Ten local women who have made outstanding contributions to the Jacksonville community were selected by the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women for recognition as 2014 Women’s History Month honorees – including two staff of the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center: Sandy Bartow and Pat Blanchard.


Pat Blanchard

sandy bartow

Sandy Bartow

These women epitomize this year’s theme, Standing Strong, Standing Together: Jacksonville Women Working to Create a Stronger Community!

The Commission, in partnership with the University of North Florida, will host a breakfast reception in their honor during Women’s History Month in March.

WHEN:           Tuesday, March 18,  7:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:         University of North Florida , UNF Student Union, 1 UNF Drive   Jacksonville, FL 32224


  • Sandy Bartow
  • Patricia “Pat” S. Blanchard
  • Amy Buggle
  • Brenda Simmons-Hutchins, Ph.D.
  • Elexia Coleman-Moss
  • Donna Orender
  • Susan Ponder-Stansel
  • Judith A. Smith, D.M.
  • Ann E. A. Williams, Ph.D.
  • Carolyn Williams, Ph.D.  (posthumous)

As is the commission’s tradition, four of the announced honorees will be featured on a specially designed commemorative poster, which will be unveiled at the breakfast. The poster will then be placed in the UNF Thomas G. Carpenter Library where the permanent collection of commemorative posters is exhibited. The poster honorees were selected from the nominations received from individuals, women’s organizations, agencies and businesses.

The cost to attend the event is $20 each and corporate tables are available. To register, call (904) 630-1618 by Friday, March 7. Checks should be made payable to the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women and mailed to City Hall, 117 West Duval Street Suite 275, Jacksonville, FL 32202, Attention: Alaina Reaves.

About the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of WomenMCOSW

Within its authority, the Commission shall act to develop a public consciousness of the talents of women, with special emphasis on the utilization of those talents as equal partners in the private, business, governmental and civic community; encourage women to become actively involved in matters pertaining to the government and community; work toward utilization of capable women in roles of leadership; act as a source of information for women including, but not limited to, employment opportunities, education, harassment, and discrimination against women; and focus attention on the needs of underserved women and/or women with special needs.


About candacemoody

Candace’s background includes Human Resources, recruiting, training and assessment. She spent several years with a national staffing company, serving employers on both coasts. Her writing on business, career and employment issues has appeared in the Florida Times Union, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and 904 Magazine, as well as several national publications and websites. Candace is often quoted in the media on local labor market and employment issues.
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  1. I am honored to have worked alongside these incredible women for over a decade through civic leadership and volunteerism – hooray to Sandy and Pat – so well deserved!

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