Leading Ladies

Intelligence. Intuition. Creativity. Courage ... and so much more. The Following 10 Women Inspire Us With A Lengthy List Of Enviable Qualities And Accomplishments. Let Them Serve As Empowering Examples To Fellow Females Of All Ages.



The Leading Ladies Of Coastal Virginia

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Name: Mary Bunting

Occupation: Manager, City of Hampton

What makes her inspirational: In a way, Mary Bunting was born into public service. Her mother served for years as the city manager of Roanoke, setting a fine example for Bunting to follow. That she did in 1990, when she took up the position of assistant to the city manager of Hampton. Five years later she was promoted to assistant city manager. Then in 2009, she became the first female city manager for the City of Hampton since the position was created in 1956.

Highlights of her career include the creation of the award-winning 3-1-1 Customer Call Center, consolidation of three separate permit functions into a Central Permit Office, development of Hampton’s Crime and Grime campaign, organization of innovative neighborhood initiatives, including the creation of the Neighborhood Office, and coordination of the city’s emergency planning and response efforts for Hurricane Isabel and Tropical Storm Ernesto. In 2012, she was named a White House Local Innovation Champion of Change.

What do you feel has been the key to your success? “From the excellent public school education I received here in Hampton to the many nonprofits and service clubs that invested in me and my college education, I am largely who I am today because of my city. I am also thankful for the wonderfully talented and dedicated employee team that I am fortunate to work with in this service to our community and for our citizens who so willingly give of their time to be actively engaged in making our city an even better place to live, work and play. Last, but most certainly not least, I could not do what I do without my supportive family, especially my children, who remind me every day what truly matters most in life.”

What has been your proudest moment? “On a personal level, my proudest moments are those when my children shine—at school, in their athletic pursuits and/or with their hobbies. On a professional level, being recognized as a White House Champion of Change by President Obama for our citizen budget engagement was a highlight. The honor was bestowed on me but really belonged to all the Hampton residents and staff that came together to find a better way to do municipal budgeting.”

What’s the best advice you can offer young women?

“Love what you do. Bring passion, energy and a strong work ethic to all that you do. And most importantly, be kind to everyone.”

—Bill Glose

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