2018 Breaking the Glass Ceiling Annual Awards Luncheon

Event information

2018 Breaking the Glass Ceiling Committee invites you to join us for the 2018 Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards Luncheon and Program. This annual event recognizes Jewish women from around the state for “breaking the glass ceiling,” featuring an inspirational program where the award recipients discuss the obstacles they faced on their roads to success.

$54 Members, Non-Member $65 Scholarships available for FIU Students and Faculty. Kindly RSVP by February 27, 2018 using this link.

2018 Honorees

Charlotte H. Garfield (Hollywood) Charlotte Garfield was only 25 years old when she entered into a field not known to most women, the manufacturing, import and export of pumps, valves, sprayers, batteries and tires. Charlotte was born in Germany and came to the U.S. in 1938 at the age of fifteen. She was educated in New York and earned advanced degrees in Spanish and Business from New York University and the University of Iowa. Being fluent in German, French, Spanish and English helped her to become Director of International Sales and Service for Crane Company’s Deming Pump Division overseeing Central America, South America, the Caribbean and more than 120 countries worldwide. Because of her extensive experience in international marketing, Charlotte was also an instructor and lecturer on Foreign Trade in economics at several New York colleges and counseled students from Florida International University. For more than thirty years, Charlotte has been called upon to speak at Holocaust Remembrance events across the U.S. Charlotte has two sons, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. In her spare time, she plays bridge, a hobby that lead her to become a Life Master of the game in the 1997. At 95 years young, Charlotte continues to be an active learner and inspiration to all.

Linda Heller Kamm (Miami Beach) Linda Heller Kamm has a passion for political action and social justice, locally, nationally and internationally, from civil and human rights to public advocacy in areas of conflict. One of three women in her law school class, by 1975 she was general counsel to the Committee on the Budget, US House of Representatives. In 1977, Linda was the first woman confirmed by the Senate as general counsel to a US Cabinet Department. As counsel to the Department of Transportation, she oversaw the expansion of airline routes, the initiation of accessible public transportation nation-wide, and was instrumental in opening all positions in the Coast Guard to women, thus increasing their promotion opportunities. Committed personally as well as professionally, Linda is the former Vice Chair of American Jewish World Service and former Co-President of Americans for Peace Now. As a non­governmental advocate for peace, she has met with world leaders including Fidel Castro, Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat. Currently, she is an Advisory Board Member of J Street and a Founding Board Member of Our Generation Speaks at Brandeis University, which trains Israelis and Palestinians in collaborative entrepreneurship. Locally, Linda is active with Communities in School and the Funding Arts Network.

Brenda Moxley (Plantation) Brenda L. Moxley is currently the Director of Community Security with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. In this capacity, she provides security consultation and guidance to over 120 different organizations and institutions, with a focus on critical infrastructure protection, preparedness, and crisis management response. Ms. Moxley retired from the FBI in 2016 with over 26 years diversified law enforcement experience. At the time of her retirement, she served in the Miami Division as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the FBI’s Criminal Branch II, which consisted of over 130 agents, professional staff, and task force personnel. Ms. Moxley is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice Studies. Her experience also includes investigating Public Corruption, Counterterrorism, and National Security matters. Over the course of her career, she has received many awards for her outstanding service, including multiple Federal Law Enforcement Officer Awards for Investigative Excellence. She received the Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for Meritorious Achievement, related to a National Security investigation. Most recently, she was honored by the United States Attorney’s Office with an award given to top ranking women in federal law enforcement.

Barbara Stein (Miami) Barbara Stein is Executive Producing Director and co-founder of Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables with her husband Dr. Lawrence E. Stein in 1987. For the past eighteen years, under her stewardship, Actors’ Playhouse has grown into the second largest not-for-profit professional Equity Theatre in Miami-Dade County, and one of South Florida’s major cultural institutions. Ms. Stein, a resident of Miami for over 50 years, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and is an active member and leader in many community organizations. She has written, produced and directed a series of educational plays for children and is proud of initiating the children’s educational programming at Actors’ Playhouse and the National Children’s Theatre Festival one of few National Call Top Competitions for new children’s work in the nation. Ms. Stein has received numerous awards including Marketer of the Year in 1997 by the Dade County Branch of the American Marketing Association, the Greater Miami Region of Hadassah’s Women Who Make The Difference Award, the Spectrum Award for Culture from the American Red Cross and the Ruth Foreman Award at the 2004 Carbonell Awards Ceremony, to name a few. The growth and success of Actors’ Playhouse and the Miracle Theatre is the top priority in the Stein’s lives in addition to the love and devotion she has her husband Lawrence and daughters Elaine and Stephanie.

2018 Breaking the Glass Ceiling Committee

Chair: Lori Gold

Isabel Bernfeld Anderson

Marylou Brotherson

Merri Mann

Faith Mesnekoff

MeriJane Rochelson

Felice Traktman

Pauline Winick

Nancy Wolcott