Women Who Make Southwest Florida

WGCU Public Media, in partnership with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida, announces the 2015 MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida. Congratulations to the five women selected:

Rep. Mary Ellen Hawkins, R-Naples (1974-94) Naples
Jan Manarite, Patient Advocate, Prostate Cancer Research Institute, Fort Myers
Maria “Lucy” Ortiz, Outreach Manager, Shelter for Abused Women & Children (Ret.), Immokalee
Robbie Roepstorff, President of Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands, Fort Myers
Nola Theiss, Founder, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, Sanibel Island.

The 2015 MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida will be honored during the 2015 Makers Awards and Premiere Screening on March 30 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be completed online at http://wgcumakers.org/. The awards event is intended to empower women in our region to realize their own purpose and passion by celebrating the success of the 2015 MAKERS. To learn more about the five women selected, click here.

In its third annual celebration of exceptional women residing in Southwest Florida, MAKERS stands unique as the only award for women in the region based on an established nomination, evaluation and selection process. It also is the only project that creates an inspiring, digital archive of these extraordinary women. WGCU Public Media captures the dynamic legacies and unique personalities of these women in video and audio portraits. Their stories encourage us to realize our own unique and significant contributions.


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.

MAKERS are women who are truly impacting lives and leaving a legacy in the arts, business, education, healthcare and politics or through their activism in environmental or social justice issues. 

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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