To celebrate women's history month, the Woman of Achievement awards have been presented in March, every year since 1993.
This award is not a traditional achievement award. There are many awards that go to the person who did the biggest job, the most work or got the highest score. This award is not necessarily about that. At its core, this award is about women helping women, which is a deep value of the Lakeland Women's Center. When we receive nominations, we don't ask if this person is well-known or how wide their accomplishments are. We look to see if they have done what is before them. Did they answer the call that pulled at their heart? Did they bloom where they were planted? If so, they can be considered for the award.
In addition to our extraordinarily talented and compassionate award recipients, an exciting part of the program is the art. Rather than present the recipients with a plaque or certificate, we commission a local female artist to create a representative and unique piece of artwork, which is presented to each woman at a public ceremony.
The important contributions each recipient has made demonstrate their ability to inspire others and their desire to support women. We honor them, and extend our special thanks for their efforts within our community.
Shawn Petite was the artist responsible for creating the 2019 Woman of Achievement Award artwork. The award we present is not your typical plaque. Each woman receives a unique piece of art that is created by a local artist based on the award winner's achievements, as seen by the artist. This year we celebrate the incomparable Shawn Petite, who, not only created the stunning and thoughtful artwork, but she also created this lovely video detailing her own journey and creative process. It is our honor to share her video.
Posted by The Women's Center at Lakeland Community College
on Thursday, May 9, 2019