2018 South Florida's 50 Most Powerful & Influential Black Business Leaders Issue

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South Florida

"Providing News/Information and Connecting Florida’s Black Affluencers and Influencers"

Up Close with the CEOs Who

Run Broward &

Palm Beach Counties

Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry

Meet PBC's New Top Teacher

Donald Fennoy HAITIAN-BORN SURGEON LEADS UM'S MEDICAL SCHOOL Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker



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Occasionally, a Legacy reader will approach me saying they missed qualifying for our “40 Under 40” award by just one birthday. (Ok, for others who approach me, it may be quite a few more birthdays than that.) I’ll usually quip back, “There’s still a chance you’ll be recognized for your achievements in Legacy’s annual

‘Power’ issue, which has no age limit.” That’s usually followed by a few seconds of silence, I assume to self-assess if they measure up, as of yet, for such as career-defining honor. The truth of the matter is, Black people of influence and power run the gamut in terms of age, position, and talent. On the cover, I am especially proud to highlight two chief executive officers of neighboring South Florida counties, who just happen to be Black women. During the photo shoot, I got to see a more relaxed side of Broward County’s Bertha Henry and Palm Beach County’s Verdenia Baker. As you can imagine, it was challenging just getting these two friends, who have the weight on their respective counties on their shoulders, in the same place at the same time. Both are members of Delta

Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., so it was fitting - and convenient - to snag them for the photo shoot at their state convention in Palm Beach Gardens, where almost 900 members, including previous “Power” honorees Yolanda Cash Jackson and Miami-Dade School Board member Dorothy


Bendross-Mindingall, convened at the PGA National Resort and Spa. Baker and Henry are modest when it comes to the word “power.” They believe the reigns of influence and success are a privilege that simply requires good old-fashioned hard work, sometimes working seven days a week. It’s a concept Henry says many of today’s millennials, who feel entitled, haven’t quite grasped. Everyone honored in this issue of Legacy South Florida has their own story of struggle and success. If you happen to see them around Broward or Palm Beach, I’m certain you could steal a few minutes from schedules to learn how to position yourself for greatness.

Russell Motley

Editor-in-Chief, Legacy Magazine


Broward County Small Business Development www.broward.org Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. www.deltasigmatheta.org Fort Lauderdale CRA www.fortlauderdale.gov/departments/community-redevelopment-agency JM Family www.jmfamily.com City of Miramar www.miramarfl.gov Palm Beach Waste Management www.swa.org Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County www.swa.org VITAS Healthcare www.vitas.com

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Introducing South Florida's 50 Most Powerful & Influential Black Business Leaders of 2018

Todra Anderson-Rhodes, M.D. Chief Medical Officer Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Healthcare System

Adam K. Berry, M.D.

CEO & Medical Director; Attending Physician,

Jerisa Berry, D.O.

Beverly Crawford State Farm Insurance Agent

Henri Crockett CEO Crockett Foundation

LaVerne Daley CEO L Global, LLC

Kay Dawson, MS, MFT Senior Pastor Cathedral of Praise

Mark Douglas Assistant Deputy Mayor City of Sunrise

Shanequa Fleming Founder & CEO

Clinton B. Forbes Executive Director Palm Tran

Judge Keathan B. Frink 17th Judicial Circuit Broward County

Kim Gaines, CCP., PHR. District Director, Compensation Administration Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Shirley Johnson Deputy Vice Mayor City Commission, City of Delray Beach

Jasmine Jones, B.B.A, M.C.A, M.P.A PIO, MGR Broward County Office of Economic & Small Business Development

Eric Kelly, MNM President Quantum Foundation

Willowstine Lawson, MSM Regional Director U.S. Senator Bill Nelson

Erika Marshall Program Director & General Manager Lockheed Martin

Stefanie Moon, JD Founder S. C. MOON LAW

Marcia Morency, PhD Pastor & CEO M & M Tutoring Center

Sophia Nelson, ABD CEO S.A. Nelson & Associates

Jennifer Newton, JD Director Kaufman Rossin

Michelle Pamies, JD Partner Austin Pamies Norris Weeks

Vital Care Medical Center, Inc.; Royal Palm Beach Medical Group

Founder, SecureYourFertility.com, Coowner, Vital Care Medical Center Secure Your Fertility, Vital Care Medical Center, Royal Palm Beach Medical Group

Paul Dumars CFO Penn Dutch Food Center, Inc.

Sophia Eccleston, MBA Manager Florida Power and Light Company

Eddy Edwards CEO Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc.

Donald E. Fennoy II, Ed.D. Superintendent The School District of Palm Beach County

Robert Garrick Director of East Coast Stores ROSS Stores Inc. & dd’s Discounts Division

Lisa George President Upsilon Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Charlotte Hooks CEO Hooks Insurance Agency Inc.

Mack McCray Boynton Beach City Commissioner, District II City of Boynton Beach

Beverley McLarty, RN, BSN Team Manager Vitas Healthcare

KaShamba Miller-Anderson City Councilwoman City of Riviera Beach

Beverly Crawford Insurance Agency Inc.

Tara Pasteur President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter

Andrea Pelt-Thornton IT Business Solutions Group Manager, NextEra Energy Florida Power & Light

Beverly Perkins Commissioner Pompano Beach City Commission, District 4

Francois Phoebee General Magistrate 17th Judicial Circuit

Dr. Delvena R. Thomas, MD, MPH

Jill Tracey Talk Show Host WHQT HOT 105fm Cox Media Group

Shareza J. Wilkerson, MBA CEO, SJW Enterprises/ The

Beverly Williams Vice Mayor City of Lauderdale Lakes

Board Certified Psychiatrist,

Owner of DRT Behavioral Services Brain Love and Wellness Spa.

Extraordinary Girl Foundation Inc.

Perfect Solutions Consulting Group, Inc.

Carolyn Powery

Sharna Reece, BBA, PHR

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, CEO Prestige Etiquette and Image Complete Contract Consulting Consulting LLC

T. Carlton Williams Vice President, Health & Welfare Consultant USI Insurance Services

Judge Elijah H. Williams 17th Judicial Circuit’s Juvenile Delinquency Division Broward County

David Scott Director of Economic Development & Strategy City of Boynton Beach

Judge Maxine Williams 15th Judicial Circuit Palm Beach County

Judge Florence Taylor Barner 17th Judicial Circuit Broward County

Tina Teague, CLU, ChFC, CAP CEO/ President

Tina Teague Insurance Agency, Inc.

Chandler Williamson, MPA, DPA Luwando Wright-Hines, M.S. Ed. S. President Manager/Chief Executive Officer Broward National PanCity of Pahokee Hellenic Council

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Legacy South Florida Applauds 2018 Special Award Honorees Corporate Executive of the Year

Business of the Year

Tony Coley is the Regional President of BB&T Bank of the South Florida Region. Coley was promoted to the position in 2012. Prior to his new role, he worked as the City Executive for BB&T in Broward County where he led the bank's commercial sector in second place in commercial loan production. The former football star is a graduate of the University of Miami. He has made a significant difference in the community by fostering relationships in the Black community.

