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What’s a Children’s Services Council?


Florida Child Advocate – comprehensive resource

BOLD Justice organization

40 year anniv seal

Corporate Members:

Ambit Advertising & Public Relations
ACR Electronics, Inc.
American National Bank
AvMed Health Plans

Baptist Health South Florida
Becker & Poliakoff, PA
Berger Singerman, Attys At Law
Broward Children’s Center
Broward College
Broward County Medical Assn.
Broward County Council of Professional Firefighters
Broward Housing Solutions
Colodny, Fass, PA
Dunham Insurance Services
EBS Advisors, Inc.
First Green Bank
Florida Atlantic University
FPL(Fla Power & Light Co)
FOP, Ft Laud Lodge 31
Henderson Behavioral Health
Horkey & Associates, PA
Iberia Bank
Landmark Bank
Marcum LLP
Marine Industries Assn SFla
Meehan Finance Group of ……Wells Fargo Advisors
Memorial Healthcare System
Nova Southeastern University
Pompano Bch Chamb Commerce
Red Sea International
Regent Bank
Seminole Tribe of Florida
SmartWater CSI, LLC
S Fla Regional Transp Authority
The Mellgren Planning Group

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VIDEO of 2/5/15 U.S.-Cuba Relations breakfast on C-Span

Sen. Bob Graham, Mike Gelin

Sen. Bob Graham, Mike Gelin

Sen. George LeMieux, Anthony Man

Sen. George LeMieux, Tony Man

Marilyn Oliva, Tony Fins, Charles Verner

Marilyn Oliva, Tony Fins, Charles Verner

Corporate Members:

  • 211-Broward
  • ACR Electronics, Inc.
  • Ambit Advertising & PR
  • AvMed Health Plans
  • Baptist Health South Florida
  • Becker & Poliakoff, PA
  • Berger Singerman, Attys At Law
  • Broward College
  • Broward County Medical Association
  • Broward Housing Solutions
  • Colodny, Fass
  • Dunham Insurance Services
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • FPL (Florida Power & Light Co)
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Fort Lauderdale Lodge 31
  • Henderson Behavioral Health
  • Horkey & Associates
  • Iberia Bank
  • Marine Industries Association of South Florida
  • Memorial Healthcare System
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Regent Bank
  • SmartWater CSI, LLC
  • South Florida Regional Transportation Authority
  • The Mellgren Planning Group, Inc.
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The Tower Forum is a private, non-profit, non-partisan business organization established in 1976.  The organization  consists of business executives from industries and professions in south Florida. The Tower Forum has become the “go-to” discussion venue in Broward, where these leaders identify critical issues facing our community, engage in public dialogue, and encourage positive change.


Our next breakfast is

Thurs., Dec. 1, 2016

(To RSVP, please scroll down to RSVP blue button.)

Safeguarding, representing and protecting our underserved youth: are we doing enough?

Extraordinary challenges face our youth today. How do our agencies, private and public, meet those challenges? Though reports of child abuse or neglect do surface, success stories also abound. To what degree are our children in danger as the result of understaffed, overworked, and poorly paid custodians?  Veteran noted experts note the good and bad of this fast-growing societal concern.





Howard Talenfeld, Talenfeld Law. 

Howard Talenfeld is one of America’s leading children’s rights, injury, and child disability attorneys representing the needs of abused and neglected children, especially in cases of foster child abuse, child sexual abuse, child rape, and other harm and of children in the child welfare system. His work has resulted in multimillion dollar damage awards and has created systemic change in how government agencies and private institutions care for those vulnerable individuals.

Evan Goldman, Executive Director, HANDY (Helping Abused, Neglected and Disadvantaged Youth)

Evan has extensive government, not-for-profit and private sector experience in the areas of legislative affairs, organizational development, law, grassroots advocacy and communications strategy.  His background also includes more than 20 years of working with federal, state and local governments. He earned a B.A. from American University in Washington, DC and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, FL

Andy Lee, Lead Organizer, Bold Justice.

Has worked for Bold Justice for 10 years. Broward Organized Leaders Doing Justice, founded in 2007, is made up of 20 churches and helps congregations make a meaningful contribution to righting injustice. They have brought people together from different religious denominations, different areas of the community, and different races to work together on issues of common concern.

MODERATOR: Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, Pres/CEO, Children’s Services Council of Broward, an independent taxing authority which was established by a public referendum on September 5, 2000, which, through Public Act, Chapter 2000-461 of the laws of Florida, authorized the Council to levy up to 0.5 mills of property taxes. Florida is the only state in the nation with laws that allow local county leaders and the residents of those counties to create a special government entity that’s sole purpose is to invest in the well-being of children and families.




BREAKFAST AT: Tower Club, 28th Floor, One Financial Plaza, 100 SE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

WHEN: Thursday, 12/1/16; doors open at 6:45 a.m.; program begins at 7:30 a.m.; concludes around 9:15 a.m.; free parking until 9:30 a.m. COST: Breakfast and parking included for members of Tower Forum; non-members: $35 (note: no cost for working media); credit card online, or mail check, payable to Tower Forum, P.O. Box #15041, Plantation, FL 33318.

We encourage participants to join Tower Forum. While we invite you to attend 2 breakfasts at $35 each, you must join Tower Forum to attend thereafter. Membership is from date of joining through 9 consecutively scheduled breakfasts.

In order for us to provide sufficient breakfast and seating, RSVP’s and advance payments are required, and are non-refundable. Seating is limited.


RSVP’s received after 5:00 p.m., Friday, 11/25/16,

cannot be assured a seat.

Please consider joining the most popular go-to venue in Broward for 9 breakfasts of meaningful, thought-provoking discussion.

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Become an active participant and network with community business leaders, professionals and public officials.  Be informed and stimulated by key players regarding hot, current topics which impact you and the community. Enjoy full buffet breakfasts in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s prestigious Tower Club. Your membership begins on payment and lasts one year from joining. Submit your information with a credit card on our convenient online Membership Application, or print out the form and postal mail it with your check.

Glad to have you join…

Click here for New or Renewal Membership Application


Bob Swindell
President of Tower Forum 2016-17
Pres./CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

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Our breakfast location is always downtown at the Tower Club, 28th floor of the Regions Bank Building, (One Financial Plaza) 100 SE Third Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394. Doors open at 6:45 a.m.; program begins at 7:30 a.m.; it concludes around 9:15 a.m. Free parking until 9:30 A.M. at the One Financial Plaza garage, by obtaining receptionist’s stamp on ticket when exiting the breakfast.  The dates of the programs are the first Thursday of every month from Oct., 2016 through June, 2017:  10/6/16, 11/3/16, 12/1/16, 1/5/17, 2/2/17, 3/2/17, 4/6/17, 5/4/17, 6/1/17. The programs are formulated by the Program Planning Committee, chaired by Tony Abbate (954.236.1285) .



Robert Barron, Jane Carrié, Bianca Moreiras

Doug Lyons, Burnadette Norris-Weeks

Doug Lyons, Burnadette Norris-Weeks

Steve Einhorn, Kathy Koch, Marty Kurtz

Steve Einhorn, Kathy Koch, Marty Kurtz

Lee Feldman, Charles Caulkins, Linda Cooke, Calvin Glidewell

Lee Feldman, Charles Caulkins, Linda Cooke, Calvin Glidewell


Bob Swindell, Jean McIntyre, Dr. J.Preston Jones