Advanced Project Management
International Project Management
Program Management for Product and Service Development
Merely having an idea isn’t enough for Organization success. It’s the execution of the best possible idea that delivers value to an organization’s shareholders. Organizations must have both the ability to choose their opportunities wisely and the ability to execute programs competently. Program Management is the discipline that integrates organizational strategy with activities, skills, tools, and techniques to ensure that organizations are choosing the best opportunities and executing with discipline. We explore the five domains of Program Management from the Project Management Institute (PMI) through a combination of readings, case studies and project work: Program Strategy Alignment, Program Benefits Management, Program Stakeholder Engagement, Program Governance and Program Lifecycle Management. We will explore the role of the Program Manager using product and service development and enhancement/development of organization capabilities as context. (Prerequisite: PROF-711 or PROF-715 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
Agile Leadership and Self Organizing Teams
Agile and Design Thinking
Individual Leadership Development
Long-term success and growth as a manager requires more than the requisite technical skills. How can you differentiate yourself from the many other managers in the global job market? Strong leadership skills enable you to stand out in the crowd and demonstrate your unique value to your team and the organization. A manager with a combination of effective technical skills and strong leadership skills will find him/herself in a position of strength within their team and organization. Are you one of these managers? If not, this course is designed for you and will help you create a personal plan for continued development. syllabus include leadership styles, being a leader your team wants to follow, communication styles that resonate with others, the reality of office politics, and operating with mutual understanding and responsibility. Lecture 3 (Spring).
Leading and Developing Teams
High-performing teams (HPT) are critical to maintaining an organization's competitive advantage. HPTs are critical to the success of an organization, and leaders do much more than manage these teams—they develop their teams with the goal of achieving success for their organization. Teams rely on their leader for guidance and encouragement; they’ll respond positively to quality leadership, by building stronger relationships and rising to challenges. This course is designed to provide you with research-based, proven strategies to help develop and foster high-performing teams. syllabus include building, fostering and coaching HPTs; leading globally dispersed/remote teams; diversity awareness in HPTs; facilitating group problem solving and decision-making; negotiation and conflict management; and crisis management. Lecture 3 (Summer).
Theories of Organizational Development
As organizations undergo continual change, HR leaders play a pivotal role enabling their organizations to anticipate, plan, and profit from change. This course introduces the student to theories and practices of organization development and change leadership. Such leadership requires competencies of identifying and framing challenges, consulting with clients, researching solutions, creating, implementing, and evaluating action plans. Through study, practice, and application, students will gain knowledge and skills to foster change, innovation, and the adaptability of an organization. Lecture 3 (Spring).
Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management
This is an introductory graduate-level survey course for organizational learning and knowledge management. The course will provide a broad overview of the concepts, practices, and challenges associated with learning in organizational contexts. Principles, techniques, and structures used to create, capture, store, value, distribute, and leverage knowledge to enhance organizational performance in continuously changing environments will be examined. syllabus covered include types and nature of knowledge, levels of organizational learning, communities of practice, social and technological systems for capturing, storing, and distributing knowledge, valuation of knowledge assets, innovation and creativity, barriers to organizational learning, and knowledge as a source of competitive advantage. (Prerequisites: HRDE-710 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
This course provides skills to develop, retain, and engage the best available talent required for current and future success. Students examine benchmark practices from all industry types to derive effective strategies for their own organizations, develop a human capital strategy development, and complete an integrated set of projects to implement selected components of the strategy. Lecture 3 (Fall, Summer).
Team Process and Facilitation Skills
The ability to build a functioning team and then facilitate the group process ranks among the most critical competencies for HRD practitioners today. HRD practitioners are required to develop work teams and facilitate a variety of events from meetings and new employee orientations to training sessions. This course provides the HRD practitioner with the skills required to effectively develop teams, and plan for and facilitate a variety of events. Individuals in other disciplines will benefit from this course as well. (Prerequisites: HRDE-710 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
Information Technology and Globalization
Leading Teams in Organizations
This course examines why people behave as they do in organizations and what managers can do to Improve organizational performance by influencing people's behavior. Students will learn a number of frameworks for diagnosing and dealing with managerial challenges dynamics at the individual, group and organizational level. syllabus include leadership, motivation, team building, conflict, organizational change, cultures, decision making, and ethical leadership. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
Managing Organizational Change
This course addresses the importance of organizational change in maintaining a flexible, dynamic, and responsive organization, by examining various theories and approaches currently used to assist organizations in achieving planned change. The role of the leader in achieving organizational change is emphasized. The features of successful change in organizations will be discussed, including the structural, motivational, interpersonal, and social aspects of organizational change. (Prerequisites: MGMT-740 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
This course is designed to teach the art and science of negotiation so that one can negotiate successfully in a variety of settings, within one's day-to-day experiences and, especially, within the broad spectrum of negotiation problems faced by managers and other professionals. Individual class sessions will explore the many ways that people think about and practice negotiation skills and strategies in a variety of contexts. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
Service Design Fundamentals
Service design is a holistic design process. It uses skills from a variety of disciplines (design, management and process engineering) to develop models to create new services or to Improve existing services in the most efficient and effective manner possible. The emphasis of the process is to provide value to the customer; as a service differentiator or create unique experiences for the customer. Service design uses methods and tools from a variety of disciplines to assist with the analysis and creation of enhanced systems. These tools include; mapping, blueprinting, analysis of customer behavior, market analysis, service marketing, and service recovery. The outcome of this course is to provide students with the fundamentals of service design thinking to allow them to lead the efforts of systematic design in a variety of disciplines. (SVCLED-MS, HSPT-MS) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals
This course presents the philosophy and methods that enable participants to develop quality strategies and drive process improvements. The fundamental elements of Lean Six Sigma are covered along with many problem solving and statistical tools that are valuable in driving process improvements in a broad range of business environments and industries. Successful completion of this course is accompanied by “yellow belt” certification and provides a solid foundation for those who also wish to pursue a “green belt.” (Green belt certification requires completion of an approved project which is beyond the scope of this course). (This course is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students and dual degree BS/MS or BS/ME students in KGCOE.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
Register By: August 20 Classes Start: August 22
Meet the growing demand for project leaders and couple your MBA with a project management concentration with the Master of Business Administration in Project Management from Southern New Hampshire University. Learn what it takes to plan, monitor, measure and adapt a project from start to finish, and earn an MBA that fits right into your life.
A Project Manager's job is to keep projects and people on track, and the field of project management is growing as more companies move to project team-based business models. Our MBA is all about understanding and optimizing the functions of a business. The project management MBA builds a strong foundation of management skills, and you can apply these skills to leadership roles across a variety of industries, including construction, healthcare, IT development, manufacturing and more.
Students who take QSO-645: Project Management for Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification course as part of their concentration can satisfy the educational requirement of the PMP exam. This industry-recognized credential demonstrates proven project management skills and could help boost career growth and earning potential.
Learn how to:
SNHU’s MBA in Project Management is one of the most affordable MBAs in the nation and can be completed in just over a year.
With an MBA in Project Management online from SNHU, you can develop the skills and experience you need to capitalize on the growing demand for qualified project managers.
PMI® expects project management jobs to grow by more than 31% through 2027, creating a total of 22 million new project management jobs.1 Earning potential for project management workers is also strong – particularly for workers with the PMP certification. A 2020 PMI survey found that PMP-certified workers earned 22% more than those without certification.2
The project management MBA offers a unique mix of project management skills and broad-based business knowledge that can help you stand out in this growing field.
