​This year’s 2018 Women on the Rise finalists:
Collective Impact Award:
Bishop Jacquelyn Gordon – New Shiloh Christian Center
Courtney Harris Barker – City Manager, Satellite Beach
Michelle Masline – Twin Rivers Insurance, Inc.           

Trailblazer Award:
 Dr. Denise Burns Legros – Brevard Vision Care
Laura Chiesman -  First Wave Financial
Teri Jones – Elderly Compassionate Care, METCA, MCDC 

Woman of Courage Award:
Malak Hammad – Marine Bank & Trust
Maria Dockery – Femme Fatale Arms & Training
Kathy Hamilton-Brown – Endeavor Elementary Magnet School 

Woman to Watch Award:
Annette O. Burkett – Rockwell Collins
Kristen Klein – LEAD Brevard, Inc.
​Natasha Duran – Candlelighters of Brevard 
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2018 Women on the Rise

Crowne Plaza Melbourne - Oceanfront
Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
Program Start: 5:30pm

2018's Inaugural Women on the Rise event was truly spectacular. We were honored to recognize so many exceptional women in Brevard. We had over 80 nominations, 12 finalists and 4 outstanding winners. We are proud to announce the award recipients for each of the four Categories – Collective Impact – Courtney Harris Barker, Woman to Watch – Natasha Duran, Woman of Courage – Malak Hammad, Trailblazer – Dr. Denise Burns- LeGros!

Congratulations to all of the finalists and to the award winners. Thank you to our sponsors, partners, and attendees for your support and dedication to this community. Special thanks to our presenting sponsors Shelter Mortgage, Berman Hopkins Wright & LaHam, CPAs and Associates, LLP, and Classic Wood Flooring and to Amy McGrew and the entire staff at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne-Oceanfront for your hospitality.
From left to right:  Courtney Harris Barker, Natasha Duran, Dr. Denise Burns-LeGros, Natasha Cartagena-Spencer, Malak Hammad & Michele Murrell.