The Florida Forum speaker series, produced byThe Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, raises funds with the goal of providing the best, most technologically advanced health care for children. Presentations will take place at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.
The 2015-2016 series will open on October 5, 2015, with Ehud Barak. While considered the most decorated soldier in Israeli history, Barak’s core efforts as Israel’s 10th Prime Minister were devoted to the peace process. During his tenure, Barak led the country out of a prolonged recession and into an economic boom.
Barak most recently served as Israel’s Minister of Defense from 2007-2012. Before retiring from office, he was bestowed the United States Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award. A global statesman, he offers a frank view of the current geopolitical affairs in Israel and the Middle East.
The series continues on November 10, 2015, with one of America’s most popular First Ladies. Laura W. Bush speaks passionately about literacy, human rights and global issues she championed in the White House: war-torn Afghanistan, HIV/AIDS in Africa, and empowering women in the Middle East. Mrs. Bush is a leading voice for spreading freedom and promoting democracy around the world. At home, she is an advocate for literacy and women’s health. She continues her work through the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council at Georgetown University and as chair for the George W. Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative. Her memoir, Spoken from the Heart, is a New York Times #1 bestseller.
The season concludes March 2, 2016, with a megastar NFL quarterback known for his record-setting statistics and awards, as well as his generosity to various charities.
One of two major benefits produced annually by the all-volunteer Women’s Board, the 2015-2016 Florida Forum will contribute vital funds for program and clinical equipment needs as part of a five-year, $4 million pledge supporting the Pediatric Surgery Center of Distinction. The Center will assure access to the most advanced pediatric surgical services and technologies available enable the most skilled surgical staff to work on advancing surgical techniques, expand the use of minimally invasive and robotic surgery, and help the hospital meet the needs of pediatric trauma patients.
The Women’s Board promised $2 million of the pledge to an endowed professorship in pediatric surgery. Baptist Health will match that at 150 percent, bringing the endowment to $5 million.
In addition, The Women’s Board donates to other hospital needs, such as cutting-edge “giraffe” beds for newborns and the Voyager Airsled, a transport system for children that will adapt to both air and land mobile emergency vehicles.
Tickets are now available in various subscription packages. For more information or to purchase, see The Women’s Board website at http://www.thefloridaforum.com or call (904) 202.2886.