Event: Women Who Rock Awards Luncheon

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In honor of Women's History Month, weVENTURE presents the Women Who Rock Awards Luncheon.  An annual luncheon held in March to support the National Women’s History Project (NWHP), which was founded in 1980, and is an educational nonprofit organization. The NWHP’s mission is to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs.



Below is a brief description and criteria for each award.

  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Betsy Farmer, executive director, Promise in Brevard. This award recognizes a local woman who creates the products, services and jobs that fuel our economy and help our community grow.
  • Excellence in Leadership: Debbie Goode, partner, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC. This award recognizes a female community leader who advocates for positive social change to create a more equitable society.
  • Emerging Leader: Jennifer Sugarman, president and CEO, Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce. This award recognizes a female under age 30 who demonstrates high ethical standards, commitment, confidence and the ability to serve as an inspirational leader, and who is a role model for members of her community.
  • Florida Tech Joan Bixby: Three winners share this award, all from Florida Tech: T. Dwayne McCay, executive vice president, COO and incoming president; Julie Shankle, director of online learning; and Lorian Schweikert, marine biology graduate student. This award, named in honor of the Florida Tech alumna, former university administrator and Melbourne resident, generally recognizes male or female members of Florida Tech faculty or staff and a student, all of whom enhance the climate for women's participation and development on campus.

Also awarded on March 17:

  • The Zonta Yellow Rose Award for Excellence in Community Service to Mary Jane Allen, president and founder, Genesis House Board of Directors. Each year in honor of Zonta Rose Day, Zontians all over the world present a yellow rose to men and women who have honored Zonta's vision by helping women achieve their full potential.



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Thursday 17th March

11:00AM - 1:00PM

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