Future of Florida Forum

Orlando, FL

28 Oct 2019

29 Oct 2019

Future of Florida Forum

The Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2019 Future of Florida Forum will bring together Florida’s business leaders, industry experts and elected officials to discuss the opportunities and challenges impacting Florida’s future between now and 2030. 

Join Florida’s leaders as we discuss:

  • Florida’s rapidly changing economic, demographic and political changes and how they impact your future, 
  • Where Florida’s growth will be and in what industries, 
  • Florida’s key trends, headwinds, tailwinds and key projections,
  • The latest leadership strategies to solve Florida’s talent gap,
  • Fixing Florida’s broken lawsuit abuse problem,
  • Preparing Florida’s infrastructure and transportation systems for growth,
  • Promoting economic opportunity for all Floridians, and more!

Join us to Secure Florida’s Future at the 2019 Future of Florida Forum. Click here to register your team.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Registration Open l 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Opening Session and Luncheon l 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Official Welcome and Opening Remarks

Todd Powell, VP, Weyerhaeuser; Chair, Florida Chamber Foundation     

State of Florida Business

Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

Florida Economic Snapshot and Outlook

Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Florida Chamber Foundation

The Presidential Road to the 2020 White House Goes Through Florida

David Hart, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber of Commerce
Joe Clements, Advisor, Florida Chamber Political Program

Online Sales Tax: It’s a Fairness Issue

Joe Gruters, Chairman, Republican Party of Florida, Florida Senate, District 23

$4,442 Reasons to Fix Florida’s Broken Legal Climate

-Moderator: William Large, President, Florida Justice Reform Institute
Harold Kim, COO, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
Tom Leek, Florida House of Representatives, District 25
Senate President-Designate Wilton Simpson, Florida Senate, District 10

Planes, Trains, Automobiles…Oh My!

-Introduced by Doug Wheeler, President and CEO, Florida Ports Council
Kevin J. Thibault, P.E., Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation

Better Candidates Equal a Better Future

-Introduced by Dennis Grady, CEO, Chamber of the Palm Beaches
Rick Asnani, President, Cornerstone Solutions Florida   

Giving Back for Florida’s Future

-Moderator: David Odahowski, President, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation
Clay Ingram, CEO, Volunteer Florida
Sabeen Perwaiz, President & CEO, Florida Nonprofit Alliance
Kay Rawlins, Founder & Sr. VP of Community Relations, President, Orlando City Foundation

Putting a Woman on the Moon by 2024: Launching Artemis

Frank DiBello, President & CEO, Space Florida
Mark Wiese, Gateway Logistics Element Manager, NASA Kennedy Space Center

Creating the Workforce of the Future at the Intersection of People and Technology

Joe Quaglia, President, Americas, Tech Data    

Going From Learners to Earners

-Moderator: Madeline Pumariega, Vice President & Provost, Tallahassee Community College
Dr. Michelle Horton, University of West Florida, Complete Florida Team
Rene “Coach P” Plasencia, Florida House of Representatives, District 50
Cyril Turner, President, Year-Up

Digital Cyber Fraud: It’s Impact on Florida’s Economy

Jimmy Patronis, Chief Financial Officer, Florida

$30 Billion Reasons Hemp May Be in Florida’s Future

Nikki Fried, Commissioner, Department of Agriculture, Florida

Is Florida’s Constitution Under Siege?

Ashley Moody, Attorney General, Florida

Welcome Reception l 5:30 p.m.

Women’s Hall of Fame Dinner (Open to All Attendees) l 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Registration Open l 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Breakfast, General Session, Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors Annual Meeting and Lunch l 7:30 a.m.2:00 p.m.

Official Welcome & Opening Remarks

Todd Powell, VP, Weyerhaeuser; Chair, Florida Chamber Foundation

Three Former Speakers of the House on Why Leadership Matters

-Moderator: Peter Schorsch, Extensive Enterprises
Dean Cannon, President & CEO, GrayRobinson, P.A., Former Speaker, Florida House of Representatives
Steve Crisafulli, Crisafulli Consulting, Former Speaker, Florida House of Representatives
Will Weatherford, Managing Partner, Weatherford Capital, Former Speaker, Florida House of Representatives

Championing $50,000 Careers vs. $9 Hourly Jobs

-Introduced by Michael Griffin, VP, Public Affairs, AdventHealth
-Paul Renner, Florida House of Representatives, District 24

The Importance of Second Chances in Florida’s Justice System

Jeff Brandes, Florida Senate, District 24
Shon Hopwood, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Early Learning Creates Lifelong Opportunities

Vance Aloupis, CEO, The Children’s Movement of Florida, Florida House of Representatives, District 115

Preparing, Attracting and Retaining World Class Talent      

-Moderator: Charles Hokanson, Senior Vice President – Florida Community Engagement, Helios Education Foundation
Eric Hall, Ed.D., Chancellor of Innovation, Florida Department of Education
Kathy Hebda, Chancellor, Division of Florida Colleges, Florida Department of Education
Jacob Oliva, Chancellor, Division of Public Schools, Florida Department of Education


What Mayors Are Doing to Advance Economic Development     

Moderator: Glenda Hood, Former Mayor, Orlando, Founding Partner, Hood Partners, LLC
-John Dailey, Mayor, City of Tallahassee
Buddy Dyer, Mayor, City of Orlando
Matt Surrency, Mayor, City of Hawthorne

Strategies for Rural Economic Development

Moderator: Todd Powell, Weyerhaeuser
Michelle Dennard, President & CEO, CareerSource Florida
Jeff Hendry, Executive Director, North Florida Economic Development Partnership
Gray Swoope, President & CEO, VisionFirst Advisors

Florida’s Strategy to Diversify the Economy and Grow High Wage Jobs

Jamal Sowell, Florida Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO, Enterprise Florida Inc.

Resiliency: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Michael

Ken Lawson, Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Putting Florida on the Stage for Manufacturing        

Kevin Carr, CEO, FloridaMakes

$88.6 Billion Reasons to Love VISIT FLORIDA

Dana Young, President & CEO, VISIT FLORIDA 

Florida’s Hidden Gems

Steve Seibert, Executive Director, Florida Humanities Council

Better Health Outcomes and Lower Costs

-Patrick “Pat” Geraghty, President & CEO, Florida Blue

Ten Trends Shaping Florida’s Future

Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner, Economic Leadership LLC

Future of Florida Forum Ends l 2:00 p.m.

Early Registration Fee
$530 through September 30, 2019
$555 after September 30, 2019

Hotel Room Rate
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress: $229 (ends October 7, 2019)

Cancellation requests for registrations received by September 30, 2019 will be issued a refund, less a $75 per person administrative fee.  All cancellations must be made in writing and e-mailed to tprice@flchamber.com.

Cancellation requests received after September 30, 2019 will not be issued a refund.

For questions, please call the Florida Chamber at 850.521.1200 or send an email to summits@FLFoundation.org.

See the highlights from the 2018 Future of Florida Forum below: