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Hooper: People lists Pam Iorio among its 25 Women Changing The World

Published Nov. 4, 2018

She's not sharing a spot on the cover with Joanna Gaines, Jennifer Garner and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.

Still, Pam Iorio's inclusion on People magazine's list of 25 Women Changing The World still stands as a remarkable achievement. Iorio, CEO of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America, joined socially-conscious celebrities and grassroots organizers on the list.

While proud to be recognized, the former Tampa mayor said her inclusion really reflects the broader success of the organization. It recently went through a re-brand and continues to innovate with unique programs such as Bigs in Blue, which connects youth with police in communities throughout our nation.

Iorio said the life-changing positives emanating from Big Brothers, Big Sisters — it's served more than 2 million youth since 2010 — proves the nonprofit's work bridges our differences "because people are the same." ...

The next episode of WEDU's That's All I'm Saying debuts at 8:30 p.m. Thursday with a salute to Tampa Bay's ongoing passion for reading, and a special guest appearance by acclaimed author Michael Connelly. Yes, I'm honored to have him on the show.

Seen on a bumper sticker: Just Vote. Be Heard By Your Country. Make A Difference In Your Future. ...

Iorio certainly deserves the recognition, but all of us can make it onto a list of people changing the world. It starts with engaging in the voting process. We're at a crossroads in American politics, not just between Democrats and Republicans, but between those who believe voting matters and those who believe it doesn't.

Anger and fear will drive some to the polls. All the more reason not to let apathy drive you away.

That's all I'm saying.


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