Leah Roddenberry, formerly Miss Tampa 2020, is an author the Founder of “Be a LeadHER”. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. Leah is a member of the Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary society in the state of Florida. Leah founded the UF chapter of IGNITE and currently served as president.
In addition to her collegiate studies, Leah was heavily involved in her UF and local community: she is a 4-year member of the Dazzlers, the official dance team of UF, a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, a Rock the Vote Florida state ambassador, and a ServiceVote 2020 Fellow for Youth Service America. In 2019, Leah was named a Brand Ambassador for Advanced Recovery Systems' Real Talk program where she engages with individuals 13+ to educate them on substance abuse and addiction.
Leah started “Be a LeadHER: Igniting the Spark Within” as a result of her own struggle with self-confidence during her youth. Leah believes that young women deserve to be taught the foundations of leadership and courage so they can learn how to tackle any situation they may face. Her goal is to lead by example and ignite the spark within every young woman, providing them with the opportunity to dream bigger and pursue goals they never thought possible.
Leah published “Leah Goes to Washington” in July 2020 in the hopes to inspire elementary-age children, especially young girls, to learn about civics in a fun and interactive way. As a spin-off of the Flat Stanley project, kids are encouraged to take the Leah character cut out and take her with them as they complete acts of service. They can take pictures doing community service or being an engaged citizen with little Leah and share with family or post on social media platforms using the hashtag #LeahsLeadHers.
To schedule a visit from Leah, please contact Jennifer@missflorida.org.