By Brenda Eubanks Burnette
Miss Florida Citrus, Leila Sabet, is continuing to represent the Florida citrus industry at various events, most recently at the Indian River Citrus League’s Treasure Coast Fun Shoot at the Vero Beach Shooting Club. While there, she helped sell raffle tickets, took photos with the competition winners and helped promote Natalie’s Orchid Island citrus products.
She also attended the first Florida Citrus Festival at Countryside Citrus, in Vero Beach, where she distributed fresh-squeezed orange juice to over 500 attendees who were on hand for the festivities. Children and adults alike were delighted to meet her — citrus-themed mask and all!
As the keynote speaker for Florida State University’s (FSU) oldest and most prestigious leadership honors society, Garnet & Gold Key, she spoke to students about the importance of authenticity in leadership.
Sabet was also the keynote speaker at the Women Supporting Women Florida and Girls Meet Up Orlando event. At this event, she held an “EqualiTEA” virtual workshop over tea, which is a Lift & Be Uplifted initiative. She spoke about challenging bias/stereotypes, promoting yourself as a woman in the workplace and ultimately shattering the glass ceiling.
Her contributions have been recognized, as Sabet was voted in the Top 5 of the “Top 25 Under 25” for Savvy Girl Magazine, which should be out later this month. In addition, she was recently nominated to be featured in “The KNOW Women – Tampa Bay,” which is an annual publication that features the highest achieving women in the Tampa Bay area who lead, collaborate and give back to their community.
Sabet is also an ambassador for Real Talk, which is a comprehensive, educational program designed for high school and college students that discusses the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. As such, she has given two Real Talk presentations on behalf of the Miss Florida Organization. One of her presentations took place at Gaithersburg High School in Maryland, which was the first such presentation to take place out-of-state. In the other presentation, she addressed more than 70 Panhellenic women at FSU.
An active member of the United Nations Advocacy, USA, she continues to lobby virtually for congressional support of UN Women and works closely with Girl Up, which is the United Nations Foundation’s campaign that helps adolescent girls tap into their inner power to advance the skills, rights and opportunities for girls everywhere. A member of the board of directors for Girls Inc. of Pinellas County, Sabet also mentors and helps equip girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers to grow up as healthy, educated and independent young women.
A busy young woman on the go, Leila has represented the citrus industry well! To squeeze Miss Florida Citrus into your event — whether in person or virtually — contact Brenda Eubanks Burnette at 561-351-4314 or MFCitrus81@gmail.com to schedule an appearance.