Cleveland Clinic Florida Honors Women of Excellence at Sapphire Luncheon

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October 04, 2017
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Cleveland Clinic Florida Honors Women of Excellence at Sapphire Luncheon
WESTON, Fla. – October 3, 2017 – Cleveland Clinic Florida recognized five South Florida “Women of Excellence” at the inaugural Sapphire Luncheon hosted Sept. 22, 2017, at the Lauderdale Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale. Hosted by the Women’s Professional Staff Association (WPSA) at Cleveland Clinic Florida, the event honored women in the community who are innovative leaders achieving professional and personal excellence.
The Sapphire honorees are:
  • Business - Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises a multi-billion-dollar vacation brand
  • Entrepreneur - Ramola Ramesh Motwani, Chairwoman and CEO of Merrimac Ventures, a real estate management, investment and development company with interests around the U.S. and India
  • Community Service - Linda B. Carter, President/CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward, nationally ranked in the top 100 community foundations
  • Healthcare - Kathleen Cannon, CEO/President of United Way of Broward County, working to heighten the successful confluence of nonprofits, community leaders, volunteers and private businesses to help those who need it most in the community
  • Education - Madeline M. Pumariega, Chancellor of 28 colleges that make up the Florida College System, which serve more than 800,000 students
“Our goal with the Sapphire Award is to recognize women whose stories of success and perseverance are inspirational and provide others with a path forward,” said Wael Barsoum, MD, President of Cleveland Clinic Florida and member of the event committee. “Our honorees demonstrate the same spirit of excellence embodied in the Cleveland Clinic values of quality, innovation, teamwork, service, integrity, and compassion.”
Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Women’s Professional Staff Association, which hosted the event, represents women in medicine and promotes personal and professional growth, and happiness at work. The WPSA Host Committee included Diana Galindo, MD; Claudia Mason, MD; Dalia McCoy, MD; Mary Rensel, MD; Vani Sabesan, MD; and Farah Tejpar, MD.
Event committee members included David Armstrong, President of Broward College; Wael Barsoum, MD, President of Cleveland Clinic Florida; Matthew Caldwell, President & CEO of the Florida Panthers; Raquel Case, General Manager at Rick Case Automotive Group; George LeMieux, Shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Gunster; and Paula Levenson, Manager of Communications and Corporate Affairs at AutoNation.
About Cleveland Clinic Florida
Cleveland Clinic Florida, located in Weston, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Parkland, is a nonprofit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic Florida has 255 physicians with expertise in 55 specialties. The medical campus is fully integrated and includes diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery and a 24-hour emergency department located in the state-of-the-art hospital. Cleveland Clinic Florida ranked #2 among the best hospitals in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area and eighth in Florida in US News & World Report’s 2017-2018 ranking of Best Hospitals metro area rankings. Cleveland Clinic Florida is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida, visit Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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