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Business women on the rise

admin | 1/18/2012, 7:48 a.m.

Trio advance despite the odds

In the business world, traditionally the playground for men, being a woman can sometimes be a challenge to say the least. Being a Black woman can mean the hurdles are even higher. But three local businesswomen are beating the odds and climbing the ladder to success. Juliet Murphy Roulhac, 48, was recently appointed as the regional manager for external affairs for Florida Power and Light Company in Broward County. I pride myself in being a community advocate and a customer advocate, Roulhac said. I am here to make sure that whatever concerns are being voiced by the community is being accurately translated within our company. While Roulhac has had success she admits that being a double minority has presented some roadblocks for her. Going into the community and serving on boards may be a little more challenging for me, she said. Because of the work I have done with so many people across the country it is a little bit easier though. Roulhac has also accepted an appointment by Governor Rick Scott to the University of Florida Board of Trustees. She is the first Black woman to ever sit on the board. I was grateful and humbled by the governors appointment, she said. Throughout my professional career, education has always been a strong interest of mine. I think that I was considered because it was important for the governor to maintain a diverse board. As a board member I will be able to bring fresh ideas and a commitment to seeing the university through difficult economic times. Roulhac isnt the only businesswoman in South Florida that is making her presence known. Kymberlee Corry Smith and Ericka Turk-Moore recently became the newest members of delancyhill, P.A. I am excited about joining the firm, Smith said. I am very excited about the energy that comes along with being a part of the firm a firm that without question has an awesome presence in the community. . I am ready to be a part of a great firm that has an awesome presence in the community. By Randy Gricergrice@miamitimesonline.com