Featured Member November, 2019 - Judith Morrison-Cunningham
Each month we feature a member of the Jamaican Women of Florida as a way for us to learn more about each other and share the stories of the powerful women who make up this wonderful organization. November’s featured members are Judith Morrison-Cunningham and Pauline Foster. We’re proud to have them as our members.
Judith Morrison-Cunningham is a member of the Banking Compliance Leadership team at American Express. She holds a Master’s in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix. She is also Co-Founder and Treasurer of People Profile Inc., a non-profit organization that recognizes the need for those unsung heroes in our community doing extraordinary things. Because of this, the Annual People Profile Awards was created. Through the People Profile Organization, she actively partners with various local non-profit charities such as LifeNet4Families in Lauderhill that she and her daughters volunteer each month to feed the homeless. She also participates in multiple charities through her employee giving programs such as Shak’s Hope of Plantation and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Broward County. She was recognized in 2019 as one of twelve Extraordinary Women from the City of Lauderhill who made a difference in Our Community during Women’s History Month.
Judith is the older of two for her parents, Ronald and Winnifred Morrison. She is married to Dr. Allan Cunningham, and they have two girls – Nicolette and Jacqueline.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF USING 3/5 WORDS
I am independent, dependable, caring, adaptable, and logical.
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?
I am motivated by my children’s drive to success, giving back to the community around me, and seeing people believe in themselves.
NAME SOMETHING YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT AND WHY?
I am passionate about my family, my work, and the non-profit organizations I am affiliated with. I love my family, and I love what I do at work – no two days are the same.
WHO IMPRESSED YOU THE MOST WITH WHAT THEY HAVE ACCOMPLISHED?
First, my parents – they migrated from Jamaica and was able to make a successful life in the United States with very little formal education. They did what it took to make a life for the family, and for that, I am forever grateful.
Second, my older daughter Nicolette is an incredibly strong young leader. She was appointed the 2019-2020 President of the Alpha Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton. She follows in her parents’ footsteps in the service of volunteering. She said, “mommy, I am going to be the next president because they have no clue what they are doing, and that I do!”
WHAT AGE DO YOU WISH TO YOU COULD PERMANENTLY BE?
I have no age that I would permanently want to go back to as I think each year on this earth is a learning experience. There were happy and sad times throughout that, in the end, it has made me a better person.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO THE OLD-FASHION WAY?
I enjoy picking up my cell phone and having a real conversation with my friends and family. By doing this, you connect with that person, and sometimes just speaking to someone tells you the frame of mind they are in. I also like to read a good book that I hold in my hand and manually turn the pages as I go along.
WHICH BOOKS ARE ON YOUR READING LIST?
Currently, I have “Becoming” by Michelle Obama and “Leading Lions – 11 steps to reaching your fullest potential and changing the world” by Ronnie Doss on my reading list.
I believe in the mission of JWOF, which is to empower Jamaican women and to assist in the development and leadership of the next generation. I have daughters who will one day lead the world, and nothing excites me more than to empower these young ladies to succeed.