2023 Women's Achievement Awards


On behalf of the Women's Executive Council, we would like to sincerely thank the Orlando community for supporting the 51st Annual Women's Achievement Awards.

A special note of gratitude to the Women's Achievement Awards Steering Committee for their countless hours of work and dedication to our vision of Empowering and Embracing Women to Serve Central Florida. We had a wonderful evening full of memories that all present will remember forever. A special thanks to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer for taking time out of his busy schedule to be with us. Thank you to all honorees who shared their testimonials and brightened our lives with great advice and their leadership perspectives.

We want to thank every person who donated to the 1972 Scholarship Fund. Through the Silent Auction and the pledges, the 1972 Society is nearly halfway toward funding 50 scholarships again in 2024.

Congratulations to all honorees for their achievements!

In the picture, from left to right: Loretta Faith Harris, Karla Ray, Deborah C. German, Nicole Guillet Martz, Monica May, Mia Poinsette, Kimberly Fogle (not pictured), Nicole Donelson (not pictured), and Theresa Smith-Levin (not pictured).

2023 Woman of the Year: Deborah C. German, MD—UCF College of Medicine

Entrepreneur Honoree: Betsy Gardner Eckbert—Winter Park Chamber of Commerce


Community Development Honoree: Kimberly Fogle—Central Florida Home for Good


Kimberly Fogle was not present. Accepting the award for her is Martha Mannarino.

Tourism Honoree: Nicole Guillet Martz, Esq AICP—Orlando International Airport

Education Honoree: Loretta Faith Harris, EdD—Triumphant Living Enterprises, Inc.

Communications Honoree: Monica May—Monica May Communications



Emerging Leader Honoree: Danielle Permenter—Orlando Economic Partnership


Central Florida Influencer Honoree: Mia Poinsette—The Poinsette Foundation


Public Service Honoree: Karla Ray—WFTV Channel 9


Arts Honoree: Theresa Smith-Levin—Central Florida Vocal Arts


Philantrophy Honoree: Nicole Donelson—Central Florida Foundation


The Women's Achievement Awards benefits the 501(c)(3) Women's Executive Council Scholarship & Endowment Fund.