Sunday, December 27 @ 12:00 PM
Sunday, January 01 @ 12:00 PM
MCCJ: Bridging Faiths
In recent months, the eyes of the world have been focused on the religion of Islam, particularly immigration of Muslim refugees and the perceived threats that accompany them. Some believe, including some politicians that the nation is moving toward a religious litmus test for those coming to the United States. One local organization's goal is to foster a mutual understanding between all religions by embracing diversity.
Dave Lawrence, Jr., The Children’s Movement of Florida
Roberta Shevin, Miami Coalition of Christians & Jews
During the holidays, donating food and toys is a common occurrence. But some need more than this - they need your time, year-round. Mentoring programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami have a proven record in improving children's behavior and academic performance - with as much as 95% going on to college. But there are challenges getting ‘Bigs’- 2014 study ranked South Florida last in the volunteer rate out of 51 major metro areas.
Lydia Muniz, MSSA, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami & The Mentoring Resource Center
Friday, June 5 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 7 @ 12:00 PM
Commissioner Xavier Suarez on Vizcaya’s Future
Since Mayor Carlos Gimenez unveiled his plan to privatize Vizcaya Museum and Gardens last month, two opponents on this issue have stepped forward to offer other options; school board member Raquel Regalado -- who is running for county mayor -- and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez -- who has yet to confirm whether he will run. In a joint op-ed in the Miami Herald this week, Regalado and Suarez call the proposal to privatize premature and lay out their plan which would include encouraging community input.
Xavier Suarez, Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 7
Preparing for Business with Cuba
As of Friday, May 29th, Cuba has been officially removed from the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list -- just one more barrier removed in the effort to re-establish diplomatic ties after 54 years. Several attorneys from the Florida Bar visited the island last week, getting a first-hand account of life there in the mist of this historic change. They also took this opportunity to better understand business, the culture and education in anticipation of one day having a closer working relationship with Cuba and its residents.
Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez, Esq., Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC
“Call Me Caitlyn” – The Reaction
By now, most know what the phrase "Call Me Caitlyn" is referring to -- Olympic hero and icon Bruce Jenner. Jenner, who officially unveiled himself as her “true” self, is now being hailed as a hero in her own right by members of the LGBT community and their supporters. Many would say this has undoubtedly been a watershed moment for transgender people, but what does our reaction to it say about society as a whole?
Asia Eaton, Ph.D., Florida International University
Friday, May 15 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 17 @ 12:00 PM
SPECIAL: eMerge Americas 2015 – Miami’s Place in Tech
Tech aficionados from around the world descended upon Miami Beach last week for the second annual eMerge Americas conference. The biggest names in technology spoke about the importance of education and mentoring, their own failures and successes and why Miami is on the path to become the next big thing in this rapidly growing industry.
Pru Ashby, VP, Business Development, North America - London & Partners
Jim McKelvey, Co-founder, Square & LaunchCode
Manny Medina, Founder, eMerge Americas
Marcela Sabino Riquet, Innovation Consultant & Creative Strategist
Leandro Rodriguez, General Manager, Latin America & Caribbean – Esri
Einar Rosenberg, CEO, Creating Revolutions
Martina Trucco, Strategic Planning & Communications Manager - HP
Friday, May 1 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 3 @ 12:00 PM
Mayor Levine on Reorganizing Miami-Dade’s Transportation Board
A transportation bill passed in the Florida House last week has divided Miami-Dade County's transportation board. The county's Metropolitan Planning Organization, or MPO, strategizes spending priorities for federally funded transportation projects. The majority of this 23-member board is made up of the 13 elected county commissioners. But now, a transportation bill sponsored by Miami Rep. Jeanette Núñez plans to whittle down the board to 14 members -- in the hopes that this reorganization will make the board more effective. As Miami Beach’s representative on the MPO, Mayor Philip Levine explains why he supports this measure.
Philip Levine, Mayor, City of Miami Beach
Uber’s Future in Broward County
On Tuesday, the Broward County Commission announced new regulations that legalize popular app-based ride services such as Uber and Lyft. The law includes new car insurance requirements, higher standards for driver background checks and it also requires drivers to register with the county -- similar to laws in place for taxi cabs. Uber claims the regulations are “onerous” and have threatened to leave the county, much to the disappointment of many residents who favor this option over the traditional cab system. Is this the end for Uber in Broward?
Beam Furr, Broward County Commission, Dist. 6
Friday, April 3 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 5 @ 12:00 PM
Tech Demands in Latin America
A new study reveals mobile devices, apps and other digital media are in high demand in Latin America. The survey shows those polled are highly influenced by social media and a demand for the same level of services offered in countries such as the U.S., where about 95% have internet access, compared to 65-75% of Latin Americans.
Ray Ruga, CVOX Group
Faith & Politics – Looking Towards 2016
Last month, Senator Ted Cruz was the first major candidate to formally announce his presidential bid for 2016. Speaking at a private, Christian university, he spoke at length about his family and his faith -- but, do religious beliefs still inspire voters? As we look towards 2016, what will religions impact be on the election and the war on religious extremists abroad?
Dustin Berna, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Robert Chalwell, Ph.D., OrdM, Broward College
Joe Holland, Ph. D., St. Thomas University