Cham­ber plans di­verse lineup

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY - By ALEESE KOPF

Res­i­dents will have a chance to hear from na­tional jour­nal­ists, real es­tate de­vel­op­ers, a lux­ury mar­ket­ing pro­fes­sional, a cy­ber­se­cu­rity ex­pert, an in­vest­ment ex­ec­u­tive and a for­mer sen­a­tor this sea­son as part of the Palm Beach Cham­ber of Com­merce’s monthly pro­grams.

The cham­ber hosts monthly break­fast meet­ings from Septem­ber to May.

“The pro­grams are strong in na­tional foci, with jour­nal­ists and cor­po­rate rep­re­sen­ta­tives pro­vid­ing the big pic­ture along with hot-topic items like cy­ber se­cu­rity and eco­nomic in­dexes,” said Lau­rel Baker, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the cham­ber.

In­vi­ta­tions went out this week for its first event of the sea­son fea­tur­ing Wall Street Jour­nal editorial board mem­ber Mary Kis­sel.

Cham­ber Pres­i­dent Car­rie Brad­burn said she’s es­pe­cially ex­cited to hear Kis­sel, a na­tive South Florid­ian who at­tended Drey­foos School of the Arts, and has spo­ken at sev­eral events on the is­land.

“I saw her when she spoke a few years ago and felt she pre­sented a very im­pact­ful ac­count of the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion,” Brad­burn said. “Now that is over, it will be in­ter­est­ing to see what topic she chooses to dis­cuss while in Palm Beach.”

Here is the full sched­ule and spon­sors:

Sept. 19 — Mary Kis­sel, Wall Street Jour­nal

Oct. 12 — Au­thor Ja­son Kelly, Bloomberg writer

Nov. 9 — Michele Ja­cobs, cor­po­rate di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing and op­er­a­tions for The Forbes Co

Dec. 12 — Ken Him­mel, pres­i­dent and CEO, Re­lated Ur­ban

Jan. 9 — Charles Co­hen, CEO of Co­hen Broth­ers Realty

Feb. 13 — Brad De­flin, pres­i­dent and founder of Total Dig­i­tal Se­cu­rity

March 14 — Michael Farr, pres­i­dent of Farr, Miller & Wash­ing­ton

April 10 — For­mer U.S. Sen. Ge­orge LeMieux, chair­man of Gun­ster law firm

May 3 — Cham­ber awards break­fast

All pro­grams be­gin at 8 a.m. at The Break­ers, ex­cept the Oct. 12 meet­ing, which is at the Kravis Cen­ter. The events are free for mem­bers and $40 in ad­vance for fu­ture mem­bers. Reser­va­tions can be made on­line at palm­beachcham­

“We have a very di­verse line up this year for our cham­ber break­fast speak­ers,” Brad­burn said. “I think ev­ery one of them has a di­rect con­tri­bu­tion to our mem­bers and the busi­nesses they work at and own.” .


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