In honor of Women’s History Month, Doral Mayor Luigi Boria and the City Council created a special Women’s History Month Proclamation entitled “Transcending Boundaries – Creating Brilliance” to recognize Doralian Women Leaders.
Winners in the 26-plus years category were: Business: Elizabeth (Lizz) Wiegandt, Cadillac Director of Mary Kay; Arts: Tied between Mariela Romero, writer of telenovelas, and Maria A. Bilbao, retired from Miami Dade College involved in Doral arts and culture; Communications: Gloria Burns, Columnist and Marketing Representative of Miami Community Newspapers and the Doral Tribune; Community: Carolina Sivoli, civic activist.
The 25 and under honor was awarded to Emily Bello-Pardo, FIU student; a posthumous award was named in honor of Andrea Nicole Castillo.
Runners-up included Gisela Thomas, Dilia Melean Tomassetti, Tailleen Arias, Jessie López, Becky Miller, Elena Ortega-Tauler, Esq., Carmen Gómez, Liana Hernández, Manuela Guardia, Malexys Morales and Dominique Barbara.
Nominations were opened to women residents of Doral in two age categories: 26 years and over, and 25 years and under, with judging based on achievements that transcended the city limits in four areas of impact: the arts, business, communications, and community.
Final judging by Mayor Boria, Vice- Mayor Bettina Rodriguez-Aguilera and Councilwoman Christi Fraga Mar. 18, 2013, preceded announcement of winners at the City of Doral Council meeting,
Each received a framed proclamation acknowledging their endless work and dedication to the City of Doral that has ‘transcended boundaries and created brilliance.’
All finalists received certificates of acknowledgment. Doralian Women Leaders Initiative was presented by Vice Mayor Rodriguez Aguilera to bring about community awareness for Doral’s women leaders.