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The 2018 Honorees


Cornelia "Corky" Dozier

Arts & Culture

An Emmy Award-winning director, playwright, producer and Broadway performer, Cornelia “Corky” Dozier is a trailblazer for integrating theater in South Florida and expanding the scope of the arts for multicultural communities. She developed the first state-funded arts intervention program for social change following the McDuffie riots in Miami, and wrote and produced a nationally recognized PBS documentary about the incident that received several awards. As founder of the Coconut Grove Playhouse Children’s Theater, Corky was instrumental in opening doors for aspiring actors by providing opportunities never before available. She has been recognized as an Ambassador of the Arts for children and minorities by Miami-Dade County, and in 1999 was honored by the state of Florida for her outstanding public service. With more than 35 years experience with many nonprofit organizations, Corky continues to impact lives in the Miami community by fostering greater access to the arts and identifying arts and culture as the voice of the voiceless.


Traci Lynn

Business & Entrepreneurism

Traci Lynn’s knack for business started at a young age and has been a driving force behind her successful direct-sales company, Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry. An entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author, Traci fuels her sales consultants with a mission she calls Passing the MIC: Motivate, Inspire, Change. This mission has helped grow her initial, $200 investment into a multi-million dollar enterprise with nearly 35,000 sales consultants. She has received several honors including the Madam CJ Walker Award through the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and in 2017, was recognized by Direct Selling News as one of the most influential women in her industry. Traci was also featured on Good Morning America for top businesses among young entrepreneurs and continues to mentor young professionals to follow their dreams. Giving back is something Traci feels strongly about and since 2013, her nonprofit organization Traci Lynn Cares has raised more than $300,000 for the American Cancer Society. Traci’s rise to success is a testimony of how much one can achieve with tenacity, confidence and a lot of faith.


Germaine Smith-Baugh, Ed.D.

Community Service

Germaine Smith-Baugh, Ed.D., an islander from humble beginnings, understood that even with limited resources she could someday affect lives in an extraordinary way. In 2006, Germaine's leadership elevated her to President and CEO of Urban League of Broward County. Committed to breaking the cycle of poverty through education, jobs, housing, health and small business, she led a $9 million capital campaign to construct the Community Empowerment Center – an achievement to empower communities and change lives for thousands of families. Germaine spearheaded efforts to secure Fort Lauderdale as the premier destination for the 2015 National Urban League Conference, the third-largest attended conference in its history. Founder of a collegiate organization for women, SISTUHS, she is also dedicated to inspiring leadership in girls and women. She earned her doctorate of education from Nova Southeastern University and has received numerous accolades including 2016 National Urban League Woman of Power Award and in 2017 was named one of the Ultimate CEOs by South Florida Business Journal. Germaine is a true beacon for those in need and is dedicated to inspiring major change among youth and families.


Jacquelyn Haywood


At a young age, Jacquelyn Haywood knew her life’s purpose would be to strengthen underprivileged communities through education. After obtaining her post-graduate degrees in psychology and exceptional student education (ESE), she earned additional degrees in guidance, counseling and educational leadership to excel in her calling. Now, more than 35 years later, Jacquelyn is a veteran of Broward County Public Schools. In her first job as a school psychometrist, she worked to ensure that struggling students were not unjustly labeled or disproportionately placed in ESE classes. Jacquelyn is currently a Cadre Director for the Office of School Performance and Accountability, where she supervises 11 principals at turn-around schools to facilitate improvements. Under her leadership, 10 schools improved within a year: four increased two letter grades and two increased one letter grade – a truly remarkable achievement. Jacquelyn’s professional endeavors and accomplishments have been inspired by Nelson Mandela’s words, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

African-American Achievers