Iconic Eye Care, located in Palm Beach Gardens, sells fashionable eyewear and sunglasses. The Black-owned company was founded by Dr. Adam Ramsey. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, he graduated from the University of Florida. He says he is especially proud of having a hand in making a positive impact in the community. Ramsey is involved in school career days, health fairs and mentoring young people of color. He currently has interns working at his practice who he enjoys mentoring.

Business Person of the Year

Trailblazer of the Year

State Farm insurance agent Beverly Crawford owns the Beverly Crawford Insurance Agency. However, her true passion is the work she does at her church and when she volunteers for several local organizations. She is a member of the South Florida Howard University Alumni Club. Crawford says she's humbled by Legacy's award and will continue to influence and motivate other business owners to go after their dreams.

West Palm Beach City Commissioner Cory Neering is the vice president of external affairs for Planned Parenthood. He founded the non-profit Ties That Bind that empowers young people of color. The group recently sponsored a trip to Washington D.C. for high schoolers who live in Palm Beach County. Neering says he feels humbled to receive this award. He feels motivated to encourage the next generation of leaders.

Corporate Citizenship Award

Educator of the Year

Gehring Group was founded in 1992 by Kurt Gehring and specializes in benefits and risk management services. The Gehring Group with the help of its employee, Kate Gangard, has donated their time to the Black community by working with the Urban League along with the Northwest Community Consortium, a group of Black pastors who help the homeless with shelter and holistic health services. After Hurricane Irma, the company flew their employees who worked in the U.S. Virgin Islands to their Palm Beach Gardens location. They also sent supplies to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Palm Beach County Superintendent Donald Fennoy was named the county's first Black superintendent in March. He has worked in the school district for two years and is known to be a groundbreaker and leader among students and colleagues. Fennoy replaced Superintendent Robert Avossa. Public Official of the Year Mack Bernard was elected as the first Haitian-American commissioner in Palm Beach County in 2016. Bernard is active in his community and serves as board chair of the Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts and Social Justice and as a board member for the Color of Hope Foundation and the Marie Louise Cancer Foundation.




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Changing Lives Through Education is Part of My Legacy

By Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson

I am often asked what legacy will I leave behind? The most common definitions for “legacy” deals with gifts, wills, money or other personal property. A lesser-known definition focuses on using familial relationships in order to gain membership into schools or fraternal organizations. But the most meaningful definition relates to ancestors passing down something tangible to their descendants.

It is important that we leave a legacy for our children. This is especially true in light of disturbing reports that predict black Americans’ median wealth will fall to zero by the year 2053, virtually causing the black middle class to be nonexistent in less than two generations. It’s difficult to imagine that level of regression in 2018, the 50th year since Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. But we have been in a state of devolution since the 2016 election. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 are being severely limited by voter suppression laws. There are also efforts to expand work requirements under the current presidential administration. How can we prepare our children for this seemingly bleak future? Education has been the answer since Alexander Lucius Twilight became the first black American to graduate from college in 1823.

Studies indicate that investing in education reduces poverty, boosts economic growth and increases income. Education also increases the chances of having a healthy life, reduces maternal deaths, and combats diseases such as HIV and AIDS. As a former elementary school principal, I have always believed in the importance of investing in our children’s future. It is why I started the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project 25 years ago. Each year, the program sends dozens of previously at-risk boys of color – known as Wilson Scholars –to college to help them realize a brighter future. Next week, 58 Wilson Scholars from 11 senior high schools will sign scholarships to the colleges or universities of their choice. In addition, graduates will receive custom-made suits and 5000 Role Models signature neckties from the Sean John Collection at Macy’s. They

will also receive new red laptops, the signature color of the program. The program has mentored thousands of young men who have become the good citizens, good fathers, and good men who are now our community’s teachers, doctors, lawyers, law enforcement officers, professional athletes, elected officials, and other leaders. When I get the opportunity to listen to them, they recount the experiences with the program that served as the cornerstone for changing the trajectory of their lives, and in many instances helped them avert life-threatening situations. These young men are a part of the legacy I hope to leave behind. The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Foundation’s Annual Academic Signing Day will take place in May 2018 at Hard Rock Stadium. For more information call (305) 995-2451.


New African-American Faces in Modern Civil Rights Movement

By Germaine Smith-Baugh

The spirit of ac�vists who pushed for civil rights a half century ago is s�ll alive today. In fact, a new genera�on of African-American leaders are figh�ng ba�les old and new. They con�nue the struggles over old concerns such as vo�ng rights, police misconduct, and racial profiling, and have taken on new ba�les over issues like access to technology, transgender rights, and gun violence.

These days, the field of African-American ac�vists is arguable more powerful and robust than in past decades, driven by the no�on that our na�on remains an unjust, unequal and, at �mes, a cruel place but also joined by the hope that change can happen. Using new and old media, these ac�vists are crea�ng movements, some�mes in a ma�er of days, that are bringing a�en�on to painful and overlooked issues. Here are some of the many new African-American ac�vists who are fixing American and figh�ng injus�ces that you should know about: 1) Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code. She was upset by the dismal number of minori�es represented in the tech industry, so she launched the nonprofit Black Girls Code to provide pre-teens with the opportunity to learn computer programming skills and understand basic technology. Her group provides summer programs for young girls to a�end workshops and hear from experts in the field. She was honored by the White House in 2013 with the

Champions of Change Tech Inclusionaward. 2) Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of #BlackLivesMa�er. Calling herself a “freedom fighter,” she founded the group Dignity and Power Now in 2012 to tackle law enforcement reform in the Los Angeles area. A year later, she came up with the #BlackLivesMa�er hashtag a�er George Zimmerman was found not guilty for fatally shoo�ng Trayvon Mar�n. The #BlackLivesMa�er social media campaign -- and eventual interna�onal movement -- caught on in Ferguson, Mo., a�er the death of Michael Brown in 2014 at the hands of a white police officer. 3) Bryan Stevenson, founder and execu�ve director, Equal Jus�ce Ini�a�ve. A MacArthur “genius” grant winner and a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, he is focused on prison reform. His organiza�on represents death-row prisoners and advocates on behalf of young or poor inmates. His 2012 TED talk, en�tled, “We Need to Talk About an Injus�ce,” has been watched

more than 2 million �mes. He said in the talk: “We have a system of jus�ce in this country that treats you much be�er if you're rich and guilty than if you're poor and innocent.” 4) Maya Wiley, formed the Center for Social Inclusion, which works to dismantle the structural barriers to racial equality. Before then, she had a long civil rights career at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educa�onal Fund, the American Civil Liber�es Union and the Open Society Ins�tute. Her ins�tute focuses on achieving clean energy independence, food equity, and advancing opportuni�es for people of color. Over the years, she has worked with farmers in the South to build worker collec�ves and has been influen�al in pushing for more funding in educa�on in Mississippi. The Baughtom Line is this: There are many new African-American faces in the modern civil rights movement. They may not be household names, but they are brave men and women who deserve our a�en�on as they carry on our fight against racial injus�ce.

