Cindy Schmitt Named ABWA Woman of the Year

Only Florida Recipient of Prestigious Recognition             

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Cindy Schmitt, senior director of continuing education at Florida Tech, has been named one of the Top Ten Business Women of the Year by the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA).

The national award is the highest honor bestowed on an individual ABWA member. Recipients are recognized for achieving excellence in career, education and community involvement.

Schmitt, an ABWA member since 2015, is immediate past president of the award-winning Oceanside Charter Chapter of the ABWA in Melbourne.

“Top Ten candidates are a paradigm for ABWA members who strive for excellence in their careers, their communities, and in the Association,” said ABWA Executive Director René Street. “It will be a privilege to recognize these outstanding women this year at the 2019 National Women’s Leadership Conference and to gain inspiration from their accomplishments.”

Schmitt has led Florida Tech’s Continuing Education program for the past 12 years.

“I am honored and grateful to be selected for such a prestigious award,” she said. “To be recognized along with this group of powerful and inspiring business women is a dream come true.”

Her supervisor, Interim Vice President for Online and Off-Campus Education Julie Shankle, said, “I am incredibly proud of Cindy. This recognition reflects her hard work and dedication to excellence in service to the community, the university, and to the staff and programs in Continuing Education.”

The ABWA’s mission is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition. For more information: visit or


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