Founded by Christina Ward and Bonnie Kilpatrick
High Heels & Handshakes is an organization that merges women’s networking and philanthropy together with a twist of fun.
Our networking events serve to inspire camaraderie among professional women and to support non-profit organizations in our local community and abroad.
Christina Ward is the South Florida Ambassador of “Women for Women International” helping women in Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Sudan. Our events have sponsored several micro-credit loans for women survivors of war in the WFWI program.
We love the efforts of “Dress for Success Miami” and encourage High Heel donations at every event. We also select one other local charity to be featured at each event.
On July 20th, 2011 we launched with the Official Kick-off Party for High Heels and Handshakes at the newly renovated roof top pool lounge of the Westin Colonnade in Coral Gables overlooking the beautiful Miracle Mile. We were attended by photographers, press, DJ Papi Love from Sony Pictures, Veev Vodka, Partida Tequila, Hpnotiq Harmonie, Choco Noir Wine, Santos Sangria, Mini-Makeovers by Isabel Amezaga, Morton’s the Steakhouse, business women and more! The attendees made connections, had a great time, and made a difference. We were able to sponsor WFWI women and collect many high heel donations.
Since then we have had dozens of events at local hotels and restaurants with each event benefiting different charities and highlighting women social entrepreneurs.
We were honored in 2012 when Christina Ward was recognized by Brickell Magazine as one of Miami's top 20 professionals under 40 for her efforts as High Heels and Handshakes President.
In 2013 Christina Ward was again recognized by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce as the Businesswomen of the Year for bringing High Heels and Handshakes events to local businesses.
Bonnie Kilpatrick was an incredible co-founder and has since moved on creating a digital agency called International Visionary Group pursuing her business development goals and making great achievements. Her passion carries on.
Special thanks to Betty Alvarez, Gloria Burns, Arlyene Ponce, Stephanie Maltez, Marci Friedman, Wendell Francis, Lizz Wiegandt, Emily Zubizaretta, Irene Gonzalez, Macarena Zilveti, Gloria Tucker, Sebastian Rusk, and Tania Montanez for the help, support and encouragement all along the way.