Media Contact: Eunicia Baker, MPA - Senior Public Information Officer
City of North Miami
305-893.6511 Ext. 12160


North Miami, FL – 3/27/2012

North Miami Mayor Andre D. Pierre, Esq. and Councilwoman Marie Erlande Steril are hosting a Celebration of Women in honor of National Women's History Month tomorrow – Wednesday, March 28th. The event will salute outstanding women in the community for their service and leadership.

National Women's History Month emerged from two significant events in history; the women's movement of the 1960's and the advocacy of female historians who demanded the inclusion of women in American history books. During the month of March, women from all walks of life are celebrated throughout the United States for their contributions throughout our nation's history.

Two women have been selected to receive the key to the City for their leadership and dedication to their work: Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll and Agenoria Powell. Lieutenant Governor Carroll is a military veteran, having served in the US Navy for 20 years and retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. She is the first woman elected as Lieutenant Governor in Florida and the first African-American to win a statewide election. She has demonstrated strong leadership in economic development, military and veterans affairs through her work in policy development and advocacy. She is the force behind job creation in Florida’s Space industry and military posts. Agenoria Powell is the Principal of Linda Lentin K-8 Center and currently serves as the lead principal for the North Miami Feeder Pattern. An inspirational leader to many, she was selected North Regional Center Principal of the Year, and is a finalist for the District Principal of the Year for 2011-2012. She began her career as an educator with Miami-Dade County Public Schools in 1984 and has served in a variety of leadership roles since. Mrs. Powell takes pride in opening the doors of opportunity for students. North Miami's event will also honor several women for their contributions in a variety of fields, from the Arts and Entertainment to Youth Empowerment.

In addition to the special recognition, the following are the 2012 honorees that are being recognized:

  • Irma Braman - Arts and Entertainment
  • Aletha Player - Business
  • Claudia McLean - Community Spirit
  • Bernadette Pierre – Education
  • Vivian Frederick-Dean - Entrepreneurship
  • Nicole Brise - Faith-based community
  • Diane Lord Brannen – Government
  • Shulamit Katzman - Healthcare
  • Gepsie Metellus - Social services
  • Sharon Sbrissa - Volunteerism
  • Kettia Monestime - Youth empowerment

The event will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) courtyard, 770 NE 125 Street, tomorrow (Wednesday, March 28, 2012) at 6 p.m. The formal presentations will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

Members of the media interested in attending should contact Pam Solomon, Public Information Officer at 1-305-895-9891 (Cellular) or via email at prior to 2 p.m. on the day of the event.

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