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For Third Anniversary – Jamaican Women of Florida, stages Women’s Empowerment Conference and Scholarship Luncheon

For Immediate Release

Following an overwhelming response, the Jamaican Women of Florida, Inc. (JWOF) will host the second annual Women’s Empowerment Conference & Scholarship Luncheon to celebrate its third anniversary on Saturday, April 23, 2016.  The event will take place at the Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, in downtown Miami. 

Some 200 patrons are expected to participate in the daylong event which will include three panel presentations and the Scholarship Luncheon.   The sessions will include groups of professional and renowned first and second Jamaican women who will share their experiences at morning session Smashing the Glass Ceiling with CNN National Aviation and Government Regulation reporter, Rene Marsh, Carnival Cruise Vice President Marie McKenzie; and Broward Health North Executive, interim President and CEO, Pauline Grant.  

A panel on Transformation follows with clinical sexologist and psychologist, Dr. Karen Carpenter, author and inspirational speaker, Dr. Audeanne Donaldson and registered nurse and inspirational coach, Eva Francis.  An afternoon session on Mentoring will close the activities with a panel including CEO, Code Fever Miami/Black Tech Week, Felicia Hatcher, Communications and Community Development Consultant, Sharu Goodwyn, and Baltimore attorney who excelled to top of his class coming from humblest of beginnings in rural Jamaica, Jermaine Haughton.  

Guest speaker at the Scholarship Luncheon is second generation Jamaican, Mrs. Paula Madison, who successfully rose to the top of network television at NBC Universal.  Mrs. Madison tells an interesting story as she traced her roots back to Jamaica and China and chronicled her history in the riveting book, Finding Samuel Lowe-From Harlem to China, spanning four generations and moving between New York, Jamaica, and China, a powerful memoir that is a universal story. 

“It is outstanding that we have been able to assemble this exciting group of Jamaicans to present at this year’s Conference. Our first Conference was such a success that it was a challenge to find engaging panelists at the top of their game, but we did it! This is an event not to be missed,” says Dahlia Walker-Huntington President of JWOF.

The event as with all others hosted by the JWOF members is known for the signature shopping gallery where retailers showcase a variety of items - clothing, jewelry, hand-crafted leather sandals, accessories and Jamaican Art. 

Launched in April 2013, Jamaican Women of Florida is a Florida Not-For-Profit and an IRS 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt corporation that has grown from an original 20 founding members to more than sixty members and continues to provide an outlet for Jamaican women in Florida to empower themselves through charitable and educational endeavors, personal development and mentoring.

Through their ongoing commitment to engage and assist in the development of leadership and personal skills of Jamaican women in Florida, the JWOF members continue to give back to the next generation of young women through several programs including their annual renewable “Powerful Women…Next Generation” scholarship program.  This scholarship helps a college-bound Jamaican-American female student chart her career through college and sustained for a four-year degree, two such students are already benefitting as they are now enrolled at universities. Jaime Noicely, the first recipient is currently enrolled at Florida Atlantic University pursuing studies in pre-law while Adrianna Jones is completing her first year at University of Florida as a biology major.  A third recipient will be awarded at the Scholarship Luncheon this year.  Under the mentorship of JWOF members, these young women are mentored by the members in leadership and personal skills as they prepare to operate in a global environment.

The organization of vibrant professional women has made several strides through fundraisers, networking sessions and collaborative efforts.   One feature is the adoption of young female residents at Melody House Girls’ Home in Montego Bay, Jamaica. “We have been able to achieve these milestones because of the support of our members and the community” stated President of the three-year old organization, Dahlia Walker Huntington, attorney and community activist.

This year’s Conference is being staged in collaboration with the Jamaica Tourist Board and sponsored by: Victoria Mutual Building Society; Broward Health; Law Offices of Dahlia A. Walker; Golding Law Group; Weiss Serrota; Robinson Law & Mediation; Western Union; Daniels Kashtan; Hamilton Miller & Birthisel; Zap Courier and Cox Media.

Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are still available to interested persons.  Information on details of the Conference are available at www.jamaicanwomenofflorida.com and www.facebook.com/jwoflorida  or by calling 561-320-1391.


JWOF accepting applications for “Powerful Women…Next Generation” Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the Jamaican Women of Florida “Powerful Women…Next Generation” scholarship.

The scholarship, renewable annually, is awarded to a first or second generation, Jamaican-American female high school student attending college in Fall 20156. Valued at $1,000 yearly, the scholarship will encourage the recipient to achieve her four-year educational goal at a tertiary institution. So far, two students have been recipients of the JWOF Scholarship.

In order to meet the criteria for the scholarship opportunity, the applicant must be a resident of South Florida, and have a high school graduating 3.5 GPA, which has to be maintained throughout the tenure of the scholarship. Applications must be submitted by Thursday, March 31, 2016. As part of the qualifying criteria, the candidate is required to demonstrate commitment as a volunteer in community projects by performing a minimum of forty (40) hours per semester. In addition, the candidate must compose an essay (not more than two (2) pages, double-spaced), explaining why she should be awarded this scholarship. The applicant’s study program should also include credits in International Studies and/or Women’s studies, if available.

Application material must be accompanied by candidate’s contact information (name/address/telephone/email address) and emailed to Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to 3325 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 206, Hollywood, FL 33021. The Scholarship will be awarded at JWOF’s fourth anniversary celebration which takes place at the Women’s Empowerment Conference and Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday, April 23rd at the Jungle Island, Miami, Florida. Further details regarding the anniversary celebration are available online at www.JamaicanWomenOfFlorida.com

Jamaica Women of Florida
Scholarship Program

The objective:

The Organization awards a renewable scholarship, annually, to a high school student accepted in a tertiary program, first or second generation Jamaican, to encourage the recipient to achieve her four-year educational goal at a tertiary institution. The annual scholarship is valued at $1,000.

Criteria for obtaining scholarship:

Applicant should be a resident of Florida:-

  1. Applicant must be of first or second generation Jamaican descent.
  2. Applicant must maintain a GPA of 3.5 throughout the tenure of the scholarship.
  3. Applicant’s study program should include credits in International Studies and/or Women’s Studies program, if available.
  4. Applicant must demonstrate continuous involvement in volunteer community projects. (At least 40 hours minimum required per semester) and continued through the college duration.
  5. Applicant must write a two (2)-page, double-spaced essay explaining why she should be awarded this scholarship. Essay must be. Applications must be received by Thursday, March 31, 2016.


  1. Advertisement will be done through community news release via print and broadcast media, churches, schools, and social media networking.
  2. JWOF scholarship committee will review applications and select recipient(s).
  3. Payment of Scholarship will be awarded directly to institution (or directly to the recipient at the discretion of the committee).
  4. JWOF scholarship committee will monitor students each semester throughout duration of scholarship by reviewing their grades (will request for certified transcript).
  5. JWOF scholarship committee reserves the right to seek repayment from scholarship recipient in the event the recipient fails to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or complete the academic semester.
  6. Decisions by scholarship committee are final.

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