“This degree will not only prepare you to carry a project management certification but it provides you the business acumen to put those project skills to work with any industry and any project model environment,” said Gina Cravedi '18, SNHU’s director of marketing operations, an MBA graduate and certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Project managers can work in a variety of industries, including:
Throughout these fields, project managers play an important role in the process of moving projects, organizations and entire industries forward. Supply chain management, for example, relies on the expertise of project managers to run its processes smoothly and maintain availability of essential goods and services.
A project management MBA can teach you the in-demand skills needed to succeed in one of these critical project management jobs:
Job growth and earning potential for project management careers will vary depending on the career you pursue with your project management MBA.
Construction managers, for example, earned a median salary of $95,260 in May 2019. Jobs for construction managers are projected to grow 8% through 2029. General and operations management jobs are projected to grow 6% through 2029. The median annual wage for these positions was reportedly $100,780 in 2019.3
Your project management MBA can also help you prepare for a career as an operations research analyst, using data to drive better business decisions. Jobs in this field are projected to grow 25% through 2029 with a reported median salary of $84,810 in 2019.3
Not sure you want to work as a project manager? The skills gained in a project management MBA can help you develop key leadership and career skills that enhance any business management position.
Earning an MBA in Project Management gave Dara Edge '15 new tools to support her career in social media. As a social media community manager for SNHU, Edge manages engagement on the university’s social media channels and works with teams from across the organization to analyze community engagement data.
Edge said her MBA program helped develop the strong critical analysis and communication skills needed for this role.
“You have the ability to use the degree in so many different ways,” said Edge. “Whether you want to work in the project management field, work in management, or if you want to learn how to manage projects in general. You’ll always be able to use the skills and knowledge that you’ll learn in the program.”
The MBA in Project Management online combines theory with practical application. You can graduate with a set of tools that complement today's tech-intensive workplace. In the updated curriculum, you'll engage in scenario-base learning opportunities, allowing you to complete activities and individually graded group work based on solving real-world business problems. This type of learning offers hands-on learning experience in your online classroom that mimics real-world work settings and challenges.
Taught by professors with many years of business experience, your courses will focus on how to lead a project from start to finish – smoothly. You’ll learn how to define the scope of a project, develop a project timeline, and identify costs and resources.
Project management learning will be supported by the MBA core curriculum, which focuses on all aspects of business leadership, including:
Your project management degree courses will focus on the tools, processes and strategies used to successfully hit the goals of any big project.
You’ll learn how factors like scope, time, cost, quality, risk, resources and communication impact a project. You can apply this learning to real-world case studies to gain key decision-making experience. And you’ll get hands-on practice using manual and technology-based tools to start, plan and control projects.
If you’re interested in seeking the PMP certification, you have the option to take QSO-645: Project Management for PMP Certification as part of your MBA program. In this course, you'll explore the professional and social responsibilities of project management. You can also get a deeper understanding of the tools and techniques you can use to plan and manage projects.
This course satisfies the education requirement of 35 hours needed to take the PMP exam. It does not guarantee certification or passage of the certification exam, but does get you closer to earning this key credential. You must meet all other PMP requirements, including work experience hours, in order to sit for the exam.
No matter what your goals are, an MBA in Project Management offers key leadership and career skills you can use to be successful as a project manager or business leader. These skills include:
Students with non-business academic backgrounds may be required to take foundation courses. As an add-on to your degree with minimal additional courses required, MBA students can also pursue a graduate certificate beyond the standard degree program, including a project management graduate certificate. This allows you to list another significant credential on your resume with minimal additional coursework.
Don't have a business background? No problem. Our MBA is accessible to everyone. Interested students must have a conferred undergraduate degree for acceptance, but it can be in any field. Those without an undergraduate degree in business or a related field may be asked to complete up to 2 foundation courses to get started. These foundations cover essential business skill sets and can be used to satisfy elective requirements for the general-track MBA. With foundations, the maximum length of your online MBA would be 36 credits.
Attend full time or part time. Students in the MBA have the option to enroll full time (at 2 classes per term) or part time (with 1 class per term). Full-time students should be able to complete the program in about 1 year, while part-time students could finish in about 2 years. Our SNHU students are busy, often juggling jobs, family and other obligations, so you may want to work with your academic advisor to identify the course plan that works for you. The good news is, you can switch from full time to part time and back again as often as you want.
In accordance with SNHU’s relationship with the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the ability to offer Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam content, SNHU instructors completed the PMI®’s Authorized Training Partner Train the Trainer – PMP® exam Prep Program. This program equips SNHU faculty with the authority to deliver PMP® exam prep and training content to PMI’s quality standards for the revised exam, which went into effect in January 2021. This designation is essential to allowing SNHU to offer PMP® preparatory content though QSO-645: Project Management for PMP Certification, which also offers students the 35 hours of project management education required to sit for the exam. Students who choose to pursue their PMP® certification may find that this industry-recognized credential offers proven project management skills and could help boost career growth and earning potential.
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
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Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
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$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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As the way many of us work continues to evolve, opportunities to learn at one’s own pace and from any location become more and more important. To meet this need, Drexel Human Resources is excited to announce that many new online courses and learning bundles are now available in Career Pathway! These new courses and bundles offer information from experts, ideas to ponder, and skill- building suggestions on a variety of topics, including professional growth, essential skills and technical skills. More courses are being added all the time – here are some of them:
To view these new courses and bundles, simply click on the syllabu area title above, enter your usual login credentials, and the link will take you directly to the syllabu page in Career Pathway. From there, click on the title of interest to begin.
We hope these new offerings provide you with plenty of new ideas and inspire you to boost your professional development.
ISA certification and certificate programs offer a standards-based learning approach to critical syllabus within the automation industry. Certificate programs increase professional recognition and validate specific knowledge areas such as safety and cybersecurity, while certification programs provide an objective, third-party assessment and confirmation of your skills and experience.
Benefits for Individuals
Benefits for Employers
ISA offers the following certification programs. When you earn ISA certification, you will receive a digital badge and can be listed in the ISA credential directory.
Earning an ISA certification demonstrates your mastery of working with a standardized body of automation knowledge. By verifying your expertise with ISA—the global leader in automation education and training—you can showcase your automation proficiency to employers and stand out among your peers. These programs leverage the Automation Competency Model, which outlines the core skills needed to excel in today's automation environments.
ISA certificate programs are designed to increase knowledge and skills across a broad range of syllabus including cybersecurity, safety instrumented systems, automation project management, and many others. We offer certificate programs based on industry-developed job performance criteria and IEC adopted standards.Learn more about our certificate programs and how they can add value to your career.
ISA supports the Control Systems Engineer (CSE) License, a specialized Professional Engineering (PE) license recognized in the United States for engineers working in automation and control. ISA offers training courses and review materials to help engineers prepare for state boards' exams held each October. Learn about the CSE Licensure Preparation Program.
For over 75 years, ISA has been developing international standards for the industrial automation and control systems industry. Currently, ISA runs two conformity programs based on third-party conformity assessment and/or certification.
Together, these programs establish that a product meets expectations regarding safety, security, performance, and other essential criteria. For more information or questions about product certification and conformance programs, please contact Andre Ristaino.
Thinking of buying a home? There are plenty of perks if you purchase one. You can decorate it to suit your taste; you can install a professional home theater system; or you can perfectly customize the walk-in closet to hold everything you have, just the way you want it. But there are other benefits—the financial kind.
