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This month to celebrate Women’s History Month, we’re shining a spotlight on a few of the Inspiring and talented women working to make a difference in their local communities and the lives of those around them. To kick things off, here are four women leading and using their expertise, skills, and passion in South Florida and beyond. All of them lead or have founded causes where they can put their expertise to work for the community, and we think the world ought to know. Read on for four inspiring stories about local women making a big difference.
Having kickstarted her career in the styling department for Vogue in New York, Rachael knows plenty about the fashion industry. Her love of the field, combined with her desire to improve the lives of others, drove her to launch Miami-based Style Saves 10 years ago. This organization aims to help the world by uniting fashion with philanthropy through raising funds to serve underprivileged students and their families. Style Saves hosts a variety of annual fashion fundraisers in addition to yearly events for kids like Project Prom. Through their volunteerism service trips, Rachael and her team are able to deliver aid and assist locals after disasters.
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Sonia founded and now leads Suited for Success and Dress for Success Miami, two innovative non-profit organizations that serve local men, women, and young people throughout the community. With more than 30 years of entrepreneurial experience working with both non-profit and for-profit organizations, Sonia is a powerhouse — the true definition of a leading lady. Her work in the non-profit sector has earned her the recognition of former Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penales and former Vice President Al Gore, to name a few.
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In addition to serving as VP of External Relations & Communications at National YoungArts Foundation, Dejha is the founder of the non-profit Commissioner, which aims to help emerging artists overcome socio-economic barriers. With Commissioner, she helps local artists build their collections, learn about programming, and more. A passionate advocate for promoting and encouraging culture and the arts in her community, Dejha is also a founding partner of the Fade to Black exhibition, a platform for artists of color.
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A Harvard grad with a background in adaptive leadership, marketing, change management and more, Kathy Anderson is a modern-day superwoman — and she’s putting those powers to work for other women as the Executive Director of The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade. Having suffered sexual abuse during her own childhood, Anderson has dedicated much of her life’s work to helping other female victims. When she moved to Miami, she started a support group for survivors of sex trafficking. She’s also the author of “Change Your Shoes, Live Your Greatest Life,” a detailed account of her own personal journey through life’s hardships that will inspire women from all different backgrounds to rise above challenges and become authors of their own destinies.