WEST PALM BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The CEO of the Palm Beach County Council, Rena Blades, is set to receive a major award next month. Read on the for the details:
Rena Blades, CEO of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council has been chosen by Executive Women of the Palm Beaches to receive its 2012 Women In Leadership Award for the public sector.
The Women In Leadership Awards (WILA) honor women in three community sectors — volunteer, public and private — whose talents and qualities have an impact in their business and charitable activities. They may be unsung heroes who give extraordinary effort to worthy causes, entrepreneurs who translate their enthusiasm and concepts into successful businesses, or public servants who understand the meaning of service and deliver it with pride and excellence.
Blades will be recognized at the annual Women In Leadership Awards Luncheon on May 3 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, with recipients Dorothy Bradshaw for the volunteer sector and Dr. Maureen Whelihan, private sector.
In honor of the organization’s 30th anniversary, Executive Women will also present an Inspirational Leadership Award to Cynthia Allen Gracey, an attorney and longtime advocate of women’s rights.
Television personality and best-selling author Joan Lunden will be the keynote speaker.
Blades has been CEO of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council since 2004. She has overseen its unprecedented growth, securing new grants and funding for arts education and the strengthening of cultural organizations throughout the county, expanding services to artists and spearheading the Council’s move to new headquarters in Lake Worth. She also has served as a board member and treasurer of the Florida Cultural Alliance, a member of the Palm Beach County Six Pillars Community Plan committee, a member of Palm Beach County’s Overall Economic Development Program Committee (2006-10), the West Palm Beach Downtown Master Plan Advisory Committee (2006-09) and the Capital Campaign Committee for the Center for Creative Education; a grant panelist for the Bank of America Neighborhoods for Excellence program (2007), chair of the Palm Beach County Economic Summit Quality of Place Committee (2005), co-chair of the Resource Development Committee of Palm Beach County School District’s Arts in Education Comprehensive Plan (2005-06) and a volunteer at St. Mark’s Episcopal School, 2005-2011.
Proceeds from the luncheon benefit Executive Women of the Palm Beaches (EWPB) scholarship and grant programs that are administered through its charitable foundation, Executive Women Outreach.
For information about EWPB or to purchase tickets to the luncheon, call (561) 684-9117