Nominees Announced For Giraffe Awards

The Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County recently announced the nominees for the 20th annual Giraffe Awards in honor of Women’s History Month. The celebration will take place Wednesday, March 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion.

For the past 20 years, the Women’s Chamber has celebrated Women’s History Month by presenting the awards. The celebration honors the women in Palm Beach County who have “stuck their necks out” for other women and taken on leadership roles in business, community and the marketplace.

“The theme for this year’s Giraffe Awards is ‘Our History is Our Strength: Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives,’” Women’s Chamber President Denise Albritton said. “Our nominees epitomize this theme. They are women who have achieved great success through incredible life experiences, good and bad, which have molded them into the women they have become.”

The 2015 nominees are: RobbynAckner, president, RobbynAckner Inc.; Dr. Kathleen Anderson, professor, Palm Beach Atlantic University; Kalinthia Dillard, senior attorney, Palm Beach County School District; Tami Donnally, business administrator, EBC Ministries; Angelique Francois, program manager, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies; Kim Jones, client advisor, Celedinas Insurance Group; Kimberly McCarten, executive director, the Arc Palm Beach County; Mary Kay Murray, executive director, the Education Foundation; Jacqueline Reeves, managing director, Bell Rock Capital; Rhonda Rogers, director of community engagement, Prime Time Palm Beach County; Judith Selzer, president, Selzer 360 LLC; Brandyce Stephenson, senior associate, the Society of the Four Arts; Mary Stratos, principal, Forest Hill High School; Ellen Vahab, founder and executive director, the Youth Activity Center; Louise Lorraine Voltaire, president, the Haitian-American Nursing Organization; and Susan Warmington, executive director, the Oasis Compassion Agency.

The keynote speaker for this year’s luncheon is Laurie Silvers, founder of Hollywood Media and the Sci-Fi Channel (now called SyFy). She is an owner of Home Town Cable Plus, a telecommunications system in Port St. Lucie, and Treasure and Space Coast Broadcasting, which operates five radio stations on the Treasure Coast. She is also co-CEO of, a major Internet provider of entertainment news and information, and a board member of, a leading online movie ticketing site.

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