Today during the 14th Annual Circle of Excellence Awards Luncheon hosted by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber Of Commerce Women’s Council, Yours Truly Heidi Richards Mooney was honored with Media Leader of the Year for her work with WE Magazine for Women!

This is a unique annual opportunity for women business owners, executives, and managers to network and learn more about the business climate for women in Broward County,” says Carolyn Michaels, Executive Vice President for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. “It’s also our chance to recognize those women who have made significant contributions to our community, both as women and as professionals.”

When thinking about what to say during the event I kept coming back to the Inaugural Issue of WE Magazine for Women and my first editorial. our website was much different in the Fall of 2006 so this article never made it online. I would like to share it with you know.


When thinking about what to write for the Inaugural Issue of WE, the word “firsts” kept coming to mind. After all this is the First Issue of a brand new magazine for women. And it’s like no other. *Women’s firsts also came to mind and I thought I’d share a few interesting firsts some you may or may not have heard of. For instance, did you know that Ann Franklin was the first woman to hold the title of newspaper editor (1796), Mary Kies was the first woman to be issued a US patent (1809) Arabella Mansfield was the first woman lawyer (1869), Lucy Walker was the first woman to successfully climb the Matterhorn in Switzerland (1871), or that 15 year old Annie Moore – from County Cork, Ireland was the first immigrant to pass through Ellis Island(1892)? Vida Goldstein was the first woman in the British Empire to run for a national office. She ran for the Australian Senate (1902). Baroness Raymonde de la Roche of France was the first licensed woman pilot (1910), Rosika Schwimmer was the world’s first woman ambassador. She was appointed the Hungarian ambassador to Switzerland (1918), Marie, Cecile, Yvonne, Emilie and Annette Dionne, were the first quintuplets to survive infancy. They were born near Callender, Ontario to Oliva and Elzire Dionne (1934)

You may know that Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova – Russian cosmonaut was the first woman in space (1963) and that Elizabeth P. Hoisington was the first female general in the US armed forces (1970), Barbara Walters was the first female newscaster on a US TV network news program (1976) and Wilma Mankiller (gotta love that name!) was the first woman to lead a major American Indian tribe. She was elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation (1985). But did you know that Elizabeth Ann Oliver was the first woman to have her baby’s birth broadcast live over the Internet (1998)? Makes you think that some women will do anything to say they were first!

Then there are those FIRSTS most of experience. First steps, first words, first dates, first kisses, first babies, first business, first marriages …. FIRSTS are something WE often celebrate and share with others. And I want to celebrate WE with you!

Inside these pages are many firsts – articles written by women who have never written for a major magazine before. You will find women who have never been profiled in a major magazine before, you will find one woman who has never appeared on the cover of a magazine before, a woman who has never been a layout editor for a major magazine and there’s even a first man in WE! And the list goes on.

My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who participated in making WE a reality. I am looking forward to working with you again. And to our readers, what can I say? I hope you enjoy reading WE as much as WE enjoyed writing and putting WE together for you!

Wishing you many firsts… and then some!

Heidi Richards Mooney, Editor in Chief

(Source: – Famous Firsts)

SPECIAL THANKS to Gina Aronoff, Associate Editor and my assitant. Without you I could not do what I do!

Please join me in applauding the other Honorees as well. They are:

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Dr. Dorothy Orr, Former Interim Superintendant, School Board of Broward County

Professional Services Shari Francis, SVP, Office Depot

WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR ~ Sue Romanos, Founder and President CareerXchange

Non-Profit ~ Jen Klaassens, Director of Programs The Wasie Foundation

Health Service ~ LaRae P. Floyd,  Diversity Manager, Broward Heath

Hospitality Services ~ Paula DaSilva, Chef de Cuisine

A very special thank you to Ellen Sue Burton, Publisher of DUO Magazine (Do Unto Others) for nominating me and WE for this very prestigious award!

And if you’d like to see the video my daughter shot during the event, check out our channel on YouTube

For more information on the Circle of Excellence visit the Fort Lauderdale Chamber