Women In Leadership Awards
Dr. Marsha Fishbane of Singer Island
Dr. Marsha Fishbane is a pediatrician and public health physician who recently retired from employment with the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County after three decades of service, last holding the positions of Community and School Health Division Director and School Health Medical Director. Her background includes extensive experience in public health/community health initiatives and collaboration in maternal and child health programs. Co‐founder of the nonprofit agency Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County, Inc., Dr. Fishbane remains highly engaged in furthering their mission of improving birth outcomes and supporting healthy families in Palm Beach County.
Marti LaTour of Gulfstream
Marti is a committed board member of the Palm Beach County Food Bank, currently serving as Treasurer and having led the recent nationwide CEO search. She is always engaged—and asks tough, appropriate questions. Marti is a wealth of knowledge, generously sharing her expertise and experience. She is supportive and very focused on organizational success and results. She is such an asset, both through her skill set and experience, as well as her personality.
Victoria A. Chouris of West Palm Beach
In 1982, Victoria was asked to work at the South Florida Fair in the finance office and in 1985, was offered a full-time position. She accepted the role and now serves as the VP/Chief Operating Officer of the 17-day fair. Attracting nearly 500,000 people through its turnstiles with nearly 700,000 people attending events on the Fairgrounds annually. Two hundred events days are directed by Vicki. In 2018, she was selected to serve in the capacity of Florida Federation of Fairs Zone 2 Director where she represents the interests of the fairs in multiple states.
Hon. Jeri Muoio of West Palm Beach
Jeri Muoio was elected Mayor of the City of West Palm Beach in March 2011 and re-elected in 2015. She previously served on the West Palm Beach City Commission for four years and was reelected twice. Mayor Muoio is steering the City of West Palm Beach in the direction of being a more vibrant, healthy, equitable and tolerant community. Mayor Muoio holds a doctorate in Education Leadership from Syracuse University and worked for many years as a school district leader. She resides in West Palm Beach with her husband Charles. She is the mother of Jessica and grandmother of Jordan, Jada and Julian.
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 Awards Luncheon is decicated in loving memory to our Founder Cynthia Allen Gracey.