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COMMISSIONER'S REPORT By Commissioner Barbara Sharief

Power, Influence and Leadership - You Decide

In business, many people measure success based on power, and some synonymously use the words power and influence. The English dictionary defines power as the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or modify the course of events. If you follow that definition, we all exude power in our


everyday activities as parents, partners, administrators, supervisors, presidents and even CEOs, whether we are aware of it or not. Power and leadership go hand-in-hand. Powerful people have influence over changing both the present and the future, and are able to problem solve complex issues. Great leaders take risks and move their organizations forward through progressive thinking. One of my favorite leadership quotes originated from John Quincy Adams, "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Empower your staff and, in turn, the productivity, creativity, and progress of your company will be better for it. As a female in business and political office, I often feel underestimated, and my talents are sometimes minimized.If one person does not see another as having the potential for power, that

person will never have any in their eyes. For example, some men make decisions about women’s careers based on unconscious gender biases. If a woman has a child, it is often assumed that she cannot focus as well as a man, or will not have the time to commit to an upper-level job. These associations become engrained through our cultural experiences and become something we must work to overcome. Women have proven again and again that they are exceptional at multitasking and leading when given the same opportunities as their male counterparts. Unfortunately, many women leaders in their rise through the ranks, often fail to competitively negotiate for their true value. Many settle and are far underpaid compared to their male counterparts. I encourage women in leadership roles to take time to think about how you value your capabilities and compare that view to the position you hold in your

job. If the two do not match, then it's time to reevaluate where you are and make plans for your upward mobility. This is not to advise you to quit your job, but perhaps speak to your superiors about opportunities for advancement and let them know that you can contribute to your organization in a more advanced capacity. Another option would be to volunteer to take on additional responsibilities or create new solutions to problems or inefficiencies that you see can be improved within your organization. Leaders seek out opportunities to prove themselves and elevate others to their maximum potential. So, ask yourself, are you a powerful and influential leader? If there is any doubt in your answer, then you have work to do. Congratulations to Legacy magazine for honoring its 50 Most Powerful and Influential Black Professionals of 2018.

Florida Can Lead the Way on Gun Control Reform

By Chris Norwood

Nearly two weeks after the tragedy at Stoneman Douglass in Parkland, Florida, I appeared on AtlanticLive's “Schools Across America: a Miami Town Hall.” When asked about Parkland, I responded, “The gun laws we have in our state and country are deplorable. We are

one of two countries that constitutionally have a right to bear arms. Personally it motivates me to think more about what it takes to do a constitutional amendment because that's what needs to be done.” Gun control will never get around the 2nd Amendment. We can dance around it like Ali, perhaps jab at it with policy like Sugar Ray, but we will never Tyson TKO gun control without completely repealing and/or amending the 2nd Amendment so that individual states can determine for themselves how to regulate personal gun use. Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens agrees as he recently challenged the youth to take it a step further and “... demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.” To even discuss a constitutional convention to ratify a constitutional amendment draws the ire of Democrats and Republicans alike. Do we honestly feel that the 39 men who signed the U.S.

Constitution 230 years ago are some sort of deified superheroes that cannot be questioned? The late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall said he would not accept offers to speak at constitutional bicentennial celebrations in 1989, “For I do not believe that the meaning of the Constitution was forever ‘fixed’ at the Philadelphia Convention. Nor do I find the wisdom, foresight, and sense of justice exhibited by the framers particularly profound. To the contrary, the government they devised was defective from the start, requiring several amendments, a civil war, and momentous social transformation to attain the system of constitutional government.” Florida should be leading the charge. We have more ways to amend our constitution than any other state. Florida is in the midst of a mandatory revision process as the Constitutional Revision Commission meets every 20 years by law.

The revision-commission process is entirely unique to Florida. Why not a constitutional convention to discuss gun control? Shootings kill more than 36,000 Americans each year. Every day, 96 deaths and 222 injuries are result of gun violence. Of all firearm homicides in the world, 82 percent occur in the United States. African-American children have the highest rate of firearm mortality overall. They are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns in this country. When it comes to the 2nd Amendment, we can't just stop in the middle of the road like a deer. We don't have to stand still and get run over. We need to adjust the 2nd Amendment. Either repeal or amend, but enough with the deer in headlights. Christopher M. Norwood, J.D. is the spokesman for the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida; member of the Democratic Executive Committee for Miami-Dade; and principal consultant of the Norwood Consulting Group.

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By Soulan Johnson

Urban League of Palm Beach County Inc. Holds 44th Annual Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon

Patrick Franklin, Urban League Pres./CEO

Florida Power and Light, Office Depot, and the Urban League of Palm Beach County Inc. host the 44th Annual Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon on May 30 at the Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center for Performing Arts in

By Black PR Newswire and Legacy South Florida Staff


West Palm Beach. This year’s keynote speaker is Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League. ULPBC will be honoring Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker with its “Lifetime Achievement Award” for her years of commitment in the community and support of the Urban League movement. NFL Hall of Famer Rickey Jackson will receive the “Community Legend Award” for his work on and off the field with at-risk youth, abused children and their families. Newly elected Palm Beach County School District Superintendent Dr. Donald Fenny II, will receive the “Trailblazer Award” for his leadership, guidance and transformation of education, school departments, and districts in various communities. Devyn Hill, a senior at William T.

Dwyer High School and an Urban League Nulites program participant, will receive the “Youth Achievement Award” for academic excellence and volunteerism. Tickets are $150, which includes lunch and a VIP reception. The cost to sponsor a table for 10 guests is $1,500. Proceeds from the event will support the Urban League’s mission to assist African Americans and other minorities in the achievement of social and economic equality. Urban League is an affiliate of the National Urban League, the largest civil rights organization in the country with 88 affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia annually serving more than 2.7 million people. The local affiliate was founded 44 years ago by a group of concerned citizens who were looking to address inequalities in education,

employment, and housing. ULPBC serves more than 17,000 clients in Palm Beach County by way of 23 free programs and services in the areas of youth, education, housing, financial literacy, health, and workforce and community development. The agency invests 91 cents of every dollar raised into programs and services. ULPBC operates five offices in Palm Beach County: three in West Palm Beach, one office in Delray Beach, and one office in Broward County. ULPBC believes that together we can empower communities and change lives. For more information about the luncheon or to place an ad in the program please visit www.ulpbc.org or call the Urban League’s main office at 561-833-1461. The office is located at 1700 N. Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407.

Starbucks to Close Company-Owned Stores Nationwide for Racial-Bias Education on May 29

PHILADELPHIA--Starbucks (SBUX.O) has announced it will be closing more than 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States on the afternoon of May 29 to conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in its stores. The training will be provided to nearly 175,000 employees across the country. The announcement comes as Starbucks tries to cool tensions after the arrest of two black men at one of its Philadelphia cafes sparked accusations of racial profiling at the chain. “I’ve spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it,” said Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson. “While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution. Closing our stores for racial-bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities.”

The manager of this Starbucks on 19401 NW 27th Ave. in Miami Gardens could not confirm if racial-bias training will be conducted here on May 29.

In South Florida, DJ Mitchell-Jones, the manager of the company-owned store on 19401 NW 27th Ave. in Miami Gardens, said she could not confirm if her store would be closing to allow employees to take part in training. The Miami Gardens location was part of the company’s nationwide initiative to open stores in at least 15 underserved, low- to medium-income communities around the country.

All Starbucks company-owned retail stores and corporate offices will be closed in the afternoon of May 29. During that time, employees will go through a training program designed to address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome. Meanwhile, the company’s roughly 6,000 licensed cafes will remain open.

