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    July 15, 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.

    Five Part Virtual Event Series:

    – COMMUNITY VOICE, SAFETY & JUSTICE | Wednesday, July 22nd, 10 a.m. – Noon

    Gregory Haile, J.D., President, Broward College and Mark Wilson, President, Florida Chamber of Commerce

    – CHILD CARE & FAMILIES | Wednesday, July 29th, 10 a.m. – Noon

    Karen Moore, President, The Moore Agency and Kim Sineath, Director, The Learning Pavilion

    – FOOD & HEALTH | Friday, August 7th, 10 a.m. – Noon

    John Montgomery, M.D.,Vice President, Humana, John Provenzano, VP, Public Affairs, Publix, John Rivers, Foudnaer & CEO, 4R Restaurant Group and Robin Safley, Executive Director, Feeding Florida

    – JOBS & EDUCATION | Wednesday, August 12th, 10 a.m. – Noon

    Thaddeus Bullard, Founder, Bullard Family Foundation, Michelle Dennard, President & CEO, CareerSource Florida and Michael Griffin, VP, Public Affairs, AdventHealth

    – HOUSING, HOMELESSNESS & TRANSPORTATION | Wednesday, August 19th, 10 a.m. – Noon

    Rick Kearney, Founder, The Kearney Center and Tom Sittema, Chair, Lift Orlando

    “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.