THE STRATEGIC FORUM AT A GLANCE
A Bit of Background
The Strategic Forum is an organization of business leaders from diverse backgrounds dedicated to the exchange of ideas, development of long-term personal and business relationships and the facilitation of business opportunities among members and their respective networks.
Working Towards a Better Tomorrow
The Strategic Forum (TSF) was founded in 1999 in New York City and expanded in 2004 to South Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties). It is an organization consisting of CEOs, entrepreneurs and business leaders who believe in forming deep business and personal relationships based on mutual respect and trust, and continual learning and intellectual enrichment.
Current membership in the Strategic Forum represents a diverse group from public and private businesses and organizations.
Members meet monthly in a private setting to engage with prominent invited guests from business, government and civic organizations, exchange ideas, update each other on current developments in their organizations and assist each other in their respective endeavors.
The Strategic Forum has also instituted programs to engage select aspiring entrepreneurs and business school students. In South Florida, the Forum has a formal relationship with the Huizenga School of Business at Nova Southeastern University through which top-ranked MBA students attend meetings, receive mentors and have the opportunity to develop relationships with Forum members.
The South Florida Forum meets on the third Friday of the month at the Huizenga School of Business at Nova University in Broward Country. Other South Florida activities include an annual retreat, cocktail parties and events where members introduce guests and, in conjunction with YPO Miami | Ft. Lauderdale GOLD Chapter, the annual Phil Bakes Leadership Award Dinner honoring prominent figures in business and public service, with recent honorees including US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, FedEx Founder Chairman& CEO Fred Smith, former American Airlines Chairman & CEO Robert Crandall, former NY City Chancellor of Education Joel Klein, and Miami Heat NBA head coach Erik Spoelstra.
The New York Forum meets the third Wednesday of every month in midtown Manhattan. Other New York activities include a number of cocktail parties for members who invite prominent and accomplished business associates, dinner events, and a yearly member friends and family outing. In addition, the members of both chapters regularly schedule “mini-meetings” where groups of six to eight members meet to discuss their organizations in more depth.
New York Members
South Florida Members
THE NSU PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
Nova Southeastern University mission statement:
“The mission of Nova Southeastern University, a private, not-for-profit institution, is to offer a diverse array of innovative academic programs that complement on-campus educational opportunities and resources with accessible, distance-learning programs to foster academic excellence, intellectual inquiry, leadership, research, and commitment to community through engagement of students and faculty members in a dynamic, lifelong learning environment.”
Huizenga College of Business mission statement:
“The mission of the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship is to advance the intellectual and career development of our diverse community of students. To fulfill this mission, we:
Partner with industry to offer entrepreneurial and experiential learning.
Build student leadership skills in a global context.
Emphasize critical thinking, corporate social responsibility, and ethical decision-making.
Deliver accessible, innovative, relevant and student-centered learning.
Capitalize on the business and research experience of our dedicated faculty.
Leverage the unique international and service economy of southeastern Florida.”
Strategic Forum Student Program
Ever since its inception the Strategic Forum South Florida Chapter has been closely aligned with Nova University’s Huizenga College of Business. Through that relationship, the chapter creates mentoring opportunities for MBA students at the University and has created scholarships that have been awarded each year.
The students participate in many of the Strategic Forum events, attend monthly meetings, and get to observe a very special brand of networking and fellowship. They are also given a chance to work with members of the chapter after each meeting to better interpret and understand what transpired during the session.
The students have formed their own Strategic Forum Student Chapter that invites top MBA candidates to participate and create their own networking activities and follow the example set by the Forum.
It provides students with an environment where they can learn from experiences of high-level business executives in areas including networking, team building, presentations, business promotion, work-life balance, personal & professional development, and community service.
It has been a very productive relationship with students seeking mentorships, advice and even career opportunities from the chapter members.
For more information about Nova Southeastern University, please visit www.business.nova.edu