Each year, we honor a nationally recognized woman and local leader at our annual celebration of women’s leadership called Waves of Change.


Gloria Steinem came to Tampa to accept the inaugural Helen Gordon Davis Women’s Leadership Award at the first Waves of Change luncheon, to the utter delight and inspiration of the hundreds who attended.


Ever since, a who’s who of female leaders have been feted. Among them, personal finance guru Suze Orman, billionaire entrepreneur Sheila Johnson, who co-founded BET; and HSN’s inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano whose amazing life story was profiled in the movie “Joy”.