26 Jun Meet Rebecca Miller, A Power Woman in a World of Development
By Grace Vergis
Rebecca Miller is a force to be reckoned with. As a true visionary, Rebecca has had such an enormous impact on the community as well as on every person that has crossed her path. She is a firm believer that TRUE success stems from the building of meaningful relationships. Rebecca will voluntarily give of her time with no thought to her bottom line. In a society that is so divided, she loves pouring into others and empowering them. Rebecca is well known and respected around the state of Florida and throughout all sectors of the development world. She is the Founder and President of MPLD Consulting, a full-service development consulting firm that has been serving all of Florida for the past 18 years, with offices in West Palm Beach, Tradition and Fort Pierce. Over the years, Rebecca has been asked to serve on many task forces and boards including for the City of Ft. Pierce, St. Lucie County, City of Port St. Lucie, City of West Palm Beach, and the St. Lucie County School Board. She is also the founder of a regional think tank for economic development called PREA that coalesces with business leaders to advance a regional economic development perspective.
Rebecca grew up in South India with missionary parents, and as a young lady, aspired to a career in journalism or foreign service, which seemed natural given her upbringing. Due to her writing and communication skills developed through University and Graduate School she was approached by American Express where she rose rapidly in the company in client management to global development and procurement. It wasn’t long after that Rebecca began to take the development world on by storm and formed her own company after 12 years with American Express. The development industry has traditionally been a “man’s world”. As a trusted and respected industry leader, Rebecca has enjoyed turning that tradition on its head for 18 years with her own company. Due to her impeccable reputation, and relationships, men and women alike, look up to her and admire her for her expertise in all areas of the development world. Her company’s current projects exceed $1.9B in value. In addition to being an amazing entrepreneur and leader who knows how to create a vision, articulate and passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion, Rebecca’s also a stellar mother. She is able to successfully balance work and family life. One of her greatest accomplishments is raising her beautiful, well-rounded 12-year-old daughter, Bella, who excels at everything she puts her mind to.
Rebecca has a deep passion for humanity, culture, and the arts. She is one of the driving founders and forces behind the St. Lucie Cultural Alliance and currently serves as the County appointed Board Chair. Rebecca’s solid relationships in both the public and private sectors has benefited the Alliance greatly. She has lobbied county commissioners and administrators and received line-item budget support for the organization. She has raised funding from and assisted with establishing partnerships with public schools, Cities, Utilities, EDO’s and Corporations. Rebecca’s business acumen and energy, combined with her passion for all the arts, has provided vision and direction to bring together artists across a variety of fields, cultural venues and businesses to promote all that St. Lucie County has to offer. Artists of all kinds now have organizational support, funding opportunities and projects locally and the County touts the raise in cultural awareness as a part of its Economic Development and Growth.
I’ve known Rebecca for over 15 years and her courage to fulfill her vision comes from passion, not position. Being people-centered, she’s all about investing in others and positively influencing them. True leadership comes from adding value to others, encouraging and empowering them, and helping them grow and succeed. And that’s exactly what Rebecca does. She’s not only a great role model to all women, especially in the development world, but she is a true testament of a great leader. Rebecca meets you where you are at so that you can climb to the top with her. She is determined to help you find your voice, develop your talents, and discover your purpose.
Rebecca is not only a trailer blazer, but an amazing example to both men and women on how to succeed no matter what obstacles come her way. Instead of struggling when confronted with challenges, Rebecca stretches. She’s also a leader who believes in producing other leaders. In a nutshell, Rebecca Miller is an influential leader who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way every single day. She exemplifies the person others will gladly and confidently follow.