Newsletter: September 2020

By September 3, 2020 News, Newsletter

FutureMakers Partner Spotlight: 

Michele Hylton-Terry
Mrs. Michele Hylton-Terry is a FutureMaker who is an accomplished professional and certified redevelopment administrator who is deeply committed to our SWFL community. Mrs. Michele Hylton-Terry is the Executive Director of the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), where together with her staff, she manages the Agency’s $12.5 million budget to execute and implement community redevelopment plans to advance businesses, transform communities, and redevelop Fort Myers for the future. Mrs. Michele Hylton-Terry is deeply committed to our SWFL community expressed through her civic activities. Mrs. Michele Hylton-Terry currently serves as President, Trustee of Unity of Fort Myers, having previously been Vice President, Trustee the two previous years. Mrs. Michele Hylton-Terry currently serves on the Florida Redevelopment Association Board of Directors, the state association providing support to CRA’s around the state of Florida. She has been an active member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Fort Myers Alumnae Chapter since 2017, serving as First Vice President from 2019-2020. Her commitment to education is demonstrated by her Board Membership on the Basic Learning Skills Foundation. Mrs. Michele Hylton-Terry’s heart for the community is shown by her service to the United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades, where she serves as a Committee Member for the City of Fort Myers. She previously served on the Lee County Neighborhood Accountability Board and co-chaired a United Way Allocations Team. Mrs. Michele Hylton-Terry thrives in dynamic and changing environments while remaining focused on improving our community in all aspects of her life.

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Upcoming FutureMakers Events

  • Becoming a Healthcare Superhero – September 10, 2pm Register
  • FutureMakers Coalition: Breakfast of Champions – September 17, 7:30 am Register

Equity Conversations:

  • Equity & COVID Conversation: Increasing Equity in Organizations – September 4, 12 pm Register
  • Equity & COVID Conversation: Leading with Dignity – September 23, 12 pm Register
  • FutureMakers Coalition: A Conversation about Structural Racism & Implicit Bias – September 24, 9 am Register

Courageous Conversations

Participating in our Equity conversations is a great way to engage with other FutureMakers in your community and learn about the effects of discrimination in our region. In one of our conversations last month, we discussed equity issues, intersectionality in higher education and steps colleges and universities are taking this fall to address these issues in the face of COVID-19. Watch the full video here.

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FutureMakers Coalition Human Resources Poll Results
In May-June of this year, the FutureMakers Coalition conducted a poll of Southwest Florida Human Resource departments. This was to gain a better understanding of how COVID-19 has affected their workforce needs during relaunch or within the next 6-12 months. The results indicate that over 76 percent of business employers consider hiring new employees to be of high priority in the near future. Additionally, the poll asked the most important and urgent needs of these businesses, and the most common response showed that finding, hiring, and training a qualified workforce is their biggest challenge. This suggests that current workforce needs are similar to what they were prior to COVID-19: gaining access to a skilled and sustainable talent pipeline.

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Breakfast of Champions: Virtual Event

55%: A Working Revolution

On September 17th at 7:30 am the FutureMakers Coalition is hosting the annual Breakfast of Champions event. In this meeting leaders from across Southwest Florida will share exciting progress FutureMakers Coalition has made and new partnerships and opportunities to accelerate our progress. Our goal is to increase the proportion of working age adults in Southwest Florida with high quality credentials to 55% by 2025, and it will take a working revolution for us to get there. Let’s imagine what reaching our goal will mean for the region, together, and mobilize to achieve this audacious goal. Use the link below to register for this event!

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What We Are Reading

Race on Campus

The dozens of high-profile racial incidents that have taken place at American colleges in recent years has been of important discussion lately; the treatment of students of color on campus affects their mental health and academic performance. This report contains a collection of audio stories discussing the racial climate of colleges across the country.

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Create Better Student Support Structures for Remote Learning

With the start of the new academic year, many students of all ages will be conducting their 2020-2021 school year from an online environment. This article provides ways for faculty to help students, specifically college students, perform academically to the best of their abilities from a virtual setting.

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