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Winter Haven’s Deena Ware aims to ensure others feel like they belong

We have all questioned the impact of the past 20-plus months on our team members’ sense of belonging.

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with a leader who is driven by creating meaningful connections with those she serves inside her organization and in her community. Deena Ware has worked as a public servant for several municipalities throughout Polk County. For the past two years, she has served as the CRA and neighborhood programs manager for Winter Haven.

Prior to that, Ware was the town manager for Dundee, the first minority woman to serve as a municipal manager in Polk County. She has a bachelor’s degree in urban affairs and a master’s degree in public administration from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where she graduated magna cum laude.

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