If you rented in the past, all of your money went to a landlord, and none of it came back to you as a tax deduction. That changes if you’re a homeowner.
Whether you buy a mobile home, town house, condominium, co-operative apartment, or single-family home, several tax breaks can save you money at tax time.
The only downside is that your taxes will get more complicated. Gone are the days when you plug your W-2 information into the 1040EZ form and finish your taxes 10 minutes later. As a homeowner, you enter the wonderful world of itemizing. Of course, it’s worth the hassle when you see how much money you might save.
In the tax world, there are deductions, and there are credits. Credits represent money taken off of your tax bill. Think of them as coupons. If you get a $1,000 tax credit, your tax due will decrease by $1,000. A tax deduction reduces your adjusted gross income (AGI), which in turn reduces your tax liability.
For example, if you’re in the 24% tax bracket, your tax liability will be reduced by 24% of the total claimed deduction. So, if you claim a $1,000 deduction, you can expect your tax liability to drop by $240 ($1,000 × 24%).
Most of the favorable tax treatment that comes from owning a home is in the form of deductions. Here are the most common deductions:
You can deduct your home mortgage interest on the first $750,000 ($375,000 if married filing separately) of mortgage debt. The old limit—$1 million ($500,000 if married filing separately)—applies if you bought your home before Dec. 16, 2017.
You can’t deduct home mortgage interest unless you itemize deductions on Schedule A Form 1040 or 1040-SR, and the mortgage is a secured debt on a home in which you have an ownership interest. You can deduct mortgage interest on a second home as long as the mortgage satisfies the same requirements for deductible interest as on your primary residence.
In January, after the end of the tax year, your lender will send you Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 1098, detailing the amount of interest that you paid in the previous year. Be sure to include any interest that you paid as part of your closing. Lenders will include interest for the partial first month of your mortgage as part of your closing. You can find it on the settlement sheet. Ask your lender or mortgage broker to point this out to you. If it’s not included on your 1098, add this to your total mortgage interest when doing your taxes.
You may have paid mortgage points to your lender as part of a new loan or refinancing. Each point that you buy generally costs 1% of the total loan and lowers your interest rate by 0.25%. For example, if you paid $300,000 for your home, each point would equal $3,000 ($300,000 × 1%). And, with a 4% interest rate, for instance, that one point would lower the rate to 3.75% for the life of the loan. As long as you actually gave the lender money for these discount points, you get a deduction.
Like the mortgage interest deduction, discount points are deductible on the first $750,000 of debt.
If you refinanced your loan or took out a home equity line of credit (HELOC), you receive a deduction for points over the life of the loan. Each time you make a mortgage payment, a small percentage of the points is built into the loan. You can deduct that amount for each month that you made payments. So, if $5 of the payment was for points, and you made a year’s worth of payments, your deductible amount would be $60.
Your lender will send you Form 1098, detailing how much you paid in mortgage interest and mortgage points. Using that information, you can claim the deduction on Schedule A of Form 1040 or 1040-SR.
Lenders charge private mortgage insurance (PMI) to borrowers who put down less than 20% on a conventional loan. PMI usually costs $30 to $70 a month for each $100,000 borrowed. Like other types of mortgage insurance, PMI protects the lender (not you) if you stop making mortgage payments. Depending on your income and when you bought your home, you might be able to deduct your PMI payments.
According to the IRS, you can treat amounts that you paid for PMI as home mortgage interest. The insurance must be in connection with home acquisition debt issued after 2006. If your AGI is less than $100,000 ($50,000 if married filing separately), you’re eligible for the full deduction. Above those thresholds, the deduction phases out. If your AGI is higher than $109,000 ($54,500 for married filing separately), you can’t take the deduction.
The state and local tax (SALT) deduction lets you deduct certain taxes paid to state and local governments, provided that you itemize on your federal return. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) capped the previously unlimited deduction at $10,000 per year in combined property taxes and either state income taxes or sales taxes. The $10,000 cap applies whether you are single or married filing jointly and drops to $5,000 if you’re married filing separately.
You must itemize your deductions to claim the mortgage interest deduction, mortgage points deduction, and SALT deduction. You can’t claim these deductions if you take the standard deduction when filing your tax return.
If you pay your property taxes through a lender escrow account, you’ll find the amount on your 1098 form. Alternatively, you will have personal records in the form of a check or automatic transfer if you pay directly to your municipality. Be sure to include payments that you made to the seller for any prepaid real estate taxes (you can find them on your settlement sheet).
State and local income taxes withheld from your paycheck appear on your W-2 form, which your employer(s) should send by the end of January following the tax year. If you elect to deduct state and local sales taxes instead of income taxes (you can’t deduct both), you can use your actual expenses or the optional sales tax tables found in Schedule A (Form 1040).
Chances are you won’t have to pay taxes on most of the profit that you might make when you sell your home, thanks to the home sale exclusion.
If you’ve owned and lived in the home for at least two of the five years before the sale, you won’t pay taxes on the first $250,000 of profit (i.e., capital gain). The number doubles to $500,000 if you’re married filing jointly. However, at least one spouse must meet the ownership requirement, and both spouses must meet the residency requirement (i.e., lived in the home for two out of the previous five years). You might be able to meet part of the residency requirement if you had to sell your home early due to a divorce, job change, or something else.
If you have a taxable gain on the sale of your main home that’s greater than the exclusion, report the entire gain on Form 8949: Sales and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets.
Depending on how long you owned the home, any gains will be taxed at either the short-term or long-term capital gains rate:
You might be eligible for a mortgage credit if you were issued a qualified mortgage credit certificate (MCC) by a state or local governmental unit or agency under a qualified mortgage credit certificate program. Also, check energy.gov to find out whether your state offers tax credits, rebates, and other incentives for energy-efficient improvements to your home.
You itemize your deductions on Schedule A Form 1040. Homeowners can generally deduct home mortgage interest, home equity loan or home equity line of credit (HELOC) interest, mortgage points, private mortgage insurance (PMI), and state and local tax (SALT) deductions. You also may be able to deduct charitable donations, casualty and theft losses, some gambling losses, unreimbursed medical and dental expenses, and long-term care premiums.
You can either take the standard deduction or itemize your deductions. If the value of expenses that you can itemize is greater than the standard deduction, then it makes financial sense to itemize. Also, you must itemize to claim the mortgage interest, mortgage points, and SALT deductions.
For 2022, the standard deduction is $12,950 for single and married filing separately taxpayers, $19,400 for heads of household, and $25,900 for married filing jointly filers and surviving spouses.
Let’s keep this in perspective: If you’re in the 24% tax bracket, you’re still paying nearly 75% of your mortgage interest without any deductions. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that paying interest is beneficial because it reduces your taxes. Paying off your home as quickly as possible is, by far, the best financial move. There’s no prepayment penalty for paying off your mortgage, so pay as much as you can if you plan to live in the home for a long time. Of course, talk to your financial planner about the most beneficial way to pay down your debt.
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Time to brush up on your presidential history.
Leadership in turbulent times
Ubiquitous on cable news channels and documentaries, historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin is the go-to gal for seasoned and reasoned commentary on Presidents past.
The Pulitzer Prize winner will appear at Florida State University on Sept. 12, speaking on “Leadership in Turbulent Times: An Evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin.” Her appearance is part of the Strengthening American Democracy lecture series, sponsored by FSU’s Institute of Politics ([email protected]) in collaboration with Opening Nights.
