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Ericka Dunlap

Diversity Advocate, Writer, Motivational Speaker, Entertainer, Former Miss America and Amazing Racer

Ericka Dunlap first rose to national acclaim when she was crowned Miss America 2004 on the iconic runway in Atlantic City. However, that was not the first time she excited headlines. Mere months before, Ericka captured a significant part of history by breaking the color barrier as the first Black woman titled Miss Florida in…

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Ericka Dunlap first rose to national acclaim when she was crowned Miss America 2004 on the iconic runway in Atlantic City. However, that was not the first time she excited headlines. Mere months before, Ericka captured a significant part of history by breaking the color barrier as the first Black woman titled Miss Florida in the 68-year history of the program.

She leverages her voice as a national ambassador and community leader on issues ranging from veterans affairs to LGBT equities to homelessness. She is an advocate for youth excellence, enhanced quality of life for seniors, global women’s entrepreneurship, mental health wellness,  small business support, career creation, restoration of rights & job sustainability, positive values and for those who are unable to speak for themselves.

Ericka Dunlap is a native of Orlando who first rose to national acclaim when she was crowned Miss America 2004 on the historic runway of Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.  Just a few short months before, Ericka was a student at the University of Central Florida when she captured a part of history by breaking the color barrier and becoming the first and only Black woman to be crowned Miss Florida in the 80+ year history of Florida’s most prestigious pageant.

As a community leader, and recognized as a notable “first” in various facets of her life, she models excellence that she hopes motivates others to persevere.  Her aim is to offer common sense solutions to the problems facing District 5, where she and her family have been residents the majority of her life.

Over the past 14 years, she has created numerous opportunities for her influence and relationships to reshape the common misconception of the integral role of a Miss America. What remains constant about Ericka Dunlap is her genuine love for her hometown. Above and beyond her year of service as Miss America, Ericka has grown through years of expertise in various industries and utilizes each of those tools as assets to leading her teams and implementing her vision for District 5 and the City of Orlando.

Ericka is the Founder of the Crown Jewel Foundation, a philanthropic organization that invests in other local organizations that support the needs of young women and encourages them to boldly CREATE their futures and overcome the obstacle of mediocrity.

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Get OUT of the Box!
Nobody is born a bigot! Prejudice is a learned behavior. And it is with this mindset that we are able to make positive changes to our lifestyles and viewpoints that are most affected by our differences. In this discussion, Ericka highlights the frequently untapped areas of diversity to enlighten the audience on how to think outside of the box and gain a better understanding of the need for inclusive behavior. Great for community and corporate training.

Attention to Attitude
It has been proven time and time again that your attitude will determine your actions and your actions will determine your accomplishments! In this presentation, Ericka highlights several keys to maintaining a successful attitude in order to achieve optimal results in your workplace and home-life.

Diversity & Disparities in Healthcare
A specific focus on the disproportion and misconceptions commonly associated with low-income and international patients. Ms. Dunlap shares gathered information from her many travels and in-depth interactions with diverse audiences the world over. She also highlights experiences of being raised by an RN, her motherFran, who would often enlighten young Ericka on daily interactions with her patients and the importance of giving 100% to the care of the patient regardless of the cultural barriers.

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