VIDEO: weVenture ‘Women Who Rock’ Luncheon Honors Outstanding Female Business Leaders

By  //  March 14, 2017

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Supports the National Women’s History Project

ABOVE VIDEO: Space Coast Daily Beauty and Fashion Editor Gina Liberto talks with attendees of the weVENTURE “Women Who Rock” Awards Luncheon held Tuesday at the Hilton Rialto Place in Melbourne.  

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA –  In honor of Women’s History Month, weVENTURE presented the Women Who Rock Awards Luncheon Tuesday at the Hilton Rialto Place in Melbourne.  

The event is 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.

These awards provide an important platform for recognizing our area’s most innovative and influential female business leaders,” said weVENTURE Executive Director Erica Lemp.

“We strongly encourage local businesspeople to nominate those they feel are most deserving of these special honors.”

These awards provide an important platform for recognizing our area’s most innovative and influential female business leaders,” said weVENTURE Executive Director Erica Lemp. “We strongly encourage local businesspeople to nominate those they feel are most deserving of these special honors.”

Excellence in Leadership Award

Marcia Gaedcke

Marcia Gaedcke, 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.)

  • Examples of support that explains how the nominee is making a difference in the community in their chosen field
  • Recognizing women’s accomplishments or general improvement of the status of women
  • Examples to demonstrate that high ethical standards in leadership were exercised: decision –making, team building, character, communication, etc.

Emerging Leader Award

Alecia Blattler

Alecia Blattler, 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.)

  • Ability to express opinions with conviction and sound judgment on topics that the nominee is passionate about
  • Provide examples of how the nominee served as a role model for members of the community by demonstrating high ethical standards, commitment, confidence, ability to inspire, intuition, and creativity
  • Uses social media to promote a positive and inclusive environment while bringing attention to vital social issues for women and girls

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Misty Marot

Misty Marot, CEO, 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.)

  • Engages in shaping regional and industry agendas to improve the community they work in
  • Has built a product or provides a service that has brought value to the marketplace through technical or social change
  • Has contributed to the economic impact of our region: number of jobs created, revenues increased, etc.
  • Conducts business with a focus on inclusion and equality in the workplace and respective industry

Joan Bixby Awards

LEFT TO RIGHT: Dr. Robyn Tapley, Sarah Oram and Shaheida Ramajan.

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.)

  • Has earned the respect of the community and/or colleagues by being a role model/mentor for other women and girls
  • Is a leader in their field of expertise and reinforces practices that emphasizes inclusion and equality
  • Someone who invests in their own professional development through networking, mentoring, education, etc.

Zonta Yellow Rose Award for Excellence in Community Service

Dr. Sue Kiley

Dr. Sue Kiley, The Women’s Center in 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.

In honor of Women’s History Month, weVENTURE presented the Women Who Rock Awards Luncheon Tuesday at the Hilton Rialto Place in Melbourne.


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