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It is hard to pinpoint exactly when Maggie Pelleyå’s life changed.  Perhaps it was in 1960 when she moved to the United States with the first wave of Cuban exiles, or when she changed career paths from working in the airline industry to WDNA Public Radio.

Though hard to pinpoint, the changes in her life have served her well. And Pelleyå’s current position as general manager at WDNA is a dream come true. She has fond memories as a young girl in Cuba visiting her father at his partly-owned radio station.

Dr. Stephanie Young-Azan is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has made giving back her life’s passion. The Jamaican native migrated to the United States in 1979, yet her heart has always remained with the less fortunate in her homeland. It is her passion to “make a change in the world for the better in the time we are here.”

She calls herself “fortunate,” benefiting from her father’s sacrifice. Now Young-Azan’s dream is that “every human being can be afforded the right to an education, healthcare and the dignity of a life without abuse and denigration.”

Barry-Smith-Marcia2Marcia Barry-Smith personifies hard work and dedication materializing into self-actualization and personal fulfillment. However, the Jamaican-born executive director of BankAtlantic Foundation and Women in Distress board member, has had her full serving of challenges and pitfalls.

An only child, Barry-Smith was born to Jamaican parents who worked in the corporate environment. This afforded her a somewhat indulged childhood, which was regulated by her father’s relentless insistence on proper manners and class. “The difference between class and style is that you can buy style,” he instilled in the young Barry-Smith. In 1980, after attending St. Andrew High School in Jamaica and later Trinity College of the University of Toronto in Canada, she moved to the United States.

morrisBernadette Morris is a highly accomplished lady who has found a way to turn her passion into business success.

Morris started and owns the largest African American, full-service marketing communications firm in Florida. Sonshine Communications is also one of the largest in the United States. Morris also started and owns Black PR Wire, the first and largest black newswire distribution service in the U.S. Black PR also serves the Caribbean. Morris also started and owns a non-profit entity called Women Grow Strong, which focuses on developing training and empowerment programs for women.

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