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The Children’s Movement of Florida Presents

Built to Thrive Our Blueprint for Children

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

10 a.m. to noon

Announcing our Built to Thrive 2021 Keynote: Professor john a. powell, Director of the Othering and Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. September 8 from 10 am - noon

Register Today!

Join our virtual summit on September 8 to hear from local, statewide and national thought leaders on how we can move forward #ForFloridaChildren into 2022.

What’s to come

  • A keynote presentation from john a. powell, Director, Othering and Belonging Institute, Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies, University of California at Berkeley.
  • A media panel highlighting why child care has been featured so heavily in the news since COVID-19 began and providing advocates with tools to keep our issues in the media.
  • A snapshot of the status of the health of Florida’s infants and their families and a look at what we can do to improve health disparities.
  • A discussion of a successful community initiative that brought together public and private sectors to coordinate a holistic approach to care for families.
  • A conversation about how anti-bias training changed early learning educators’ approach in the classroom.
  • A panel featuring Florida legislators and our President Madeleine Thakur, covering  workforce development and two-generation approaches.
  • A discussion of findings from our latest parent survey on experiences in Florida child care.
  • And more!
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Speaker Bios


Keynote Speaker

john a. powell

Director, Othering and Belonging Institute, Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies, University of California at Berkeley

Professor powell developed an opportunity-based model that connects affordable housing to education, health, health care, and employment and is well-known for his work developing the frameworks of “targeted universalism” and “othering and belonging."


Jackie Mader

Early Childhood Education Reporter, Multimedia Editor, The Hechinger Report

Jackie Mader is the multimedia editor and covers early childhood education for The Hechinger Report. In 2021, she was one of two American journalists chosen for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma’s Early Childhood Development Fellowship.

Alia Wong

Reporter, USA TODAY

Alia Wong is an award-winning reporter based in Washington, D.C., who covers inequities in education for USA TODAY. Alia previously worked as a staff writer and associate editor at The Atlantic, where she developed its education section.

Chabeli Carrazana

Economy Reporter, The 19th

Chabeli Carrazana is the economy reporter at The 19th, where she covers the intersection of national economic policy and gender, as well as labor issues. Previously, Chabeli was a business reporter in Florida covering low-income workers.

More coming soon.

Special Features

Dr. Sharetta Remikie

Director, Maternal Child Health-March of Dimes

Dr. Sharetta Remikie holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree, a Masters of Business Administration and a Doctorate Degree in Education. Dr. Remikie’s dissertation explored pregnancy or infant loss of African American women in Broward County.

Join Dr. Remikie for a snapshot of the status of the health of Florida's infants and families and a look at what we can do to improve health disparities.

Sandra Frank

CEO, All Faiths Food Bank

Sandra joined All Faiths Food Bank in 2012 after holding senior executive positions with national and international health and human service organizations, and has been the recipient of the national Maternal and Child Health Bureau Director's Award.

Mary O'Connor

MSN, RNC, IBCLC, Manager, Community Outreach, Women and Children's Services, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

Mary is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt. In 2017, Mary spearheaded the SMHCS Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, to become the first Baby Friendly designated hospital in Southwest Florida.

Maria Somera Ram

Parent Advisor, First 1,000 Days Suncoast

Maria Somera is a parent advisor for First 1,000 Days Suncoast. She helps the initiative solve systemwide barriers by participating in regional workgroups and Parent Advisory Committee meetings. Maria is the mother of three beautiful children.

Dr. Chelsea Arnold

Initiative Coordinator, First 1,000 Days Suncoast

Prior to her current role, as First 1,000 Days Suncoast Coordinator, Dr. Arnold was as a Nurse Practitioner, where she saw firsthand the struggles families faced navigating services in the community.

More coming soon.