Her syllabu borrows from the title of her seventh book, published to instant acclaim in 2018. In the book, she analyzes the qualities of leadership by examining the character of four Presidents she has written about in previous biographies — Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Goodwin has proven herself as a leading historian of American Presidents in her decades-long career. Her books serve as a resource for films and miniseries, and she has served as a consultant and been interviewed extensively for documentaries.
Goodwin also has served as an executive producer for History Channel miniseries. The most exact one, “Theodore Roosevelt,” premiered on Memorial Day.
She won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for history for “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.” Her “Team of Rivals” served as the basis for Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” and was awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize, the inaugural Book Prize for American history and the Lincoln Leadership Prize.
She also has received the Andrew Carnegie Medal, the Charles Frankel Prize, the Sarah Josepha Hale Award, the New England Book Award, and the Carl Sandburg Literary Award.
Goodwin earned a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University and taught government there. She also is a devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox.
The event is set for 7:30 p.m. in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. Tickets are $10 for the general public and free for FSU students who reserve a ticket. To purchase or reserve tickets, visit bit.ly/FSU-DKG2022.
Coming up, the usual assortment of news, intel and observations from the week that was in Florida’s capital city by Peter Schorsch, Drew Wilson, Renzo Downey, Aimee Sachs, Christine Jordan Sexton, and the staff of Florida Politics.
But first …
The “Takeaway 5” — the Top 5 stories from the week that was:
Renatha Francis appointed to Florida Supreme Court … again — As expected, Gov. Ron DeSantis made a second try at appointing Judge Francis to the state Supreme Court Friday, making her the second Black woman to serve on the state’s highest court. Francis, a Jamaican-born immigrant, had been the Governor’s first choice for a vacancy on the court in 2020, but the Florida Supreme Court ruled she was four months shy of having 10 years’ membership in the Florida Bar, which is a constitutional requirement for sitting on the state Supreme Court. With that obstacle out of the way, Francis is set to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Alan Lawson.
Gov. DeSantis suspends Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren — The Governor on Thursday suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Warren over his refusal to enforce bans on abortion and gender-affirming surgery, saying he “has put himself publicly above the law.” DeSantis then named County Judge Susan Lopez as Warren’s replacement. The action was criticized by many groups, who said the action was an abuse of power. Warren likened DeSantis to the “Orwellian thought police,” saying he was “being punished for not enforcing a law that doesn’t even exist.”
Three Florida insurers get ratings downgrade — Insurance rating company Demotech downgraded three more insurers as the state’s property insurance market continues its tailspin. Demotech changed the rating for United Property & Casualty Insurance Co. from “A” — meaning “exceptional” — to an “M” rating — meaning “moderate.” Demotech also withdrew their “A” ratings for Weston Property & Casualty Insurance Co. and FedNat Insurance Co. and didn’t replace them with a new rating. The downgrades could put homeowners out of compliance with their mortgage lenders, forcing them to seek coverage elsewhere.
State halts plans for Northern Turnpike Extension — The state is putting the brakes on the Northern Turnpike Extension, concluding that it makes better sense to make improvements to Interstate 75 than build a new corridor through rural communities. The news is a significant victory for environmental groups and local governments in Citrus, Levy, Marion and Sumter counties that fought against four proposed routes connecting the turnpike at Wildwood to the Suncoast Parkway. The turnpike extension was one of three projects studied by M-CORES — Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance.
Casey DeSantis announces Florida Cancer Connect — The First Lady this week unveiled Florida Cancer Connect, an online initiative that puts information on cancer treatment, caregiver tools, and stories from Floridians who have fought cancer on one website. Casey DeSantis announced the initiative alongside Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Simone Marstiller and cancer survivors to launch this initiative. “Our mission with this website is simple — make the cancer battle easier and instill hope in those fighting,” said Casey DeSantis, who was declared cancer-free earlier this year after battling breast cancer.
To the CORE
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration worked with the state departments of Health and Children and Families on expanding an opioid addiction pilot program from Palm Beach County into an added 12 Florida counties.
Dubbed the Coordinated Opioid Recovery (CORE), the program will initially be expanded into five additional counties: Brevard, Clay, Duval, Escambia, Gulf, Manatee, Marion, Pasco and Volusia counties. It is not clear when the program will expand into the other seven Florida counties though at a news conference this week in Brevard County DeSantis said he’d like to expand the program into Citrus, Flagler and Pinellas counties as soon as possible.
The CORE program works with EMTs and medical personnel who respond to overdose emergencies. CORE stabilizes and assesses the patient and develops a long-term treatment plan.
“It is so vital for individuals contending with a substance use disorder to have access to the right array of services that will work for their individual needs,” said Department of Children and Families Secretary Shevaun Harris. “When agencies, stakeholders, and partners alike come together to bolster our state’s system of care, we can ensure that Floridians have access to comprehensive services when they need it most.”
State Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo also praised the program’s expansion in a prepared statement.
“Addiction is heartbreaking for all involved, and we ultimately want to help people address the stress traumas that led them to addiction,” Ladapo said. “One day the standard of care will address the trauma and the stress, but until then, we have the evidence-based practices that exist in place. This program is an applied, intensive application to managing addiction through powerful, effective practice that connects people to what they need to get out of the horrific cycle of addiction.”
Moreover, the administration announced it had hired Courtney Phillips to serve as the state’s first Director of Opioid Recovery. Phillips is an adult psychologist currently serving as the Director of Behavioral Health for the Health Care District of Palm Beach County.
In her capacity as the Director of Opioid Recovery, Phillips will provide support for the behavioral health system.
“The state of Florida should be proud today to take the lead on systematically tackling the opioid and substance use epidemic with compassion and competent care,” she said. “Our state and communities did not choose this epidemic, but today we choose to treat this medical and psychiatric illness like any other, with access, evidence-based care and lifelong comprehensive treatment.”
There have been nearly 2,000 fatal overdoses in Florida in 2022. The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, with the Central Florida High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Team, saw a 72% increase in drug overdose fatalities related to fentanyl last year.
Moody vs. evil robots
Attorney General Ashley Moody may not have a black belt in karate, but she’s giving Yoshimi a run in the fight against malicious robots.
Moody announced this week that she is joining a task force to take on the evil-natured robots that are programmed to annoy us — robocallers.
It’s a seemingly never-ending war, but the new initiative has the potential to hit robocallers right in the jaw. It has buy-in from 50 Attorneys General, with Florida holding a seat on the executive committee.
Their plan is simple: Go after gateway providers.
Gateway providers operate what are essentially massive modern-day switchboards that allow foreign callers to dial into the U.S. telephone network. They’re supposed to vet callers to ensure their business is legal, but Moody and other Attorneys General say they’re not putting enough effort into it.
To that end, the task force will focus on the bad actors in the telecom industry to reduce the number of robocalls that consumers receive and to incentivize companies to follow the rules.
“My office is working with states across the nation to stop the influx of illegal robocalls originating overseas. These calls are often used to execute devious scams and steal from Americans — so it’s important that we work together to investigate these foreign phone calls and find ways to stop them from harming our citizens.”
While the task force battles it out, Moody advises Floridians to take a few simple steps to avoid becoming the robocallers’ next victim: Hang up the phone immediately if you suspect fraud, be wary of any caller claiming to represent a government agency, and slam down the phone if they ask for weird forms of payment — for example, the IRS doesn’t ask for iTunes gift cards, and one shudders to think what album they’d buy if they did.
