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ORLANDO, Fla. – ONYX Magazine will present the 2nd Annual Women on the Move, which honors a diverse array of women who are power brokers in their own right, along with event sponsor Herzing University on Thursday at The Alfond Inn in Winter Park, Florida.
Among the honorees, ONYX Magazine will recognize Lauren Houston, Manager, NASCAR Multicultural Development as a 2017 Women on the Move recipient. Houston has been with NASCAR since 2013 where she began her motorsports career with the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP), a 10-week paid internship for minority students.
The awards luncheon will be hosted by Annetta Wilson, President of Annetta Wilson Media Training and Success Coaching. Keynote address will be provided by Dr. Rosalie Ellis Payne, Sr. Director, Human Resources, Carnival Cruise Line.
Special Recognition will be held for fallen Orlando Police Department Lieutenant Debra Clayton.
Honorees include The Honorable Aramis Ayala, The Honorable Patty Sheehan, Lady Dhyana Ziegler, Dr. Rosalie Ellis Payne, Dr. Lucille O’Neal, Barbara Jenkins, Monica May, Camille M. Evans, Dr. Florence Alexander, Yolanda Cash Jackson, Lee Bryan, Mayor Carolyn Ford, Natalie Jackson, Beatrice Louissaint, Denee Benton, Stefanie Campbell, Kathey Porter, Connie Kinnard, Houston, Ruby Cooper Darling and others.
ONYX Magazine, Florida’s premier African-American publication, will host what has become one of the most prestigious celebrations for Women of Color: Women on the Move. This highly anticipated event will recognize the accomplishments and contributions of some of Florida’s most influential and impactful women. Houston is excited to be among that group.
“It is truly an honor to be recognized at this prestigious event. I hope I can continue to be an inspiration for young people through my work in motorsports and in the community," Houston said.
Through the NASCAR Opinion Leader Initiative, Houston has been integral in incorporating a collegiate component that introduces millennials to the sport of NASCAR. Connecting with universities and collegiate professional chapters in targeted markets, she has aided in the increased brand awareness of the sport for hundreds of minorities and women across the country. Houston also plays a key role in managing NASCAR Multicultural Development’s key corporate engagement and national partnerships such as The National Association of Black Journalists and the Sports Diversity and Inclusion Symposium. Houston also oversees all of NASCAR Multicultural Development’s digital and social platforms.
Houston received her Bachelors of Arts degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. She majored in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Houston is very active in the community and volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank, Halifax Hospital Auxiliary and Habitat for Humanity. Houston was born and raised in Fayetteville, N.C.
Women on the Move celebrates trailblazers who have served to make a difference in their communities. These “can-do women” have shattered glass ceilings, achieved their full potential and paved the way for others in their chosen professions.