Women’s Empowerment Awards

Women’s Empowerment Awards will be held on March 8th, 2024

Nominations are now open!

Submit your nominations HERE.

Nominations will close on January 15, 2024.


The Junior League of Pensacola Women’s Empowerment Awards formally recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of women and young ladies in the Pensacola area. These awards honor exceptional women of all ages, of diverse cultures and roles, celebrating the power of individuals to spark change and improve their community and beyond. Whether your candidate is well known or an unsung heroine, we want you to tell us the inspirational stories of women whose extraordinary achievements empower others.

The purpose of these awards is to build up women in the community who display the traits of what it truly means to be a woman leader in the Pensacola community. We are currently accepting nominations for the following categories:

Woman in Business, Non-Profit 

Woman in Business, For-Profit 

Woman in Philanthropy 

Hometown Hero

Woman in Education

Youth Woman in Leadership (15-22)

Mary Raine Hill Award 


All nominations must be complete and include the nominee’s biography and a completed nomination form by January 15, 2024.

Email empowerment@juniorleagueofpensacola.org with any questions.



2023 Women’s Empowerment Award Winners:

Woman in Business, Non-Profit: Rebecca McKeithen`
Woman in Business, For Profit: Christina Doss
Woman in Philanthropy: Madrina Ciano
Hometown Hero: Dr. Justine Roper
Youth Woman in Leadership: Kayla Harmon

Mary Rane Hill Award: Dannon Byrd


2022 Women’s Empowerment Award Winners:

Woman in Business, Non-Profit: Belle Bear
Woman in Business, For Profit: Jessica Rhodes
Woman in Philanthropy: Jan Miller
Hometown Hero: Dr. Kathleen Hudon
Youth Woman in Leadership: Dierre Johnson

Mary Rane Hill Award: Tori Woods


2020 Women’s Empowerment Award Winners:

Woman in Business: Jennifer Grove
Woman in Philanthropy: Shelley Reynolds
Woman in Service: Audrey Moore
Youth Woman in Leadership: Zenani Johnson

Mary Rane Hill Award: Cheryl Howard


2019 Women’s Empowerment Award Winners:

Woman in Business: Amanda Floyd and Jennifer Allen McFarren
Woman in Philanthropy: Tia Watts Robbins
Woman in Service: Christina Watts Hawkins
Youth Woman in Leadership: Lauren Bonner

Mary Rane Hill Award: Robin Fleishman Zimmern



A variety of levels of sponsorship opportunities, including in-kind sponsorships, are available.

Check out the 2024 Women’s Empowerment Awards Sponsorship Packet.

To inquire about becoming a sponsor, email empowerment@juniorleagueofpensacola.org

If interested in a donation, WEA 24 Donation

Thank you to all of our 2023 Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

In-Kind Sponsors