“I think it’s a good gesture,” said William Hobbs, who frequents the Miami Gardens Starbucks. “But it will not be as affective as it should be unless the police sit in the training as well.” The curriculum will be developed with guidance from several national and local experts confronting racial bias, including Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; Heather McGhee, president of Demos; former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; and Jonathan Greenblatt, ceo of the Anti-Defamation League. Starbucks will involve these experts in monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness of the measures we undertake. Once completed, the company said it will make the education materials available to other companies, including licensee partners, for use with their employees and leadership.




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5 Genius Ways to Reposition Yourself at Work

Have you ever ridden a wave too long? Stayed in an industry or at a company for much longer than you thought or even wanted to stay? It’s what happens when we develop an illogical belief that we are destined to get our dream position without having to strategically design it. In her book Strategize to Win, Carla A. Harris says reinventing yourself“ suggests that you are making or creating

a new person, a new individual, distancing yourself from who you are or ‘the old you.’” But, many of are merely repositioning – moving ourselves from one position to the next. You can design your career by choosing how to approach opportunities that come your way and learning how to leverage them, too. 1. Say YES more often. Look beyond the position and take on the challenges no one else wants. Not only will you help alleviate one thing off your boss’ to-do list, you will also show you are committed to the overall success of the department and the organization. Be the person who does what no one else wants to do. Trust me, it will serve you greatly. 2. Change up your style. We know your appearance can greatly impact career opportunities. Studies show bright colors help to attract positive attention for women. For men, using bold colors on a tie, handkerchief or cufflinks is a subtle,

yet noticeable change. The goal is to refresh your look so others can see you in a different light. Your appearance is part of your brand. A new image can renew your confidence and elevate your courage. 3. Learn New Things. The best way to leverage yourself in the workforce is to learn something new in your industry. Getting a certification or taking a course where you can contribute that knowledge to your workplace is a good way to start adding value to your resume. Keep up to date with industry trends. Your intellectual capital is your most valuable tool. 4. Confront what you want to correct. If you don’t like something about your career remember, you have the power to change it. The important thing is to specify what you want to correct about your career path and address it head on. The goal is to define what is really holding you back from your career ambitions and create a

strategy specifically for that. 5. Get a Mentor. Who you know is vital to your career success. Find out who will be in the room when it comes to making hiring or promotional decisions. Ask one of those decision makers if they would serve as your mentor or be willing to advocate on your behalf should a position become available. Ask them about their mistakes, their best decisions. Solicit their opinions about how to approach conflict or how to position yourself for promotion. You may not have access personally, but you should make it your business to ensure your name is at least part of the conversation. The greatest mistake you can make in your career is not giving yourself permission to change the path you’re on to pursue what makes you happy. Mary V. Davids is an executive career and leadership development coach, She is owner of D&M Consulting Services, LLC. For career tips and advice visit www.marydavids.com or email info@marydavids.com.


Mediation/Arbitration An Alternative to Litigation:Three Effective Negotiation Strategies

By Stanley Zamor

“Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle, but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting" — Sun Tzu. As a mediator, I continue to study Sun Tzu’s the Art of War. Not because I support war or conflict, but rather because I believe that to effectuate collaborative solutions one must be prepared for multiple manners of “warring.”

The Art of War offers a great amount of wisdom that can be used in a variety of industries. As a mediator, I have observed disputants being counterproductive throughout a mediation conference because they are too focused on winning, although they both were very interested in avoiding a trial. It takes a great amount of awareness to help those achieve what they say they want without them feeling as if they gave up what they need. Negotiation opponents often think that the only way to negotiate is to intimidate and by a show of power. There are a multitude of negotiation approaches and styles that have distinct advantages and disadvantages. There are three I have seen initially be more effective: Reduce the Conflict: Conflict is expensive. Before you engage in a lengthy litigation matter or negotiation effort, be honest and strategize about the business of conflict. If there are a multitude of issues, try reducing them to the most

essential points of conflict. Often, when you have a chance to narrow down the issues that need to be addressed, you narrow down the cost and time that may be incurred. Enlarge the Pie: A rarely used technique is to creatively broaden the options of agreeable outcomes. Often, disputants only come to negotiate with limited ideas about what is owed or due to them. So, in turn they negotiate with a limited view of possible outcomes. When you negotiate from a position of having plenty of outcomes you tend to be more flexible and reach agreement easier. By “enlarging the pie” you create the tone that greater options are available to those with the willingness to seek greater options. Separate the Person from the Issue: “If it is only business, keep it that way!” Behavior during negotiation is key, and perception is everything. When parties state, “It is just business, this is a simple case,” I always expect more, much more.

We are all human and therefore what should be simple can easily turn into frustration and lashing out when the other side just doesn’t see how wrong you think they are. Be mindful of harsh negotiations turning into name-calling or personality trait bashing. To reduce the frustration and emotions, it is always better to objectively remain focused on the matter in dispute and not who is doing the negotiating. Mediation is an artfully delicate process and should be facilitated by a professional neutral with the unique skill sets that promote collaboration, and party self-determination while encouraging negotiations. Stanley Zamor is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit/Family/County Mediator and Primary Trainer and Qualified Arbitrator. Zamor serves on several federal and state mediation/arbitration rosters and has a private mediation and ADR consulting company. He regularly lectures about a variety of topics ranging from ethics, cross-cultural issues, diversity, bullying, and family/business relationships. szamor@effectivemediationconsultants .com www.effectivemediationconsultants.com www.LinkedIn.com/in/stanleyzamoradr (954) 261-8600

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Donald Fennoy Makes History as First Black School Superintendent in Palm Beach County

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donald Fennoy greets constituents in Palm Beach County.

Palm Beach County's top teacher attends a school board meeting. The School District of Palm Beach County recently appointed Dr. Donald E. Fennoy, II as its newest chief executive. The unprecedented ascension makes Fennoy the first African-American to occupy the Office of the Superintendent of the nation’s 11th largest school district. The former teacher, principal, and education

administrator brings a depth of experience to his role. “I would not be here if it were not for the amazing coaches I’ve had over the years,” said Fennoy. “I am in this role now. It is important for me to find other talented people who think they may want to do this work and really invest in them and be there to support them

through their work.” Fennoy defines a high-quality education as one that is relevant. “I believe every child deserves a high-quality education regardless of their zip code,” explained Fennoy, who earned his undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Central Florida. “I love magnet schools. I was a magnet school principal. But, we have to make sure that they aren’t the only avenues to success. We have to invest in other spaces to make sure our children have every opportunity to excel.” Fennoy aims to cultivate an outreach-oriented culture that brings district resources directly to stakeholders, parents, and students. “The world is changing before our eyes. The old workforce assembly line model where employees did the same things for 30 years is gone,” he assessed. “We have to ensure that our children are able to interact with people, be critical thinkers, and be comfortable with ambiguity.”

