2023 Prestigious Women Awards Honoree: Cicely Strickland-Ruiz

In her role as Chief Strategy Officer of United Way of Broward County, Cicely Strickland-Ruiz brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit and human service industries. She is focused on implementing strategies to increase revenue, reduce costs, strengthen customer relationships, and improve business practices, with the sole purpose of creating meaningful community impact. Strickland-Ruiz completed her M.S. in Strategic Leadership at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY, where she hails. She began her career working for a nonprofit social work agency that championed children’s rights. This experience gave her a deep appreciation of how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for everyone. Prior to taking on her role with United Way of Broward County, Strickland-Ruiz served as Chief Operating Officer at United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes (NY), overseeing the operational functions of the organization while leading a team of 20 fundraising professionals to raise more than $30 million annually through workplace development, corporate giving, and individual philanthropy. She believes in supporting the community where she lives and has served as a volunteer tax preparer through United Way’s supported program, VITA, on the Steering Committee of the Race, Equity, Justice Initiative (REJI), as a member of the North Broward County (FL) Chapter of The Links, Inc., and on multiple boards that support the empowerment of women, children, and education.

You May Also Like

2023 Prestigious Women Awards Honoree: Jennifer Saint Louis

Dr. Jennifer Saint Louis serves as the Associate Vice President for Strategic Partnerships & Innovation at Broward College. In this role, she provides leadership for community-wide relationships aligning with the college’s Social Enterprise Plan. Providing operational oversight for municipal, agency, and employer partnerships, using a data-driven approach, her division expands and strengthens county-wide collaboration following

2023 Prestigious Women Awards Honoree: Julie Williamson-Bresset

Julie Williamson-Bresset has been blessed to have a 25+ year career in Finance/ Wealth Managment, all in the South Florida market. As a fifth-generation Floridian, Williamson-Bresset cares deeply about the community and uses both time and resources to invest in helping in every area. As a mother of four incredible kiddos, four cats, three dogs,

2023 Prestigious Women Awards Honoree: Denise Rubin

In a notoriously competitive South Florida real estate market, Denise Rubin stands out as a top producer in history and has amassed a room full of awards, including 32 “BEST” awards from the Builders Association of South Florida and seven-time Best Real Estate Professional of the Year. Rubin breaks records in the real estate industry,

2023 Prestigious Women Awards Honoree: Laurie Spector

A top-ranked real estate advisor affiliated with COMPASS in South Florida, Laurie Spector has been recognized as a RealTrends America’s Best Real Estate Professional. She is a member of the invitation-only Master Brokers Forum, the COMPASS Club, the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, as well as the Neighborhood Choice Realtor in Rio Vista. Laurie is

Other Posts

2023 Prestigious Women Awards Honoree: Susan Colton

Susan Colton taught in public school classrooms and served as a highly respected, nationally recognized principal for thirty-two years. She is a speaker, trainer, and facilitator specializing in building positive relationships with diverse communities and putting students “at the top of the organizational chart.” She also served as Director of Leadership Development for Broward County

2023 Prestigious Women Awards Honoree: Paige Pavlik Garrido

Paige Pavlik Garrido is the Assistant Director of Executive Education at FAU’s College of Business. Paige leads the Corporate Training Division, where she works with Florida’s leading organizations to help identify workforce skills deficiencies, build a curriculum to address the organization’s particular needs and deliver customized professional development training to raise organizational productivity and innovation.

2023 Prestigious Women Awards Honoree: Christine Barney

In 1989, Christine Barney moved to Miami and never looked back. Falling in love with the city’s entrepreneurial spirit, Barney joined Bruce Rubin Associates and became a partner within three years of the newly named Rubin, Barney & Birger. She continued to scale the agency, attract the best talent, and keep clients and staff for

2023 Prestigious Women Awards Honoree: Jessica Levy

As President and Founder of Levy Public Relations, Jessica Levy has positioned the firm as a highly recognized PR and marketing agency in South Florida and New York. Levy has a strong work ethic that has been instilled by an entrepreneurial family. She takes great pride in making sure her clients are offered the best