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
GROWING FLORIDA’S ECONOMY
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: