UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming Events

Until it is safe for the Forum Club to gather in person, the organization will be hosting virtual lunches so we can continue to stimulate thought and promote dialogue.
Please complete the registration form below to attend and/or register any guests for the event. Registration is required and all registrants will receive a unique link to access the event.

The Forum Club will be announcing its Spring lineup soon. Stay tuned for event updates!

Virtual Lunch with
Congresswoman Val Demings

Representing Florida’s 10th Congressional District

Date: Friday, December 11, 2020 at Noon

Virtual Lunch with
Congresswoman Val Demings

Representing Florida’s 10th Congressional District

Date: Friday, December 11, 2020 at Noon

The Forum Club of the Palm Beaches is excited to present Congresswoman Val Demings, who represents Florida’s 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, for a virtual discussion on police reform on Friday, December 11, at noon.

 

After working as a social worker in foster care, Congresswoman Demings moved to Orlando in 1983 to attend the Police Academy. She was elected Class President and later received the Board of Trustees Award for overall excellence. Throughout her career, Demings had many notable assignments, including Commander of Special Operations. In addition to her regular job assignments, Demings served 12 years on the Crisis Negotiation Team, Commander of the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team, and Executive Vice President of the International Association of Airport and Seaport Police.

 

In 2007, Demings was selected to serve as Chief for the Orlando Police Department – the first woman to ever hold that position. Upon taking office, she launched an all-out war against crime. Her tenure was marked by a dramatic reduction in violent crime, including robberies, shootings and murders. Chief Demings served on the Executive Board of the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) and served as Co-Chair of the Florida Gang Intervention Regional Task Force. In addition, Congresswoman Demings founded, “Operation Positive Direction”, a youth mentoring program designed to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and youth in the community. After twenty-seven years at the Orlando Police Department, Demings decided to retire from the force but continue her commitment to public service.

In January 2017, Demings was sworn into the 115th Session of the House of Representatives. She serves on the House Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Intelligence Committees.

 

Demings is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Women’s Caucus, and New Democratic Caucus. She is a member of the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Review Board and the Elections Security Taskforce. In addition to serving as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, Congresswoman Demings’ leadership positions include serving as Regional and Assistant Whip for the House Democratic Caucus, Co-Chair of Candidate Recruitment for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Vice Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.

 

She also stays involved in her community through numerous organizations, which include the following: Saint Mark A.M.E. Church; Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Middle District of Florida; The Orlando Chapter of the Links, Inc.; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Heart of Florida United Way Board; United Way Women’s Leadership Council; YMCA Achievers Program; NAACP Silver Life Member; Florida Police Chiefs; National Association of Women in Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); as well as numerous other affiliations.

 

Congresswoman Demings has degrees from Florida State University and Webster University. She is also a graduate of the 226th session of the FBI National Academy, as well as the FBI National Executive Institute. Congresswoman Demings is married to Jerry Demings, who serves as the Orange County Mayor. The couple has 3 sons and 5 grandchildren.

 

Forum Club virtual lunches will be hosted on the Zoom Webinar platform, but do not require you to have a personal Zoom account. You may watch this virtual lunch from your computer, tablet or smartphone or listen by calling the number provided upon registration. No web cameras or microphones will be needed for you to participate.

Virtual Lunch with Richard N. Haass

President of the Council on Foreign Relations

Date: Friday, January 22, 2021 at Noon

  • Book Order (The World: A Brief Introduction)
  • $23.97
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Virtual Lunch with Richard N. Haass

President of the Council on Foreign Relations

Date: Friday, January 22, 2021 at Noon

  • Book Order (The World: A Brief Introduction)
  • $23.97
  • Add to cart

The Forum Club of the Palm Beaches is proud to present Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, for a virtual discussion on Friday, January 22, 2021. During the program, Dr. Haass will discuss U.S. foreign policy and global issues that will shape our world.

 

Dr. Richard Haass is a veteran diplomat, a prominent voice on American foreign policy, and an established leader of nonprofit institutions. He is in his eighteenth year as president of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, publisher, and educational institution dedicated to being a resource to help people better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.

 

In 2013, he served as the chair of the multiparty negotiations in Northern Ireland that provided the foundation for the 2014 Stormont House Agreement. For his efforts to promote peace and conflict resolution, he received the 2013 Tipperary International Peace Award.

 

From January 2001 to June 2003, Dr. Haass was director of policy planning for the Department of State, where he directed the policy planning staff and was a principal advisor to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Confirmed by the U.S. Senate to hold the rank of ambassador, Dr. Haass also served as U.S. coordinator for policy toward the future of Afghanistan and U.S. envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process.

 

Dr. Haass has extensive additional government experience. From 1989 to 1993, he was special assistant to President George H.W. Bush and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. In 1991, Dr. Haass was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal for his contributions to the development and articulation of U.S. policy during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Previously, he served in the Departments of State (1981–1985) and Defense (1979–1980), and was a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate.

 

A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Haass holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and master’s and doctorate of philosophy degrees from Oxford University. He has also received numerous honorary degrees and was a member of the faculty of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Hamilton College.

 

Dr. Haass is the author or editor of fourteen books on American foreign policy and one book on management. His latest book is The World: A Brief Introduction, which is available for purchase at special pricing on the Forum Club’s website thanks to a partnership with the Palm Beach Bookstore.

 

Forum Club virtual lunches will be hosted on the Zoom Webinar platform, but do not require you to have a personal Zoom account. You may watch this virtual lunch from your computer, tablet or smartphone or listen by calling the number provided upon registration. No web cameras or microphones will be needed for you to participate.

Virtual Lunch Presented By President’s Gold Circle Members

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