Doby Flowers was the first African-American homecoming queen at Florida State in 1970. In 2004, an integration statue was dedicated Flowers, her brother Fred, and all the students that had to fight for their rights 40 years ago. Her role as a student activist set the stage for a career path. Whether working in politics or volunteering with charitable causes, she has continued her activism.
After earning two degrees from Florida State University and a certificate in executive management from Harvard University, Flowers worked for two high-profile mayoral administrations in Boston and New York — those of Kevin White and Ed Koch. She was honored frequently for her talents, including as a New York City Woman of Distinction, before returning to Tallahassee — her hometown — to work in law practice management and consulting at Flowers Law Firm.
Throughout her career in economic development, community relations and educational training, Flowers has proved an example for inspirational leadership. Now, as the founder and owner of The Magnolia Leaf Bed and Breakfast in Thomasville, Ga., she is providing a place for female business leaders from Florida to organize retreats, network and learn.