Three Caribbean Women to receive “Women of Distinction” award

Dr. Celia Earle

Three esteemed Caribbean women are among the ten awardees scheduled to be honored at the Third Annual Women of Distinction Breakfast.

Hosted by the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce, the breakfast is scheduled for Friday, March 4, 2016, 7:30 a.m., at The BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida. The 10 celebrated women will be recognized for their professional achievements and community contributions:  Jamaica natives Pauline Grant, MS, MBA, FACHE, CEO of Broward Health North; Dr. Celia Earle, Governor, Kiwanis Florida Division, and Vice President at Brown and Caldwell; and Cuba native Maria Munro, CEO of Unique Productions International.

During the breakfast, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will serve as the Keynote Speaker and will be honored, as well. Other honorees include: Nicki E. Grossman, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau; Alice E. Ancona, Director of Global Outreach, Florida Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Lanalee Sam, Medical Director of Women’s Services, Florida Medical Center; Michelle Austin Pamies, Partner, Austin Pamies Norris Weeks, LLC; Captain Josefa Benjamin, Broward County Sheriff’s Office; and Danielle Knox, WSVN Channel 7, News Anchor and Entrepreneur.

“Congratulations to our 10 amazing honorees.   They have earned this recognition for excellence in their field, and are leading the way in public service, healthcare, law, and citizen engagement that strengthens our communities,” said President of the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Winnifred McPherson. “This award recognizes the significant roles they play to improve the economy, their individual achievements, and the finest values of work and advocacy.”

During the event, one of the ten Women of Distinction will also be named “Woman of the Year.”  The Chamber is further pleased that the awards event is powered by the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.

Open the public. $65 in advance for members and $75 for future members. Tables of 10 also available. Tickets may be purchased directly through the chamber The event is being held at the BB&T Center, Chairman’s Club, 1 Panther Pkwy, Sunrise, FL 33323. For additional information contact Colleen Gutzmore, Executive Director, Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce at 954-318-6118 or email [email protected]

The Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that exists to support the growth of Central Broward business, help to attract and establish new businesses, and foster a healthy and inclusive business environment. Moreover, we improve quality of life through responsible, sustained leadership on community and regional issues of relevance to our members.

For more information about the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce, visit online at, “like” us at, or call 954-318-6118.


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