Finalists Announced For Ninth Annual Women Of Worth Awards

The Central Palm Beach County Community Foundation will host its ninth annual Women of Worth Awards Luncheon at the prestigious Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa on Friday, Feb. 28.

This year’s guest speaker is Rita Barreto Craig, president and founder of Top Tier Leadership. For more than 40 years, Craig has been positively impacting the lives of others by creating programs that build winning cultures, deliver results and maximize performance. Prior to forming her own company, she was a human resource executive with Florida Power & Light, where she served as its first female division HR manager, first diversity director and first senior affairs advisor.

Registration and networking will take place from 11 a.m. to noon. The awards luncheon will begin at noon, and winners will be announced during the course of the program.

The finalists in the Corporate Category are Julie Chorney of DC Construction Associates, Alicia Santos of Retreat at Palm Beach and Melissa Nash of Accounts Receivable Inc.

The finalists in the Education Category are Jennifer Love Gironda of Lake Worth High School, Erica Whitfield of the Palm Beach County School Board and Mary Claire Mucenic of the Palm Beach County School District.

The finalists in the Entrepreneur Category are Dr. Rachel Needle of Whole Health Psychological Center, Bonnie Kelly of Coastal Doulas, Julie Khanna of Khanna Connections, Pam Triolo of First Impressions Creative Services and Chelsea Lane of Chelsea Lane & Co.

The finalists in the Nonprofit/Volunteer Category are Terrie Mooney of Polo for Life, Beth Rappaport of the Coalition of Boynton West Residential Association (COBWRA), Lorrie Browne of the Palm Beach Shelter Dog Project, Shannon Burrows of Shannon Burrows Inc., Anne Caroline Valtin of the Great Charity Challenge, Kate Arrizza of the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium, Pamela Swensen of Clinics Can Help and Renee Layman of the Center for Child Counseling.

The finalists in the Young Professional Category are Lauren Cotton of Cotton Crews, Kristy Petrykowski of Retreat at Palm Beach, Kati DeSutter of JupiterBounce.Com and Sabina Ramdas of NextEra Energy.

The winners will receive a beautiful bracelet courtesy of community sponsor Pandora. In addition to the bracelet, each winner will receive a $100 gift card to Pandora from corporate sponsor the Mall at Wellington Green. Winners will also receive flowers.

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