DemingsThe Bob Billingslea School of Hospitality Management is honored to welcome Congresswoman Val Demings as the keynote speaker for the 2021 Pineapple Anchor Ball. U.S. Representative Val Demings represents Florida’s 10th Congressional District. As a lifelong public servant, Congresswoman Demings broke numerous glass ceilings in her rise through the Orlando Police Department and her election to Congress. The first in her family to graduate college, she became a social worker, then a police officer. In 2007, after a distinguished career, she made history by becoming Orlando’s first female Chief of Police. Chief Demings shepherded the department through the financial crisis, championed policing strategies that put the community first, and oversaw a 40% reduction in violent crime. Today, she serves as a member of the U.S. House Intelligence, Judiciary, and Homeland Security Committees and Chair of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.