The Florida Chamber Foundation team continues to build momentum behind the Florida 2030 Blueprint’s mission of securing Florida’s future as a top 10 global economy as our team prioritizes leading and participating in the strategic conversations that will help us achieve this objective. I’m proud to share with you an update on our Foundation team uniting leaders on the road to 2030.
President Mark Wilson on the Road:
As we begin to wrap up week 3 of Legislative Session, Mark has met with many groups as they’ve ventured to Tallahassee to discuss the Florida Chamber’s legislative priorities, all outlined in the annual Florida Business Agenda (Where We Stand), and informed by the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Florida 2030 Blueprint Six Pillars Framework and input from the Florida business community. So far this session, Mark has had the opportunity to connect with and provide updates to the Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, HR Florida State Council, Fisher Phillips and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce.
Senior Director of Future of Work Rachel Ludwig on the Road:
As our Second Chance Hiring initiative continues its focus on highlighting the re-entry population as a viable talent pipeline solution, Rachel recently visited the Gadsden Re-entry Center to discuss their efforts to prepare previously incarcerated individuals for a successful return to their community and employment. She also visited Operation New Hope in Jacksonville, which also focuses on re-entry and second chance efforts, with Future of Work Advisory Board member, Patty Keenan, Chief Talent Officer at Miller Electric Company.
Each year, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools hosts the Miami ELITE Conference for over 250 Adult Education and Career & Technical Education instructors across the district. Rachel had the opportunity to give the keynote presentation at this year’s conference spotlighting the Future of Work Florida initiative as well as our Foundation’s tools available to all stakeholders, the Florida Scorecard and the Florida Gap Map.
Equality of Opportunity Coordinator Zenani Johnson on the Road:
Broward County recently hosted the “State of Childcare” panel during “Broward Days at the Capitol.” Our Equality of Opportunity Coordinator, Zenani Johnson, joined the panel discussion to speak on how childcare affordability and access impacts Florida’s workforce, highlighting the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Untapped Potential research. Watch Zenani share the importance of prioritizing Florida’s childcare challenges.
In other news, a special congratulations to Zenani for recently graduating from the National Chamber Foundation’s Business Leads Fellowship Program which focuses on developing business leaders to be education and workforce champions in their community.
I would like to wrap up this update by welcoming the following individuals and their companies to the Board of Trustees. On behalf of the entire Board, we look forward to engaging with you on the solutions to grow and propel our great state!
It was great connecting with so many of you at our January 10 board meeting. Please enjoy these photos captured of us convening on the road to 2030 below.
Our next Board meeting will be held the day prior to our 2024 Florida Learners to Earners Workforce Solution Summit, in Tampa, on June 25. If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to register for our June 25 Board of Trustees Meeting HERE> and Learners to Earners HERE>.
Stay tuned for more updates next month on the momentum-building efforts of our Chamber Foundation team to secure Florida’s future.