Fennoy added, ”School leaders have to take it upon themselves to understand their communities. If the community is not coming to you to get the information, then we have to figure out how to get it to them. We have to find ways to get information to the people. That may mean going to religious facilities, neighborhood association meetings, or commissioners to ensure people get the information.” The district is a robust economic engine that boasts a $2.9 billion budget and is the county’s largest employer with 27,168 employees. Fennoy aims to ensure that the economic benefits is enjoyed by the entire community. “Our human resources department is evaluated on how they diversify the workforce as much as possible. We challenge them to go to different places to literally find people that mirror the students in our school,” said Fennoy. “We challenge them to go to places like Black colleges, Puerto Rico, and other places. The idea of learning from all of these different cultures is what makes Palm Beach an incredible place to learn.”




COVER STORY By Isheka N. Harrison Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry and Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker are two of the most influential women in South Florida, yet they each see themselves as mere servants tasked with making life better for residents in their communities. Charged with ensuring the day-to-day operations of their respective governments run smoothly to effectuate positive change, Baker and Henry both operate from a “people-first” mindset. And the synergies don’t stop with their philosophies. Both women are members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Henry is Baker’s mentor. Henry recalled having a desire to help others since childhood. She said she was voted most dependable in high school.“I consider it a position of service,” Henry explained. “I really don’t consider it a position of power. I guess other people might do that but … I (always) felt very strongly that you must be in a position to serve whether you’re a student, a worker, a manager or whatever you may be. You have to have a passion for it and I just have a passion for serving.” Baker, who was also selected as her middle school class president and was an active member of the Youth Movement Club in high school, echoed her mentor’s sentiment. She recalled while in high school rallying to get a traffic light installed at a dangerous intersection as a spark to her career as a change agent. “We went to City Hall for four to five months before they took us seriously,” Baker said. “After about a year, they put a traffic light there. That’s when I knew when people spoke up in their community they could effectuate change.” Baker added that Henry influenced her decision to go into the public administration field. “I researched it and I said this is where I want to be because I am used to serving people and trying to make a difference in someone’s life.” Fast forward to today. Both women tirelessly work to find viable solutions to crises such as the lack of affordable workforce housing, homelessness, unemployment and underemployment, substance abuse, domestic terrorism, mental illness, lack of opportunities for

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Power Is a Matter of Service

Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry and Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker

reformed felons reentering society, economic development, and more. And they said they’re tackling it all with limited funding that continues to be cut, insufficient resources, and on many fronts a disconnected state Legislature. “We work in urban communities and we have a state Legislature made up of individuals that may not experience the same type of issues that we deal with,” Henry said. “You’re in an urban area, you have urban issues, and often times at the state level they try to make it one size fits all, which is absolutely not the case.” They duo acknowledges the work they do on a daily basis is not for the faint of heart. “In the job that we have, you have to really love what you’re doing and be passionate about it because it’s long hours and you’re pretty much always on,” Henry shared. “I don’t really have a day off. My day starts at five in the morning and it may end at seven or eight o'clock at night. There’s so much to do to make your community better and when you’re in the position that we’re in,

you have much more influence over making that happen than you would if you were not in a position to direct individuals.” Baker agreed, adding, “It takes a very strong person to deal with the variety of issues that we deal with on a daily basis.” Because of the array of issues each of their governments face, Henry and Baker made it clear that it is going to take all hands on deck to improve Broward and Palm Beach Counties. They said they have worked together and with other often across county lines. “There really isn’t a problem that cannot be solved, but you have to have the community and everybody coalescing,” Henry said. “Yes, you need support financially to deal with a lot of these issues, but you also need community engagement.” Baker explained, “Collaboration is the key word and it takes everyone in the community to move a community forward. If it’s within your county or outside your county, it’s a wonderful thing to see people work together in

order to serve their communities.” They also encouraged people to get more involved in the legislative process.“We need people to understand that their vote matters,” Henry said. “It’s time to elect people who will actually listen to the people and tell people the truth and not just what they want to hear. Then you can have serious efforts to submit change that’s going to benefit everyone in the community.” The leaders said some of their proudest moments were connected to others working together for the greater good of their communities. For Henry, it was when the Broward County government rolled out a program to maintain as much employment and stability as possible during the 2012 economic downturn. Baker said Palm Beach County’s passing of a workforce housing ordinance was the pinnacle for her. “My entire organization pulled together and willingly and very supportively agreed that we would do everything in county government to make sure we did not put people on the street. We made lemonade out of lemons and we were able to do a lot of different things to get the country through those hard times,” Henry recalled. Baker said, “I have a couple of proud moments, but I guess my proudest moment was convincing my community as well as the board of county commissioners who ultimately passed the ordinance to implement an inclusionary workforce housing program. Ten percent or more had to be workforce housing,” Baker said. As for their next power move, the women leaders maintain they are simply servants, doing what it takes to help their communities. “There’s always something going on,” Henry said. “While you’ve got a lot going on all the time, the reality is you’ve got to have a long-term vision. There’s no one thing that jumps out at me. We have a lot of stuff going on.” “Ditto,” Baker laughed agreeing with Henry. “There’s never a dull moment and I don’t see it as a power move. I agree it’s the servant’s heart that helps us to do what we do.”

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Supplier Diversity Matters

BUSINESS REPORT By Beatrice Louissaint

In business, supplier diversity can make the difference between a market leader and a failing organization. A wide array of suppliers allows a company to collect inputs at competitive prices, helping to improve its bottom-line performance. For better results, companies should

include minority-owned businesses in their supplier base. This makes sense for several reasons. The first is that minority-led suppliers tend to be more accessible and nimble. Hence, buyers can reach a decision-maker if problems arise with input or service delivery, or if a fast solution is needed. Second, minority suppliers must be competitive if they want to win contracts. This means they must run leaner and smarter businesses, which translates into better pricing, product and service for the customer. A third advantage for buyers is the exposure to fresh ideas and creativity. A report this year by McKinsey, a management consulting firm, found that companies with greater diversity in the workplace are 21 percent likelier to outperform their peers. The same benefits come with supplier diversity. As the president and CEO of the Florida State Minority Supplier

Development Council, it is my job, and my passion, to promote supplier diversity. What I have found over the past 18 years is that more inclusion yields a competitive edge in the supply chain. This is not just in pricing, but also in access to suppliers with the cultural and language competencies the buyer may not have. This can help buyers to think outside the box and reach new markets. Supplier diversity also helps a company look like their customer base. This is important in any procurement strategy, especially B2C. If a company sells 20 percent of its products to a minority group, the customers will want the supplier base to reflect that. If it does, this can boost the buyer’s image — and help the local economy. Minority companies tend to hire other minorities, and this has an impact on job creation and community development. We’re living in an era of

hyper-connectivity. Any individual has the power of driving mass support over social media — if negative this can tarnish a company’s image. As Warren Buffett, the hugely successful investor, once said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” To learn more about supplier diversity or how to establish your company’s supplier diversity program, log on towww.fsmsdc.orgor call (305) 7626151. Beatrice Louissaint is president and CEO of the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council, one of 23 regional councils affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council. The FSMSDC acts as a liaison between corporate America and government agencies and Minority Business Enterprises in the state of Florida. It operates U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency Business Centers serving southern and central Florida. Learn more about the FSMSDC atfsmsdc.org, or call (305) 762-6151.


