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The Jewish Museum of Florida announces the winners of JMOF's 16th annual "Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards" for five women who have been successful in fields generally dominated by men. The inspirational program features presentations by the honorees, describing obstacles they encountered on their individual journeys to success.


2012 Glass Ceiling Honorees
Meral Nasi Ehrenstein -

4th Degree Black Belt Karate

Meral was born in Istanbul, Turkey, where her great-grandfather was Chief Rabbi. Even in her youth she broke many glass ceilings, choosing roads not taken by Jewish girls in traditional Muslim lands. She has been a resident of Hollywood, Florida for the past 40 years. In 1995, Meral was drawn to study Martial Arts, where she broke the glass ceiling as one of only two women in Florida with a 4th degree Black Belt in Goju Karate. Meral is a Martial Arts instructor and teaches courses in self-defense for young Jewish women. 

Annette Fayne Fentin -
Jacksonville World Trade Committee

Annette's tenacity, ingenuity and experience as a business leader in Florida led her to break the glass ceiling. In 1969, she became the first woman appointed to the Committee of 100, a prestigious arm of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. She worked with the committee to develop Jacksonville's economy and attract new business. Annette was also appointed to the policy setting Board of Governors and became Chairperson of the World Trade Committee in Jacksonville, organizing business exchanges with countries around the world. In 1975, she was also invited to be the first and only woman Trustee of the newly formed University of North Florida, serving alongside the community's most prominent men.


Conni Gordon -

Guinness World Record Achievement in Arts

In 1943, Conni enrolled in the U.S. Marine Corps. She served as an entertainer in the Special Services Division. One day, when other entertainers were late, Captain Gordon improvised by teaching 50,000 Marines how to "Create Art-in-Minutes." When she returned to the U.S. in 1948, she copyrighted her pioneered method, The Conni Gordon 4 Step Instant Art Method. In 1950, she began to teach painting on television and was featured on shows, including David Letterman, BBC, CNN and Larry King. Conni is recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as "The Worlds Most Prolific Art Creative Motivator," having taught more than 17 million people in person. At 88, Conni continues her art instruction, public speaking and serving the military by teaching at the Miami Veterans Hospital.

Debbie A. Rinde-Hoffman, M.D. F.A.C.C. -

Medical Director, Cardiac Transplant Program, Tampa General Hospital (TGH)
Dr. Rinde-Hoffman has broken many glass ceilings. She is the first and only female interventional cardiologist (those who perform angioplasty procedures) at TGH and one of only a handful of female interventionalists in the state of Florida. Debbie is also the first female director of any transplant program in the state, the first female transplant cardiologist at TGH and the only female director of any of the transplant programs at TGH (kidney, heart, lung, pancreas, liver). As the first female in Tampa to participate in STEMI call, she responds to patients suffering from an acute myocardial infarction emergency. Debbie provides today's most leading-edge advances in heart care and is dedicated to the development of the technologies and treatments of tomorrow.


Marjorie Weber -

Real Estate Investment Banker

In 1964, Marjorie answered an ad in the New York Times for a secretary in a real estate investment banking firm. She left the firm 14 years later as the Administrative Vice President. From one small office, the firm grew to 14 offices around the country. Throughout her 14 years at the company, she was the only woman who held an executive position - and women were not even considered for positions in this field until the mid 1980s. In 1978, Marjorie moved to Miami and opened her own real estate investment banking firm. Under her direction as President, the firm expanded to three Florida offices, where she arranged $300+ million annually in loans/joint ventures. 

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