Workers’ comp fraud
Eight unlicensed contractors in Manatee County were arrested after a joint operation between state and local officials showed that they were unlicensed contractors with no workers’ compensation insurance.
“Performing construction work without workers’ compensation insurance and the required contractors’ licenses is not only illegal, but dangerous. Taking advantage of hardworking Floridians just to save a few bucks is despicable and puts customers and employees at risk,” Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis said in a release announcing the arrests.
The Division of Investigative and Forensic Services’ Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Fraud, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation worked together on the sting operation.
Florida employers are required to carry workers’ compensation coverage and enforcement is through the Division of Workers’ Compensation which is located in the Department of Financial Services.
Alberto Vega-Alvarez, Ryan Bogos, Thomas Yannotti, Julian Gubchak, Jeffrey Tenpenny, Luis Pineiro, Daniel Rotar, and Jamey Darnell were arrested and booked into the Manatee County Jail. All individuals were booked into the Manatee County Jail. If found guilty, they could each face five years in prison.
The week in appointments
Florida’s 13th Judicial Circuit Court — DeSantis named Cynthia Oster to the Court. Oster has served as a judge on the Hillsborough County Court since her appointment in 2018. Previously, she served as a Senior County Attorney in the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office for 18 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from Stetson University. Oster fills the judicial vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Emmett Battles.
Florida Citrus Commission — DeSantis made nine appointments to the Commission. Christopher Groom is the COO of Florida’s Natural Growers. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and Hispanic studies from Northwestern University and his master’s degree in international business studies from the University of South Carolina. Steve Johnson is the president and owner of Johnson Harvesting and the vice president of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural operations management from UF. Carlos Martinez is a procurement manager for The Coca-Cola Co.. Martinez earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida and his master’s degree in Christian theology from Saint Leo University. Martin McKenna is the president and owner of McKenna and Associations Citrus and a past Chair of the Florida Department of Citrus. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from UF. Paul Meador, Jr. is the president of Everglades Harvesting and Everglades Agricultural Services and the Florida Citrus Mutual vice president. He also serves on the Executive Committee of both the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association and the National Council of Agricultural Employees. William Poulton, a U.S. Navy veteran, is the senior director of Global Procurement for Tropicana Products and a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Citrus Processors Association. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Duke University. John “Pat” Schirard is the director of Citrus Extracts and former president of Indian River Select. He serves on the Indian River Citrus League Board of Directors and is a member of Florida Citrus Mutual. Schirard earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture, food and resource economics from UF. John Smoak is the president and CEO of Smoak Groves. He is a board member of Florida’s Natural Growers, Highlands County Citrus Growers Association and Heartland National Bank. Smoak earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from UF. Daniel Sutton is the president and general manager of Alico Citrus, the vice president of Gulf Citrus Growers, and serves on the Florida Citrus Mutual Board of Directors. He earned his bachelor’s degree in citrus business from Florida Southern College.
Hernando County Court — Barbara-Jo Bell was appointed to the Court on Friday. Bell has served as an Assistant State Attorney in Florida’s 5th Judicial Circuit for the past year. Previously, she worked as an Assistant Public Defender. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tampa and her law degree from Stetson University. Bell fills the judicial vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Kristie Healis.
Hillsborough County Court — The Governor has appointed Marc Makholm to the Court. He has served as an Assistant Legal Counsel in the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for the past 11 years. Previously, he was the owner of his own law firm, Marc Makholm, P.A. He received his bachelor’s degree from UF and his law degree from Stetson University. Makholm fills the judicial vacancy created by the resignation of Judge James Moody III.
Northwest Florida State College District Board of Trustees — The Governor has appointed Jack “Tanner” Peacock and Dr. Jon Ward to the Board. Peacock, of Santa Rosa Beach, is a broker associate at Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty. He was appointed as a Walton County Planning Commissioner and a member of the National and Florida Associations of Realtors. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Auburn University. Ward, of Inlet Beach, is a dermatologist at Dermatology certified of Florida and founder of Bay County Taxpayers. He is also a Managing Partner at Southeastern Dermatology Group and the Legislative Chair of the Emerald Coast Medical Society. Ward earned his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and his medical doctorate from UF. Additionally, Lori Kelley has been reappointed. Kelley, of Fort Walton Beach, is a CPA at Warren Averett. She is past national president of the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance, and past Chair of both the Walton County Chamber of Commerce and the Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of West Florida.
State Apprenticeship Advisory Council — DeSantis on Friday appointed Karen Nichols and Robert Tidwell to the Council. Nichols, of Kissimmee, is the training director for the Central Florida Mechanical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee. Nichols is the secretary of the Central Florida Association of Apprenticeship Administrators and is a member of the Florida Apprenticeship Conference. Tidwell, of Apopka, is an instructor for Orange County Public Schools and a coordinator and assistant director for the Florida Electrical Apprenticeship and Training. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a member of the Florida Association of Electrical Contractors and the Classroom Teachers Association.
Florida’s Main streets are bustling with new construction, vibrant displays and more, thanks partly to the state’s Main Street Program.
Last week, Secretary of State Cord Byrd announced the winners of the Secretary of State’s 2022 Florida Main Street Awards during the Preservation on Main Street Conference in DeLand.
“I am proud to recognize the success and achievement of this year’s award winners,” Byrd said. “Their efforts to promote economic development and historic preservation are crucial to revitalizing Florida’s historic downtowns and the communities they support.”
Florida Main Street is part of the Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources. The program revitalizes historic downtowns and encourages economic development through historic preservation.
Florida Main Street Awards recognizes the innovative projects, people, organizations and businesses in Florida’s 57 Main Street communities. This year, most categories offered “Excellence” and “Achievement” awards. Some instead gifted two Excellence awards or one Excellence Award with no second recognition.
Categories include Outstanding Private/Public Partnership, Outstanding Florida Main Street Public Improvement and Outstanding New Construction Project. Others recognize programs and people supporting downtown rejuvenation, like Outstanding Local Florida Main Street Supporter, Outstanding Florida Main Street Special Event and Outstanding Florida Main Street Image Campaign or Promotional Material.
The complete lists of awards and awardees are available through the Department of State’s website.
Local governments, colleges and other public jurisdictions looking to create disaster response teams can share a cut of $140,000 from Volunteer Florida.
Volunteer Florida on Monday began taking applications for a grant fund for government organizations to establish Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) or Citizen Corps Programs in their communities. Through the CERT and Citizen Corps Program, individuals learn basic disaster skills, which allow them to provide critical support to their communities during and after emergencies and disasters.
“Florida consistently counts on an enormous volunteer base to aid in our disaster response efforts, and as our state weathers COVID-19 this hurricane season, this year’s funding is that much more crucial to expand our volunteer forces and promote additional resources,” said Volunteer Florida Board Chair John Davis. “Volunteer Florida is proud to administer this funding as our state’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during and after disasters. Our CERT and Citizen Corps grantees fortify our emergency management officials’ great work and play a vital role in our communities’ response and recovery efforts.”
Volunteer Florida administers the Florida CERT and Citizen Corps Program together with the Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“FDEM is thankful for the invaluable partnership with Volunteer Florida and the resources they provide to Floridians in their time of need,” FDEM Director Kevin Guthrie said. “With a busy storm season projected, this funding will empower local communities as they respond to and recover from disasters.”
Instagram of the week
The Florida Senate will have more than a dozen claims bills to consider when it convenes in 2023.
