Chamber plans diverse lineup
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 palmbeachchamber.com.
“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.” .