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USF to honor women leaders

USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy (WLP) will present former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio with the Community Leadership Award and prominent Tampa political figure Jan Platt with the Community Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 10th Annual WLP Fall Symposium. 

The Community Leadership Awards showcases individuals that have initiative and do work in the community that is both impactful and inspiring, according to the event press release.

Pam Iorio was mayor of Tampa for two terms and will be recognized for her community service and leadership. She is currently CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, an organization that pairs children with role models. Iorio also received a master’s in history from USF and is currently on the USF Foundation’s board of directors.

Jan Platt served four years on Tampa’s City Council and 24 years as a Hillsborough County Commissioner. She chaired three major regional agencies. She has been named Champion of the Bay for her work in environmental advocacy and proposed a successful merger for the City and County libraries, after which Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library was dedicated in her honor. 

The symposium will also feature keynote speaker Amelia Rose Earhart, the namesake of Amelia Mary Earhart who became the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe in a single-engine aircraft at the age of 32. Earhart is also President of the Fly With Amelia Foundation, a non-profit that gives young women ages 16-18 flight training scholarships. 

The event aims to celebrate women leaders and serve as a networking opportunity for more than 700 community and business leaders in attendance.  

The symposium will take place Friday at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, with the awards and keynote speech taking place during the luncheon portion. 

The symposium begins at 8 a.m. and the luncheon is at noon.