Leadership Tampa Alumni today announced that Renée Vaughn has been recognized as the 2014 Parke Wright, III Award winner at its annual meeting. Vaughn, president of Williams Consulting Group, has been in the Tampa Bay area for more than 30 years. She has extensive experience in community and government affairs and strategic public relations. Vaughn's achievements and community involvement have made a lasting impact on Tampa.
Working with corporations, government agencies, non-government agencies and non-profits, Vaughn has developed skills in media relations, business development, consensus development, client retention, marketing, and creating strategic leadership alliances. Prior to establishing her firm, Vaughn was a senior administrator for the City of Tampa, Florida. During her tenure she represented the City or Mayor on over 50 boards and committees interfacing with educational institutions, business leaders, non-profit organizations, and Chambers of Commerce. Vaughn has built a record of successful outcomes in creating multi-institutional collaborations and community engagement with a focus on diversity. A particular strength is communication, especially in developing community consensus. She is on the boards of The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Tampa Alumni (past chair), Leadership Tampa Bay (past president), Red Cross Angels (current president), and University of Tampa Board of Fellows (past president). She is a member of the Chiselers, the Tampa General Hospital Women’s Leadership Council, Athena Society, the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, Mary Lee’s House (founding member) and the Emerge Advisory Council. In 2014, Vaughn was a finalist in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Business Women of the Year and recipient of Angie’s Awards, given to the finalist who best exemplified mentoring and making a difference in the life of others. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a master’s degree in regional and city planning and a bachelor’s in urban studies. Congratulations Renée Vaughn! About the Parke Wright, III Award The prestigious Parke Wright, III 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. Parke Wright, III was a leader in the airlines industry, a community advocate and a dedicated Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce member. He developed the Leadership Tampa Program in 1970 in order to help train and develop future leaders of Tampa Bay.