was featured in Ocean Drive Magazine’s “Beach Patrol: The people who make Miami.” She is also a recipient of the Lions Club International Medal of Merit Award for her service to the community. Dedicated to community service, she frequently visits South Florida schools to speak to students about weather and the importance of education. She lends her time and talents in support of numerous charitable groups, organizations and events, including the Children’s Cancer Caring Center, Dream in Green, Amigos for Kids, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, American Red Cross, Go Red for Women, Women of Tomorrow, Best Buddies, Live Like Bella and Padres Brillantes. Gonzalez continues to motivate others to help children and families in need through her involvement with CBS4′s Neighbors 4 Neighbors programs, including “School House Toy Drive” and “Adopt-a-Family.” And when bad weather threatens South Florida, she strives to provide viewers with the information they need to keep their families safe. She is absolutely deserving of the In the Company of Women Awards’ Communications and Literature recognition.
This marks the 31st year for the In the Company of Women Awards, presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, in partnership with the Miami-Dade Commission for Women and the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade. The prestigious awards honor women who have excelled professionally and civically and have contributed to women’s progress through their leadership and vision.
The event commemorates March’s Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day and will be extra special this year, as it is a signature celebration for the Parks Department’s 90th anniversary! Proceeds support The Women’s Park and the Girls Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Program.
For more information, including awards venue, tickets, sponsorship opportunities and a complete list of 2019 winners, visit the In the Company of Women web page.
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 of the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners. 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.
About Miami-Dade Parks
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 and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship. The nonprofit 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.