Allison Kreiger Walsh
Born
Allison Lee Kreiger

Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Florida 2006
Hair colorBlonde
Eye colorGreen
Major
competition(s)
Miss America 2007

Allison Lee Kreiger Walsh is a beauty queen from Miami, Florida who has competed in the Miss Florida pageant and the Miss America pageant.

Walsh won the Miss Florida title in the state pageant held July 8, 2006.[1] She had previously won Miss University of Florida in 2002 and Miss Miami in 2006.[2]

Early life

Walsh was born in Fort Myers, Florida on July 8, 1983. She is a graduate of Bishop Moore High School in Orlando, Florida. In addition she was a cum laude graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Public Relations. Her scholastic honors included Mortar Board; Omicron Delta Kappa; Golden Key International Honour Society; National Dean's List; Chancellor's List; Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society; Alpha Lambda Delta; Phi Eta Sigma and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

She is also a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority at the University of Florida. She pledged in 2002.

Career

Allison Kreiger Walsh, JD is a seasoned executive, philanthropist, speaker, professional consultant, and Miss Florida 2006. She is a 2006 cum laude graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Public Relations and is currently pursuing her Juris Doctorate at Florida A&M University's College of Law. Walsh founded H.O.P.E. – Helping Other People Eat,[3] a 501c3 nonprofit organization that focuses on the prevention and awareness of eating disorders. In addition to serving as the inaugural Chairwoman of the National Jr. Board for the National Eating Disorders Association and lobbying with the Eating Disorders Coalition on Capitol Hill, Walsh has personally spoken to over 100,000 people about the dangers of eating disorders.

In 2006, she started collecting jeans as an initiative through HOPE and NEDA to encourage people to "Be Comfortable In Your Genes- Don't Fight Your Genes, Just Change Your Jeans." Since 2006, over 25,000 pair of jeans have been collected and donated to charities in need. In 2010, Walsh launched the “Get R.E.A.L.” Program, encouraging everyone to set “Realistic Expectations and Attitudes for Life.” This innovative video outreach program was be distributed to over 12,000 schools, hospitals, community health organizations and treatment centers throughout the State of Florida and to every college in the nation. In addition to being Miss Florida 2006, Walsh was the recipient of the Miss Florida Community Service Award,[4] the Miss America State Community Service Award in 2007[5] and the overall interview award. Walsh has been a contributing editor for the Dove Digital Channel hosted on MSN.com and a featured blogger for PBS. She has been a special guest on Lifetime Television's Balancing Act, PBS's Emotional Life, and FOX News’ The Big Story with John Gibson, and Hannity and Colmes.

Walsh earned $38,000 in scholarships while competing in the Miss America Organization. She logged over 80,000 miles in her travels as Miss Florida and completed over 250 appearances. In 2007, Walsh received the Young Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council and in 2008 Walsh was honored as the National Eating Disorders Association Youth Advocate of the Year, and was a winner in the 38th Annual Women's Achievement Awards presented by the Women's Executive Council, as Emerging Achiever of the Year in 2008.[6]

In 2013, she joined The Recovery Village and Advanced Recovery Systems team as one of the original team members and is the Vice President of Business Development and Branding. She is a member of Forbes Business Development Council and the Orlando Business Journal's Leadership Trust and serves on multiple local and national nonprofit boards. She has run multiple coaching and consulting companies since 2007 and is the CEO of Allison Walsh Consulting. In 2020, she launched the She Believed She Could Podcast, and in 2021 she launched the Dear Mind, You Matter podcast. She was selected as a 2021 Women Who Mean Business and 40 under 40 Honoree by the Orlando Business Journal. She's a frequent contributor to Forbes and has been featured in multiple publications.


Preceded byMari Wilensky Miss Florida 2006 Succeeded byKylie Williams

See also

References

  1. ^ "A Florida fantasy". Pageant.com 2006. Archived from the original on 19 December 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Miss Miami Allison Kreiger Named Miss Florida 2006". Firstcoastnews.com 7/10/2006. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  3. ^ "About the HOPE Leadership Team". Hopetolive.com 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Miss Florida 2006 Scholarship Awards". Missflorida.org 2006. Archived from the original on 18 December 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  5. ^ "2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS". Missamerica.org 2008. Archived from the original on 2010-12-21. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  6. ^ "People On the Move - Awards section". Orlando Business Journal 2008-10-20. Retrieved 7 January 2011.