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.

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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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Women Who Rock Awards Luncheon

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Hilton Rialto Place Melbourne

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Excellence in Leadership Award

Gaedcke, Marcia HeadshotRecipient: Marcia Gaedkce, President, Titusville Chamber of Commerce

Each year, the Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes a female community leader who advocates for positive social change to create a more equitable society. Nominations should reflect an individual who has demonstrated leadership in improving our community for women and who possesses leadership qualities (e.g. decision-making, team building, and character) with a focus on fostering relationships and promoting positive working environments. Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria: (Provide specific details about how nominee demonstrated these qualities.)

Emerging Leader Award

Blattler, Alecia HeadshotRecipient: Alecia Blattler, Director, Workplace Giving at United Way of Brevard

Each year, the Young Emerging Leader Award recognizes a female under 35 years-old who demonstrates high ethical standards, commitment, confidence, ability to inspire, intuition, and creativity as leadership skills and is a role model for members of their community. Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria: (Provide specific details about how nominee demonstrated these qualities.)

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

misty headshotRecipient: Misty Marot, CEO, Chairwoman at Novel Engineering

Each year, the Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes a female who creates the products, services, and jobs that fuel our economy and helps our community grow. Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria: (Provide specific details about how nominee demonstrated these qualities.)

Joan Bixby Awards

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Recipients (Left to right): Dr. Robyn Tabley, Counseling and Psychological Services; Sarah Oram, Clemente Center; and Shaheida Ramajan, College of Aeronautics

Each year, the Joan Bixby Award recognizes a Florida Tech staff and/or faculty member and a student (male or female) who enhances the climate for women’s participation and development on Florida Tech’s campus. Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria: (Provide specific details about how nominee demonstrated these qualities.)

Zonta Yellow Rose Award for Excellence in Community Service

Kiley, Sue HeadshotRecipient: Dr. Sue Kiley, Director of Programs, The Women's Center of Brevard County

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. . In such a world, every woman is literate and has access to education, health care, legal and economic resources on an equal basis with men. In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.  Nominees will be evaluated on how they demonstrated their commitment to women and the community.

Tuesday 14th March

11:00AM - 1:00PM

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