2020 Honorees


Congratulations to our 2020 Honorees


XERNONA CLAYTON

Founder of the Trumpet Awards

ONYX WOTM Woman of the year

Xernona Clayton

Founder/President
The Trumpet Awards

Xernona Clayton is a civil rights leader and pioneering broadcasting executive best known as the founder and CEO of the Trumpet Awards (1993), an annual awards program televised by the TBS network and distributed internationally to over 185 countries. The program features the accomplishments of African Americans in a variety of fields. Clayton also is the driving force behind the complementary project the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Sitein Atlanta. Clayton worked undercover for the Chicago Urban League investigating employment discrimination before moving to Atlanta in 1965 to organize events for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

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“Xernona Clayton is the Founder, President and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc. and Creator and Executive Producer of the Foundation’s Trumpet Awards. ”
--Xernona Clayton


LATASHA BARNES

Chief Financial Officer

Orlando Health


JOLI COOPER-NELSON

Executive Director

GreenLight Fund Atlanta


DAWN CURTIS

Supervisor

Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District


TANISHA GARY

President

African American Chamber of Commerce Central Florida


MILDRED GRAHAM

Director of Advancement and Alumni Affairs

FAMU Law

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JOAN HOLMES

Consultant

Retired Administrator from HCC/USF


VALERIE JENKINS

Vice President

Wells Fargo


LETONYA JOHNSON

Sr. Man., Global Communications Events

Walt Disney World


JANIE LACY

CEO

Life Counseling Solutions


SONYA MALLARD

Cultural Center Coordinator

Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Museum



CHANTA MILLER

President

EHC Salon & Spa Salon Management Services


DAME CONSTANCE MITCHAM

Founder/Senior Partner

Mitcham and Benjamin Attorneys and Solicitors


HEIDI OTWAY

President

Salter Mitchell Public Relations


SYLVIA PERRY

Regional Area Director

The Links, Inc.


CALETA SCOTT, CPPT

Manager, Grants Administration

City of Fort Pierce



TAMARA SHAMBURGER

Chair

Hillsborough County School Board


KATHY TIMES

Chief Communications Officer

Florida A&M University


BRENDA WALKER, J.D., PH.D.

Interim Associate Dean

University of South Florida


CRYSTAL WARWELL-WALKER

Principal

Walker & Walker Associates


BRIDGET WILLIAMS, ED.D.

Chief of Staff

Orange County Public Schools