Special to Legacy South Florida

Broward County’s OESBD helps aspiring entrepreneurs with fourth business plan course

In an effort to strengthen the region’s economic ecosystem, Broward County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) is poised to facilitate its fourth business plan development course. The free program is designed to guide aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs on the path to success. FastTrac NewVenture, offered in partnership with the Broward County Creation Station Business, will run from May through August. An information session is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Broward County Main Library (100 South Andrews Avenue, 6th Floor, in Fort Lauderdale). Interested parties can register during the session. “This course follows our third NewVenture program held this past summer which successfully graduated 10 entrepreneurs,” said OESBD Director Sandy-Michael E. McDonald. “We are gratified to present programs that support the development and growth of businesses in Broward County.”

Participants in Broward's FastTrac NewVenture program are aspiring or early-stage entrepreneurs seeking guidance and success. OESBD is responsible for enhancing Broward County's economy by recruiting new industries, supporting existing industries, and creating new employment opportunities for residents. Working collaboratively with key partners, the agency’s mission is to promote job growth, diversify the County's industrial mix, and expand the local tax base. The FastTrac NewVenture offering is consistent with that objective. “As a Kauffman FastTrac affiliate, this OESBD hosted NewVenture program

will help entrepreneurs refine their business concept, identify the components of a strong business plan, and access the appropriate resources for launch,” added OESBD Public Information Officer Jasmine Jones. “At the end of the course, completed business plans will be evaluated and the top three could be eligible to compete for seed money. All participants will receive a certificate of completion.” Eligibility criteria for FastTrac NewVenture:

• A well-thought-out idea for a new business • Two years of work experience • Access to a computer to complete assignments • Conducted some market research • Commitment to attend all sessions (approximately 30 classroom hours) and complete prep work (approximately 15-20 hours per week) • Have not participated in similarly structured business plan development programs Interested participants must submit a complete application online at www.broward.org/EconDev during the application period from April 25-May 16, 2018 for this competitive process. New Venture classes for approved applicants ONLY will be held at the Broward County Main Library (Creation Station Business, 7th Floor) on May 30, 2018 through August 22, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: May 30; June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18; August 1, 8, 22.

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Broward County Black Chamber of Commerce Goes on Tour to Empower Community

Broward County is uniquely positioned for development and as a minority-majority county, it is time that our black businesses organize to fully take advantage of the opportunities. First, we have important issues that we have to tackle in our community. Thirty-eight percent of our children live in poverty in Broward County. We have the highest unemployment rate, and our businesses struggle to survive beyond the two year mark. Instead of thriving because of our trillion dollar spending power, we have a wealth gap. This is no surprise since we only spend two cents of every dollar with a black-owned business and our dollar circulates in our community for six hours. We cannot expect to survive collectively if we neglect our own businesses. Second, we also have to contend with discrimination in distribution of capital, employment, and wages and an information gap with regard to opportunities, as noted in the Broward County Government report “The State of Minority- and Women- Owned Business Enterprise: Evidence from Broward County” from November 22, 2010. We have to engage the public and private sectors collectively to advocate for change. The newly-minted Broward County Black Chamber of Commerce will be that strong entity to advocate for our businesses on the municipal, county, state, and federal levels. It is 2018. It is time for us to collaborate and progress.

The time for rhetoric is over. In order to add value and create opportunities for your business, the Chamber will focus on the following: Access to Capital - facilitate access to credit, loans, and other financial instruments. Advocate - lobby for laws and policies that promote small business growth and address the challenges faced by black business owners. Capacity Building - aid and support the process of developing and strengthening the skills, abilities, and resources for black businesses to enable them to grow beyond a small business. Community Service - facilitate and host events that will provide training, internships, and employment to our community, especially our youth. Connect - provide access to business opportunities by connecting business owners with decision makers in the private and public sectors. Educate - provide entrepreneurship and business management training. Promote - actively encourage the use of member companies throughout the region and nation.

Instead of thriving because of our trillion dollar spending power, we have a wealth gap. This is no surprise since we only spend two cents of every dollar with a black-owned business and our dollar circulates in our community for six hours. We cannot expect to survive collectively if we neglect our own businesses.

Although there is a vision and a set of priorities, we want to ensure that we create a chamber that will meet your needs. Therefore, we are hosting a series entitled “Listening Tour: Your Business Matters” because we want to hear from you. Together, we will build a chamber that creates opportunities, expands our businesses, and provides a space for us to collaborate. We look forward to welcoming you as a new member. Tour Dates

Host: Roderick Harvey Business: HCT Certified Public Accountants & Consultants Location: 3816 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 203, Hollywood, FL 33021

Date: April 30, 2018 Time: 6-8pm Host: Jahra McLawrence Business: The McLawrence Law Firm Location: 7101 West Commercial Blvd., Tamarac, FL 33319

Facebook - Broward County Black Chamber of Commerce Twitter - BCFLBlkChamber Instagram - Broward Black Chamber Email info@BrowardCountyBlackChamberofCommerce.com Website - www.BrowardCountyBlackChamberofCommerce.com

Date: May 14, 2018 Time: 6-8pm

Date: May 21, 2018 Time: 6-8pm Host: Garrie Harris Business: Alpha1 Staffing & Search Firm, LLC Location: 3350 SW 148 Avenue, Suite 110, Miramar, FL 33027

I’m Shanequa Fleming! I work with leaders who are powerful, successful, have already made significant impact and want to leave a legacy that will go beyond their greatest achievement. My clients are visionaries, thought leaders, change agents, and risk-takers who are poised to “break the box” of status quo. Together we tap into their desires and personal power that shifts insights to actions that expand their impact in organizations and communities. I'm the Founder and CEO of Perfect Solutions Consulting Group, a boutique consulting firm with a focus in organizational strategy, leadership and human resource development. I have a deep passion for maximizing potential and inspiring possibilities. I’d love to connect with you. www.bit.ly/igniteandinspire2018 engage@pscgroupinc.com (954)406-7724



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Bringing Hospice to the Underserved Special to Legacy South Florida

When elderly African Americans are suffering from pain, they typically don’t tell anyone, says Donna Borland, General Manager of VITAS Healthcare of Broward County. And even when they do talk about it, they often don’t verbalize the full extent of their discomfort. “Elderly African Americans tend to be stoic and endure their pain privately,” Donna says. “They often internalize their pain and just don’t talk about it.” Healthcare professionals treating elderly African American patients must therefore learn how to read, evaluate and


understand their patients’ non-verbal cues, Donna notes. Thinking Nationally, Acting Locally Hospice is an end-of-life care option for terminally ill people with a prognosis of six months or less to live, and aims to make life as comfortable, enjoyable and meaningful as possible. When curative options have been exhausted, hospice can be helpful to the entire family. Hospice care is available to patients of all ages dealing with a wide range of life-limiting illnesses that include cancer, stroke, end-stage chronic heart failure, end-stage liver or kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), end-stage dementia, and Alzheimer’s. Meeting the end-of-life care needs of diverse communities and cultures can be a challenge for hospice providers. It is vitally important for all healthcare providers to receive specialized training

on the unique needs of people of all faiths and cultures. It’s worth nothing that practically 100 percent of those who receive hospice care—99.2 percent—pay nothing, thanks to a variety of funding sources that include Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and charity. The nation’s leading hospice company, VITAS Healthcare, was established in South Florida in 1978. VITAS addresses the end-of-life care needs of diverse and traditionally underserved communities to increase their overall awareness and usage of hospice services. VITAS’ community liaisons visit churches, schools, community centers, hospitals and health clinics to provide hospice education and to help people better understand their options when it comes to end-of-life care. VITAS community liaisons also host workshops,

deliver presentations and offer literature about the benefits of hospice services. “We must move beyond the inequities in healthcare to improve access to all medical services, including palliative and hospice care,” Donna says. “This will allow individuals and their families to choose their own path when making life’s final journey. When a cure is no longer possible, everyone is entitled to dignity, respect and comfort.” Throughout South Florida and nationwide, VITAS matches its community liaisons to the demographic makeup of a given area. Locally, our community liaisons serve the Black, Haitian, Hispanic and veteran’s communities. For more information about hospice care or VITAS Healthcare—a Medicare-approved hospice provider—call 866.759.6695, or visit www.VITAS.com/Florida.

