Women In Leadership Awards
Come and meet our 2019 Honorees on Wednesday April 17th, 2019
Mary Cleary Ierardi, RN MS of West Palm Beach
Mary is an exemplary, long time member of our community. She was educated; married; raised her family and began her nursing career in West Palm Beach. Since 1997 she has devoted her time and talents to volunteering and serving on multiple non-profit boards that serve the needs of the poor in Palm Beach County. In 2001, she founded and secured grant funding from the Palm Healthcare Foundation, to establish the Interfaith Health and Wellness Association that is now a vital county wide program that serves thousands of underprivileged in Palm Beach County. Mary has served as president of Catholic Charities Governing Board; president of Saint Edward Women’s Guild; founding president of the Interfaith Health & Wellness Association; founder of the Charitable Works Ministry and the Health and Wellness Ministry at St. Edward Church.
Elizabeth Hamma of Jupiter
Elizabeth Hamma, Senior Vice President of Hubbard Radio Palm Beach, oversees seven local radio stations. Elizabeth and her team assist more than 100 community organizations every year. She is a member and past chair of the Palm Beach State College Foundation Board and currently serves on the board of the Urban League of Palm Beach County, Komen South Florida, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the School District of Palm Beach County’s S.T.E.M. Council. Her stations are consistently ranked in the very top of the ratings and earn one of the largest shares of revenue in the industry. One of her stations, WRMF is a Marconi Nominee, one of the industry’s most coveted awards given to stations who demonstrate superior community service. She herself has been recognized several times as one of the industry’s best managers by Radio Ink Magazine. Another of her stations, WIRK is nominated for station of the year by Billboard Magazine.
Beth Walton of West Palm Beach
Beth Walton is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Town of Palm Beach United Way,
responsible for the development and implementation of short and long term fund raising plans that meet defined performance goals for Town of Palm Beach United Way’s four campaigns. She works with volunteer leadership to recruit and train campaign cabinet and committees and is responsible for the development and implementation of all publicity, campaign printed materials, advertising, special events and donor and volunteer recognition and awards, as well as all aspects of the United Way grants for member agencies. In 2011 Beth accepted the School Board of Palm Beach County Academic Excellence Award and in 2016, the Palm Beach Civic Association William J Brooks Community Service Award. Beth has built a powerful network of donors, relationships rooted in trust and the knowledge that whether they give $5 or $50,000, it will be well-spend helping people in need.
Lisa Williams-Taylor, PhD of Boynton Beach
Dr. Lisa Williams‐Taylor is CEO at Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County. As CEO, she oversees a wide range of prevention and early intervention services that help PBC’s children grow up healthy, safe and strong. Last year, the Council served 135,000 children and their families through 60 programs and numerous public education and outreach campaigns. Prior to becoming CEO, Williams‐ Taylor served as Chief Program Officer at the Council, overseeing research and evaluation, system and program performance, and program operations – including strategic planning. Williams‐Taylor has extensive experience working with local, state and national policymakers to build evidence‐based systems of care. Dr. Williams-Taylor is the recipient of the 2017 Women’s Chamber of Commerce Palm Beach County Giraffe Award and the 2016 United Way Simply the Best Outstanding Executive Champion award.
The Women In Leadership Awards Luncheon (WILA) is held annually in the spring. It was the first award program in Palm Beach County to recognize the leadership accomplishments of women in our community. At the luncheon, Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation, Inc. presents its Annual Women In Leadership Awards to exemplary women who have demonstrated extraordinary achievements and leadership in the nonprofit, private, public and volunteer sectors. The Luncheon is one of the county’s most successful community events, attracting approximately 700 attendees annually.
While the luncheon recognizes the achievements and celebrates the contributions of exceptional executive women, proceeds of the Luncheon provide critically needed scholarship assistance. The Women In Leadership Awards luncheon has raised significant dollars to help promising young girls and women in our community pursue their dream of a college education.
Past Women In Leadership Awards Luncheon keynote speakers have included such outstanding nationally recognized women as Ann Richards, Elizabeth Dole, Mary Matalin, Andrea Mitchell, Mary Alice Williams, Jane Bryant Quinn, Betty Rollins, Erica Jong, Sherry Lansing, Linda Ellerbee, Gloria Steinem, Ellen Goodman, Dr. Sarah Weddington, Dr. Jeane Kirkpatrick, Dr. Jeri Nielsen, Mavis Leno and Tipper Gore, Mae Jemison, Betty Nguyen, Alison Levine, Jeannette Walls, Barbara Corcoran, Celine Cousteau, Joan Lunden, Valerie Plame, Jennifer Fleiss, Susan Packard and most recently Marilu Henner. The Women In Leadership Award is dedicated in loving memory to our Founder Cynthia Allen Gracey.