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INSIDE LOOK: The SFBJ’s 2016 Influential Business Women Awards

Inspirational women leaders and hundreds of their supporters from across the tri-county area gathered at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six on Friday to honor the Business Journal’s 2016 Influential Business Women.

More than 350 people attended the event on May 20 at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale to honor the 25 business women.

The annual awards highlights the region’s growing number of women excelling in business, while also spotlighting the numerous efforts they lead to help improve our local communities.

Click on the attached slideshow to view photos from the packed event.

During her welcome speech, Business Journal President and Publisher Melanie Dickinson highlighted how the event, which features uplifting “pearls of wisdom” from each of the honorees is her favorite event of the year.

“These women not only lead their companies to great heights but stop along the way to mentor and encourage others, sharing their knowledge, lessons learned and expertise so that others may grow as they have,” Dickinson said.

This year’s honorees were a diverse group of women with many years of leadership among them. Women such as Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises; Barbara Goldberg, CEO and founding partner of O’Connell & Goldberg Public Relations; Lourdes Pineda-Garcia, vice president of FirstService Residential; and Cathy Rick-Joule, director of the Miami International Boat Show.

Many of the women thanked their mothers, sisters and women colleagues who supported them throughout their careers, as they reiterated the importance of helping to lift other women professionals. Others reminded attendees that anything is possible with hard work and perseverance.

“Step out of your comfort zone … Step into your courage zone, because a little bit of fear can make you do amazing things,” said honoree Michele L. Stocker, shareholder of Greenberg Traurig.

Lutoff-Perlo, named the first woman president of Celebrity Cruises in December 2014, reminded the crowd of the importance of setting women on the road to success early.

“Teach girls it’s less important to fit into a glass slipper and more important to break a glass ceiling,” she said, eliciting thunderous applause.

Corporate sponsors of the event were Florida International University College of Business, GCI Worldwide Corp., Durée & Co., FPL Fibernet and HSBC.

Click here to learn more about all of the honorees.

By: Jock Fistick on in News