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Florida Business Leaders Summit Series on Prosperity & Economic Opportunity

Tallahassee, FL

22 Jul 2020

19 Aug 2020

Florida Business Leaders Summit Series on Prosperity & Economic Opportunity

A Five Part Virtual Event Series on Ending Inequality of Opportunity in Florida

2017 marked the Florida Chamber Foundation’s inaugural Florida Business Leaders Summit on Prosperity & Economic Opportunity, and it has quickly become one of the Chamber’s most anticipated events. Due to the COVID-19 disruption, the live summit scheduled for May will now be a virtual event series. Despite this disruption, the work of the Prosperity Initiative continues and is more important than ever. The working poor are more likely to work in jobs that could see hours cut and staffing reductions as employers grapple with how to provide for their employees in a time when consumer activity has been greatly reduced.

As Mark Wilson said when he testified before Congress on this issue, “The battle of this generation is between economic equality and economic opportunity — between those who believe that everyone is entitled to prosperity and those who believe everyone is entitled to the opportunity to succeed.” Join business and industry leaders as well as elected officials and community voices as we analyze a path to prosperity for each of Florida’s zip codes. We will also discuss best practices around the state, how they can be replicated and more. The Florida Chamber Foundation’s research shows the 10 root causes of generational poverty are: Jobs, Education, Housing, Health, Food, Safety, Child Care, Justice, Transportation and Agency-Community Voice. Webinar conversations will focus around several of these root cause topic areas. Don’t miss out on adding your voice to the conversation.

WEBINAR SERIES PRESENTERS

Five Part Virtual Event Series:

ENDING INEQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY IN FLORIDA | Wednesday, July 22nd, 10 a.m. – Noon EDT
Eric Godet, Sr., President and CEO, Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce
Gregory Haile, J.D., President, Broward College; Trustee, Florida Chamber Foundation
The Honorable Rene Plasencia, Florida House of Representatives, District 50
Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

Watch Part 1 of 5: Ending Inequality of Opportunity
Click here to view the recorded webinar and the key slides from the July 22 presentation.

ENDING POVERTY STARTS AT HOME: CHILD CARE & FAMILIES | Wednesday, July 29th, 10 a.m. – Noon EDT
Debbie LaPinska, Senior VP of Human Resources, PGT Innovations
Jack Levine, Founder, 4Generations Institute
Karen Moore, President, The Moore Agency
Kim Sineath, Director, The Learning Pavilion

Watch Part 2 of 5: Ending Poverty Starts at Home
Click here to view the recorded webinar and the key slides from the July 29 presentation.

– FEEDING THE NEED FOR EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY: FOOD & HEALTH | Friday, August 7th, 10 a.m. – Noon EDT
Preeti Jois, M.D., Medical Director, Humana
John Provenzano, VP, Public Affairs, Publix
John Rivers, Founder & CEO, 4R Restaurant Group
Robin Safley, Executive Director, Feeding Florida
Susan Towler, Vice President, Florida Blue Foundation
Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

Watch Part 3 of 5: Feeding the Need for Equality of Opportunity
Click here to view the recorded webinar and the key slides from the August 7 presentation.

– PIPELINE FROM POVERTY TO PROSPERITY: JOBS & EDUCATION | Wednesday, August 12th, 10 a.m. – Noon EDT
Thaddeus Bullard, Founder, Bullard Family Foundation
Michelle Dennard, President & CEO, CareerSource Florida
Michael Griffin, VP, Public Affairs, AdventHealth
Eric Kelly, President, Quantum Foundation
Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

Watch Part 4 of 5: Pipeline from Poverty to Prosperity
Click here to view the recorded webinar and the key slides from the August 12 presentation.

– BUILDING A PROSPEROUS FLORIDA: TRANSPORTATION & AFFORDABLE HOUSING | Wednesday, August 19th, 10 a.m. – Noon EDT
Javier Correoso, Public Affairs Manager, Uber Technologies, Florida
Rick Kearney, Founder, The Kearney Center
Tom Sittema, Chair, LIFT Orlando
Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

Watch Part 5 of 5: Building a Prosperous Florida
Click here to view the recorded webinar and the key slides from the August 19 presentation.

“Our goal should not be temporary relief for the poor, but rather to attain enduring equality by eradicating the underlying pathology of poverty that has precluded 3 million Florida residents from achieving their God-given potential.”

-H. WAYNE HUIZENGA JR., President, Huizenga Holdings, Inc.

WATCH: Leaders Discuss Solutions at Last Year’s Summit

About the Florida Chamber Foundation:

The Florida Chamber Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization that focuses on research and initiatives to make our state a leading place in the world to live and work. The Florida Chamber Foundation does not lobby or conduct any political activities whatsoever.