Registration is now open for the event featuring keynote address by Amelia Rose Earhart, namesake of the famed pilot
TAMPA, Fla. (June 23, 2015) – USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy (WLP) is pleased to announce two leadership award recipients: Pam Iorio, recipient of the Community Leadership Award, and Jan Platt, recipient of the Community Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards will be presented on Oct. 9 at USF WLP’s 10th Annual Symposium at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa.
WLP honors visionary leaders and philanthropists throughout the USF System-area community doing extraordinary things to make Tampa Bay a better place for women to live and work. The Community Leadership Awards showcase individual excellence in leadership as demonstrated by outstanding initiative, impact of work, and inspiration to others.
The WLP annual Fall Symposium provides a forum for more than 700 of community and business leaders to network and discuss issues affecting women, and to celebrate women who are transformational leaders through their professional, philanthropic and volunteer contributions. This half-day event includes a networking breakfast, concurrent sessions, and a lunchtime keynote address by Amelia Rose Earhart, namesake of the famed Amelia Mary Earhart, is the youngest woman to fly around the world in a single engine aircraft. A limited number of sponsorships and tables are available. Registration for this event is available via the USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy website.
A former two-term Mayor of Tampa, (2003-2011) Iorio is recognized for her inspiring community service journey, including her current leadership as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. First elected to public office at age 26, Iorio was the youngest person to win a seat on the Board of County Commissioners for Hillsborough County. The following year she was selected as Chairman of the Board. In 1992 she was elected for the first of three terms as the county’s Supervisor of Elections. In 1999 she served as the president of the State Association of Supervisors of Elections, where she served as spokesperson for the organization during the highly publicized 2000 presidential election recount in Florida. Afterwards she helped lead statewide efforts to reform Florida’s elections. In 2012, after three decades in public life Iorio authored a leadership book, “Straightforward, Ways to Live and Lead” and helped organizations build strong and effective leaders as a keynote speaker. She also served as the Leader-in-Residence at the John H. Sykes College of Business at the University of Tampa and is a member of the USF Foundation Board of Directors. In 2012 Iorio was asked by community leaders to temporarily lead the Children’s Board – an organization going through a crisis in leadership. In eleven months she turned the agency around making significant organizational and fiscal improvements, setting it on a positive course and assisting the Board in the selection of a permanent leader. Iorio holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from The American University in Washington D.C., and a master’s degree in history from USF.
A Florida native, Platt was born in St. Petersburg in 1936. She was an exemplary student at Hillsborough High School, and was voted Most Likely to Succeed. Jan attended Girls State in Tallahassee, where she acquired her love for government. As a political science and public administration undergraduate student at Florida State University, she was elected Most Outstanding Senior Woman, President of the Student Senate, and Vice President of the Student Body. Jan graduated cum laude as a Phi Beta Kappa in 1958, receiving her bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She taught history at Hillsborough High School and Plant High School, worked as a Field Director for the Tampa Girl Scout Council and later served as volunteer president of the Suncoast Girl Scout Council. She also co-founded the Junior Discussion Group, a unit of the League of Women Voters, for young women interested in better government. Platt’s public service includes four years on Tampa City Council (1974-1978); service on the 1976 Florida Constitutional Revision Commission; 24 years as a Hillsborough County Commissioner; as well as a variety of appointments to local, state, and national committees, boards, and task forces. Platt is the only elected official to Chair 3 major regional agencies; the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council; Agency on Bay Management and West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority.
An avid fisherman, she was a driving force behind the creation of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council’s Agency on Bay Management, the Environmental Land Acquisition Program (ELAP), and Tampa Bay’s selection into the National Estuary Program, for which she was recently named Champion of the Bay. In addition to her advocacy for the environment, Platt has been an ardent supporter of libraries and education in Tampa Bay. She proposed the successful merger of the City and County libraries between Hillsborough and Tampa. In honor of her committed work with libraries, the Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library was dedicated in her honor on Dec. 11, 2000. The University of South Florida Library Special Collections archived her service records where they remain available for public review. Platt has received various recognitions for her service. She was named the Mortar Board Distinguished Lifetime Member Award for the establishment of the USF Chapter of Mortar Board; Woman of Distinction by the Suncoast Girl Scout Council; in 2000 she received the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award, in 2010, she was awarded Humanitarian of the Year by the Florida Head Start Association; and she was recognized with the Herman W. Goldner Award for Regional Leadership by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. In addition, Platt was named to the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read Honor Roll and she received the Best Friend of the Year Award from the Friends of the Library of Hillsborough County, Inc.
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