Henry Rose bio

Hon. Josh Levy bio

Portfolio Services, BCPS

Leslie Brown bio

Maureen Dinnen bio


Corporate (Organization) Members:

A.I.D. Wealth Management
Ambit Advertising & Public

American National Bank
AvMed Health Plans

Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Berger Singerman, Attys At Law
Broward County Clerk of Courts

Broward County Medical Assn.
Broward Health
City of Pompano Beach
First Green Bank
Florida Atlantic University
Henderson Behavioral Health
Marine Industries Assn SoFla

Memorial Healthcare System
Nova Southeastern University
Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina
Pompano Bch Chamb Commerce
Seminole Tribe of Florida
The Everglades Foundation

Ron Bergeron , Roy Rogers

Kathy Koch, Cheryl Balaban, Marilyn Oliva

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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, professionals, and others active in our community. It has become the “go-to” venue in Broward, where featured key players engage in discussions of timely issues to encourage positive change.


Next breakfast discussion:
Thursday, November 7, 2019

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

How well are Charter Schools balancing the public trust with entrepreneurship?

Let’s move beyond the pro-con charter schools issue. They are public/private enterprises – continually a political football, yes, but responding to communities nonetheless. How well are they serving our children’s educational needs? How equitable is their administration? Their accountability? How well are they serving the public interest? Do recent Voucher issues add to the confusion?

An expert panel and moderator will seek to confront the issues. We’ve formulated a powerhouse of questions and key presenters for our November discussion. RSVP now.


Henry A. Rose, Director, Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools; Chair, Parents for Charter Schools
Henry Rose has long been an advocate of both public education and public charter schools. Under the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools, he published two books, “Charter School Teacher and Instructional Personnel Evaluation Manual,” and, “School-Based Administrator Evaluation Manual,” both comprehensive proficiency and performance tools.

Hon. Josh Levy, Mayor, Hollywood. Florida
Mayor Levy grew up in Hollywood and graduated from Hollywood Hills High School in 1992. He is committed to improving neighborhoods, ensuring public safety, helping to improve public schools and stimulate economic growth and job creation. At the same time, he is a parent of charter school children, and works to improve the quality of education provided by all our schools.

Leslie Brown, Chief Portfolio Services Officer, Broward County Public Schools
With 30 years of service in Broward schools, Brown now leads the district’s work on school choice, innovative programs, athletics, class-size reduction, school boundaries and facilities management. She is well-versed in the challenges and issues regarding Charter Schools.


Maureen Dinnen, Education activist
Ms. Dinnen, 35-year teacher in the Broward Schools and Broward College, former president of Florida Educators Association and the Community College Senate Presidents, served on the Broward School Board from 2004 to 2012 and has been a member of the Broward County Historical Commission since 2009. A veteran advocate for education, Maureen currently serves on the Ft. Lauderdale Educational Advisory Board and as the Scholarship Chair for the Broward Woman’s Alliance.


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

WHEN: Thursday, 11/7/19; doors open at 6:45 a.m.; program begins at 7:45 a.m.; concludes around 9:15 a.m.

COST: No cost for paid 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; free parking for attendees until 10:00 a.m. Buffet breakfast included.

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 submitted after Friday, 11/1/19, cannot be guaranteed a seat.



Please consider joining Tower Forum, the best venue in Broward for 9 breakfasts of meaningful, thought-provoking discussion with key players.

  • Become an active participant and network with community business leaders, professionals and public officials.
  • Engage directly with 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…

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Tony Abbate
Associate Provost, Broward Campuses
Florida Atlantic University
President of Tower Forum 2019-20

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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 10:00 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., 2019 through June, 2020:  10/3/19, 11/7/19, 12/5/19, 1/9/20, 2/6/20, 3/5/20, 4/2/20, 5/7/20, 6/4/20. The programs are formulated by the Program Planning Committee, chaired by Gerry Angeli (954.981.3333).


Lisa Efird, Loma Grant, Chad Maxey

Jeff Wolfe, Patrick Harris, Hon. Susan Alspector, Lee Feldman

Steve Einhorn, Bianca Moreiras, Marty Kurtz

Art Pollack, Gerry Angeli, Teri Goldsmith,
Linda Cooke, Ric Green