Lawmakers filed 14 claims bills Monday, the deadline for Senators to file relief bills on behalf of their constituents. The bills, sometimes called relief bills, request the Legislature to allocate state funds to help cover damages, injuries or losses after a party has already exhausted all other remedies.
The practice stems from sovereign immunity, which prevents the public from seeking remedies from the government without its consent. For plaintiffs to receive payouts worth more than $200,000 per person and $300,000 per incident, lawmakers must pass, and the Governor must sign legislation OK-ing the stipend, even if the jurisdiction agrees to a settlement.
Several claims bills for next Session are repeats from this year’s Session, including a request (SB 22) that the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office pays $15 million to Julia Perez, who spent three months intubated and comatose and an additional seven months bedridden following a head-on collision with a deputy’s vehicle when the deputy cut her off. The Sheriff’s Office admitted negligence in the incident, which occurred when the deputy turned to respond to an emergency without turning on his vehicle’s emergency siren. Perez, whom the filing describes as “totally disabled,” sustained multiple injuries that continue to plague her.
The most significant claims bill (SB 24) would direct the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to pay $20 million to a boy who was abused and born addicted to methadone yet allowed to live with his mother without DCF services despite the child and mother’s addictions. The mother was later the subject of multiple child abuse complaints, but DCF closed — or never opened — investigations without removing the child until, at 13 months, he overdosed, was comatose and ultimately hospitalized for a month.
Some lawmakers have sought, without avail, to revise Florida’s sovereign immunity laws to raise the threshold for claims bills or allow more flexibility for plaintiffs and government entities.
While the Senate has adhered to an August 1 deadline for filing claims bills for more than 20 years there is no deadline in the House to file the legislation.
West Miami broke ground on the next phase of a potable water project thanks to spending secured by Sen. Ileana Garcia.
Garcia and West Miami Mayor Eric Diaz-Padron were on-site Tuesday for the third phase of the city’s Potable Water Replacement Project. The $2 million phase and the project at large will conserve an estimated 150 million gallons of water by decreasing the amount of potable water seeping from cracks within the aging 50-year-old structure.
Perpetual leaks, recurring disruptions and deterioration that threatens to pollute the water have plagued the system. At its current strength, it cannot sustain West Miami’s existing or projected population.
The latest phase will serve 3,000 residents, about a third of the city.
“Water quality enhancements are greatly needed in South Florida,” Garcia said in a prepared statement. “I was pleased to work with Mayor Diaz-Padron and deliver for the city of West Miami $2,000,000 in state funding in order for the city to complete this needed renovation of its potable water system. This project will not only conserve millions of gallons of water, but it will also Improve water pressure for the residents of West Miami.”
Sen. Joe Gruters and Rep. Fiona McFarland, both Sarasota Republicans, presented a $1.5 million ceremonial check to CASL/Renaissance Manor on Friday. The lawmakers secured the state funding for the Sarasota institution to address homelessness through regional programs.
The assisted living facility holds a limited mental health license and provides permanent supportive housing and a continuum of care for homes of people with disabilities.
“CASL’s Renaissance Manor does amazing work, with recidivism rates so low they are the envy of the nation,” Gruters said. “This is an investment in lives that pays off many times over and, in many ways, and I’m proud to have been able to obtain it again this year in the Florida Senate.”
Officials with the organization say providing the support Renaissance Manor delivers saves the state $21,000 a year, and the savings run around $40,000 when accounting for homeless individuals with disabilities. CASL also boasts a strong record when it comes to clients taken in off the streets staying off. The organization reports a recidivism rate of 10%, when the statewide average runs around 25%.
“CASL offers residents a path to stable housing and the tools for self-determination,” McFarland said. “It’s been an honor to work with them as they fill a critical housing need in our community.”
Sen. Shevrin Jones is hosting a free afternoon fish fry on Saturday to meet and inform residents interested in learning about the resources and economic support available.
The “Homeowners’ Assistance Fish Fry” is scheduled to run from noon to 3 p.m. at St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood on the southwest corner of Senate District 35.
Jones is partnering with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to host the event, featuring a live DJ and, for non-fish eaters, burgers and hot dogs (while supplies last).
FDOE has tapped Jacksonville-headquartered Indelible Solutions to help connect residents to the necessary resources and support. A Black-owned, Florida-based national consulting firm, Indelible Solutions, was the company Miami-Dade County chose last year to help in distributing funds through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Jones said he is proud to partner with FDOE on the initiative and stressed there the department “could not have picked a better partner than Indelible Solutions to help them spread this program in the Black community.”
“When trying to figure out what was the best way to get the community out to share these resources,” he said, “we thought about the one thing that brings the community together, a family fun day.”
St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church is at 6100 NW 24th Ave., Miami, FL 33142.
Food for thought
Florida food banks could soon help point clients toward behavioral health services when they come to pick up food.
Farm Share and the members of the Florida Association of Managing Entities (FAME) are partnering to supply information to Farm Share’s food recipients about how they can access needed behavioral health services.
The concept stems from many studies that have identified a link between food insecurity and increased rates of depression and anxiety.
“Farm Share is here to support all Floridians, and we recognize that many individuals who are facing food insecurity are also facing increased stress, anxiety, and other challenges,” Farm Share CEO Stephen Shelley said. “This partnership with Florida’s Managing Entities is a natural fit as we can help Floridians beyond their food insecurity and help connect them with resources that can get them back on their feet.”
Local behavioral health managing entities will provide informational cards in the bags of food distributed by Farm Share. The cards will feature contacts for local service centers, enabling recipients to easily connect with mental health and substance use disorder providers, regardless of whether they have health insurance.
“Florida’s seven Managing Entities oversee our state’s indispensable behavioral health safety net system, and our goal is to make sure every Floridian who needs mental health or substance use disorder treatment knows what resources are available,” FAME CEO Natalie Kelly said. “We’re grateful to Farm Share for its collaboration on helping spread the word about these vital services.”
Sachs Media Partner and Chief Operating Officer Lisa Garcia has been named one of the 2022 Top Women in PR nationally by PR News for excellence as a mentor, reflecting her role as a major contributor to the firm’s success by recruiting and cultivating young professionals.
Garcia spearheads the recruitment and retention efforts at Sachs Media, one of the state’s top independent communications firms. She was one of just 15 women around the nation to earn the PR News mentoring honor, which will be presented at a Sept. 7 gala in New York City.
“Lisa is a gift to all who work with her, so it’s especially meaningful that she is being honored for her work mentoring the next generation of professionals,” said Sachs Media president Michelle Ubben. “She not only produces outstanding results for our clients, but she teaches team members by word and example how to deliver outstanding client service and create impactful campaigns.”
Garcia is an Emmy Award-winning producer with expertise in crafting state and national public-purpose initiatives, strategic communications, and leadership in implementing public relations, public affairs, and crisis management initiatives and overall project management.
Before joining Sachs Media in 2005, she directed campaigns for nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C. She earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Frostburg State University in Maryland.
At the PR News awards gala, the publication will honor individuals in several categories, including Mentoring, Change-Makers, Entrepreneurs, Industry Innovators, and Rising Stars. PR News is the leading source of information, education, recognition, and data for Fortune 1000 professionals, agencies and government/nonprofits. For over 75 years, it has been dedicated to supporting the growth of communicators and marketers, all while keeping them abreast of the latest news affecting their industries.
Florida A&M University this week announced it’s becoming the third of Florida’s four historically Black universities to join a job training partnership with Google.
FAMU joins more than 30 other participating HBCUs in the Grow with Google HBCU Career Readiness Program that aims to train 100,000 Black college students in digital skills by 2025.
