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    August 05, 2020
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    Did you know that half of Florida's children who live in poverty reside within just 150 of Florida's 983 zip codes? Zip code data shows inequality of opportunity exists in every part of Florida.

    Florida business leaders are increasingly playing a vital role in ending the inequality of opportunity in America. Join the Florida Prosperity Initiative for an informative discussion on how Florida businesses can help ensure all Floridians have pathways to prosperity.
     
    - SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED -
    Florida Business Leaders Summit Series on
    Prosperity & Economic Opportunity
     PART 4 of 5:
     Pipeline From Poverty to Prosperity: Jobs & Education
    Wednesday, August 12 - 10:00 a.m. - Noon EDT
     
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    Education is key for creating the workforce we will need to attain our goal of making Florida one of the top 10 economies in the world by 2030. But to get there, all of our students must have equal opportunities to succeed, regardless of what zip code they're born into. For Florida to succeed, all of our children must succeed. 

    This virtual event will feature:
     
    • An in-depth discussion on why inequality of opportunity for education exists.
    • Innovative ways the business community can be involved in creating a stronger education system in their local communities.
    • Exploration of non-traditional post-secondary education that can lead to meaningful employment.
    Please extend this invitation to your Management Team and others in your community, social and personal networks to join us for these timely and important discussions
     
    We look forward to having you join us for this necessary and informative virtual event.
     
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    Thaddeus Bullard entered this world as a statistic. He was the product of rape, his mother was only 12 years old when she delivered him. In his teenage years, random teachers started to believe in him; the Sheriff's Boys Ranch took an interest in him; his community began investing in him. He became one of the top high school football recruits in the nation, graduating from the University of Florida with two degrees. He served as student body vice president, played in the NFL, and is now known as WWE Superstar Titus O'Neil. Through his Bullard Family Foundation, Bullard has partnered with the Hillsborough County School District to transform the lives of students as Sligh Middle Magnet School and the families in the surrounding neighborhood. Because of his outstanding work in his local community of Tampa and as a WWE Superstar Community Ambassador, Bullard was honored as the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce's 2020 Citizen of the Year.
     
     
    Michelle Dennard is president and CEO of CareerSource Florida, Inc. the nonprofit, public-private policy and investment board of business and government leaders charged with guiding workforce development for the state of Florida. Ms. Dennard joined the organization in November 2014 as Vice President of Policy. She provided workforce policy guidance to the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors and the Board's Strategic Policy Council. Ms. Dennard led the development of Florida's unified plan for implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the federal legislation that modernizes states' workforce systems through market-driven approach to better serve businesses, workers and job seekers. An attorney and member of the Florida Bar, Ms. Dennard has more than 10 years of experience in workforce and economic development. She is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Business and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Florida State University College of Law.
     
    Michael Griffin is the Vice President of Public Affairs, providing Public Affairs leadership to Florida Hospital and the Florida Division of Adventist Health System. Mike received his bachelor's degree in Journalism with a Political Science minor at the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining Florida Hospital, he was with the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts team where he served as Vice President of Communications and most recently Vice President of International Communication Strategies. Mike has significant experience in the areas of Public Relations, Communications and Government Relations. He was inducted into the UCF Nicholson School of Communication Alumni Hall of Fame and has served as the Government Relations Chair for the University of Central Florida Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2008.
     
    Eric Kelly is the President of Quantum Foundation, a West Palm Beach-based health corporation that managers a $150 million investment portfolio. As President, Eric is responsible for formulating strategy to deploy $7.5 million annually to qualified organizations in Palm Beach County to improve health outcomes. He is a corporate officer of the foundation and manages the governing affairs of the corporation with the Board of Directors, and oversees all administrative duties. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Philanthropic Network, the Southeastern Council of Foundations, and the Economic Council of Palm Beach County. Eric received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Florida State University and a Masters of Nonprofit Management from Florida Atlantic University. He has also completed a combined 36-hours of Masters Coursework in Biblical Studies at Moody Bible Institute and Southeastern Theological Seminary.
     
    Mark Wilson serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he serves as Chair of the National Council of State Chambers, and on the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals, Enterprise Florida, Leadership Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Chamber Foundation, and is an active member of the U.S. Chamber's Committee of 100.
     
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    Join Us for This Additional Virtual Event on Ending Inequality
    of Opportunity in Florida
     
    Part 5: Building a Prosperous Florida: Transportation & Affordable Housing: Wednesday, August 19 - 10:00 a.m. - Noon EDT
    This virtual event will focus on the ways housing and reliable transportation can influence a person's upward mobility. We will also explore how the private sector can be a solution to homelessness in Florida. Confirmed speakers include:
     
    • 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
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