Women Who Make Southwest Florida

Nominations for 2016 MAKERS will open on August 15. In the meantime, please watch, listen and read about our MAKERS to be inspired to nominate a woman who is leaving a vital legacy in Southwest Florida. Thanks!


Who is a MAKER?

A MAKER is an authentic, passionate and inspiring woman who will leave a special lasting impact on the people, environment, economy and/or culture of SWFL.

When considering if a woman who inspires you is a MAKER, ask yourself if she is:

  • Leaving a Legacy
  • Building Community
  • Defying Social Norms
  • Serving as a “First” in Her Field

Thanks To Our Community Partners

Premier Sponsor of the 2015 MAKERS Initiative

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Hodges University

Founded in 1990 as International College, Hodges University has established itself as one of the premier private universities in the state of Florida. The name was changed to Hodges University in May 2007 to honor a generous gift by Earl and Thelma Hodges, long-time residents of Naples and avid supporters of the institution.

Hodges mission is to offer Associate, Baccalaureate and Graduate degrees as well as other programs that enhance the ability of students to achieve personal or professional objectives. To accomplish this mission our schools offer a variety of academic programs online, on our Fort Myers and Naples campuses and at Learning Sites on the campus of Pasco-Hernando State College in Florida.

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