Nominations open for 25th year of In the Company of Women


The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, in partnership with the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women and Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, is seeking to honor outstanding Miami-Dade women for the 25th Annual In the Company of Women Awards Ceremony to be held in March 2013.

Timed to coincide with Women’s History Month, In the Company of Women recognizes the accomplishments of professional female leaders in the community in the following categories:

• Outstanding Woman in Arts and Entertainment;

• Outstanding Woman in Business and Economics;

• Outstanding Woman in Communications and Literature;

• Outstanding Woman in Education and Research;

• Outstanding Woman in Government and Law;

• Outstanding Woman in Health and Human Services;

• Outstanding Woman in Science and Technology;

• Outstanding Woman in Sports and Athletics;

• Community Spirit Award;

• Mayor’s Pioneer Award, and

• Posthumous Award.

New this year, two women will be selected for the category of “Outstanding Woman in Government and Law,” one elected and one non-elected.

The Community Spirit Award recognizes an outstanding woman who, through volunteering, has made a difference within the community. No professional background is required.

The Mayor’s Pioneer Award honors a trailblazer who has proven leadership, creativity, and vision in addressing community issues and advancing the status of women in Miami-Dade County.

The Posthumous Award is in honor of a woman who has passed away and recognizes her contribution within Miami Dade County.

All honorees must demonstrate professional development, community responsibility, leadership and vision, contribution to women’s progress and promotion of pluralism.

To download the nomination form, visit Completed forms must be mailed to Laura Morilla, executive director, Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, 111 NW First St., Suite 1034, Miami, FL 33128. Nominations must be postmarked by Friday, Dec. 14.

A committee of community leaders will review nomination forms in order to determine the nominee’s eligibility. Emphasis will be placed on the nominee’s contribution to women’s progress in her profession/ area of interest. For the Mayor’s Pioneer Award, emphasis will be on overall involvement in the community and women’s progress. Appointees from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez office will review the nominations for the Mayor’s Pioneer Award.

Nominators are required to complete the nomination form and submit nine copies of the form along with nine photocopies of any newspaper or magazine articles about the nominee, if available. If nominating for the Mayor’s Pioneer Award, submit only three photocopies of the nomination form, along with three photocopies of recommendation letters from three individuals, not including the nominator, and any supporting materials including newspaper or magazine articles.

Nominations that fail to include these items and/or do not meet the application deadline will be automatically disqualified. Nominations will not be accepted via email. Past recipients of the In the Company award are not eligible.

For more information and for a list of past award recipients, go to or contact Laura Morilla at 305-375-4967, or via email at

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