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Marivi Prado is a successful businesswoman who has been actively involved in community activities. She is the President and owner of Marivi Prado and Associates, a full service marketing, advertising and public relations agency founded in 1988. Ms. Prado is also the founder and President of Women of Human Rights International, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that focuses on denouncing human rights violations and injustices, promoting human rights and acting as a link between women’s groups at the local and international levels. Marivi arrived in Miami in 1960. A graduate of the University of Miami, she has been calling Miami her home for 39 years and has been actively involved in community organizations. Her affiliations include Dade County’s Planning Advisory Board, Archdiocese of Miami Community Peace Task Force, Dade-Monroe Mental Health Board, Coalition of Hispanic American Women (CHAW), Kiwanis Club of Key Biscayne, CAMACOL, Latin Business and Professional Women’s Club, AYUDA, Inc. and Habitat for Humanity. She has been widely recognized in South Florida as a business and community leader. She has been the recipient of many awards for her leadership. The Latin Business and Professional Women’s Club, Latin Builders Association, the Children’s Re-source Fund and the International Association of Human Rights Agencies have honored her.

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As organizing chair of Generations United of South Florida and President of the Miami Women’s History Coalition, Roslyn Berrin has worked to unify folk of every age, gender, and ethnic origin. She has been a business executive and community activist in Miami-Dade County for almost 50 years. She was one of the first women realtors specializing in the sale and purchase of commercial, industrial and investment properties. She lobbied for equal opportunities for women in the work force during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Roslyn Berrin has served as President of the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center. She has also served as President at the Flagler-Grenada Jewish Community Center and as Vice-president to the Greater Miami Jewish Community Centers. Roslyn Berrin is active in the Alliance for Aging. She chairs its Intergenerational Committee, which brings together elders and young people in mutually beneficial endeavors (e.g., Foster Grandparents, Visiting Pet Partners, Oral History Interviews).

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Claudia C. Kitchens, Executive Director of the Woman's Fund, is a tireless worker in the field of domestic violence. She has spearheaded creative programs to help victims, such as the transitional housing for homeless abused women and children, Inn Transition, North and South; the Dade Alliance Against Domestic Violence; the Teen Dating Violence Intervention Program; the Victim Emergency Relief Fund; and the Miami Coalition for the Homeless. She currently sits on the board of Kristi House, serving victims of sexual abuse. She has served as State Director of Kids Voting Florida, a national project for better understanding by children of the voting process and as President of the Junior League of Miami, coordinating volunteers and representing the organization in the business and civic community.

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Cindy Lederman, Judge of the Juvenile Court, is a community leader and advocate for the rights of women and juveniles. She has initiated and expanded the Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Court; founded the Girls Advocacy Project, a model intervention program for girls in the Juvenile Detention Center; and spearheaded the opening of the Head Start Facility for maltreated children. She serves on boards and councils studying deviant peer contagion; violence and victims; gender bias; education, youth and families; and has written a concept entitled Judicial Decision Making to Ensure Permanency Planning for Substance Exposed Newborns. Judge Lederman's court has been designated as an Infant and Young Children's Mental Health Pilot site, and she has written many articles and publications based on her work.

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Linnea Pearson, Ph.D. Unitarian minister, religious scholar, and community activist, focuses on women and children and peace. She heads the National Conference for Community and Justice Task Force on Domestic Violence and serves on the Board of the Miami-Dade Victim Services Center. She has advocated for the farm worker, the environment, and, she is the current leader of the local branch of Women in Black. Among her publications are Separate Paths: Why People End Their Lives and Dreams on Fire: Embers of Hope, Reflections from the Pulpit following the Rodney King Uprisings in Los Angeles.

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Rosa Sugranes, founder and Chair of the Board of Iberia Tiles, is the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council Chair. She is a member of the United Way; the Executive Committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, chairing the English +1 committee; the FIU Board of Trustees; the State Transportation Commission; and she is Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Miami Branch. She has received the Small Business Person of the Year award from the Small Business Council of America.

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Lilia Garcia is a devoted champion of the arts and an educational leader. She facilitates the enlightenment of women and students through the promotion of art as a powerful tool in the educational process of students and the unification of a diverse community.

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Dr. Soto is an experienced physician, mentor and leader in the field of health care. She strives to meet the needs of women and the under-served by championing the movement for holistic community medicine.

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Dr. West is an esteemed educator and political founder who seeks to empower women through active involvement in the political process and party leadership. She also encourages support for youth through mentorship.

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