The 2016 Florida College Access and Success Summit is two short months way!

Join Florida College Access Network and change-makers from across the state at the 2016 Florida College Access and Success Summit in Orlando, FL on May 11 – 12 to celebrate the spirit of collaboration that is helping more Floridians access postsecondary and economic opportunities! You don’t want to miss these keynote speakers:

Welcome Luncheon: We Are Better Together

Sponsored by JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Keynote: Chris Hart IV, CEO, CareerSource Florida

Chris Hart IV is president and CEO of CareerSource Florida, the state’s public-private workforce policy and investment board. In this role, Hart is at the center of efforts to ensure the state has the talent needed to strengthen the global competitiveness of Florida businesses while also helping Floridians enhance their skills to enter, remain and advance in the workforce.

A two-term member of the Florida House of Representatives, Hart has a long history of service to the state in workforce and economic development roles. He was selected by the Florida Legislature in 2015 to serve as Chairman of the state’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Task Force, and previously served as Interim Director of the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development (OTTED). In June 2010, he was appointed by the Governor as the Chairman of the Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force.

Prior to becoming president of CareerSource Florida (formerly known as Workforce Florida) in 2007, Hart was Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Investor Relations for Enterprise Florida Inc., the public-private partnership responsible for leading Florida’s statewide economic development efforts. He also was a co-founder of Classified Technologies Group, a classified advertising sales and software company. Hart currently serves on the boards of the Florida Chamber Foundation and the Florida Research Consortium. He earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University.

Closing Luncheon: The Future is Bright

Sponsored by Helios Education Foundation

Keynote: Madeline M. Pumariega, Chancellor, Florida College System

Madeline M. Pumariega became the Florida College System (FCS) Chancellor in August of 2015. FCS serves more than 800,000 students at 28 colleges throughout the state. Madeline most recently served as president of the statewide non-profit Take Stock in Children. She lead all facets of the organization, from working with a team of professionals and an active Board of Directors to overseeing the organization’s management and operations, fundraising and development efforts, as well as strategic partnerships and legislative affairs. Take Stock in Children (TSIC) is a Florida statewide non-profit organization, focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education that leads to well-paying jobs. TSIC has helped over 22,000 students living in poverty successfully complete high school and move into post-secondary education and career.

Prior to joining Take Stock in Children, Madeline spent 20 years growing her career at Miami Dade College (MDC), most recently serving as President of the Wolfson Campus. She is regarded for her work in developing innovative approaches to support academic progress and student success, ensuring that thousands of youth can access and complete college. Pumariega was instrumental in establishing Take Stock in Children’s largest affiliate, at MDC, which is currently serving 600 youth. Pumariega has also been instrumental in supporting workforce programs by leveraging key partnerships in the community. One such partnership during her time at Miami Dade College, through its Hospitality Institute, provides culinary certification that fills the workforce need and creates employment opportunities.

Pumariega’s volunteer activities include serving on the board of City Year Miami, serving on a steering committee for The Miami Foundation, and membership in the International Women’s Forum. She is a member of Leadership Florida Class XXXIII and was a Kellogg Fellow for the League for Innovation’s Expanding Leadership Diversity in Community Colleges, which is an innovative program focusing on leadership development and capacity building as a change agent for communities.

The 2016 Florida College Access and Success Summit, presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co., is your chance to network with colleagues, make connections, learn about new resources, and discuss policies and ideas to boost college access and success for all Floridians. You will also learn about local college access network initiatives and collective impact strategies for your community. Summit sponsors also include Helios Education Foundation, Wells Fargo, University of South Florida, Florida International University, University of Central Florida, Lumina Foundation, Publix, ACT, Florida Trend and Florida Trend’s NEXT.

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