Power Up Your Influence with Social Media

By Dr. Tracy Timberlake

Two decades of technology is all it took to change the lives of billions. The Internet has had vast influence on life, culture, business, entertainment and politics. The world has never seemed smaller. Having access to the technology of the Interweb is no longer a luxury left solely for the elite. It is a necessity of the masses. The Internet got an upgrade with the dawn of social media. Smartphones and mobile devices have put the power of networking literally in the palm of our

hands. According to a study conducted by the International Data Corporation, 90 percent of people reach for their cellphones before brushing their teeth. So, as a power player how can you use that to your advantage? How do you use social media to become an influencer in your industry? Here are three ways. Use Social Media to Enhance Visibility No matter what kind of influence you aspire to have, going social can fast track success. The best way to increase visibility is by getting visual. Turn your business, your brand, or your message into visual content. If you are feeling extra frisky, try video. It’s the most powerful marketing tool on the planet. This gives people the extra ability to hear you before they hire you. Use Social Media to Engage A key component of being influential lies in your ability to understand human behavior and strategically apply it to get desired results. Social media can drastically help in this regard. By opening up the communication pathways with

Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you stay relevant to your audience. You can ask questions, get feedback and build relationships. By knowing exactly what they want to hear from you, you position yourself to offer value and create the kind of content that keeps your people coming back. Use Social Media as an Extension to Your Overall Strategy Strategy is essential, no matter what the goal. Social media should enhance that by extending your reach to areas you may never have tapped into in real life. But in order to get the most out of your online activities, lets keep two things in mind: quality of content and consistency. Make curating content an important part of your planning. It’s easy to share content others have already created, but that doesn’t exactly set you apart as an authority figure, does it? Secondly, be consistent. We are in a time and space where once a week simply isn’t enough. Depending on your social channels of choice, plan to post multiple times a week, at minimum.

No doubt, social media has changed the landscape of our lives. It has completely altered how the world gives and receives information. Remember, two decades is all it took for technology to change things the first time around. The next two will see even more exponential growth. As a person of power and influence, you have the opportunity to use this to increase your impact on a global scale.

By opening up the communication pathways with Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you stay relevant to your audience.

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At VITAS, We Feel Your Gain VITAS® Healthcare congratulates the dynamic souls whose brilliance and unrelenting drive made them South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful and Influential Black Professionals for 2018. Your accomplishments resonate strongly within VITAS, where an unflagging desire to excel, and a robust support of multiculturalism, have enabled us to be the nation’s leader in hospice care. VITAS has little doubt that the professionals celebrated in this issue of Legacy South Florida will continue to experience unparalleled success in 2018 and beyond.

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Haitian-Born Henri Ford Named Dean of Miller School of Medicine His abdomen distended and the tender 6-year-old boy had gone without medical attention for four days. A ceiling collapsed on top of him during the mayhem of Haiti’s devastating 7.1-magnitude earthquake, crushing his pelvis. He later laid in a makeshift infirmary at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, which was being used by doctors to treat quake victims. Henri Ronald Ford, a Haitian-born pediatric surgeon who flew to his homeland from Los Angeles to care for the injured, knew that if the youngster didn’t get immediate care, he would surely perish. So he and the boy were airlifted by helicopter to the USS Carl Vinson, anchored off the coast of Port-au-Prince to support disaster relief efforts. There, in the super carrier’s better-equipped medical facility, Ford saved the boy’s life. Ford’s devotion to his discipline and desire to help others doesn’t surprise those who know him well. Now Ford – who in 1972 at age 13 fled with his family from the government of Papa Doc Duvalier and settled among the Haitian community in Brooklyn, New York, later going on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Princeton and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School – is poised to begin the latest chapter in a life that embodies the American Dream.

On June 1, he joins the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine as its new dean. “As I reflect on my journey in American medicine, I feel that I’ve been preparing all my life to assume what is an incredibly important role for such a time as this,” said Ford, vice president and chief of surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as well as professor and vice chairman for clinical affairs in the Department of Surgery at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. Lofty and ambitious goals are nothing new to Ford. At Harvard Medical School, he quickly realized that he could make the biggest impact as a physician by becoming a pediatric surgeon.

As I reflect on my journey in American medicine, I feel that I’ve been preparing all my life to assume what is an incredibly important role for such a time as this.

“When you operate on a newborn with a surgical emergency, you know that if you don’t intervene, that child is going to die,” Ford said, “and because of your intervention, you are adding potentially 85 to 90 years to that child’s life expectancy. That is truly priceless.” He has conducted groundbreaking research on the pathogenesis of necrotizing enterocolitis, the most common and lethal disease affecting the gastrointestinal tract of newborn infants. In 2015, Ford performed one of the rarest and riskiest operations – the separation of conjoined twins. In the first operation of its kind in Haiti, Ford led a team of surgeons in separating 6-month-old infants, Marian and Michelle Bernard. But long before that, Ford had been performing life-saving operations on children. When the catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, resulting in massive loss of lives, Ford and his two brothers, who are also physicians, traveled to their homeland to help. “We knew this was the kind of catastrophe where we couldn’t just send money,” Ford said. “We had skills that could impact the survival of people, and it was important that we use the skills we had acquired to intervene at such a time.” Ford said he is looking forward to becoming dean of a medical school that has a long history of providing care in Haiti.

