Women on the Rise

BREVARD COUNTY — Starting this year, the Melbourne Regional Chamber will recognize local women who are making a positive impact in Brevard County with its inaugural “Women on the Rise” awards.

The Melbourne Regional Chamber’s Women of Excellence council organized this event in which 12 finalists will be celebrated and four women will win a “Women on the Rise” award.

The awards banquet is scheduled to begin with networking at 5:30 p.m. and the program following at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne-Oceanfront, 2605 N. Highway A1A.

“We wanted to highlight the women of excellence in our community, and showcase their dedication and commitment,” said Meg Richey, events and communications director for the Melbourne Regional Chamber. “We’re encouraging attendees to wear pink. I think this will be an inspiring event.”

Finalists include Bishop Jacquelyn Gordon from New Shiloh Christian Center, City Manager Courtney Harris Barker of Satellite Beach, and Michelle Masline from Twin Rivers Insurance, Inc. for the Collective Impact Award.

The Trailblazer Award finalists include Dr. Denise Burns Legros from Brevard Vision Care, Laura Chiesman from First Wave Financial, and Teri Jones from Elderly Compassionate Care, METCA, MCDC.

The Woman of Courage Award finalists include Malak Hammad from Marine Bank & Trust, Maria Dockery from Femme Fatale Arms & Training, and Kathy Hamilton-Brown from Endeavor Elementary Magnet School.

The last categories finalists from the Woman to Watch Award include Annette O. Burkett from Rockwell Collins, Kristen Klein from LEAD Brevard, Inc., and Natasha Duran from Candlelighters of Brevard.

The evening’s judges are professional women who work outside of Brevard County, added Mrs. Richey.

Each finalist was nominated for a specific category through a nomination form from the Melbourne Regional Chamber. Officials were looking for women who have demonstrated leadership and growth, have contributed significantly to their community and industry, have addressed complex issues and worked to solve them, and have made impacts on the lives around them.

“We made special in-person deliveries to each of the 12 finalists with a bottle of Rose and a pink rose,” Mrs. Richey said. “It was very rewarding, they are just so beyond thrilled to be nominated and their employers are excited. I think it’s an overall wonderful event.”

When guests enter the event venue, they will have the opportunity to learn more about each finalist by viewing posters made by the Chamber on each nominee.

Sponsorships are still available through the Chamber’s website, and tickets are on track to sell out by the time the event begins.

Tickets are $80 for non-members, and $55 per Chamber member registered before Oct. 9. Ticket prices will rise to $70 standard member price after Oct. 9

For more information, call (321) 724-5400 or visit www.melbourneregionalchamber.com.

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