What Major Community Initiative Will LPBC Alumni Tackle Next?
As you may or may not know, our LPBC alumni were behind a lot of the efforts in creating vital institutions in our community.
Over the years, our strong contingency of involved community leaders have taken on many other important initiatives, too, including voter education and healthcare improvements.
Last month, I profiled a history of the incredible work that Leadership Palm Beach County alumni accomplished by collaborating to create The Ethics Pledge in 2008 and later the Commission on Ethics.
Now, I want to spotlight the work our alumni took in helping to create the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County. It started with conversations the Leadership Class of 1985 had during their Healthcare Day. After spending the day together, many members of the class got behind the initiative to launch the Council.
Since then, thousands of children, not just in Palm Beach County, but also across Florida, have benefited from Children’s Services Councils, which now operate in population centers throughout the state. Much of the success of these agencies started with ideas kicked around during the LPBC session.
The Ethics Commission and Children’s Services Council initiatives, as well as many other projects, have paved the way for many more alumni to work and serve as a catalyst for change. Those passions to help others continue today.
This past year, we have implemented a new series, Leadership Lunch and Learn, that I hope will lead to the next big thing that happens in Palm Beach County because our alumni are the leaders who are collaborating to be a catalyst for change.
On the last Tuesday of every other month, this series provides the opportunity to see old friends and make new ones from 11:30am-12pm and leads to gaining knowledge on a challenge facing the community from 12-1pm. This past year, we have focused on gangs, mental health, closing the skills gap, the penny sales tax initiative, homelessness, and attainable housing in Palm Beach County. The goal of these luncheons is to learn about the topic and be part of the solution through the open dialogue that takes place throughout the event.
We have some exciting topics coming in 2017!
In January, we will focus on advocacy…what do you do when you want to make a change in policy at the local or state level of government, or get something done in your neighborhood or your child’s school? Where do you start? Who should you talk to? These are the issues our panel of elected officials and lobbyists will tackle in January. Other upcoming topics include water, Lake Okeechobee’s impact, and ensuring food is on every family’s table.
Let’s decide what LPBC alumni are going to tackle next to make this county an even better place to live and work. Learn about the issue; be part of the solution.
What will our leaders rally around next?
Courtney Curatolo, PhD, is Chief Executive Officer of LPBC.