Awards

Sarasota Lawyer Named 2020 Florida Board Member of the Year by Boys and Girls Clubs

Meghan Serrano is a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick.

3:32pm By Staff

The New Guy

New Music New College’s New Artistic Director Takes Audiences on a Discovery of Exciting 'New Sounds'

“It’s a wild time to be planning a concert series,” Mark Dancigers admits.

09/22/2020 By Kay Kipling

They Inspire Us

Meet Seven Bold Women With Fresh Ideas and Big Dreams

Whether they’re running a billion-dollar business or starting a nonprofit on a shoestring budget, these women are challenging and shaping what we’ve always a...

09/17/2020 By Jessika Ward, Megan McDonald, Giulia Heyward, Kay Kipling, Susan Burns, Allison Forsyth, and Ilene Denton

The Survivor

Elizabeth Melendez Fisher Good Works Tirelessly to Prevent Sex Trafficking

Melendez Fisher Good is the co-founder and CEO of Selah Freedom, one of the nations' leading anti-sex trafficking organizations.

09/17/2020 By Kay Kipling

The Powerhouse

Carrie Cox Is a Leader in the Global Biopharmaceutical Industry

Cox has been named to Fortune magazine's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" list six times.

09/17/2020 By Ilene Denton

The Youth Director

Suriya Khong Empowers Young People

“No one makes it in the world alone, but with supportive and caring adults who take active interest in young people, their possibilities become limitless."

09/17/2020 By Allison Forsyth

The Journalist

Mercedes Soler-Martinez Tells the Stories Her Listeners Need

“Hispanics have always been here. They didn’t come across the border 20 years ago to break immigration laws.”

09/17/2020 By Alan Cresto

Soul Song

Autistic Singer-Songwriter Shares Positive Message with Album Release

Jennifer Msumba self-produced and released her first album "Music Saved Me," during the Covid-19 quarantine, and will perform live on Friday, Sept. 18.

09/17/2020 By Allison Forsyth

The Fighter

Natasha Clemons Fights for Police Reform

Clemons is one of the voices of the local Black Lives Matter chapter and the CEO of the Rodney Mitchell Foundation, as well as a full-time hospital nurse.

09/17/2020 By Giulia Heyward

The Teacher

Neirda Lafontant Paves the Way for Future Innovators in S.T.E.A.M. Careers

A dynamic speaker and motivator, Lafontant created the nonprofit FUNducation in 2019 to give kids an opportunity to build robots, learn about forensics, explore coding and more.

09/17/2020 By Jessika Ward

The Advocate

Laura Gilkey Is a Passionate Advocate for Pediatric Cancer Research

After losing her son, Benjamin, to cancer at just 9 years old, Laura Gilkey created a fund to support innovative oncology care for children.

09/17/2020 By Megan McDonald

Listening to Black Voices

Pioneering Physician Randall C. Morgan Jr. on His Lifetime of Fighting for Health Care Equity

Plus, how the Covid-19 pandemic is adversely affecting the Black community.

09/15/2020 By Heather Dunhill

Awards

Child Protection Center Names ‘Child Advocate of the Year’

Danielle Hughes was recognized for her 15 years of advocacy.

09/03/2020 By Staff

Listening to Black Voices

U.S. Ambassador James A. Joseph on His Lifelong Fight for Equality

Joseph, the former ambassador to South Africa, was an adviser to four American presidents and worked closely with the late Nelson Mandela.

09/03/2020 By Heather Dunhill

First Person

Listening to Black Voices

We're committed to telling the stories of Sarasota's Black community.

09/01/2020 By Heather Dunhill Photography by Michael Kinsey

Listening to Black Voices

Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot on Overcoming Racism in Classical Music

Pilot was the first Black female principal player in a major symphony orchestra.

09/01/2020 By Heather Dunhill

On the Road

A Sarasota Couple Brings New Love to a Classic Motorcoach

Their passion project took four hours every day for a year.

08/31/2020 By Heather Dunhill

Farewell

Saying Goodbye to Sarasota Philanthropist and Businessman Stanley Kane

Kane embodied and shaped the Sarasota we know today.

08/30/2020 By Robert Plunket

Survival of the Fittest?

Former Kennedy Center Leader and New Sarasota Resident Michael Kaiser on Arts and the Pandemic

The longtime arts administrator and consultant answers crucial questions about the future for arts organizations.

08/19/2020 By Kay Kipling

Vote!

Reflections From a First-Time Voter

Teenager Ximena Chafloque cast her ballot and urges other young women to do the same.

08/18/2020 By Susan Burns