They are educators, mentors, counselors, physicians, fundraisers, entrepreneurs, and individuals who stand up for others. But most of all they are leaders who help keep our community strong. Orlando magazine is proud to honor the 24 individuals featured on the following pages as Women of the Year. We asked you, our readers, for nominees and you responded with a wealth of recommendations, along with details on how these women make a huge difference in the lives of countless people daily. Our congratulations—and thanks—to them all.
Tonya Cox Turrell
Founder and President | The Launchpad
It’s okay to think of Tonya Cox Turrell as a disrupter. That’s her plan. She’s out to disrupt the tech marketplace and create “the blueprints for a different kind of organization” that produces and celebrates success.
Her nomination describes Turrell as a “serial entrepreneur” who has launched a “$5 million-plus technology marketing company that is changing the way technology solution providers engage with technology decision makers across the USA.” The company has twice been named an Inc. 500 honoree and works with Fortune 500 technology companies including Tech Data, ranked as Florida’s second-largest private employer in 2021.
Turrell works to help people identify their purpose while achieving prosperity. “Seeing the extraordinary potential in people, calling the best of them forward to stretch and grow to become more than they thought possible is what motivates me,” she says. “I want to create a network of unstoppable leaders who have the financial freedom to direct resources and energy to the things that the world needs most.”