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On behalf of the Tallahassee Democrat and presenting sponsor, Moore, congratulations to the 2020 class of 25 Women You Need to Know and the 5 Young Women to Watch!

体育在线365During the month of March, you will have the privilege of getting to know these outstanding women and incredible young women, who are ready to take on the world.

Now in its 14th year, the 25 Women program is the Tallahassee Democrat’s way of honoring women who lead from the front or from behind the scenes. This year the selection panel has again chosen a stellar group who represent the best of Tallahassee and the surrounding areas.

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Last year's class: Congratulations to the 2019 25 Women you Need to Know and 5 Young Women to Watch

The hall of honor: More than 250 Women You Need to Know: A complete history

体育在线365Every day during the month of March in the Tallahassee Democrat and on jameswburdick.com meet the women whose names we list below.

25 Women You Need to Know        

  • Courtney Atkins, Executive Director of Whole Child Leon
  • Ginger Barry Boyd, Partner at Nelson Mullins
  • Sharon Gilmore Berrian, Director of Membership Relations at the Florida League of Cities
  • Tonya Chavis, Assistant Director of Development at Rotary Youth Camp of North Florida
  • April Dietz, Consultant at ISF, Inc
  • Monique Ellsworth, CEO of Second Harvest
  • Elizabeth Emmanuel, Downtown Improvement Authority CEO
  • Andrea Friall, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at TMH
  • Anita Favors, Former City Manager for the City of Tallahassee
  • Lashawn Gordon, Director of Membership and Engagement at United Partners of Human Services
  • Cecka Rose Green, Regional Executive Director at Children’s Home Society of Florida
  • Dr. Zemoria A. Johnson, Clinical Pharmacist at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare
  • Melanie Leitman, Attorney at Stearns Weaver Miller
  • Kyndra Light, CEO at Precision Building & Renovating, LLC
  • Dr. Michelle Mitcham, Associate Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at FAMU; president/publisher Tallahassee Woman Magazine
  • Vicky Rose, Tallahassee Memorial Memory Disorder Clinic Coordinator
  • Claudia Sachs, Certified Financial Planner with First Florida Investment Service
  • Nanette Schimpf, Vice President of Moore
  • Samantha Sexton, Director of Government Relations for University of Florida
  • Diane Sheffield, Captain at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Department of Detention
  • Alice Sims, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice’s Assistant Secretary for Prevention Services
  • Britney Smith, Assistant Director of Publications and Strategic Events at Florida A&M University
  • Kara Palmer Smith, Senior Director at CareerSource Capital Region
  • Kristie Teal, Director of Development at Southern Scholarship Foundation
  • Jovita Woodrich, Director of Volunteer Services at Volunteer Florida

5 Young Women to Watch

  • Anya Byrne, Leon
  • Eliyah Campbell, home schooled
  • Kameryn Davis, Maclay
  • Janae Scott, FSUS
  • Ansley Topchik, Chiles

For the second year , is partnering with the Tallahassee Democrat to present the 25 Women You Need to Know and 5 Young Women to Watch.

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