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2018 Honorees

2018 WOD Honorees

(pictured l to r) Women of Distinction honoree Stephanie Goforth, Women of Distinction honoree Sallie Parks, Woman of Promise honoree Fentrice D. Driskell, Hall of Fame inductee Liana Fernandez Fox, Women of Distinction honoree Chloe Firebaugh, Women of Distinction honoree Lissette Campos.

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Women of Distinction and Woman of Promise. All honorees have achieved success in their chosen fields and serve as inspiring role models for girls in our local communities, each exemplifying ethical leadership and a commitment to making a difference in the lives of their fellow citizens through community service.

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Lissette Campos (Tampa) 
Lissette is a seven-time Emmy award winning journalist with a career spanning 30 years. As the Director of Community Affairs for WFTS ABC Action News and host of “Positively Tampa Bay”, Lissette produces segments to promote fearless leaders, causes, events, and informative segments to help others. She is best known for her compassionate storytelling of every day heroes in the community. Under her leadership the “Taking Action Against Domestic Violence” campaign has earned more than a dozen national, regional, and state journalism awards and is credited with a 77% increase in calls to the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline. She has used empathy and compassion while interviewing many domestic violence survivors and has empowered them to share their stories of survival in order to save other lives. In her personal time, Lissette volunteers with many organizations to serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies and a keynote speaker at special events. 

Lissette’s work has been recognized by the Florida Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Academy of TV Arts and Sciences. Her most memorable assignments include undercover reports from Russia and Cuba and interviewing the Dali Lama; former presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush, Sr.; former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Fidel Castro’s daughter Alina Fernandez Revuelta, upon her defection to the United States. 

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Chloe Firebaugh (St. Petersburg) 
Chloe works in the male-dominated home building industry serving as the Director of Land Acquisition for M/I Homes of Tampa. When she’s not out in the field with her hard hat on identify new projects or in the office negotiating contracts and budgets; she can be found volunteering her time and making an impact as a leader in her community.

Chloe has been a member of the Junior League of St. Petersburg for 17 years and has served in nearly every position from President, roles on the Board of Directors, and has chaired many committees. Her other community involvement includes President-Elect of The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society of the Museum of Fine Arts, Chapter Regent (President) of the Daughters of the American Revolution Saint Petersburg Chapter, and a board member for the Mainsail Arts Festival and the All Children’s Hospital Guild. Chloe has a long list of accomplishments working directly with these organizations in helping advance their missions from chairing fund raising events and communications committees to coordinating volunteers. In addition, she is also a member of the Women’s Service League, Boley’s Angels, Infinity to Aid Abused Children, University of South Florida – Town and Gown, Tampa Bay Builder’s Association, Urban Land Institute, and the Museum of Fine Arts. Chloe is the recipient of the U.S. President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service.

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Stephanie Goforth (St. Petersburg)
Stephanie is the President of Northern Trust’s West Florida Region leading offices from Tampa to Naples, on the west coast of Florida. With more than 30 years of trust, investment and banking experience, she is responsible for all aspects of its wealth management business including investment management, trust and fiduciary management, financial planning and private banking. Stephanie also holds the series 7, 6, 63 and 66 licenses and is a certified financial planner.

Stephanie is a leader in the greater Tampa Bay community and demonstrates her commitment by her involvement with multiple organizations that benefit women, children and our community at-large. As a University of South Florida alumna, Stephanie is still actively involved with the university by serving as a member of the USF Board of Trustees and Chair of the Campus Board of USF St. Petersburg.  Her Board of Trustees assignments include vice chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee, member of the Academic and Campus Environment committee and member of Strategic Initiatives Committees. She serves on the boards of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, the Conservancy of South Florida, and Naples Botanical Gardens. She is the past president of the Suncoasters’ Festival of States and has served of the Board of Directors of Shorecrest Preparatory School, Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA), Heroes of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg YMCA. 

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Sallie Parks (Palm Harbor) 
Sallie has been a passionate and energetic leader in the Tampa Bay area both professionally and voluntarily for over 50 years. Her significant professional contributions include serving as a Pinellas County Commissioner for eight years and in the role of chairwoman for two years. Sallie was the first Executive Director of the Pinellas County Arts Council and was the director of marketing and public relations for Mease Health Care. She also founded the local chapter of PACE (Practical Academic Cultural Education) Center for Girls Pinellas, a nonprofit prevention program for at-risk girls in Pinellas County. In 2003, Sallie retired as a lobbyist and advocate for St. Petersburg College but did not stop her commitment to the community.

She is actively involved with many nonprofit organizations in Pinellas County and provides incredible leadership to each of them. Sallie is currently serving as board president for Mease Manor Board of Trustees and PEO (Philanthropic Education Organization) as well as Vice-Chairwoman of 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares. In addition, Sallie sits on the following Boards of Directors: Pinellas Community Foundation, Rotary Club of Dunedin, Rotary Club Foundation, Mease Manor Foundation, Area Agency on Aging Pasco-Pinellas, Kathy Monahan Foundation, and Clearwater Sister City Advisory Board.  She also sits on the Community Advisory Boards for the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Junior League of Clearwater Dunedin, Clothes to Kids, and AvMed. Sallie is a recipient of both the Distinguished Alumni Award from Leadership Pinellas and the Governor’s Point of Light Award.

 

The 2018 Woman of Promise, a deserving young woman under the age of 40, is:

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Fentrice D. Driskell (Tampa) 
Fentrice has been a trail blazer all her life – always setting her sights high in spite of discouragement from others along the way. Her early achievements include graduating first in her class at Lake Gibson High School and being honored as the first alum inducted into its hall of fame. She was the first black woman elected President of Harvard University Student Association. She went on to excel at Georgetown University Law Center and earned a clerkship position with the Honorable Anne C. Conway, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Today, Fentrice is an attorney and shareholder at Carlton Fields practicing commercial litigation, consumer finance defense, and bankruptcy litigation. In all her leadership roles she has not shied away from challenge and has met every obstacle with courage and determination.

Fentrice is president of the George Edgecomb Bar Association and on the board of Tampa Crossroads Inc. She is a member of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyer. She is a member of several committees for the Florida Bar which include a standing committee on Diversity and Inclusion; and a special committee on Gender Bias. She has been has been selected by Florida Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” each year since 2011 and was listed as an "Up-and-Comer" in Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite in 2015.