2009 WOMENS CONFERENCE
The 1st Annual Miami Beach Women’s Conference March 26, 2009 was spearheaded by Miami Beach’s first woman Mayor Matti Herrera Bower to honor National Women’s History Month during her first term in office.
The Official Opening Reception, hosted by Mayor Matti Bower, featured a panel of five other Miami-Dade County women mayors; Mayor Lynda Bell of The City of Homestead, Mayor Joyce A Davis of the City of El Portal, Mayor Cindy Lerner of the Village of Pinecrest, Mayor Shirley Gibson of the City of Miami Gardens and Mayor Susan Gottlieb of the City of Aventura. The commission chambers filled up quickly to listen to their individual stories of how they were empowered to political leadership. Then it was off to the Miami Beach Convention Center for the morning sessions of Miami Beach’s 1st Women’s Conference!
AM Dialogue Sessions featured Money & Finance, Health & Wellness, S.A.F.E. Self Defense Classes, A Young People’s Forum, Spirituality, Women in the Arts, Women in Politics, Women Leaders and Career & Success.
PM Dialogue Sessions included guest speakers on How to Balance Life and Work, Parenting, Wellness and Building Financial Security.
Dialogue Sessions were sponsored by Miami-Dade County Commissioners Bruno Barreiro, Rebeca Sosa and Sally Heyman, Barry University, Coconut Grove Bank, Constant Contact, The Arts at St. John’s, Miami Beach Fraternal Order of Police, B.P.R. Music, Center for Folk and Community Art, Dr. Alice Randolph and The Miami Beach Police Department.
“Lunch in the Garden” was hosted by the Miami Beach Botanical Garden showcased the culinary artisty of local woman chefs & restaurants to over 200 people. The luncheon was sponsored by The Boucher Brothers, local restaurants and caterers.
Our 2009 Women’s History Honoree was Julia Tuttle, a woman pioneer recognized as The Mother of Miami and the only woman to found a major US city. A percentage of proceeds from the 2009 conference were donated to Miami-Dade County Commission for Women for the maintenance of a future Julia Tuttle statue on the Miami River.
The Miami Beach Women’s Conference was produced March 26, 2009 by Women’s Exhibit, Inc. in partnership with Miami Beach Commission for Women, Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Council, The City of Miami Beach, Miami Beach Convention Center and Miami Beach Botanical Garden. The event, co-chaired by Dona Zemo and Laura Morilla, was organized by a committee of 40 dynamic volunteers composed of women of all ages, cultures and lifestyles. The Women’s Conference drew over 700 women from across South Florida. Proceeds from the event were divided among the partnering women’s community organizations.