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Wingspan Seminars honors female pioneers

admin | 10/5/2011, 6:36 a.m.

Women hold up half the sky, but we dont get all of the jobs [or] any of the recognition, said Joan Cartright, noting the difference in treatment and rewards given to men and women. Fortunately, for one afternoon, Wingspan Seminars attempted to change the veil of obscurity under which women often toil as they held their biannual awards celebration, the 2011 PeaCe Awards, on Friday, September 30th. Cartwright, the founder of Women in Jazz South Florida, was one of the women recognized by the company. Wingspan Seminars, a conflict management company, presents the PeaCe Awards to companies and individuals that work towards initiating community or individual peace. This years theme was Shes Going Somewhere and awards were given to women of South Florida who continue to make a positive impact. According to the CEO and founder of Wingspan Seminars, Priscilla Dames, such acclaims are necessary since women to tend to sit back and dont promote their own work which may be one of the reasons that there is a gender disparity. The event also allowed Wingspan Seminars to introduce their newest component, Wings on Women [WOW] which offers seminar training for women focusing on their self-development and empowerment. Among the other honorees recognized that night were Rhonda Smith, founder of the Breast Cancer Partner; Barbara Reisberg of Reisberg Law; Lorna Owens, host of And the Women Gather radio show; Grace ODonnell, chairperson of the Commission on Women; Eileen Maloney-Simon, CEO of YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade; Debi Harris, the CEO of Womens Fund of Miami-Dade; and Rhoda Shirley, executive director of the Womens History Coalition. By Kaila Heardkheard@miamitimesonline