Executive Women Of The Palm Beaches Announces Award Nominees

Executive Women of the Palm Beaches recently announced 23 women nominated for the prestigious Women In Leadership Awards.

Women who work in Palm Beach County were nominated in three sectors: private, public and volunteer. “We are thrilled so many women have been nominated by their peers,” said Minx Boren, president of Executive Women of the Palm Beaches. “This is our 31st year of presenting these awards, and each year extraordinary women in our community have been recognized.”

The annual Women In Leadership Awards luncheon recognizes exemplary women who have demonstrated extraordinary achievements and leadership. “This was the first award program in Palm Beach County to recognize the leadership accomplishments of women,” noted Virginia Spencer, chair of Executive Women of the Palm Beaches.

The Women in Leadership Awards program raises money to help young women pursue their dream of a college education. The Lois Kwasman Grant for Community Impact is also awarded to an organization whose work makes a profound difference in the community.

The luncheon will be held this year on May 1 at the Kravis Center. The keynote speaker will Valerie Plame, a former CIA operations officer and bestselling author of Fair Game and Blowback. This year’s honorary chair is Palm Beach philanthropist Frances Fisher.

Private sector nominees are: Jestena Boughton, Delray Beach; Michelle Diffenderfer, West Palm Beach; Christine D. Hanley, West Palm Beach; Sharon Quercioli, West Palm Beach; and Yvette Trelles, Palm Beach Gardens. Public sector nominees are: Verdenia C. Baker, Royal Palm Beach; Rev. Pamela Cahoon, Lake Worth; Elayne Forgie, Lake Park; Dr. Laurie George, Jupiter; Judith A. Mitchell, Stuart; Mayor Jeri Muoio, West Palm Beach; Denise Marie Nieman, Jupiter; Jocelyn Skolnik, Palm Beach Gardens; Kelly Smallridge, Wellington; Commissioner Priscilla A. Taylor, West Palm Beach; and Denise W. Valz, Palm Beach Gardens. Volunteer sector nominees are: Leslie Artsis Adams, West Palm Beach; Yvonne S. Boice, Boca Raton; Sally Chester, West Palm Beach; Deborah Jaffe, Royal Palm Beach; Janet Nakushian, North Palm Beach; Stephanie Pew, North Palm Beach; and Beverly Perham, Wellington.

For more information, visit www.ewpb.org or call (561) 868-7070.