South-Burgher 008: Networking

[box] Series Description: In the midst of a professional relocation from Pittsburgh, PA to South Florida, I am highlighting successes (and some roadblocks) during this huge life transition. I hope these tips and stories help people in the event they ever decide to make a move in life. [/box]

Just shy of 2 weeks living in Fort Lauderdale, FL, I am driven and focused more than ever to land the perfect professional role.  In reading local publications (newspapers, blogs, chatting with like professionals), I found out about a free event taking place in Boca Raton featuring Suze Orman.  Hosted by Anti- Defamation League (ADL), this event is titled ‘Advancing Civil Rights for the LGBT Community – A Panel Discussion.’ Having arrived in Florida on the day that marriage equality was legalized, tonight’s discussion continues the positive momentum of where Florida stands on the equal rights front.

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A key to networking is actually stepping out and shaking some hands.  Any jitters will shake off as I enter the room and seek out some folks to chat with over the course of the night.  Ms. Orman will be in the company of the following folks:

  • Abe Foxman, National Director of the Anti- Defamation League (ADL)
  • Mitchell Gold, Owner of Mitchell Gold+Bow Williams International Home Furnishings Company and Founder of Faith in America
  • Nadine Smith, Executive Director at Equality Florida
  • David Barkey, ADL Civil Rights Area Counsel
  • Jamie Schaefer, Activist and Board Member of Faith in America
  • Rabbi Dan Levin, Senior Rabbi Temple Beth El of Boca Raton
  • Reverend Andrew Sherman, St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Boca Raton

Taking it one day at a time.  For those wanting to know more about my background, please click here.

Update: My reflection on this terrific panel is positive.  I crossed over the Florida border on a historical day for LGBT rights in this state.  January 6, 2015 marked right for LGBT partners to officially get married in the state of Florida.  The feeling in the room was celebratory and I even got to meet a few people sitting around.  Suze Orman spoke on this night about her experiences growing up as a lesbian. So candid, I am even more a fan than I already was of this fine woman.  As she embarks on the end of her long-time show, I wish her all the best in whatever her next chapter is in life.  

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