Founded over 25 years ago, The Central Florida Women’s League is a group of 125+ women dedicated to Community, Charity and Culture combined.
We are proud of our members and our collective accomplishments to help those less fortunate in our community as well as assist aspiring young women in their pursuit of a higher education.
CFWL is entirely a volunteer organization. It is only through the tremendous effort and generosity of our league members, patron sponsors, benefactors and corporate sponsors that we have been able to raise and contribute over 2 million dollars to students and local charities. Our fundraising efforts encompass many different events, such as The Taste of Windermere, fall and spring signature events and smaller more intimate opportunities such as Dinners and More. Each year we encourage local individuals and corporations to become our partners in these efforts through sponsorships and our “Feed the Need”campaign. Service projects, where hands on assistance is provided to charities by league members, is avital part of our annual giving agenda.
Our members are inspired and humbled by the impact of their volunteer efforts. Please join us in MAKING A DIFFERENCE!Linda Sampieri CFWL President - 2014-2015 Click here to make a general donation
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"Where Are They Now?"
Scholarship Recipient: Laura F. Milham
Laura F. Milham, a 2002 graduate from West Orange High School, received a Central Florida Women’s League four-year scholarship. In high school, Laura was very involved with extracurricular activities and maintained excellent grades.
With the league’s support, she was able to finance 100% of her college through scholarships, which included her Bright Futures 75% scholarship. She couldn’t have afforded college otherwise especially after her father passed away just days after her high school graduation.
Laura’s scholarships required that she attend college full-time, but she couldn’t afford to live on campus; however, the costs of commuting and paying for everyday living expenses were also difficult. Her University of Central Florida (UCF) guidance counselor recommended a paid internship. Fortunately, she was accepted into Lockheed Martin’s distinguished leadership program. In addition to her classes and internship, Laura also participated in the Chi Omega sorority thanks to a Pell Grant. In 2006, Laura graduated from UCF with degree in Business Administration – Management Information Systems.
Today, she’s a Test Manager at Lockheed Martin where she’s worked for 11 years. Laura’s very driven in her career and has received many promotions. In addition, she has received many awards including Management Excellence in 2014 for turning around a program, which was previously underperforming. Her teams have been continually recognized. Right now, her program has been 32 months on schedule – a rare feat in the defense industry.
Outside of work, she’s alumni social advisor for Chi Omega at Rollins College and member of the Syrian Lebanese American club. Laura enjoys to travel, read, and cook; she’s a self-professed foodie and craft beer connoisseur. To date, she’s enjoyed over 400 craft brews. Laura lives in Orlando with her long-time boyfriend James and their Siamese cat Kitty.
Simply put, Laura’s a dedicated employee and friend. While serving as Amy Calandrino’s maid-of-honor, Laura’s mother passed away from breast cancer, but Laura persevered and still fulfilled her duties making Amy’s day special. Laura’s truly an amazing soul.
Laura’s “extremely grateful for the league’s belief in her,” and appreciates that the league continues to recognize those that excel academically. The league’s support has a profound impact on her life and she hopes to perpetuate the goodwill given so kindly to her.