Here is a sneak peak of our 2013 Women to Watch Awards honorees. This year we are thrilled to honor four inspirational women who are making a tremendous impact in politics, media, philanthropy, and activism. These women are not only exceptional in their fields, but are also inspiring role models for young women around the world.
Making History: Mia Love
Mayor Mia Love first captured our attention last summer with her incredible speech at the Republican National Convention. Her message about the importance of personal responsibility, giving back, and the power of the individual left us inspired and energized. Since then, Mayor Love has emerged on the national stage as a stunning example of the power of the American Dream.
The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Mayor Love learned from an early age the importance of hard work and personal responsibility. When her parents arrived in the U.S. they only had $10 in their pockets. Through hard work, all of their children were able to attend college. On the day of Mayor Love’s college orientation, her father told her: “Mia, your mother and I never took a handout. You will not be a burden to society. You will give back.” Her father’s words became the ethos for her life.
Committed to giving back to her community, Mayor Love was elected to City Council in Saratoga Springs, Utah at age 28. Her leadership and principled decision-making during challenging times her city faced resulted in her election as Mayor of Saratoga Springs in 2009. As Mayor, Mia led her city through a period of 1700% population growth in a decade which formed the basis for Saratoga Springs receiving the highest Standard & Poors municipal rating for a city of its class. Continuing her dedication to serving Utah, Mayor Love ran for her state’s 4th Congressional seat in 2012. Although this campaign was unsuccessful, Mayor Love has once again demonstrated her inspiring resiliency and has recently announced that she is running for this position again!
In addition to being an inspirational leader, Mayor Love is also a wife and mother of three children. In her spare time, she enjoys running and tread training and is also an accomplished singer and dancer.
Mayor Love truly embodies the spirit of public service and for this, we are honored to present her with the 2013 Making History Award.
Introduced by: Martha Roby
We are pleased to have another inspiring young political leader introduce this year’s Making History Award. Representative Martha Roby received our Political Rising Star award last year, and her continuing leadership in the Republican party makes her another exciting example of young women leading the way.
In just her second term serving the people of Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District, Rep. Roby has quickly earned several significant leadership positions. She was selected by Republican leaders to serve on the Majority Transition Team, and has also been named Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Oversight and Investigations, a rare honor for a second term Member of Congress.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Rep. Roby worked as an attorney and served as a City Councilmember in her hometown of Montgomery, Alabama. She is married to Riley Roby and they have two children, Margaret and George. The Robys are members of Trinity Presbyterian Church, where they are involved in various ministries.
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