On March 22nd, 2021, five former U.S. Ambassadors were hosted by the LeMieux Center for a discussion with former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux for a virtual interview of their careers.
The Ambassador panel included Robin Bernstein, U.S Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Nancy Brinker, U.S Ambassador to Hungar, Sharon Day, U.S Ambassador to Costa Rica, Lana Marks, U.S Ambassador to South Africa, and Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, U.S Ambassador to Finland. These remarkable women discussed their experiences and lessons learned while serving as representatives of the United States.
Robin Bernstein, ambassador to the Dominican Republic 2018-2021, is a successful businesswoman, philanthropist and humanitarian. She is a recipient of many awards, including the prestigious Order of Duarte from Dominican President Luis Abinader and the Women in Leadership Award from the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches.
Nancy G. Brinker, ambassador to Hungary 2001-2003, is founder of Susan G. Komen and the Promise Fund of Florida, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, U.S. Ambassador and lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Sharon Day, ambassador to Costa Rica 2017-2021, has served the Republican Party at the local, state and national level for more than 20 years, including as Republican National Committee co-chairwoman. She has served on the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.
Lana Marks, ambassador to South Africa 2019-2021, was born in South Africa to immigrants and earned the trust of the people by communicating hers and her family’s opposition to the Apartheid government. She is a business executive who founded the Lana Marks fashion brand.
Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, ambassador to Finland 2001-2003, is founder and CEO of Pace, the largest independently-owned custom content agency in the nation. She was appointed as the first woman National Chairman of the Board of the American Red Cross in 2004 and is currently serving her fifth term.