Tallahassee, Florida -- Tuesday, March 29, 2011
This past Friday, Tallahassee Fire Chief Cindy Dick was honored at the Florida Diversity Councils Inaugural South Florida Conference for Women as one of 13 winners of the2011 Glass Ceiling Award. The award is presented to women who have excelled and shattered the glass ceiling in professions which are mostly dominated by men.
The conference was held at the Kovens Conference Center on the campus of Florida International University, 3000 NE 151st Street, North Miami, Florida.
This is the second year in a row that Tallahassee’s Fire Chief has won this prestigious award and this year was asked to speak at the conference about her journey to become the person to lead Tallahassee’s Firefighters into the future. When asked to provide
speaking points to explain what led to her success in the fire service Chief Dick replied:
“Perseverance has proven to be the most important characteristic in leading to my success. The determination to stay engaged and be motivated, rather than deterred by the persons or systems that made the road more difficult kept me focused on personal
and professional goals.”
The conference is a statewide event focusing on professional development, community, networking, entrepreneurship and women's health. This conference gives women a tremendous opportunity to grow, develop, learn and make connections. In addition, the conference lends itself to be a statewide dialogue for Women in the south Florida area.
Other 2011 winners of the Glass Ceiling Award include;
Dr. Ana Viamonte Ros, first woman to become Surgeon General, State of Florida
Carmen Johnson, Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Total Rewards,
JM Family Enterprises
Dora Cortinas, Vice President, IT Business Solutions, Burger King
Emma E. Silcox, Lieutenant Commander, United States Coast Guard
Francia Baez, Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Visa
Karen M. Sharp, President and CEO, First State Bank of the Florida Keys
Kristy Johnson, Shareholder, Carlton Fields, P.A.
Pat McKay, Partner, Templeton & Company
Ruth Giansante, Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Compliance, IP & Employment, World Fuel Services Corporation
Susan J. Saturday, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Bluegreen Corporation
Tammy Levent, CEO, Elite Travel
Tery Howard, Vice President of Information Technology, Miami Dolphins & Dolphin Stadium
America’s workplace has been and continues to be dominated by men especially in the area of leadership. Women are significantly underrepresented in both the board rooms and the c-suites. However, there are Women who have overcome barriers to climb to the top. The Florida Diversity Council seeks to recognize and honor these Florida women who have not only achieved personal success but have made it possible for others to more easily follow in their footsteps.
The criteria for recognition as a Glass Ceiling Award recipient are: Demonstrates leadership excellence Maintains a record of accomplishments in areas of expertise Bears a record of a steady increase in responsibility within their career Exhibits positive influence on those underneath her leadership Displays integrity and portrays highest ethical standard among colleagues and individuals
According to Venita Garvin Valdez, Conference Chairperson, “The mission and purpose of the South Florida Conference is to advance and empower women. We do this by addressing social, cultural, economic and political challenges that women experience through an engaging and interactive agenda,” she said.
The Florida Diversity Council (FLDC), a non-profit organization, was established in 2008, and is committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity and inclusion. The Council affords opportunities for organizations to share best practices and learn from top corporate leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion. The Florida Diversity Council is part of the larger National Diversity Council. Regional advisory boards are located in Orlando, Tampa and South Florida.
More information about the Florida Diversity Council is available at www.floridadiversitycouncil.org