2013 Keynote Address: Pam Iorio
Pam Iorio is the former two-term Mayor of Tampa, Florida who has launched a second career as a leadership speaker and author. Successfully leading the vibrant and growing city of Tampa for two terms, she grappled with change, goal-setting, compromise, and adversity.
Now as a leadership speaker for corporations and trade associations she delivers an inspiring and empowering message about straightforward leadership – the importance of leading yourself well so that you can effectively lead others.
Her leadership book Straightforward: Ways to Live and Lead (2011) was called “the best business book of 2011” by Florida Trend magazine.
As mayor of the nation’s 54th largest city Pam’s tenure was marked by a revitalized downtown, a massive investment in infrastructure, economic redevelopment through Community Redevelopment Areas, a commitment to the arts, an emphasis on neighborhood improvements, an unprecedented reduction in crime, and fiscal soundness, with financial reserves tripling even during a recession. She left office in 2011 with an 87% approval rating.
First elected to public office at age 26, she was the youngest person ever to win a seat on the Board of County Commissioners for Hillsborough County, Florida. At age 27 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 in Florida.
In addition to her Leadership Speaking, Iorio is the Leader-in-Residence at the John H. Sykes College of Business at the University of Tampa. She serves on the Advisory Board for Celestar Corporation, a fast growing knowledge and technology consulting company.
She also serves on the Board of the USF Foundation and the USF Health System Board. Iorio holds a BA degree in Political Science from The American University and a MA degree in History from the University of South Florida.
Kathy will introduce some exciting new women’s initiatives at Winnie Palmer, including the recently launched accordingtowinnie.com, a blog and interactive women’s health forum.