In the Company of Women Awards

Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, in partnership with the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and the Miami-Dade Commission for Women announce the winners of the 2023 In the Company of Women Awards, presented by Amerant Bank:

  • Mayor’s Pioneer Award:
    Retha Boone-Fye, Program Director, Miami Dade County Black Affairs Advisory Board
    Rachel Silverstein, PhD, Executive Director and Waterkeeper, Miami Waterkeeper
  • Arts and Entertainment Award:
    Alexandra Lioutikoff, President, Latin America and U.S. Latin, Universal Music Publishing Group
  • Business and Economics Award:
    Pilar Guzman Zavala, CEO, Half Moon Empanadas
  • Communications and Literature Award:
    Gayle R. Love, Senior Division Director, Public Information and Outreach Division, Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management
  • Education and Research Award:
    Dr. Jennifer S. Durocher, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics; Director, University of Miami Center for Autism & Related Disabilities
  • Government and Law Award – Elected:
    Danielle Cohen Higgins, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 8, Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners
  • Government and Law Award – Non-elected:
    Aileen Bouclé, AICP, Executive Director, Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization
    Hydi Webb, Port Director & CEO, Port of Miami
  • Health and Human Services Award:
    Alexandra Villoch, CEO, Baptist Health Foundation
  • Science and Technology Award:
    Melissa Medina, Founding Executive and President, eMerge Americas
  • Sports and Athletics Award:
    Kim Ng, General Manager, Miami Marlins
  • Young Professional Award:
    Angelica Santibañez, Community Engagement, Public Policy Senior Manager, Amazon
  • Community Spirit Award:
    Honorable Denise Lane, Founder/President, Sisters in Spirit of South Florida, Inc.

For the first time in the event’s history, a Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Silvia Unzueta, former Deputy Director of the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department, who founded The Women’s Park and the In the Company of Women Awards. 

Winners will be honored during the awards ceremony and dinner on Thursday, March 16, 2023, at the beautiful Coral Gables Country Club, 990 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables, FL, in honor of International Women’s Day and National Women’s History Month. NBC6 News Anchor Jackie Nespral will serve as emcee.

Join us as we celebrate these amazing women and recognize their contributions to this community!

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