Women of Distinction

Thursday, November 18, 2021  |  11:15 a.m.
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6900 W State Rd 84, Davie, FL 33317

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Please note, in response to the rising number of COVID cases across the U.S., March of Dimes has adopted a COVID safety policy to safeguard the health of every guest, volunteer and family who gather at in-person events. This policy includes testing (negative test results must derive from a test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the in-person event), as well as masking requirements for participation in March of Dimes events.


Women of Distinction honors and celebrates women leaders in South Florida chosen by the community and selected by an esteemed committee of past recipients and distinguished women leaders with a complement of events that culminate with a grand luncheon. This legacy event has honored over 260 women innovators, influencers, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs that have effected change in the community and beyond. Women of Distinction is a platform to honor women leaders and a networking opportunity to connect with leaders throughout South Florida.



Betty Davis

Chief Certified Meteorologist WPLG Channel 10


Managing Partner, Bellows Associates


Director, Government & Community Relations, Baptist Health South Florida

Kenyetta N.
Alexander, Esq

Partner, Osherow, PLLC


Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Right Management Florida

Rose McKelvie MBA, MS, BSN, RN

Dr. Saima Aftab

Vice President, Organizational and Strategic Initiatives, Chief, Section of Neonatology, Nicklaus Children’s Health System


Marketing Director, Warren Henry Auto Group


Vice President Marketing, Time4Learning

Tiffany D.
Garner, M.S., J.D.

Director of Development & Law Professor, Nova Southeastern University

Anderson Rhodes, MD, FACOG

Chief Medical Officer, Memorial Hospital Miramar


Executive Director, Heart Gallery of Broward


ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY, INC., 2021 Woman of Service

The Yeary Family 

Thank you to our 2021 Ambassador Family
Like many expectant parents, Jennifer and Chris were excited about growing their family. That changed when their baby, Amelia, arrived at only 7 1/2 months weighing just 4 pounds, 10 ounces. She suffered from respiratory distress and spent her 2 weeks fighting for life in a Neonate Intensive Care Unit (NICU). 
It was a difficult time for the Yeary family. The NICU can be frightening and overwhelming for parents, especially when they must leave each night without their baby.
After 12 days in the NICU, Amelia was finally able to come home. Today, she is 1 years old and loves to dance, play, and spend time with her big sister, Charlotte.
Like Amelia, more than 380,000 babies are born preterm in the U.S. each year. For more than 80 years, March of Dimes has helped every family get the best possible start, which is even more critical today.
“Serving as an ambassador family and sharing our story lets us show our gratitude for the work of March of Dimes that has helped so many babies like Amelia,” says Jennifer and Chris. “We support March of Dimes as they help get us closer to a world where no mom or dad has to experience what we did.”




2021 Event Emcee
Laurie Jennings
President, Laurie Jennings LIVE
March of Dimes longtime supporter and 2019 Honoree

Laurie Jennings is a 6-time Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist and media expert. She has hosted national TV programs and been a trusted anchor in Cleveland, Boston and Miami over the past 30 years. She recently stepped away from the evening news desk at WPLG-TV to enjoy more flexibility for her family and launch her own media company, Laurie Jennings LIVE. She is now on air in commercials, online moderating live virtual events and serving as a trusted corporate spokesperson. 


Laurie A. Watkins is a catalyst for change and the president and chief strategist of Sunshine L.A.W. Consulting. She is an accomplished speaker, best-selling author of the award-winning book, Go from Stressed to Strong: Health & Fitness Advice from High Achievers, and appears frequently on cable and network television providing her insights on national security and current events. Appointed by President Barack Obama to serve in his Administration at the Pentagon for the U.S. Army, she has an impressive record of success establishing organizational goals and priorities. Laurie is passionate about tackling these important issues head on: women's empowerment, social justice, and diversity, equity and inclusion.  
Learn more about Laurie here.


2021 Women of Distinction Committee

Susie Levan, Chair

Author and Chief Soul Officer
"Getting to Forgiveness"

Dr. Miya Burt-Stewart, Managing Partner
M.D. Stewart & Associates, Inc.

Cindy Stoddart Cooper

Ellen Crane, Founder
Women Elevated

Eris Sandler, Market President

Elaine Vasquez, President
 El Heraldo


Through partnerships with companies, organizations and individuals, March of Dimes is able to create unique moments for your clients, vendors and leadership teams. Sponsorship opportunities provide you with brand recognition, civic engagement and an exclusive client entertainment opportunity within the event. We look forward to working with you to discuss your partnership with March of Dimes. Please email Elizabeth Clarke or call  (954) 290-6846 to learn more! 

View our updated event acknowledgements and waivers here.