Industry Panel Discusses Next Gen Workforce with Educators

Industry Panel Discusses Next Gen Workforce with Educators
The Beacon Council partnered with the Miami-Dade County Public School System to provide an industry panel discussion that facilitates greater interaction between business leaders and educators. This is the second of such discussions with the National Academy Foundation.
The National Academy Foundation’s “Conversations with Businesses & Educators: Creating Miami’s Next Generation Workforce” event was held May 19 at The Beacon Council.
NAF works with school systems throughout the nation to provide academies that help prepare students for college, career and the future. NAF’s slogan of being “future ready” was the common theme at the panel discussion that featured The Beacon Council Banking Committee Chair Roberto Muñoz, BBVA Compass President, South Florida Market; Trade & Logistics Committee Co-Chair Gary Goldfarb, Chief Strategy Officer, Interport; and Ed Toro, Lead Instructor at Wyncode. These industry leaders provided their perspectives on workforce needs to the audience of mostly educators.
The Beacon Council President & CEO Larry K. Williams opened the event and discussed the importance of growing the pipeline of talent and the development of soft skills. He saluted the Academic Leaders Council, created by One Community One Goal initiative and comprised of Miami-Dade’s university presidents and superintendent of schools, for better aligning academic curricula with the needs of business.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho provided an inspiring talk about what he called a “mandate and an opportunity to create seamless pathways that feed workforce needs.” He commended The Beacon Council for addressing the need for courses in Trade & Logistics and Cyber Security, which now currently exist. He said Miami was educationally and economically poised to be national leaders. “Do we have the courage to fight for a community agenda that begins with what’s best for our kids?”
Kudos were also given to Lupe Ferran Diaz, Ph.D. Executive Director Career Technical Education. “Miami – you are lucky to have her,” Tiffany Barfield, Director of Strategic Partnerships at NAF, and the panel moderator said.
Muñoz stressed the importance of Miami’s international connectivity and its history in Aviation. Goldfarb said workers need to be tech savvy, but also be able to communicate effectively. And in the Trade & Logistics industry, business geography is critical. Toro said Wyncode provides a “sharp focus on soft skills” including teaching people to tap into modern educational resources and to be more competitive by thinking of themselves as entrepreneurs. He added while there is an overwhelming demand for workers with tech skills, the salaries need to be more competitive. 
Helen Blanch, Regional Director at NAF, seen here with Superintendent Carvalho, provided closing remarks. 

Investor Spotlight: Joe Roisman, Executive Vice President at Perry Ellis International   
Joe Roisman is a member of The Beacon Council’s Executive Committee and the Chair of the Creative Design Committee. 
Tell us a little about yourself. 
Lived in Miami for 48 years. I am a Jewish “Pedro Pan”. At age 14 my parents sent me from Cuba to Israel. Spent seven years there alone. Served in the Israeli Defense Forces and fought in the 1967 Six Day War.
How did you first get involved with The Beacon Council?
Perry Ellis was approached to become a member of The Beacon Council. I was asked to represent the company. Even though I represent Perry Ellis in many organizations, The Beacon Council is one of the most important as the work it does, helps the economy grow in Miami-Dade County which in turns benefits all of us.
What are Miami’s top business assets? 
Miami has everything: Weather, location, diverse workforce, cultural events, sports and it is the gateway to the world!
What are Miami’s biggest challenges? 
Traffic, public transportation.
What’s next for your industry?
Continue growing and adapting our business model to the new speed of doing business.

The Beacon Council Past Chair and Senior Economist team up for presentation to corporate law group
The Beacon Council Past Chair Joe Pallot and Senior Vice President, Research & Strategic Planning at The Beacon Council Jaap Donath, Ph. D., co-presented the “State of Local Economy, Industry Trends, and Your Business” at The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) mini-conference held May 19. The ACC is a national organization with a diverse mix of more than 35,000 in-house lawyers who represent more than 10,000 companies worldwide. Its local chapter provides in- house counsel with information, education and business networking opportunities.   
Pallot, General Counsel for HEICO Corporation, focused on the valuable services provided by The Beacon Council to local and out of market companies when considering expansion and Donath presented information about the dynamic South Florida market, talent development initiatives and opportunities to partner with The Beacon Council on business development opportunities.  

CareerSource South Florida Develops Tech Talent 
The Beacon Council President & CEO Larry K. Williams was interviewed recently by CareerSource South Florida about Miami being chosen as a TechHire City. During the interview, Williams also discussed the importance of having an organization like CareerSource to help develop the local workforce and how more businesses should take advantage of the programs that are available. 

Miami-Dade Launches New Internship Program   
Miami-Dade County, in partnership with the Children’s Trust and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, has launched the 2016 Summer Youth Internship Program. The program’s goal is to place 1,400 young people in summer jobs.  There is no cost to the employer.  

Business Spotlight: FIU Center for Children and Families
The FIU Center for Children and Families (CCF) is a nationally recognized interdisciplinary clinical center committed to improving the lives of children and families struggling with mental health concerns.
Founded and led by Dr. William E. Pelham, Jr., a pioneer in child mental health research and treatment-the CCF is a one-stop care facility that helps more than 3,000 families each year to reach their full potential by teaching children and their families the skills they need to cope and succeed.   

GIS Website Features Available Properties
The Beacon Council and Miami-Dade County website features available vacant industrial and commercial properties. It is based on user-defined criteria for Miami-Dade County utilizing geographically based demographic and business information. 
It also enables commercial real estate brokers to register and highlight available parcels. Listings are provided at no cost and reach a targeted audience including Site Selectors/Consultants, Real Estate Developers, and businesses pursuing new opportunities in Miami-Dade County. Listings are featured regularly in this newsletter.  

 Featured listing of the week:


Miami Gardens Plaza
  • 18369-18585 NW 27 Ave.                
  • Miami Gardens
  • Miami-Dade County
  • 33056
  • Type: Storefront
  • Min Size:1,000 sqft
  • Max Size:10,400 sqft


Publication Date: 
Monday, May 23, 2016
Publication Date Long: 
May 23-29, 2016 NEWSLETTER
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Did you know?
Nearly 40,000 Miami-Dade County Public high school students are enrolled in Career & Technical Education Programs within One Community One Goal (OCOG) Target Industries (2015-16).
Below are the number of students currently enrolled: 
Aviation – 1,300
Creative Design – 7,192
Hospitality & Tourism – 8,160
Technology – 8, 565
International Banking & Finance – 6,155
Life Sciences & Healthcare – 8,297
Trade & Logistics – 150

The Beacon Council in the News

South Florida 100 Forum May 15 – 


FREE Going Global Workshop
4 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 25
@South Dade Regional Library
Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, District 8, presents a workshop with the ultimate toolkit for import/export business trade expansion.
Read more.

B2B Sales Jump: Why Sales in 2016 is Different, and How You Should Adapt
Wednesday, May 25

Save the Date
The Beacon Council New Leaders Taskforce Why Miami Event
@East Miami Hotel
Wednesday, June 22

Save the Date
One Community One Goal Report to the Community Event
@University of Miami Student Activities Center
Thursday, July 21

Save the Date

LATAM Leaders Forum
Building a new road map for sustainable growth
September 15-16
Read more.


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Our Mission:
As Miami-Dade County’s official economic development partnership, The Beacon Council is charged with bringing new, job-generating investments to the community, while assisting existing businesses in their efforts to expand. By doing this, The Beacon Council facilitates the creation of quality jobs for each and every resident of Miami-Dade County. The Beacon Council is an accredited economic development organization. 
Will you join us? Call Member-Investors at (305) 579-1326(305) 579-1326


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