It was made possible because of a $3 million investment Google made in the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the nation’s largest organization that represents the Black college community.
Bill H. Means, director of the FAMU Career and Professional Development Center, called it a “wonderful opportunity.”
“This opportunity for our students to become even more competitive via certifications is a value add to the university,” Means said. “As students prepare for the workforce, certifications are becoming a hot syllabu in higher education, and we are proud to partner with Google to make this a reality.”
The effort started in 2020 and gave HBCU career centers funding for online digital skills programs.
Students will get training in skills that directly translate to specific careers. Design thinking, project management and professional brand building are a part of it.
This represents an expansion of an effort called “Google in Residence.” In that program, Google software engineers came to HBCUs and Hispanic-serving institutions to work as faculty.
Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach and Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens are also part of the jobs training effort.
“Every student should have the opportunity to learn digital skills for today’s in-demand jobs,” said Tia McLaurin, Google community engagement manager. “We’re proud … to help more students prepare for the workforce and thrive as they start their careers.
Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey filed a complaint with the Florida Elections Commission against his opponent Kristin Dozier, accusing her of using “shady and improper tactics” in coordination with “dark money” political committees.
The Mayor said Dozier, a Leon County Commissioner, coordinated with the group by using images from the same photo shoot in mailers. He said her campaign accepted donations “well above the legal limit” and failed to report the expenditures.
“I am prepared to hold every candidate accountable to follow the laws when you run for office,” Dailey said. “How can you expect to properly serve in office if you do not follow the law when you’re running for office?”
Dozier called the accusations a “nonissue” and a “waste of time.”
“He’s worried, and this is what politicians do when they’re desperate,” Dozier said. “They lash out, and they attack their opponents. And that is so disappointing.”
The Florida National Organization for Women political committee has endorsed a slate of Tallahassee candidates.
Among the Democrats endorsed are Marie Rattigan for House District 8, Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier for Mayor, Adner Marcelin for City Commission Seat 5 and City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow for City Commission Seat 3.
Several endorsed candidates said women’s reproductive rights were a critical issue to them.
Matlow, facing David Bellamy in his re-election bid, said the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning Roe v. Wade this summer makes the committee’s work in Tallahassee “more important than ever.”
“I’m grateful they’ve put their trust in me, especially given my opponent’s large contributions to extreme anti-choice politicians like Matt Gaetz,” Matlow said.
Candidates must fill out a questionnaire and go through a screening process with Florida NOW, which then makes recommendations for endorsements to the committee.
Ron DeSantis — Down arrow — If he’s trying to say he’s literally above the law, then mission accomplished.
Andrew Warren — Crossways arrow — He lost his job but gained a national profile.
Casey DeSantis — Up arrow — She really is the better half. Florida Cancer Connect is just another reason why.
The View — Down arrow — The who?
Marines — Crossways arrow — Do they realize Florida classrooms can be more dangerous than a combat zone?
Fla. Dems. — Up arrow — They finally endorsed some School Board candidates. Welcome to the game.
Laurel Lee — Up arrow — Anyone knows a good Realtor in Washington?
Kevin Cate — Up arrow — All right, the new Fried ad was pretty good.
Lake Ray — Down arrow — The DeSantis endorsement killed him. His sister just spits on the grave.
FP&L — Up arrow — We bet the “honor box” is overflowing with cash.
FP&L — Part 2 — We also bet its big win at PSC has nothing to do with lounges or other machinations — Really!
Everglades Foundation — Down arrow — Are they ignoring science, or do they just know opposing DeSantis would be a failed experiment?
Monkeypox — Down arrow — Can we not?
Property insurance market — Down arrow — How soon until we just call it Citizens?
“Don’t tread on me” — Crossways arrow — It feels like the reaction is overwrought since the money goes to veterans.
“Pig butchering” — Down arrow — Let’s save time and only send consumer alerts when a crypto opportunity isn’t a scam.
Blaise Ingoglia — Up arrow — He put the Hernando County School Board on the back foot, and now everyone else is knocking them down.
Florida Lottery — Crossways arrow — It’s too bad they can’t take the lump sum.
Tallahassee Memorial — Up arrow — It’s August, and Tallahassee has something in the Top 25, as it should.
Tallahassee Democrat — Up arrow — They cleaned up at the Florida Society of News Editors awards … again.
Tallahassee Democrat — Down arrow — But Gannett is cleaning house … again.
Doc Dockery — Halo — The world lost a truly good man. Rest in peace.
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Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium, 6 a.m.-7 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. July 12, Norfolk Waterside Marriott, 235 E. Main St., Norfolk. The Sea Services Leadership Association is hosting the largest gathering of military women worldwide for a professional leadership development and mentoring conference. Includes practical training workshops, access to senior leaders, and panels on leadership, international topics, military families, policies impacts on women and more. Includes veteran-led yoga. $200-$450. Register at jwls.regfox.com/2022-ssla-joint-womens-leadership-symposium.
Business After Hours, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Verena at the Reserve, 121 Reserve Way, Williamsburg. The York County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a networking event.
Morning Member Meetup, 8-9:30 a.m., 110 LaValette Ave., Norfolk. The Hampton Roads Chamber is hosting a networking event at Eggleston Garden Center retail outlet.
Coffee Connection, 8-9 a.m., United Way of the Virginia Peninsula, 101 York Crossing Road, York County. The Peninsula Chamber is hosting a networking event. $0-$5. Register at virginiapeninsulachamber.com.
Williamsburg Business Roundtable, noon-1 p.m., Stryker Center, 412 North Boundary St., Room 127, Williamsburg. Williamsburg Economic Development Authority is hosting Shawn Avery of the Hampton Roads Workforce Council. Pay for your own lunch. Register on Eventbrite.com.
Retail Meet & Greet, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Alkalicious Cold Pressed Juice Bar, 733 Eden Way North, Suite 402, Chesapeake. Retail Alliance is hosting a networking event with cold-pressed juices and other refreshments. Free. Register on Eventbrite.com.
Current Insurance & Banking Challenges for Companies, 7:30-9 a.m., 21 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 100, Hampton. The Peninsula Chamber is hosting Alan Delahunty of McGriff and Michael Glover of Truist for its business education seminar. They will discuss current insurance and banking challenges and what companies are facing in 2022. $15. Register at virginiapeninsulachamber.com.
Home-Based Business Lunch & Learn, noon-1 p.m., virtual. The Peninsula’s Home-based Business Network funded in partnership by the localities is hosting Joey Pocan of the Small Business Administration. Free. Register at peninsulahbb.com.
Three Strategies for High Impact Leadership workshop, noon-1:30 p.m., online. Presented by the Professional Development Consortium of Hampton Roads. What’s your strategy, what’s your goal and what’s your impact on your association and community? Connect with your peers and leadership expert Donna DiDomenico about actionable strategies that can help you lead others to create high impact. Free. Register at https://highimpact2022.eventbrite.com/?aff=IB.
Women’s Leadership Forum, 7:30-9 a.m., 21 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 100, Hampton. The Peninsula Chamber is hosting Lena Little, regional partnerships director with NASA Langley Research Center, and Beth Sherman, director of marketing and client solutions for Cox Virginia. $25. Register at virginiapeninsulachamber.com.
Charitable Giving and Tax Strategies for 2022, noon-1 p.m., virtual. PBMares is hosting wealth adviser Daniel Yoo, who will moderate a discussion on charitable giving and tax minimization strategies. Free. Register at bit.ly/3xWEP80.
