As we wrap up Women’s History Month, we conclude by highlighting two other important women.…
In honor of Women’s History Month, March 2021, we are highlighting 3 very amazing women. This trifecta of influencers has forever impacted our community and so many with incredible contributions. We celebrate their dedication, hard work, and commitment. Also, we gratefully reflect on the path which they paved for so many other women, past, present, and future.
About Women’s History Month
In 1987 Congress declared that the month of March would represent Women’s History Month. Each year during this month, the National Women’s History Alliance (NWHA) publishes a theme to commemorate the many achievements, triumphs, and accomplishments women have made in our culture and society. Due to Covid-19, this did not happen last year. However, this year has an amazing and immensely powerful theme, Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced.
For over a century woman fought for their right to vote and in 1920 they won their battle and were granted that right. According to the NWHA, this was the theme for 2021 as they are “determined that the important roles of multicultural suffragists and voting rights activists continue to be recognized and honored… refuse to allow their voices to be silenced, even by a pandemic.”
These three women continue raising the bar and marking their imprint in our present, past, and future. Their hard work, commitment, and accomplishments are momentous, and they are the vital fibers that continue to enrich the fabric of our country.
Da-Venya Armstrong is the President of Armstrong Creative Consulting (ACC). Her firm does public relations, creative marketing, event management, and community outreach, just to name a few of the branches they cover. But her efforts and dedication working to help her community, are equally as impressive.
She is the reason thousands of African Americans in Miami have received the COVID-19 vaccine. De-Venya has been instrumental in exponentially increasing the number of vaccinations provided to African American senior citizens in Miami Dade County. As a community outreach expert, Da-Venya is responsible for launching and overseeing this successful faith-based program. As a result of her commitment, more than 8,000 vaccinations have been administered. She is not only a stellar professional but has also become the voice and advocate of the people. A true powerhouse and trailblazer, doing great things!
A Strong Woman
This 46-year-old go-getter is also a graduate of Hialeah- Miami Lakes High School. She attended Miami Dade College and the University of Miami and majored in broadcast journalism. As a child, she enjoyed listening to gospel music on WMBM radio station with her grandmother.
Her affinity to the church and community began over two decades ago. It was when Bishop Victor Curry assumed New Baptist Church and purchased the radio station she loved so much. This would change the course of her life on every level. She began giving back to her community through time spent working at the radio station and growing her company.
In 1995, a short time after the announcement from the church, the station was reinvented and Da-Venya became news director, public service director, traffic director administrative assistant, and was part of the morning show with the bishop called “morning glory.” She started ACC working with small businesses and churches.
Through many challenges and setbacks, she remained laser-focused and continued to push through and work hard. Everything changed in 2008 when she became the deputy campaign manager of the Children’s Trust Re-authorization Campaign. Entrusted with this position, she did what she does best… She shined and succeeded, and it took her business to another level. Presently, Da-Venya does community outreach for the Miami Dade County Homeless Trust. Additionally, she continues running a very successful business at ACC and is an icon of inspiration and diversity in her community.
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey is President and CEO of the Miami Foundation. This $350,000,000 community foundation focuses on building a greater and stronger Miami! Doing so by “uniting donors” and improving quality of life, and the community. One of her main initiatives is to unify and work cross-functionally as businesses and leaders and invest in collective efforts to deal with the impact of COVID-19 on our community.
Rebecca began her career as a teacher and is the youngest person in US history to be appointed to the Florida Board of Education. She served a very fruitful four-year term and made a great impact on students in every grade. During her undergrad college years, she earned the great honor of valedictorian at Penn State. In addition, she holds a master’s degree in education and is the recipient of several awards for her outstanding leadership and service to the community.
Previously, Rebecca was the CEO and founder of Radical Partners. “A social impact Accelerator… who invests in leaders, engage locals, and design innovative solutions to collectively make the community stronger.”
One of her biggest and most important jobs is being a devoted mom to two beautiful young boys and a “SHERO” to the community.
Gena Walters Smith
Gena’s story is one of great challenges, perseverance, and resilience. Her motivation and strength are simply extraordinary and inspiring. She is one of our bus attendants at Showering Love. Always eager and committed to helping those experiencing homelessness. Her passion and kindness serenade our guests and all who meet her. Gena is also a very loving mom of 8!
Her heart is golden and she is filled with compassion and empathy for those who feel as lost as she once was. Sadly, Gena suffered an unimaginable tragedy and lost her twins. Dealing with their loss was too much to bear, and she became lost. Confused and confronted with very dark and turbulent times. Also, facing many obstacles that seemed impossible to overcome, she felt hopeless and saw no way out. Clearly, losing her children is by far the worst event in her life. However, she also dealt with divorce, trauma, and mental health issues.
Gena – A Bright Light
Her life began spiraling out of control and she became homeless. Gena lived in tent city in downtown Fort Lauderdale for 3 1/2 years. Step by step she began her journey out of homelessness and began addressing her issues. Today, she is living her best life! We are so proud and continue to be inspired by Gena’s courage and resilience.
A true bright light to those in the darkness. Her smile lifts up the faces of those who have lost the light, which she gives back to them. Gena is a perfect example of what is possible when the community comes together and shows their kindness and support. People like you saved her life! Your donations to Showering Love are key in changing and saving lives. Your generosity enables us to keep helping so many.
“Change starts with me and then it has its effects on everyone else”
The Reason Behind Women’s History Month
Showering Love would like to extend our sincere gratitude to these three fierce and outstanding women. We appreciate your continued support and love and are honored to be lucky enough to work as a team. We would like to thank ALL women during this month, and every other day of the year. Courageous, empowering, and resilient women. Equally. From every walk of life. Whether you are a homemaker or CEO, you are changing the world! You are investing in future generations and essential in making this world a better place <3
“Leaders, pioneers, homemakers, trailblazers – women were essential to the founding of this nation and are essential on the path forward into its future.”
-ABC News Article Sandra Bookman