Company: Florida State Senate, 32nd District
Location: Aventura, Florida, United States
Lauren Book, Senator of the 32nd District of The Florida Senate, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public administration.
In 2007, Senator Book began her professional pursuits and founded Lauren’s Kids, a nonprofit organization in Aventura, Florida, where she continues to serve as the chief executive officer. She additionally gained experience as a co-teacher at the Henry S. West Laboratory School in Miami, Florida from 2007 to 2008. Lauren’s Kids aims to prevent child sexual abuse through education and awareness, and endeavors to help survivors of sexual abuse heal and overcome their trauma. Sen. Book became involved in her career because of her personal experience as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. She recalls having trouble finding a coping method after revealing the abuse to her family, until eventually her mother revealed that she too was a survivor of sexual assault. Sen. Book’s mother told her that these were “regular occurrences” for women, and that they simply had to overcome their trauma and live their lives.
From that moment, Sen. Book decided she would do everything in her power to become a stronger person, and challenges herself every day to help young survivors. She believes that “you don’t choose your circumstances but you choose how you overcome them,” and knows that working through the legislature to shape laws that protect the vulnerable is an effective way to enact meaningful change. Sen Book has served in the 32nd District of the Florida Senate since 2016, and previously acted as the Senate democratic leader pro tempore for Broward County. She devotes her time and expertise as a board member and the past vice president of the Florida Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, and has given myriad presentations and keynote addresses. In 2016, Sen. Book was a speaker at TED Talks in Oxford, England, where she delivered her presentation entitled “Find Your X, but First, Find you (wh)Y?”
Sen. Book pursued her higher education at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and creative writing in 2008 and a Master of Science in education in 2012. She is a member of the Florida Children’s Cabinet, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission and the Broward County Crime Stoppers. Sen. Book has been recognized for her service with myriad awards and honors, including the 2019 Change Maker Award from the Child Mind Institute, the GLAMOUR Woman of the Year “Heroes Among Us” Award in 2018 and multiple Emmy Awards for her role as a producer on the television programs, “Lauren’s Kingdom” in 2018 and “What if I Told You” in 2016. In the coming years, Sen. Book plans to continue her service in the Florida Senate and in her community. She aims to show her children as well as the entire next generation that being a successful woman is possible, and she hopes to be surrounded by women at all academic levels advocating and making a difference.
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