MELBOURNE, FLA.—The Women’s Business Center (WBC) and the Alumni Association at Florida Institute of Technology presented their sixth annual luncheon to celebrate Women’s History Month and support the National Women’s History Project (NWHP) on March 18. With the theme, “Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” the luncheon was at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront.
This year’s Award of Distinction recipient was Florida Tech alumna General Ann E. Dunwoody. Now retired, she was the military’s first female four-star general and served her country for 37-plus years. In her last four years of service she led the largest global logistics command in the Army comprising 69,000 military and civilians located in all 50 states and over 140 countries. She managed a budget of $60 billion and was responsible for the oversight of approximately $70 billion in service contracts.
The annual Space Coast Community Award recipient was Dr. Stephanie Haridopolos. A family practitioner, wife, mother of three and a survivor of domestic violence, she now lends her support, voice and encouragement to others who are victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Haridopolos has been frequently recognized for devoting her time to charities and organizations. She recently served as the chairwoman and community organizer for the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk.
Presented by the Florida Tech Alumni Association, the Joan Bixby Award recognizes members of the Florida Tech community who enhance the climate for women’s participation and development on campus. The award is named in honor of Florida Tech alumna Bixby, who was a university administrator and Melbourne resident.
This year’s Joan Bixby award recipients were Niescja Turner, Ph.D., College of Science associate professor; Jarin Eisenberg, Nathan M. Bisk College of Business program coordinator; and Carla Deras, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering who will graduate in May 2013.
For more information, call the WBC at (321) 674-7007, or visit https://wbc.fit.edu/womenshistory/index.php.
PHOTO: Pictured from left are Niescja Turner, Carla Deras, Ret. Gen. Ann Dunwoody, Dr. Stephanie Haridopolis and Jarin Eisenberg,
The WBC at Florida Tech is partially funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and is an outreach of the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business. The WBC provides women with opportunities, tools and connections to advance their global influence and success. The center offers well-equipped facilities conveniently located at Florida Tech, teachers, mentors and volunteers with expertise and business knowledge, partnering with community organizations for broad outreach, and training and resources that are onsite and online to accommodate busy schedules and provide easy access.