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Heidi Rambo Centrella

Some kids grow up believing they know exactly what they want to do in life. They might have an inherent desire to help people in a health care or public policy capacity, or a love of nature guiding them toward environmental sciences and sustainability. Some are inspired by adults in their life who helped shape their way—maybe a parent, teacher, police officer, counselor or coach. And of course, there are many of us who might have desired one path but then went another direction when facing the proverbial fork in the road. 

My love for animals and the water during impressionable years had me wanting to be a veterinarian or a marine biologist. I quickly learned that the sciences—of any genre—were not in my wheelhouse, but stumbled upon a love for writing as a freshman in college. No, writing wouldn’t allow me to heal an injured horse or save the whales, but I could research and write about those topics and others that piqued my interests. Having a passion for Mother Earth and all her creatures, you can imagine my delight when my own children opted to study environmental sciences and biochemistry. Those are their passions, and they’re all in. I couldn’t be more proud.

This month, we celebrate women in business. And the undeniable theme among all nominees and recipients of Gulfshore Business’ inaugural awards program has been passion. 

Each woman expressed her dedication and unwavering passion for her work. All having taken different paths to their successes, their accomplishments are outstanding. They’ve overcome obstacles and challenges; they’ve faced adversity head-on. But what truly stands out is how they’ve also helped pave the way for future generations of young women to pursue their own passions.

The women featured within this issue are nothing short of extraordinary. We hope you’ll find their stories inspiring, as well as a testament to how dreams really can become reality. 

In the spirit of honoring these women in business, we’d also like to thank all of the mothers out there; the women who taught us, who fought for decades to have a place in the workforce, who broke the glass ceiling, who helped pave our way toward success. If it weren’t for their hard work and dedication—and maybe a bit of guidance now and then—these and future generations of women’s accomplishments would have taken longer to attain. 

Happy Mother’s Day! 

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