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i4 Business Opens 2021 Women’s Inspired Leadership Awards Nominations

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Diane Sears, Publisher


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Central Florida leaders will be honored in 7 categories at virtual event and in magazine

(Orlando, Fla.) — Each year, i4 Business magazine’s Women’s Inspired Leadership Awards event celebrates the accomplishments of women throughout Central Florida who are making a difference in the community. Held in March to commemorate Women’s History Month, the event is a highly anticipated occasion. 


This year, the ceremony will be held virtually via Zoom on a date that will be announced soon. Nominations are now open and will close at 6 p.m. Eastern on Monday, January 18, 2021. The honorees will be selected by a special committee made up of community members and the i4 Business team. Each honoree will be featured in the March issue of i4 Business magazine. 


“It’s always exciting to recognize women who are leading our community in different initiatives,” said Diane Sears, editor and publisher of i4 Business. “Through the years, we’ve awarded the honors to women in government, nonprofit, education, entrepreneurship and all kinds of industries. It’s an honor for us, too. There is so much good work being done here in Central Florida.” 


The 2020 honorees included Dr. Deborah Crown, dean of the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College; Dana Bledsoe, consultant and former president of Nemours Children’s Hospital; Lauren Nelson, philanthropy associate for Nemours Children’s Hospital; Dr. Laine Powell, founder of Tech Sassy Girlz; Brianna Sheehan, founder and principal designer of Brianna Michelle Interior Design; A. Noni Holmes-Kidd, vice president and general counsel for Parkway Property Investments; and Sharon Hagle, founder of SpaceKids Global. 


The 2021 awards categories are:


Spirit of Advocacy – She has a clarity of purpose and has facilitated action in the community by creating more awareness about a key issue.


Spirit of Collaboration – She has brought together key individuals or organizations in strategic partnerships to facilitate the execution of common goals.


Spirit of Engagement – She supports a cause or causes with a level that extends beyond the norm and has made a positive impact on the lives of others.


Spirit of Entrepreneurship – She recognized an opportunity in the marketplace and followed her vision to create a business that is making a difference.


Spirit of Innovation – She introduces new ideas that improve the strategic positioning of the organization(s) she represents or supports.


Spirit of Mentorship – She gives her time to counsel and guide others in areas of professional and leadership development and shares valuable life lessons.


Spirit of Progress – She has facilitated forward movement to further advance growth and continuous improvement in the community.


Nominations can be submitted here.

Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available for levels ranging from $500 to title sponsorship for $5,000. For information, contact Keith Landry at keith@i4biz.com or 407-730-2961.



Founded in 2013, i4 Business connects the community’s leaders by covering the people, projects and priorities shaping Central Florida. The print, digital and video editions of the magazine promote the spirit of progress by sharing timely, relevant stories that are uplifting, inspiring and educational.


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