Lopez Lenz: Mayor Daniella Levine Cava

Daniella Levine Cava is the first woman Mayor of Miami-Dade County and SocialMiami contributor Marile Lopez brings us moments from the Instillation Ceremony.

It is a great year for women!

Mayor Daniella Levine Cava is the first woman mayor of Miami-Dade County and my daughters Annia Lopez and Saramelia Lopez — who are second generation Cuban-American — joined me and my husband Jorge Luis Lopez last week Mayor Levine Cava’s Installation Ceremony.  We witnessed history being made as Madame Mayor was sworn in at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (an organization named after an amazing philanthropist, attorney and friend).

Madame Mayor is an example of a dedicated public servant, a respected attorney, an inspirational activist and a devoted mother, wife and daughter. Wearing an elegant white power suit as she gracefully acknowledged and honored the 100 years of Women Suffrage, and the passage of the 19th Amendment, Madame Mayor took the podium and delivered her speech.

“I stand before you today on the shoulders of women throughout history who marched, organized, voted, and worked to make this moment possible,” said Madame Mayor Levine Cava in her opening remarks. “To all the girls and women watching in Miami-Dade, I want you to know that the future is as big and bright as you imagine it to be.”

I’m a mother of five — two beautiful, strong young girls and three boys who were raised in a home of equality — I am beyond excited about their futures in business, law, engineering, technology, science, politics or whatever their calling and passion may be.  The “glass ceiling” as it has been referred to for many years has not only been cracked but shattered; bringing about endless opportunities for the future of women in any field.

As my daughters sat in the first-row, orchestra left-hearing these Madame Mayor’s inspiring words, I felt their hearts pounding with emotion, their minds opening to the endless opportunities awaiting them, and their smiles lighting up the room.  Madame Mayor’s remarks of unity, inclusion, vision and hope motivated the audience- everyone applauded, stood and some even teared at her encouraging words.  Her new ideas for our Miami-Dade County community-her approach to issues we all encounter in our daily lives brings relevance to our communities’ needs.  Other inspiring women in the audience included: Rita MaGill, Danet Linares, Rabbi Julie Jacobs and Raquel Regalado.

Whether we are in the private sector, government agency or nonprofit organization-we all face similar challenges. Madame Mayor’s soft spoken yet firm tone on those issues brought for hopeful solutions.  The Arsht Center resonated with enthusiasm, energy and excitement.  As we were heading home, my daughter Saramelia, who is Freshman Class President at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, turned to me and said “Mom, someday I too will make a difference”- inspiring words to live by and I am sure she too will succeed.

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