Company: Florida State Senate, 32nd District
Location: Aventura, Florida, United States
Lauren Book, Senator of the 32nd District in The Florida Senate and Senate Democratic Leader, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public administration.
Sen. Book began her professional pursuits as a co-teacher at the Henry S. West Laboratory School in Miami, Florida. In 2007, after feeling called to effect change for children on a broader level, Sen. Book founded the Lauren’s Kids Foundation, an organization headquartered in Aventura, Florida, where she continues to serve as the chief executive officer. 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 this mission because of her personal experience as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. She recalls having trouble coping after disclosing her abuse, 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 combat the silent epidemic of sexual assault, and to help young survivors on a path to healing. 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 was elected to the Florida Senate in 2016 and traveled to the Florida Capitol for her first legislative session just two weeks after giving birth to boy-girl twins; with her kids in tow, Sen. Book has represented Broward County and the 32nd District in the Florida Senate since that time. Recently elected Senate Democratic leader by her peers – a role she will take on after the conclusion of the 2021 legislative session – Sen. Book previously served as the Senate Democratic leader pro tempore, and has continually earned membership and leadership positions in key Senate committees including Rules and Appropriations. Sen. Book 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 titled “Find Your X, but First, Find your (wh)Y?” focused on overcoming adversity and using harrowing experiences as a driving force for change.
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 with a focus on leadership and social change 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 and public service announcements through her platform with Lauren’s Kids. 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 women can be effective agents for change, and that people of all ages can use their voices to be meaningful advocates for things that are important to them.
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