Southwest Florida has seen sustainable growth and measurable impact in recent years despite barriers pertaining to the environment, equality, and COVID-19. In this session, Colleen DePasquale tells us about The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, of which she is the President and CEO, and how it is addressing these problems and working to make the region a better place. She discusses with us new work The Chamber is doing in response to community and member needs, including an Equity Committee’s focus on the issue of implicit bias and discrimination to make a long-term impact in our region. She discusses her desire to diversify The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and empower members of the community to learn about ways to make local, positive change. Colleen also shares why she partners with the FutureMakers Coalition, as well as valuable information she knows about the local workforce and current workforce needs.