A pioneer… a trailblazer… and a powerful voice for women around the world.
On Monday, November 26th, the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches is proud to present Judge Rosemary Barkett, Florida’s first female Chief Justice and a current judge on the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.
Born in Mexico to parents of Syrian decent, Judge Barkett’s impressive 30-year judicial career began in 1979 when Florida Governor Bob Graham appointed her as a state trial court judge, later elevating her to the state’s intermediate appellate court before ultimately appointing her to the Florida Supreme Court. She is the first woman to serve on the court and the first woman to be named Chief Justice.
Immediately prior to joining the Tribunal in October 2013, Judge Barkett served for two decades as a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to which she was nominated by President William J. Clinton. While serving on the Eleventh Circuit, Judge Barkett authored several landmark opinions in the areas of constitutional law; sexual harassment; disability rights; labor rights; privacy rights; rights of speech and association; and immigration.
She has also received many honors and awards for her work as a judge and as an individual committed to improving justice, including the 2017 Prominent Woman in International Law Award from the American Society of International Law, the 2008 Legal Legend Award from Florida’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit Historical Society, The Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, and the Latin Business and Professional Women Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also been inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.
The noon luncheon event will take place at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, October 16th.
Frank Luntz is one of the most honored and expert communications professionals in America today. As a pollster and public opinion guru, his insights are sought out by our nation’s top leaders and news channels to better understand why Americans feel the way they do and what issues matter most.
On Wednesday, December 19, Dr. Luntz will join the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches for a luncheon event at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion to examine the November mid-term elections and shed light on how Americans, and Floridians in particular, cast their votes.
Pioneering the “Instant Response” technique that dives into the intersection of communications and public opinion to deliver precise corporate and campaign data, Dr. Luntz’s focus groups have become so influential in political private circles that President Barack Obama has said: “When Frank Luntz invites you to his focus group, you talk to his focus group.”
His public opinion work spans the globe and nearly every industry. Working for more than 50 Fortune 500 companies and CEOs, Dr. Luntz advises on issues ranging from energy to education, retail to design. Most recently, he has worked for ABC, Fox and CBS News as crisis communications expert and political analyst. He has conducted live, televised, focus group sessions for all three broadcast networks, two cable news channels, and PBS, as well as The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Times of London, and U.S. News & World Report. Last year, he also partnered with Oprah for her 60 Minutes debut, leading a focus group with diverse voters to better understand today’s political division and whether there are issues that can unify us as a nation.
Dr. Luntz is the author of three New York Times Best Sellers, and has taught courses at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and George Washington University. His book, Words that Work, will be on sale at the event thanks to a partnership with the Palm Beach Bookstore.
Please note: This event will begin at 11:45 a.m., as the Forum Club will be honoring Barbara and Jack Nicklaus with its Outstanding Public Service Award during the program.
Now more than ever, Americans watch from the sidelines as professional athletes, particularly pro football players, become the topic of breaking news and the source of fervent political discussions.
On September 24, New York Times Magazine chief national correspondent and New York Times bestselling author of This Town, Mark Leibovich, will join the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches for a noon luncheon and book signing at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts to discuss one of our nation’s greatest pastimes and its rising influence in American culture.
Like millions of Americans, Leibovich has spent more of his life tuned into pro football than he’d care to admit. However, he mostly kept his obsession quiet, making a nice career for himself covering what he calls “the other playground for rich and overgrown children,” American politics.
However, in Summer 2014, after repeated Hail Mary attempts to reach Tom Brady to gauge his willingness to subject himself to a profile, Leibovich found himself at the start of a four-year odyssey that took him deeper inside the National Football League (NFL) than anyone has gone before. From the owners’ meeting to the draft to the sidelines of crucial games, Leibovich has taken in the show at the elbow of everyone from Brady to big-name owners to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
In his latest book, BIG GAME, Leibovich chronicles “peak football” – the high point of the sport’s economic success and cultural dominance, but also the time when the dark side began to show. With increased attention brought to concussions and the NFL’s ongoing culture war with the “take a knee” movement, Leibovich will shed light on the protests, backlash and presidential interference that has exposed fault lines within the sport that are all too similar to those found in today’s society.
Tickets for this event will go on sale Monday, August 13, and may be purchased on the Forum Club’s website along with copies of BIG GAME, which will also be available for purchase at the event thanks to a partnership with the Palm Beach Bookstore.