Haitian-born pediatric surgeon Henri Ford is the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine's new dean

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FORT LAUDERDALE CRA Special to Legacy South Florida

Fort Lauderdale CRA Puts Revitalization into Action

For more than three decades, the Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has helped transform the city’s underserved and under-resourced areas into economic enclaves poised for growth and prosperity. The Fort Lauderdale City Commission-governed agency is charged to positively impact the quality of life of the residents in the three distinct, designated CRA areas: Central Beach, Northwest-Progresso-Flagler Heights and Central City. “Economic development is making sure that you create the environment for local and outside investors to come in, invest, and develop,” said Glendon Hall,

the agency’s housing and economic development manager. “We advocate on their behalf. The department helps developers with access to capital and end-users. That doesn’t happen in a haphazard way. It is a systematic and deliberate process to bring development into the area. We don’t completely fund projects. Development has to bring something to the table.” Hall shares four ways the agency is revitalizing those areas: The CRA is the area’s cheerleader “We promote the CRA area to local and regional investors. Our biggest selling points are location because we are close to Downtown Fort Lauderdale. And, the Brightline high-speed train. With Brightline, residents can get to downtown Miami in 30 minutes, Palm Beach County in 20 minutes and Orlando in 120 minutes. It puts the area

on the radar for many developers.” The CRA facilitates development “The CRA acts in advisory role to help developers get through the process of the different requirements of municipal government. Sometimes we help them with incentives, funding, permitting, and other advisory support.” The CRA increases affordable, workforce housing “The SIX13 project is a $42 million project with 142 apartments and retail space. It is already approved and going to be located on s613 Northwest Third Avenue. The project is going to be a catalyst to bring development projects across the tracks from Flagler Village. It is the first large scale project of its kind on Sistrunk.” The CRA invests in local residents and businesses “When it comes to development, we

make sure that local residents know and understand the opportunities and resources available to them. We host summits like the Access to Capital Financial Summit to inform residents. We also offer residential infill lots, the Commercial Facade Improvement Program, the Property and Business Improvement Program and business support through the Midtown Commerce Center.” The overall goal of the CRA is to eliminate slum and blight in targeted redevelopment areas through the implementation of each area's community redevelopment plan to foster dynamic and vibrant commercial and residential environments and expand economic opportunities in our community. Log on to www.fortlauderdalecra.com, to explore the plan.




Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County’s 8th annual Ascension Awards, Feb. 17, 2018, PGA National Resort and Spa, Palm Beach Gardens


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1. Palm Beach Black Chamber Board of Directors, left to right, Earnie Ellison, Tiffany Faublas, Leontyne Brown, Thais Sullivan, Frank Hayden, Keely Gideon-Taylor, Marlon White, Bruce Lewis & Mark Parks 2. Leddyon Weathersbee, Thais Sullivan 3. Bruce Lewis 4. Aquannette Thomas 5. Tiffany Faublas, Thais Sullivan 6. Annette Gray, Ray Roundtree (Comcast), Aquannette Thomas, Darren Studstill


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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 2018 Florida and the Bahamas State Cluster, April 13-15, 2018, PGA National Resort and Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Alpha Beta Omega Graduate Chapter Chartering, April 15, 2018, Signature Grand, Davie, FL

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LEGACY BRIEFS County. Find out more at www.unitedwaybroward.org.

DJ Envy and Angela Yee help United Way of Broward County launch empowerment campaign United Way of Broward County (UWBC) enlisted famed media personalities Angela Yee and DJ Envy to launch its latest volunteer-based campaign, Power of U… Change Starts Now, during its inaugural All White Affair. The Power of U... Change Starts Now campaign focuses on two components: 1) Education: The Impact You Have in Children’s Lives; and 2) Volunteering: The Role You Play in Our Community. Angela Yee and DJ Envy, co-hosts of the nationally syndicated Breakfast Club radio show, provided the entertainment for the chic affair. UWBC CEO Kathleen Cannon said, “the Broward community will have a platform to become stronger and signal hope to children, families and individuals who are in need.” The event highlighted the Black, African American, Hispanic, LGTBQ individuals and organizations that influence positive change in Broward

Holland America Line's Denella Ri'chard among TNJ's 25 Influential Black Women in Business Denella Ri'chard, Holland America Line's senior director of Trade Communications & Engagement, was recognized as one of the 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal (TNJ), an award-winning business magazine for African-American professionals, corporate executives and business owners. The honorees were profiled in the SPRING 2018 issue of the magazine. The recipients were formally highlighted at an all-star awards luncheon sponsored by Morgan Stanley, AT&T, and Bonner Brothers. More information is available at www.tnj.com.

Charter Day for the Alpha Alpha Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Charters New Chapter in Miramar Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated’s newest chapter in the South Atlantic Region, Alpha Alpha Beta Omega (formerly known as the Pink Pearls of Miramar) celebrated their new charter with a luncheon Sunday, April 15, 2018, at the Signature Grand in Davie, Florida. The luncheon, which was open to the public, followed a private

chartering ceremony at the same location. The new graduate chapter will serve the City of Miramar, located in Broward County. The group currently has 62 members. The chapter’s members include women who are business executives, entrepreneurs, attorneys, physicians, educators, administrators, among other accomplished professional women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is the oldest Greek-letter organization established for

interpretation of the RFP. For more information on the Marina Village Phase II Development RFP, please contact Andre’ Lewis at (561) 855-3408 or alewis@rbcra.com.

Rivera Beach CRA announces Marina Village Phase II development opportunity The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (RBCRA) announced a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Marina Village Phase II Development. The RBCRA is seeking a Development Partner with extensive experience and a consistently successful track-record in planning, designing, constructing, leasing, operating, and marketing mixed-use real estate ventures to build upon Marina Village Phase I public investment that include the completion of a New Event Center, as well as an expanded and improved marina, festival park and marina-side public promenade. RFP submittals are due May 31, 2018 by 12:00 p.m. (noon). A Mandatory Pre-Submittal Conference will take place on May 14, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. This conference will provide prospective respondents the opportunity to ask questions, receive clarifications, or make requests concerning the African-American women, and was founded Jan. 15, 1908, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. The Sorority has expanded to approximately 300,000 internationally. To commemorate the chartering, a delegation of dignitaries, family and friends attended the celebration in Davie, led by the Sorority’s South Atlantic Regional Director, Sharon Brown Harriott. Brown Harriott served as the event’s keynote speaker. Other dignitaries in attendance included: The Honorable Frederica S. Wilson, U.S. House of Representatives, District 24; Marsha Lewis Brown, former South Atlantic Regional Director; The Honorable Wayne M. Messam, Mayor, City of Miramar; The Honorable Eric H. Jones, Jr., Mayor, City of West Park; The Honorable Thomas Good, Jr., Vice

Overtown Breaks Ground for Craft. Culinary. Culture. - The Urban Historic Overtown welcomes new excitement into its fold of offerings with the new on trend entertainment hub, The Urban. The Urban recently broke ground and is slated to open during the simmer. The Urban is set to be an experience for all who visit. A space infused with art, music, culture, a food market, and special events. Where neighbors greet neighbors, visitors take in the culture, and old friends make new friends. Urban Philanthropies Executive and concept mastermind Keon Williams said it will feature local retailers, approximately 5-7 local food trucks, a centralized bar, as well as art instillations. Urban Philanthropies Board Chairman, Craig Emmanuel said, “Our goal is to institute the surest and safest method to uplift the residents. To invest in community independence and establish a path to sustain generational wealth." Find out more at www.UrbanP.org. Mayor, City of Pembroke Pines; Dr. Rosalind Osgood, Broward County School Board Member; Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson, District 3, Miami-Dade County; and Mrs. Luwando Wright, President National Pan-Hellenic Council, Broward County Council. Since its inception, the Pink Pearls of Miramar have been very active in leading service projects throughout Miramar, including providing strategic and meaningful programs in Miramar. Service projects and partnerships were established with Honorable Wayne M. Messam, Mayor of Miramar; Women of H.O.P.E.; Children’s Harbor, Inc.; Fairway Elementary School; South East Focal Point Senior Center; and Feeding South Florida.



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