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For Immediate Release
February 17, 2018
Contact Information

Contact: Marianne Eggleston
ONYX Magazine
Phone: 855-986-6699 x5
E-mail: marianne@onyxmagazine.com

Contact: Nancy Port Schwalb,
Schwalb Public Relations
Phone: 407.418.2426
E-mail: Nschwalb@bellsouth.net


The third annual event recognizes trailblazers during Women’s History Month

Black PR Wire (ORLANDO, FL) - ONYX Magazine’s third annual Women on the Move (WOTM), presented by Title Sponsor Herzing University and Presenting Membership Orlando Health will recognize Florida’s most impactful and influential women during an awards luncheon to be held on Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Alfond Inn, Winter Park, Florida.

In keeping with the National Women’s History Month’s theme, “Nevertheless, She Persisted,” this year’s WOTM event will highlight women who have shattered the glass ceiling in their professions and persevered against all odds.

ONYX Magazine is excited to collaborate with its sponsors to showcase these phenomenal women. They are trailblazers leading major businesses to succeed on national and international levels in several professional disciplines.

“These powerful and innovative achievers are contributors to a thriving economy every day,” said Richard “Rich” E. Black, ONYX Magazine’s Publisher, CEO and Editor-in-chief. “Our sponsors and other supporters are pivotal to making Women on the Move one of the most prestigious events to recognize women of color across Florida.”

ONYX Magazine’s Women on the Move will give a special Woman of the Year salute to Mary Ann Carroll.  Carroll is the only woman among the 26 Original Florida Highwaymen inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. The Florida Highwaymen is a group of self-taught African-American landscape artists who painted during the 1950s to the 1980s.  During this period galleries would not accept the art of painters who had not been professionally trained. So, the Florida Highwaymen sold their art along the highways and from door-to-door throughout the state.

It is with great honor we recognize special guest Honorable Justice Julia Sarkodie-Mensah from Botswana, Africa. She has practiced for 32 years as a partner in one of the largest law firms in Botswana before her appointment as judge of the High Court of Botswana.

Leading this year’s event are Chair Deidre Parker, President, Parker Realty Group and Co-chair Nancy Port Schwalb, the President of Schwalb Public Relations. The awards luncheon will be hosted by Carolyn Fennell, the Senior Director of Public Affairs and Community Relations at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

For further information about ONYX Magazine’s 2018 WOTM, contact Marianne Eggleston at 855-986-6699 x5 / c 261-256-8060 or Nancy Port Schwalb, Schwalb Public Relations at 407.418.2426 / c 407.592.5921 e Nschwalb@bellsouth.net.

Visit our website at http://onyxwotm.com/. Corporate and table sponsorships are still available, and a limited number of individual tickets are now on sale. Visit http://onyxwotm.com/tickets/. Tables of 10 are $1,000 and individual tickets are $125.



Woman of the Year

Mary Ann Carroll

Sole Female Painter

Original Florida Highwaymen


International Woman of the Year

Julia Sarkodie-Mensah


High Court of Botswana



Roda Ward Carter

President and CEO

Carter-Health Disposables, LLC


Lynda V. Harris

Vice President

The Henderson Financial Group, Inc.


Felicia Haslom Davis

Vice President, New Student Enrollment and Community Outreach

Empire Education Group/Empire Beauty Schools


Paula Hoisington

Vice President, Client Relations, Policy & Government Affairs

Net Communications


Beverly Kuykendall


Government Business for American Medical Depot


Yolanda Londoῇo

Vice President Global Responsibility

Tupperware Brands Corporation


Joyce Odongo

Regional Community Development Officer

Bank of the Ozarks


Wanda Trotter


Worldwide Solutions & Technologies, Inc.


Carla M. Williams


Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, Central Florida


CeCe Teneal Williams

Director of Employee Relations

Dusobox Corporation



Terrie Daniel

Asst. Vice President of Supplier Diversity

University of South Florida


Pamela McCauley, Ph.D., CPE

Professor & Director, Ergonomics Laboratory

Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems

University of Central Florida


Ava L. Parker


Palm Beach State College



Commissioner Regina I. Hill

District 5

City of Orlando


Marcia Hope Goodwin

Chief Service Officer

City of Orlando


Brenda R. March

Children and Education Manager

City of Orlando Parramore Kidz Zone


Desirée Spence Matthews

Deputy City Manager

City of Kissimmee



Annette Gibbs

Public Relations Manager

Disney Destinations


Bernadette Morris

President and CEO

SonShine Communications


Shanti Persaud

Owner and Operator

Unity Broadcasting Networks



Pasha Baker

Director & Chief Executive Officer

Goldsboro West Side Community Historical Association, Inc.


Althemese Barnes

Founder and Executive Director

Riley House Center/Museum


Cathy Grant

Senior Director of Moffitt Diversity           

Moffitt Cancer Center


Anita Henri

Regional Development Director

United Negro College Fund


Erica Henri

Director of Development and Communications

United Arts of Central Florida


Ann McNeill


MCO Construction and Services


Tasha Maria Robinson-Banks

Senior Service Director

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida


Rising Stars

Jasmine Gebon

Operations Manager

BBIF Florida


Megan Mack


Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino


About ONYX:

ONYX Magazine celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans and those of the African Diaspora throughout Florida. This publication, launched in July/August 1997, remains committed to empowering its readers by offering entertaining, inspiring and informative stories, which also include, editorials focused primarily on the interests and needs of African-Americans. It serves as a venue to promote the positive experiences of black life while promoting seamless, diversified connections with other cultures throughout the great State of Florida.