Above Board Chamber presents Southwest Florida Workforce Summit

Jeanne Sweeney, Founder and President of the Above Board Chamber of Florida, in cooperation with Title Sponsor Southwest Florida International Airport, is pleased to present the Southwest Florida Workforce Summit on Thursday, May 12, at Harborside Event Center. The event will feature an open job fair from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for those seeking quality employment opportunities, and a panel discussion and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for business owners, professionals, human resource managers, and investors.
 
Our region’s workforce has ridden the roller coaster from more than 10% unemployment to an impressive sub-5%. Industries in Southwest Florida are in need of qualified workers, including healthcare professionals, skilled laborers, airport workers and more. A panel of local industry leaders will join their counterparts from Puerto Rico to discuss topics that include what may be an untapped resource of skilled workers, collaborative business opportunities, and economic growth in Southwest Florida.
 
State Representative Heather Fitzenhagen will introduce the leadership panel who includes: Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki; Brenda Thomas, Executive Director of the Building Industry Association; Peg Elmore from Career Source Southwest Florida; Kristy Rigot, System Director, Human Resources for Lee Memorial Health System; Jazmin Nievez Alvarez, Executive and Staffing Director from IKON Group; and Kevin Brady, International Trade Specialist for the Small Business Development at Florida Gulf Coast University. Connie Ramos-Williams, President and Chief Marketing Officer of CONRIC PR & Marketing, will emcee the event. Several dignitaries will also be taking part in the summit, including Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson, Puerto Rico Senator Carmelo Rios, and Puerto Rico’s Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce, Alberto Baco Bague.
 
Event sponsors include Gulfshore Business, Lee Memorial Health Systems, Storm Smart, Strategy Corp, CONRIC PR & Marketing and Telemundo. Other event sponsorship and vendor table opportunities are available. Companies that have job opportunities may purchase a vendor table at the job fair to conduct interviews or collect resumes, or may become an event sponsor to promote their business and employment opportunities. For more information, contact Jeanne Sweeney at (239) 910-7426 or Jeanne@aboveboardchamber.com.
 
The job fair is free and open to the public with no registration required. Registration is required for the workforce summit luncheon and panel discussion. Registration on or before Thursday, May 5, will be $25 for members, $30 for guests. After May 5, registration will be $30 for members and $35 for guests. Registration is open online at www.aboveboardchamber.com.
 
The Above Board Chamber of Florida is dedicated to bringing people of all faiths together within the community, in the workplace and amongst one another. Its mission is to supply members with the tools that will allow them to take every aspect of their lives Above Board. For more information on the event or on how to become a member of the Above Board Chamber, contact Jeanne Sweeney at 239.910.7426 or visit www.aboveboardchamber.com.