Leadership Tampa Alumni Honors Robin DeLaVergne with Parke Wright III Award

Robin DeLaVergne, Executive Director of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation and Senior Vice President of Tampa General Hospital received the 2017 Parke Wright III Award from Leadership Tampa Alumni at the group’s annual meeting on January 23. Established in 2002, the award is presented annually to a member of Leadership Tampa Alumni who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and made a significant difference in the Tampa Bay community.

Robin is a member of USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy, Tampa General Hospital Foundation Women’s Leadership Council, The Bank of Tampa Women Connected Advisory Board, Leadership Tampa Alumni and the Philanthropy Leadership Council of the Advisory Board. She has served as an Honorary Commander for the 6th Air Mobility Group at MacDill Air Force Base. She is a past Chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Junior League of Tampa, past Chair of the Tampa Bay Partnership’s CEO Direct Program, and a past member of the Board of Directors for Metropolitan Ministries and the United Way. She serves on the Downtown Partnership Board of Directors, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Junior League of Tampa Community Advisory Board. She received the 2012 Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, the 2017 Woman of Influence Award from the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the 2017 Sustainer of the Year from the Junior League of Tampa.

For more information on Leadership Tampa Alumni, please visit www.ltalumni.org.


Parke Wright, III Spotlight: Rhea Law (LT ’91)


What do you see as the biggest change in Leadership Tampa since 2002?
The Leadership Tampa program has not only increased in depth and quality over the years, it has become highly competitive. The knowledge and community engagement required for consideration to be accepted to the program is significantly higher. The resulting benefits to the community are greatly enhanced, which is exactly the vision of Parke Wright, III when he founded the program in 1971.

 What’s new with Rhea Law?
I continue to serve as Chair, Florida Offices for Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. Since our merger we have doubled the size of our Government Relations practice in Tallahassee and are seeking significant growth in South Florida. In addition, I have become the Chair of the Florida Council of 100, a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of business leaders, which exists to promote the economic growth of Florida and improve the economic well-being and quality of life of its citizenry. The Council serves as a liaison with the Governor and Legislature on public policy issues for the State of Florida.

What would you like to see happen in the future with Leadership Tampa?
Leadership Tampa is a significant program that helps educate our future leaders on the economic engines driving our region. I would like to see continued growth and recognition of this program as a premier leadership program with expanded opportunities for LT Alumni to continue development of the relations formed to foster deeper involvement in the issues of the community.

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