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2022 Florida Prosperity & Economic Opportunity Solution Summit

May 25

According to TheFloridaScorecard.org, there are currently 773,801 Florida children living in poverty and half of those children live in just 150 of Florida’s zip codes. Under the strategic direction of the Florida 2030 Blueprint, the Florida Prosperity Project is on a mission to cut Florida’s childhood poverty in half by 2030 and ensure 100% have a pathway out. To achieve this goal, we must unite the Florida business community for good to ensure each child, no matter their zip code, has an equal opportunity at earned success.

Join us for the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2022 Florida Prosperity & Economic Opportunity Solution Summit, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 9:00am-4:00pm EDT in Orlando, FL. The Florida Chamber Foundation team, industry leaders, elected officials, and community advocates will analyze a path to prosperity for each of Florida’s zip codes. Attendees will also hear important conversations on the 10 root causes of generational poverty, the business impacts of poverty, and ways to get involved at the zip code level to create a pathway to prosperity for all Floridians.


Please join us on Tuesday, May 24 from 6:00-7:00PM for our complimentary welcome reception.

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What is Prosperity & Why Does It Matter?
Susan Towler, Chair, Florida Chamber Foundation Board of Trustees & Executive Director/CSR, Florida Blue Foundation

The Business Case for Prosperity
Mark Wilson, President, Florida Chamber of Commerce & Foundation

An Opportunity for System Change
Kyle Baltuch, SVP of Equality of Opportunity, Florida Chamber Foundation

Success in Partnership: Implementing a Florida Prosperity Project
Marcia Gaedcke, President, Titusville Chamber

Supporting Economic Mobility Through Employment and Careers
Dan McGrew, VP of Strategic Policy & Performance, CareerSource Florida | Dr. Brittany Birken, Principal Adviser, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Hope Florida: A Pathway to Prosperity
Dawn Murray, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Florida Department of Children and Families

Leading by Example: Prioritizing Long-Term Investments in Opportunity
Dr. Shawn Felton, Interim Dean, Marieb College of Health & Human Services at Florida Gulf Coast University  | Jennifer Hagen, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Extension Lee County | Stephanie Wardein, Systems Director Community Affairs, Lee Health

The Pathway to Prosperity Scholarship: Presentation of Scholarships
Kevin Thompson, Executive Director, Florida Prepaid College Board/Foundation

11:45AM-1:00PM – LUNCH

The 10 Root Causes of Poverty and the Promising Practices Underway:

Root Cause: Jobs – Programming to Invest in Your Workforce & Community
Monesia Brown, Director of Public Affairs & Government Relations, Walmart | Patti Constantakis, Director, Corporate Philanthropy, Walmart

Root Cause: Education – Community Partnership Schools
Andry Sweet, President & CEO, Children’s Home Society of Florida | Diane O’Dell, VP of Community & Diversity Relations and Executive Director, Universal Orlando Resort & Universal Orlando Foundation | Melissa Miskovsky, Instructional Coach, Eccleston Elementary School | Jarvis Wheeler, Statewide Director of Community Partnership Schools, Children’s Home Society of Florida

Root Causes: Transportation & Affordable Housing – Investing in Your Workforce
Amy Anderson, SVP, Social Impact Lead, Wells Fargo

Root Cause: Child Care – Supporting Your Present and Future Employees
Erin Smeltzer, Executive Director, Association of Early Learning Coalitions

Root Cause: Community Voice – Elevating the Voice of a Community
Sandi Vidal, Vice President of Community Strategies and Initiatives, Central Florida Foundation

Root Cause: Food – The Power of Food to Build Healthy Communities
Karen Moore, Founder & CEO, The Moore Agency

Root Causes: Safety & Justice – Alternative Support Systems for a Community
Marcos Lopez, Sheriff, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office

Wrap-Up and Call to Action: Make Today Count
Mark Wilson, President, Florida Chamber of Commerce & Foundation



In-Person Early Bird Registration – $299.00 (early bird registration closes May 6, 2022)
In-Person Regular Registration – $329.00 (after May 6, 2022)
Virtual/Livestream Registration: $199.00

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For questions, please contact Travis McGilvary at 850-521-1252 or tmcgilvary@flchamber.com for more information.

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9700 International Dr
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