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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 and the Director of Community Affairs for WFTS TV ABC Action News. Lissette launched “Positively Tampa Bay” in the fall of 2008 and the television station's signature "Taking Action Against Domestic Violence" campaign in the Spring of 2009. As she and ABC Action News commemorate important milestones for both, Lissette calls Positively Tampa Bay and the domestic violence awareness campaign “the assignments of a lifetime” and “the highlights” of her career, now spanning 30 years.

Under her leadership, the domestic violence awareness 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. In her personal time, Lissette volunteers with many organizations to serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies and a guest speaker at special events.

Lissette’s work has been recognized by the Florida Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Suncoast Chapter. Her career also includes undercover reporting from Russia and Cuba as well as public affairs and crisis communications for the Disney Company and USF Health.

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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 or in the office identifying new projects and negotiating contracts; 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 18 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, the 2013 Woman’s Service League Spirit of Service Award and was a 2014 Princess in The Queen’s Court.

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Stephanie Goforth (St. Petersburg)Stephanie is the Senior Vice President Regional Director of Client Development Wealthy Management and the Regional Sales and Marketing Leader for the East Region. She works with teams located in offices from Boston to Miami, as well as their international business practice. Her extensive market sales experience, leadership skills, and banking business acumen will help develop Northern Trust’s growth in the East Region’s nascent markets and cultivate business in the established markets. Stephanie has over 30 years of wealth management and sales experience and holds the series 7, 66 and 24 licenses and is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) Certificant and a Certified Private Wealth Advisor SM (CPWA®) Designee.

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. She serves on the boards of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, the Conservancy of South Florida, Naples Botanical Gardens, and The Florida Orchestra. She is the past president of the Suncoasters’ Festival of States and has served as a member 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 Chair of Mease Manor Trustees and is President of her chapter of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Education Organization) as well as Vice-Chairwoman of 211 Tampa Bay Cares. In addition, Sallie sits on the following Boards of Directors: Pinellas Community Foundation, Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Rotary Club of Dunedin, Clearwater Sister City Advisory Board, Kathleen Monahan Foundation, and Rotary Club of Dunedin Foundation as well as numerous community advisory boards. 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. 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’s Undergraduate Council.  After attending law school at Georgetown, Fentrice earned a federal clerkship with the Honorable Anne C. Conway, former Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Today, Fentrice is an AV Preeminent-rated attorney and Shareholder at Carlton Fields where she represents clients in commercial and consumer litigation and bankruptcy matters.

Fentrice is the immediate past President of the George Edgecomb Bar Association and also serves on the boards of Tampa Crossroads, Athena Society, and the Hillsborough Education Foundation. She serves on several committees for The Florida Bar, including the Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, a Special Committee on Gender Bias, and the Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee. A past Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Fentrice’s accolades include being recognized as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine each year since 2011; an "Up-and-Comer" in Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite; a “Leader in the Law” by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers; and a “Pro Bono Hero” by the Bay Area Legal Services Volunteer Lawyers Program for multiple years. Most recently, Fentrice filed to run for the Florida House of Representatives in District 63, which covers communities in north Tampa and north Hillsborough County.