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(ORLANDO, FL - February 7, 2018) - ONYX Magazine’s third annual Women on the Move (WOTM), presented by Title Sponsor Herzing University and Presenting Membership Orlando Health will recognize Florida’s most impactful and influential women during an awards luncheon to be held on Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Alfond Inn, Winter Park, Florida.

In keeping with the National Women’s History Month’s theme, “Nevertheless, She Persisted,” this year’s WOTM event will highlight women who have shattered the glass ceiling in their professions and persevered against all odds.

ONYX Magazine is excited to collaborate with its sponsors to showcase these phenomenal women. They are trailblazers leading major businesses to succeed on national and international levels in several professional disciplines.

“These powerful and innovative achievers are contributors to a thriving economy every day,” said Richard “Rich” E. Black, ONYX Magazine’s Publisher, CEO and Editor-in-chief. “Our sponsors and other supporters are pivotal to making Women on the Move one of the most prestigious events to recognize women of color across Florida.”

ONYX Magazine’s Women on the Move will give a special Woman of the Year salute to Mary Ann Carroll. Carroll is the only woman among the 26 Original Florida Highwaymen inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. The Florida Highwaymen is a group of self-taught African-American landscape artists who painted during the 1950s to the 1980s. During this period galleries would not accept the art of painters who had not been professionally trained. So, the Florida Highwaymen sold their art along the highways and from door-to-door throughout the state.

It is with great honor we recognize special guest Honorable Justice Julia Sarkodie-Mensah from Botswana, Africa. She has practiced for 32 years as a partner in one of the largest law firms in Botswana before her appointment as judge of the High Court of Botswana.

Leading this year’s event are Chair Deidre Parker, President, Parker Realty Group and Co-chair Nancy Port Schwalb, the President of Schwalb Public Relations. The awards luncheon will be hosted by Carolyn Fennell, the Senior Director of Public Affairs and Community Relations at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. For further information about ONYX Magazine’s 2018 WOTM, contact Marianne Eggleston at 855-986-6699 x5 / c 261-256-8060 or Nancy Port Schwalb, Schwalb Public Relations at 407.418.2426 / c 407.592.5921 e

Congratulations to our Honorees

We are proud to announce the honorees for the class 2018 Woman on the Move award. This year marks the 3rd anniversary of the awards program. The honorees will be celebrated on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 11:30 A.M. at the elegant Alfond Inn of Winter Park, Florida Purchase Tickets
  • Beverly Kuykendall
  • Pasha Baker
  • Althemese Barnes
  • Roda Ward Carter
  • Mary Ann Carroll
  • Terrie Daniel
  • Felicia Haslom Davis
  • Jasmine Gebon
  • Annette Gibbs
  • Marcia Hope Goodwin
  • Cathy Grant
  • Lynda V. Harris
  • Anita Henri
  • Erica Henri
  • Commissioner Regina I. Hill
  • Paula Hoisington
  • Yolanda London
  • Megan Mack
  • Brenda R. March
  • Desirée Spence Matthews
  • Pamela McCauley, Ph.D., C.P.E.
  • Ann McNeill
  • Bernadette Morris
  • Joyce Odongo
  • Ava L. Parker
  • Shanti Persaud
  • Tasha Maria Robinson-Banks
  • Julia Sarkodie-Mensah
  • Wanda Trotter
  • Carla M. Williams
  • CeCe Teneal Williams
As noted by WOTM Chair Deidre Parker, owner of Parker Realty, "Our 2018 Women on the Move Honorees embody the spirit and resilience of their predecessors – women like Fanny Lou Hammer, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama and others who have dedicated their lives to transformative leadership.”

For More Information:

For more information on the Women on the Move (WOTM) or ONYX Magazine, please contact Marianne Eggleston at or call 1-855-986-ONYX (6699) Extension 5


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