Twelve amazing South Florida women are joining a long list of those who have won the coveted In the Company of Women Awards, a recognition presented by Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of this award that has united this community by honoring outstanding women leaders and pioneers who have paved the way for others to follow.
2018 honorees include:
Mayor’s Pioneer – Honorable Enid Weisman, Mayor, City of Aventura;
Arts & Entertainment – Silvia Cubiñá, director and chief curator, The Bass Museum of Art;
Business & Economics – Lakitsia Gaines, president, Lakitsia Gaines Insurance Agency Inc.;
Communications & Literature – Sandra Peebles, anchor and broadcast journalist, Univision 23;
Education and Research – Joanna Lombard, architect/professor, University of Miami School of Architecture; University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences;
Government and Law (Elected Official) – Honorable Shelley Kravitz, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge, County Civil Division;
Government and Law (Non-Elected) – Aliette DelPozo Rodz, litigation attorney/partner, Shutts & Bowen LLP;
Health and Human Services – two winners: Catherimarty (Cathy) Burgos, LCSW Division director of operations, Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Department, and Dr. Giselle Guerra, Medical Director of Transplant Services and Living Donor Kidney Program, Miami Transplant Institute; Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Science & Technology – Veronique Koch, producer/filmmaker, Vero Productions/PBS/Frost Science Museum;
Sports & Athletics – Caron B. Schiffman, physical education instructor/coach, Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School;
Young Professional (New) – Honorable Patricia D. Fairclough, Vice Mayor, City of Homestead, and
Community Spirit – Marile Lopez, philanthropist, Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, and others.
The winners will receive their award at the 30th anniversary celebration on Thursday, Mar. 8, at the Coral Gables Country Club, 990 Alhambra Circle in Coral Gables. The event begins with a reception, followed by a sit-down dinner and awards presentation. Tickets will go on sale in January.
For more information, visit www.miamidade.gov/parks/company-of-women.asp.