Second District Congresswoman Martha Roby will address the skills necessary for women to succeed in today's world during a presentation at Troy University on May 1.
Presented by the University's Motivating and Instilling Sophisticated Students into an Elite Society (M.I.S.S. Elite), the program titled "Equipping Today's Women for Life's Journey" will be held at 11 a.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on the Troy Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Through a variety of seminars, discussions and campus and community involvement, M.I.S.S. Elite seeks to help students realize their full potential by building self-confidence, molding leadership skills and emphasizing good character and proper personal appearance.
Roby will speak from personal experiences about the challenges associated with balancing career and family, as well as attributes that have proven helpful to her as she has navigated her life's journey.
"This is a unique opportunity to showcase and expose the gifted and talented women of the M.I.S.S. Elite Society," said Dr. LaKerri Mack, Assistant Professor of Political Science at TROY and advisor to the organization. "Given M.I.S.S. Elite's mission of motivating and instilling sophisticated students into an elite society, Congresswoman Martha Roby is the epitome of an elite woman and we are most delighted to have her as our guest. As for the women of Troy University, she is best suited to equip them for their life journey."
A Montgomery native, Roby was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and now sits on the prestigious House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Education and the Workforce Committee.
Janice Hawkins, Troy University First Lady, said Roby's appearance provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn from the first-hand experiences of a woman who is dedicated to both her family and to public service.
"We are very proud of the impact that the M.I.S.S. ELITE Society is having on Troy University and we are excited to hear from Rep. Roby, who has had a tremendous impact on her community, state and nation," Mrs. Hawkins said. "I know those in attendance on May 1 will benefit from Rep. Roby's insights and find many to be applicable in their own lives."
Prior to her election to Congress, Roby served as a member of the Montgomery City Council. She holds a bachelor's degree from New York University and received her law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2001. Prior to her entry into public service, she practiced law at Copeland, Franco, Screws & Gill, P.A. and remains a member in good standing with the Alabama and Mississippi bar associations.
Roby is married to Riley Roby and the couple has two children, Margaret and George. They are members of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, where they are involved in various ministries.