2019 WILA Honorary Chair: Yvonne S. Boice
2019 WILA Honorary Chair Yvonne S. Boice is a businesswoman and philanthropist residing in Boca Raton, Florida. Since moving from New Jersey in 1983, she has made a significant impact on the local community – championing arts, culture, education and women’s rights initiatives. Honing her passion at local level, she then created her presence on the national and international stages, becoming an invaluable guiding force for charitable organizations and an inspiring advocate for women in business. Her dedication to these causes has garnered her two honorary doctorates, one from Daemon College in New York and the other from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire.
For the past seven years, Boice has chaired the STEAM Initiative for Palm Beach State College, raising over $1 million in scholarships for students. She also serves as Vice Chair of the National Endowment of the Humanities and the Governance Chair of Discover the Palm Beaches. For over a decade, she also served as the chair for the Palm Beach International Film Festival, generating over $1.5 million to area school film programs.
A leading supporter of Lynn University, Boice created an endowment to provide for the ongoing maintenance of the iconic Yvonne S. Boice Circle of Flags at the campus’ entrance, which represents the global student body and the more than 100 nations from which they hail.
Boice has also represented the United States at four high-profile women’s international business conferences. Karen Hughes, the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, chose Boice as one of six delegates to the MENA (Middle East and North African) Women’s Conference held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Paula Dobriansky, the Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, appointed Boice to attend at the Global Summit of Women in Berlin and the Global Summit of Women in Hanoi. She also traveled to Santa Cruz, Bolivia to address women and encourage them to take political action.
Boice has been honored with many prestigious awards including: the Association of Fundraising Professionals Palm Beach Chapter Outstanding Philanthropist Award, The Diamond Award by the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, The Opal Award from the Rotary Club, the President’s Call to Service Award for over 4,000 hours of community volunteer service, the Boca Raton Award from Lynn University, the Bridge Builder Award from LEAH – The League for Educational Awareness of the Holocaust, the Soroptimist International Lifetime Achievement Award, the Amazing American Woman Award for leadership from the Women’s Majority Network in Washington, D.C., the Founders Award from the Palm Beach International Film Festival and the Northwood University Outstanding Business Leader Award.
These outstanding awards have been bestowed upon Boice because of her tireless devotion to numerous important causes including the Palm Beach State College Foundation, Chris Evert Charities, Palm Beach International Film Festival, Boca Raton Historical Society, Centre for the Arts (Chair), World Trade Center and YMCA of South Palm Beach County. Boice was also appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission.Yvonne Boice is married to attorney Al Zucaro and is a devoted mother to Lauren, a practicing attorney living in the Boston area with her husband, world-renowned astrophysicist, Dr. Randall Knowles.