Rita M. Solnet President, Parents Across America-Florida As a crisis management consultant, Mrs. Solnet has over two decades of experience advising public and private sector clients in the resolution of complex issues. Her civic leadership roles make her uniquely knowledgeable on state and national education policy and thus sought after by elected officials and school districts. She has successfully managed five campaigns for elected office in Florida. And frequently works on education policy issues in Washington, DC. Rita held many managerial positions throughout her 25 yrs in IBM with her last position as IBM Manager of Leadership Development and Workforce Diversity Training. Mrs. Solnet later opened her own successful organizational consulting firm which allowed time to do advocacy work for children. Pertinent Civic & National Organizations -- American Association of Caregiving Youth, National Advisory Board -- U.S. Dept of Ed, National Parent Outreach Council -- Board Appointee, Palm Beach Schools Budget Committee -- Board Appointee, Palm Beach Schools Academic Advisory Committee -- Chair, Academies Advisory Board -- Former PTA President, 4 years In 2010, Rita co founded Parents Across America - a grassroots organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the highest quality education for every child. Two years later she became President of Parents Across Florida. Awards Some of her most coveted awards are those she received for her child advocacy work. In 2013 she received the Student Advocate award from the National Institute of Education Arts & Sciences in Washington, DC. Locally, Mrs. Solnet was named Best Grassroots Advocate by the Sun Sentinel in 2014, 2015 and consistently makes the Top 50 Political Tweeters chosen by the St. Petersburg Times. Rita was named Parent Volunteer of the Year several times in her 18 years of volunteer work for Palm Beach County Schools. Rita also received the ALS Foundation's Southeast Area Fundraising Advocacy Award and was previously named Executive of the Year by the National Association for Female Executives in Connecticut and in Florida.