“SUCCESS SOUTH FLORIDA” Salutes Top 25 Black Women For 2006

MIAMI – After sustaining high anticipation and a difficult selection process, the results are finally in! Success South Florida magazine will salute this year’s top 25 professional powerhouses in the August / September issue entitled “Introducing South Florida’s Most Prominent and Successful Black Women.”

This issue will feature notable Black women who reside in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County and have displayed tremendous passion, remarkable leadership, and exemplary service in their careers and communities. The elite list of dynamic women includes the following:

Addie L. Green
Palm Beach County Commissioner
Vice Chair of the County Commission

Michele Henderson
Vice President
Human Resources
Office Depot

Verdenia Baker
Deputy County Administrator
Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners

Dr. Debra Robinson
School Board Member
School District of Palm Beach County
Chair of Palm Beach County Caucus of Black Elected Officials

Suzanne Beauvoir
Chief Operating Officer
Columbia Hospital

Dr. Brenda Magee
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Learning Support
The Palm Beach County School District

Delsa R. Bush
Chief of Police
West Palm Beach

Annetta Jenkins
Senior Program Director
Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Bettye King
The Law Offices of Bettye King

Priscilla Taylor
Florida House of Representatives

Rev. Dr. Mary A. Tumpkin
Senior Minister/CEO
Universal Truth Center For Better Living

Aletha Player
Area Manager
Florida Power & Light Company

Nancy Ancrum
Columnist, Miami Herald Editorial Board

Cynthia Curry
Special Adviser to the County Manager
Miami Dade County

Rhonda M. Smith
Rhegal Consulting

Dr. Cynthia Mitchell Clarke
Assistant Superintendent for Leadership Development
Miami Dade County Public School System

Lorna Owens
Lorna Owens Inc.

Yvonne Jackson
Corporate Executive, Retired

Hazelle P. Rogers
Lauderdale Lakes

Sheryl Dickey
Dickey Consulting

Lanalee Araba Sam, BS, MD, PA

Julie Hunter
Executive Director
African American Research Library
Broward County

Woodie Lesesne
President Co-Publisher
Lesesne Media Group

Bertha Henry
Deputy County Administrator
Broward County

Marie Freeman

The difficulty in narrowing this year’s list to 25 individuals proved to be an inarguable challenge given the increased volume and caliber of the nominee pool. “The competition this year was intensified after the committee collected 144 nomination forms and 96 individual nominations,” stated Paul A. Nunnally, chairman of the Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County and co-chairman of the 2006 selection committee. Bill Diggs, President / CEO of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce and co-chairman of the selection committee with Mr. Nunnally, echoed these sentiments.

“Though we wished we could have featured each qualified nominee, we carefully selected 25 women who exemplified professionalism and business-savvy and contributed their time and resources to uplift the community at large.” When asked about his impression of the “talented 25,” Mr. Diggs shared, “We feel extremely fortunate and humbled to be in the presence of these influential women who have accomplished so much in their respective spheres.”

“Success South Florida” is a bi-monthly news and business magazine targeting the Black professional community residing in the greater South Florida region. Founded by Dexter A. Bridgeman in 2004, the publication features exclusive articles, corporate profiles, global politics, and social commentary that address topics from a Black perspective. As the “professional urban voice” amid South Florida’s multicultural landscape, the magazine serves as a liaison in forging successful relationships among Black professionals.

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