Middle Class Summit

The Middle Class Summit: 
Building, Elevating and Sustaining the Middle Class
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
(Grand Ballroom)
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Hosted by Rodney Baltimore from Hot 105.


Featured Guests:


U.S. Department of Labor Deputy Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration



Florida's 24th District


Special Attendees:

Oscar Braynon II - State Senator, Florida's 36th District

Ted Deutch - Congressman, Florida's 21st District

Alcee L. Hastings - Congressman, Florida's 20st District


James Allen - CEO, Seminole Gaming
Cindy Arenberg-Seltzer - President & CEO, Children’s Services Council of Broward
David Armstrong - President, Broward College
Rick Beasley - Exec. Dir., CareerSource South Florida
Bob Crawford - Director Atlantic Technical College & Technical High School
Jose F. Diaz - State Representative Dist.116 Miami-Dade County; Akerman LLP Esq
James Donnelly - Board Chair, Broward Workshop
Dr. Henry Fernandez - Chancellor & CEO, Univ. of Ft. Lauderdale/ 
Bishop, Faith Center Ministries
Jaqui Freeman - U.S. Department of Labor
Leroy Jones - President of Neighbors and Neighbors Organization
Pastor Wayne Lomax - Lead Pastor, The Fountain of New Life Ministries
Beatrice Louissaint - President & CEO, Florida State Minority 
Supplier Development Council
Jean Monestime - Chairman Miami Dade County Commission
Nan Rich - Chair, Coordinating Council of Broward
Dr. Penny Shaffer - Market President at Florida Blue and Board Chair, 
Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
Larry Williams - President and CEO, The Beacon Council
The Middle Class Summit: 
Building, Elevating and Sustaining the Middle Class

The Stanford University Center for Education Policy Analysis report “The Continuing Increase in Income Segregation, 2007-2012” released March 2016, states that “Florida metropolitan areas saw more economic segregation than those in any other state during and after the Great Recession.”

In view of these factors, OIC of South Florida will convene a 2016 Summit of key ecosystem stakeholders to dialogue strategies and solutions focused on Florida’s highly vulnerable middle class. Together, we will identify how to elevate the middle class by reducing barriers to success while equipping and empowering those below to realize economic self-sufficiency. The "Building, Elevating and Sustaining the Middle Class Summit" promises to elevate both the conversation and the consensus about how to begin reversing the middle class crisis.

OIC of South Florida is championing the elevation of South Florida's Middle Class by bringing together thought, community, education, business and government leaders to harness the research, initiatives and strategies occurring across communities, the state and even nationally, all seeking to strengthen America's weakening middle class.

This summit connects the dots of compelling research conducted nationally and locally which includes: The United Way ALICE Report, The Prosperity Study conducted by Florida International University and champions the work of Six Pillars Broward County and One Community One Goal Miami-Dade County.

Who Should Attend?: Educators, Workforce and Economic Development Practitioners, Emerging Leaders, Employers, Faith-Based and Community Members, Youth, College Students, Businesses, Nonprofits, Human and  Community Development Stakeholders

Why Should You Attend?: Deriving solutions that address the challenges facing the middle class is critical because (1) we need a vibrant middle class that produces high-skilled workers who can generate a higher per capita gross development product, (2) the middle class contributes tax dollars that allow for services beyond the mere “basics”, (3) a strong middle class ensures maximum opportunity for social and financial mobility.

What Should You Expect?: Intentional focus on the employment and economic development needs of the middle class; strategies for harnessing and improved collaboration of the resources and operational strengths of all stakeholders; tools that support middle job upskilling in response to 21st century employer needs and requirements.

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