Honoring Service Over Beauty, Ground-breaking "Woman of Achievement" Pageant Selects its 2019 Winners

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Women across the U.S. were honored for innovation in community service as well as their public speaking, performing arts excellence and educational pursuits at the 5th Anniversary Woman of Achievement Pageant in Long Beach, CA. The annual November three-day networking and leadership event awards women 27 and up who are leaders in their U.S. regions in a pageant honoring "the beauty in service" on board the historic Queen Mary.

"Creating affordable housing solutions via my charity STARZ Foundation (utilizing refurbished containers to create housing options for under-served communities) has created solutions on a local level and global scale" - Lisa Sussman, Mrs. Elite U.S. Woman of Achievement


Attracting actors Elizabeth Cron and Donnell Turner (General Hospital) as well as a prominent member of the Royal Society of Saint George, Matu Ruda Princess Karen Cantrell as guest judges, Marlena Martin, Founder and CEO of Woman of Achievement produced the 5th Anniversary National Woman of Achievement Awards & Pageant aboard the historic Mary in Long Beach, CA on November 4, 2018 to select the 2019 Winners. Nominees were chosen for their excellence in: education, non-profit work, performing arts or public speaking. Winners receive National Woman of Achievement Titles to work and travel throughout the United States. Cash Awards are also given to the top community service platforms including Faith Pallone (Mrs. Texas) who won highest honors for her work focusing on addiction issues with veterans. Other cash award winners included Lauren Bantham (Mrs. Central States) for her work with the "Embrace Grace" Organization for unwed mothers and finally, Jayna Altman who won Ms. U.S. Woman of Achievement 2019 with her own non-profit "I CAN" focusing on how we perceive those with disabilities in society.

This year's event also featured noted presenters: Mindset Coach Barbara Daoust, WFG Financial Strategist Michele Farrell, Cancer Survivor and creator of “Along Comes Hope” Jenny Mulks, Linda Fogg-Phillips, author of “Facebook For Educators” and creator of “Tiny Habits”, and Wealth Coach & Speaker:Charles Nguyen.

The contestants competed in front of record numbers aboard the Queen Mary in the Queen’s Salon Ballroom. Media and radio outlets (including IHeart Radio) as well as Emmy and Red Carpet photography outlets attended to produce the 2019 show.Judging categories included: Speech and/or Performing Arts, Personal Interview, Platform (volunteer work) Interview, Lifestyle in Fitness and Formal Wear. After preliminary judging was complete, the final selection panel consisted of the following judges:

Maurice Dimino (Speaker)
Jamie Rios (Educator)
Princess Karen Cantrell (Royalty)
Ginger De Paris (Entrepreneur)
Donnell Turner (Actor - General Hospital)
Alpherie Lemoi III (Food Industry CEO)
Leslie Birkland (Actress, Author)
Sharon Doyle (LOVE Records - CEO)

A highlight of the evening was when The Royal Society of St. George presented the "Diana Award" also known as the "Lady of Achievement" to the person who best embodied the class, style and volunteer spirit of Lady Diana. This year's prestigious Lady Diana Award was announced as Ms. Central States, Lauren Bantham.

Also honored for the 5th Anniversary Production were "Legacy Queens", former winners selected based upon on-going community work and consistent support of Woman of Achievement. 2019 Woman of Achievement "Legacy Queen" honorees included:

Molly Edwards ("Childhelp" - Arizona)
Angela Karren-Costanzo - (American Red Cross/Blood Donation)
Sandy Chrisman - (Domestic Violence Awareness)
Tamara Cline (Seat belt Safety Awareness for Children)
Marsha Feldman (NAPW - National Assn. of Professional Women)
Linda Fogg - Phillips (CHOICE Humanitarian)
Vickie Hines (American Heart Association/Heart Disease)
Debbie McCarty (Senior Abuse & Prevention)

2019 National Woman of Achievement Winners Announced in two categories Ms. and Ms. Elite (40 and over)

Faith Pallone (Mrs. Texas) - crowned Mrs. U.S. Woman of Achievement
Lisa Sussman (Mrs. Florida) - crowned Mrs. Elite U.S. Woman of Achievement
Jayna Altman - (Ms. North America) crowned Ms. U.S. Woman of Achievement
Francisca Ramos (Ms. Nevada) crowned Ms. Elite U.S. U.S Woman of Achievement
Erminia Castaneda (Ms. California) - crowned Ms. Woman of Achievement - Ambassador Queen
Emily Christensen (Ms. West Coast) crowned Ms. National United States (WOA)

The sponsors for the 2019 Winners Announcement Weekend were:

Marc Defang Shoes - New York
FLLFW Magazine - Fort Lauderdale FL
Strike a Pose Photography - Covina, CA
Marble House Stone and Design FL
STARZ Foundation, Palm Beach FL
Hines Trucking
RD Retirement thru design
IND Construction Inc.
Toastmasters International
Law and Mediation offices of Elizabeth Yang
OPEN ARMS Foundation
Desert Rose Designs
Blue Rose Boutiques
Coldwell Banker
Peggy Seagren Hair & Makeup Design
Syracuse Image Photography
Pageant Design Solutions

The event concluded with an invitation to the unique online community connecting past, current and future contestants on a professional and philanthropic platform within Woman of Achievement to assist the candidates in self development while furthering their work within their communities. Woman of Achievement delegates will partner with media, business corporations, and industry professionals to combine skills and foster networking throughout the year.

"This year's theme was "This is Me" from "The Greatest Showman" and it embodies what I feel we all should be doing:
showing the world our unique gifts and developing them to make the planet a better place for all." -- Marlena Martin

To learn more about Woman of Achievement programs, for media or nominations, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/WomanofAchievement OR http://www.womanofachievement.org or write: info(at)womanofachievement.com

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