Lila A. Jaber
Regional Managing Shareholder at Gunster
In her third decade of regulatory policy and government practice, Lila Jaber leads Gunster’s Government Affairs practice, as well as serves as the firm’s regional managing shareholder. Notably, Lila is also the architect of the Florida’s Women in Energy Leadership Forum, a group focused on highlighting the workforce and economic development contributions of the electric and natural gas industries in the state.
Lila is dedicated to providing strategic and regulatory advice to clients on a number of business and economic development issues. Her experience ranges from utility specific matters in energy and water, to general business strategy development and implementation for companies doing business in Florida. Lila’s counsel includes C-level consulting to clients with priority for growth in Florida. Lila’s advocacy involves the Florida Attorney General’s Office, the Florida Legislature and the Office of the Governor. Fluent in English and Arabic, Lila is an experienced speaker and presenter, and has testified before the Florida Legislature, the Florida Cabinet, the United States Department of Treasury, and the United States Senate Committee on Commerce.
A former chair of the Florida Public Service Commission, Lila served two terms as both commissioner and chairman, overseeing the state’s implementation of economic regulatory policy and procedure for the energy, natural gas, water and telecommunications industries. Directly accountable for a 380 member staff and for regulatory decisions impacting a $17 billion investor owned utility industry, Lila represented the state on the State-Federal Universal Service Joint Board, FCC Advanced Services Task Force, and the NARUC committees on water, telecommunications and consumer affairs.
Lila is passionate about and personally committed to making Florida a great place to live and work. She is involved at the state and local leadership levels, helping to promote civic engagement and economic development. Lila’s civic commitments include her appointment to the City of Tallahassee’s inaugural Ethics Board, where she served as chair. Lila is also a founding member of the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce, where she strives to promote growth and support for women and minority owned businesses in five counties in the Big Bend region. Additionally, Lila is a member (and former chair) of Leadership Florida, a 1,600 member statewide organization helping to build leaders for the public good.
Lila has earned a variety of honors and recognitions over the course of her career. Most recently, she was named one of Tallahassee Democrat’s “25 Women You Need to Know” in 2015, and received the commission of Kentucky Colonel by Kentucky’s Governor in 2016 for her noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service.
Main stage panel
Women in the Workplace: Shining a Light on the Elusiveness of Diversity
For women, the list of problems still present in today’s workplace is overwhelming. Biases abound, particularly as it relates to ethnicity, race, and gender. Hear from our esteemed panelists about their personal experiences in overcoming these all-too-common obstacles and become empowered as a champion for change in your own workplace.