Bonnie McElveen-Hunter to Headline Florida Luncheon on March 19

Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter

Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter

Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter will headline the 28th annual luncheon of the Florida Chapter of the National Institute of Social Sciences on Monday, March 19 in Palm Beach.

She will discuss “from success to significance” drawing on her personal experiences.

Ambassador McElveen-Hunter is chief executive officer of Pace, a company she founded in 1973. Pace is now the largest independently owned custom content agency in the nation, serving Fortune 500 and leading companies, including Southwest Airlines, Walmart, Wells Fargo, Verizon, and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. 

In 2004, she was elected as chair of the board of the American Red Cross. In 2007, she co-founded The Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders, which has grown to include 63 chapters across the United States. Tiffany Circle chapters have raised nearly $90 million for the American Red Cross. 

From 2001-2003, McElveen-Hunter served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Finland. As ambassador, she initiated the Stop Child Trafficking: End Modern-Day Slavery and Children of Karelia program, and founded the Women Business Leaders Summit, a model for business entrepreneurship partnering women business leaders. She was awarded one of Finland’s highest honors: Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion. 

As a long-time philanthropist and charitable-cause activist, she has served on the International Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity, chaired the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, served on the United Way of America Board (and on its National Leadership Council), and founded the United Way Billion Dollar National Women’s Leadership Initiative. 

“If I had to describe Bonnie McElveen-Hunter in one word, that word would be ‘extraordinary,’” said former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. “We have been good friends for many years, and I count myself as one her greatest admirers.”

For information about the luncheon, please contact May Bell Lin, executive secretary of the Florida Chapter, at