2022 Beach Bash, 6 p.m., The Shack on 8th, 712 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach. Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate and CREW Coastal Virginia is hosting a joint social event that garnered nearly 400 people last year. $50-$60. Register at hracre.org.
Critical Mass Tech Happy Hour, 5-7 p.m., Keagan’s Irish Pub & Kitchen, 244 Market St., Virginia Beach. The Hampton Roads Collaborative is hosting a networking event for business leaders, entrepreneurs, technologists, innovators, startups, investors and more. Free. Register on Eventbrite.com.
2022 Job Fair, 9 a.m.-noon, Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. The Virginia Peninsula Chamber in collaboration with Military Family Support Center Employment Programs is hosting a job fair. Free. Register at bit.ly/2022VPC-JobFair.
Chamber Business Social, 5:30-7 p.m., Stripers Waterside, 333 Waterside Drive, Norfolk. The Hampton Roads Chamber is hosting a networking event.
Coliseum Central Roundtable Meeting, 9-10 a.m., online. Coliseum Central is hosting a meeting on maximizing your business improvement district membership. Register at ecouncil-8708c.gr8.com.
Norfolk International Airport Tour, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Departure Building, Conference Room A, 2200 Norview Ave., Norfolk. WTS Hampton Roads is hosting a luncheon featuring a talk on the airport’s role in the region’s economy and challenges of operating an airport. Attendees will board a shuttle for a behind-the-scenes tour. $25. Register on Eventbrite.com.
Military Recognition Reception Virginia Beach, 3-5 p.m., Zeiders American Dream Theater, 4509 Commerce St., Virginia Beach. The Hampton Roads Chamber is honoring military personnel from local commands who have excelled in the performance of their duties. $30-$60. Register at hrchamber.com.
15th Annual North Suffolk Rotary Golf Classic, 11:30 a.m., Cedar Point Club, 8056 Clubhouse Drive, Suffolk. North Suffolk Rotary Club is hosting a charity fundraiser golf tournament. $170. Register at northsuffolkrotary.com/golf-classic.
Emotional Intelligence 201: Practical Application workshop, noon-1:30 p.m., online. Presented by the Chesapeake Bay Organizational Development Network and the Professional Development Consortium of Hampton Roads. Are you ready to move your understanding of emotional intelligence into practical application? Connect with your peers and executive development coach Donna L. Norman about how to build a team whose members are confident, motivated, cooperative and developing interpersonal skills for the benefit of the organization and its stakeholders. Free. Register at emotionalintel2022.eventbrite.com/?aff=IB
Developing Lifelong Connections through Networking, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., virtual. The Hampton Roads Chamber is hosting financial adviser Margaret Wiley, who will talk about networking to grow your business and influence in the community. Free. Register at hrchamber.com.
Regional Fiber Ring a Reality, noon-1 p.m., virtual. The Hampton Roads Innovation Collaborative is hosting Susan Vitale, Southside Network Authority chair, for an update on the regional fiber ring. Free. Register on Eventbrite.com.
Retail Breakfast Club: Catching the Wave of Change, 7:30-9:30 a.m., Holiday Inn, 5655 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach. Retail Alliance is hosting food industry and franchise expert Harold Lloyd on how to spot, embrace and manage change. The presentation will focus on major changes facing retailers today. $20-$35. Buy tickets on Eventbrite.com.
Business Connection After Hours, 4:30-6 p.m., Work/Place at E-Commerce Center of Hampton, 1702 Todds Lane, Hampton. The Peninsula Chamber is hosting a networking event. $0-$10. Register at virginiapeninsulachamber.com.
70th Annual First Citizen of Virginia Beach, 6-9 p.m., Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, 4535 Commerce St., Virginia Beach. The Virginia Beach Jaycees are honoring Barbara Lewis as this year’s First Citizen. $100. Register at form.jotform.com/221564776272159.
Project Management Tactics to Spark Association Leadership seminar, 10 a.m.-noon, online. Presented by the Professional Development Consortium of Hampton Roads. Looking to rev up your association leadership skills? Want to create more impact, make greater contributions and help make your community a better place to be? Connect with your peers and presenters from the Project Management Institute of Hampton Roads about how to include project management skills as part of your operational framework. Free. Register at https://pmtactics22.eventbrite.com/?aff=IB.
Build the Sales Organization That Would Put Yours Out of Business — Because Someone Else Will, noon-1:30 p.m., The Villa, 4752 Euclid Road, Virginia Beach. Van Syckle Financial Group is hosting a workshop that includes sales acceleration assessment and lunch. Only 10 seats available. $49. Call 757-280-8734 to register.
Military Recognition Reception Norfolk, 3-5 p.m., Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, 777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk. The Hampton Roads Chamber is honoring military personnel from local commands who have excelled in the performance of their duties. $30-$50. Register at hrchamber.com.
Home-Based Business Lunch & Learn, noon-1 p.m., virtual. The Peninsula’s Home-based Business Network funded in partnership by the localities is hosting Rachel Frazier of Launchpad. Free. Register at peninsulahbb.com.
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How to Build Winning Teams Like a Pro! workshop, noon-1:30 p.m., online. Presented by the Professional Development Consortium of Hampton Roads. Is your organization’s success about you — or is it about the great people working with you? Connect with your peers and Dr. Ki Magee (Clear and Present Executive Coaching and Consulting Services LLC owner and head coach) about how to build a team whose members are psychologically safe, dependable, have structure and clarity and believe in the meaning and positive impact of their work. Free. Register at https://winningteams2022.eventbrite.com/?aff=IB
Women in Power, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 21 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 100, Hampton. The Peninsula Chamber is hosting Jana Allen-Bishop of the William & Mary Raymond A. Mason School of Business. $7-$15. Register at virginiapeninsulachamber.com.
Grow With Google, 9-10 a.m., online. Coliseum Central hosts the Google workshop, “Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps.” Join Google trainer Randi Penfil as she discusses how to create or claim your Google Business Profile, manage your business info across Google Search and Maps and use your Business Profile to connect with potential customers. Free. Register at events.coliseumcentral.com/August.
Distracted Driving Summit, 7:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Aug. 19, Hilton Norfolk The Main, 100 E. Main St., Norfolk. Drive Smart Virginia is hosting a conference on fighting distracted driving. syllabus relate to law enforcement, diverse communities, vulnerable road users, research and technology and corporate and community strategies. Virtual option available for general sessions. $140-$260. Register at bit.ly/3yVRQ3R.
Business Connection After Hours, 5:30-7 p.m., 101 E. Queen St., Hampton. The Virginia Peninsula Chamber is hosting a networking event at Old Point National Bank’s headquarters in downtown Hampton. $0-$10. Register at virginiapeninsulachamber.com.
Deadline to nominate hospitality and tourism businesses for the Ordinary Awards. The Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association will recognize the best Virginia restaurants, lodging establishments and hotels, attractions, breweries, wineries and more. Individuals are recognized in several Employee of the Year categories as well as Hospitality Hero, Student of the Year and other accolades. The awards dinner and announcements will be Oct. 3 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump. Nominate at bit.ly/3mBTIaJ.
Golf Outing, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sleepy Hole Golf Course, 4700 Sleepy Hole Road, Suffolk. The Hampton Roads Chamber is hosting its annual golf outing with proceeds benefiting Navy Safe Harbor Foundation, benefiting Wounded Warriors. $250-$500. Register at hrchamber.com.
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