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Actress Victoria Rowell speaks at “Hats Off to Women Luncheon”

Victoria Rowell, an Emmy-nominated actress and New York Times bestselling author, was the keynote speaker at the “Hats Off to Women” luncheon held at the Lake Worth campus March 13.

About 100 people, many ladies wearing stylish hats, attended the red carpet, invitation-only event at the Public Safety Training Complex. The event was organized by the Office of Student Activities and the Palm Beach State College Foundation.

Rowell, who co-starred in the hit primetime television series Diagnosis Murder for Viacom for eight seasons while simultaneously working in daytime drama for Sony/Bell/CBS, shared her story of growing up in foster care in Maine, and the tremendous impact various women had on her life, including her foster mother, her ballet teacher, social worker and others. She read an excerpt from her bestseller “The Women Who Raised Me,” and touched on such topics as the importance of mentoring.

Rowell has starred on “Law & Order: SVU” and other series. She stars in the movie, “Marry Me For Christmas” and the upcoming feature, “What Love Will Make You Do.” She has been in multiple films, starring opposite Jim Carrey, Harry Lennix, Samuel L. Jackson, Beau Bridges, Forest Whitaker and more. She has been recognized by 193 members of Congress for advocacy work on behalf of education, arts, foster and adoptive youth and parents as well as diversity issues.

As part of the celebration, the campus honored Barbara Benson Wymer, director of Benson Protocol; Palm Beach State student Dariane Taylor; Vita Nova, Inc.; Palm Beach PACE Center for Girls and the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County for their community work and support of the College.

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Women's History Month luncheon

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