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February 27, 2019
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(BPRW) ONYX MAGAZINE'S WOMEN ON THE MOVE AWARDS LUNCHEON HONORS 22 WOMEN OF COLOR

These trailblazing Florida women are making significant strides in their professions and communities. They are joined by Dr. Melissa Freeman, a 92-year-old New York physician who is a pioneer in medicine.

(Black PR Wire) ORLANDO, FL— ONYX Magazine’s fourth annual Women on the Move (WOTM), with Founding Partner Orlando Health and Presenting Sponsor Samuel B. Ings, Commissioner District 5, City of Orlando, will recognize some of Florida’s most impactful and influential women during an awards luncheon to be held on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Alfond Inn, Winter Park, Fla. 

The theme, “Visionary Champions,” 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 present these phenomenal women; trailblazers who are leading major businesses to succeed on national and international levels in several professional disciplines. 

Who: ONYX Magazine

What:  ONYX Magazine's Women on the Move Awards Luncheon

When: Friday, March 1, 2019 - 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where:​ The Alfond Inn, 300 East New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

Of Interest: ONYX Magazine’s Women's History Month Kickoff will unveil the March/April issue of ONYX Magazine Woman of the Year salute to Melissa Freeman, M.D., who has practiced medicine for more than 60 years. At 92 years old, she keeps active hours in her Harlem, New York, clinic. She is the first doctor in the nation to treat women with opioid addiction using a methadone maintenance modality of treatment. After the model was successful in her clinic, it was implemented around the world. She has been heralded by numerous organizations and has inspired interviews with Robin Roberts on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the BBC and other networks.

Keynote speaker is Angela Suggs, the first African-American to lead the Florida Sports Foundation.

Interviews: Interviews with Dr. Melissa Freeman, other honorees and ONYX Magazine Publisher Rich Black may be scheduled prior to the event through D. Shenell Reed at 813-298-9679. There will not be an opportunity for interviews during the event. Contact D. Shenell Reed at 813-298-9679.

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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.

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List of Honorees

Ann A. Ashley-Gilbert, M.D.       

OB/GYN

Altamonte Women's Center

Altamonte Springs          

 

Eloise Abrahams, R.N., N.H.A.

Administrator

Guardian Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Orlando

 

Sherri T. Brown

Director of Multicultural Business Development

Visit Tampa Bay

Tampa

 

Cathy Brown-Butler       

Bank of America              

Sr. Vice President, Local Markets Organization

Orlando

 

Chloe Juanita Evans Coney

Tampa Corporation to Develop Communities

Founder

Tampa

 

Rep. Val Demings

Congresswoman

U.S. House of Representatives

Orlando

 

Elizabeth A. Dooley, Ph.D.           

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of Central Florida       

Orlando

 

Melissa Freeman, M.D. 

Physician

Beth Israel Hospital        

Woman of the Year

Harlem, NY

 

Carolyn House Stewart, Esq.       

28th International President

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tampa

 

Linda S. Howard, C.P.A., C.T.P.   

Chief Financial Officer

Florida Municipal Power Agency

Orlando

 

Jacqueline Jones

Entertainer

Business

Orlando

 

Nikki Lewis-Simon

Director of Client Development and Corporate Social Responsibility

Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

Miami          

 

Novlet Mattis    

Chief Information Officer

Orlando Health

Orlando

 

Vickie Oldham  

President

Vickie O! Heritage Productions

Sarasota

  

Dancia Penn, OBE, QC   

Dancia Penn & Co.          

Managing Partner

International Woman on the Move

British Virgin Isles

 

Clemmie Perry 

Women of Color Golf    

Executive Director

Tampa

 

Victoria Siplin    

Commissioner, District 6

Orange County Government

Orlando

 

Rep. Geraldine Thompson

Legislator            

Florida House of Representatives   

Orlando

 

Riva Tims, Th.D.

Founder and Pastor

Majestic Life Ministries

Orlando

 

Paulette C. Walker, Ed.D.

25th National President

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Tampa

 

Melanie Williams             

Senior Vice President, Operations Southeast Region

Frontier Communications

Tampa           

 

Tonjua Williams, Ph.D.  

President

St. Petersburg College  

St. Petersburg