The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce’s, Vice President of the Leadership Collier Foundation™, Amanda Beights will discuss the importance of a collective impact and “Growing Effective Business Partnerships that Support Work Based Learning” at the NAF Next National Conference, July 8 -11, in Washington D.C.
In coordination with Future Ready Collier, Collier County organizations, businesses, schools and community members are making significant efforts to support College and Career Readiness for all students. The Naples Chamber’s Leadership Collier Foundation has partnered with Collier County Public Schools to promote and connect work-based learning opportunities for NAF Academy students. In June, the Naples Chamber was awarded the 2018 Florida Commissioner of Education Business Recognition Award for their partnership with the Collier County Public School District.
Amanda Beights will speak on a panel with other local professionals including: Tu Chi, Director of Human Resources, JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort; Nicole Litchko, Manager, Career & Technical Education, Collier County Public Schools; and Courtney Stahlman, Manager, High School Career Academies, Collier County Public Schools. The panel will discuss the importance of developing community and business partnerships to create and sustain work-based learning in a small community.
Amanda Beights is the Vice President of the Leadership Collier Foundation, an affiliate of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. In this capacity, she manages the Foundation’s programs, including: Leadership Collier™, Youth Leadership Collier™, Growing Associates In Naples™ (GAIN™), and Campaign for Leadership™. Additionally, Amanda administers the Foundation’s Alumni Association, comprised of over 1,800 graduates to date; acting as the primary alumni programs director and liaison for the Foundation’s Board of Directors. As the Leadership Collier Foundation continues to expand work with youth and workforce development, Amanda also oversees the implementation of the Chamber’s work-based learning initiatives.
Amanda is a graduate from the Institute for Organization Management (IOM), the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management.
Naples Chamber Awarded 2018 Florida Commissioner of Education Business Recognition Award
Naples, FL (June 14, 2018) - Nominated by Collier County Public Schools and Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton, The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce is a 2018 recipient of the Florida Commissioner of Education Business Recognition Award. The award was presented to Michael Dalby, president and CEO of the Naples Chamber, and to Collier County Superintendent Dr. Patton at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Annual Education Summit on June 13, 2018 in Tampa, FL by Florida Commissioner Pam Stewart.
The Naples Chamber and its affiliate the Leadership Collier Foundation™ (LCF) were awarded for its partnership with the school system and its dedication to the students of Collier County. “The Naples Chamber of Commerce is committed to its mission of making Collier County the best place in America to live, work and visit,” says President and CEO, Michael Dalby. “As part of that commitment, we are dedicated to supporting education and the Collier County Public Schools by working with local businesses to provide work-based learning opportunities for students, ultimately building a competitive workforce from a strong education pipeline.”
To support this effort, the Chamber hired a part time internship coordinator in 2017 and has recently increased this position to a full-time, work-based learning coordinator. Thanks to the collaboration between the school system, businesses, and the Chamber, community members view internships and work-based learning as a pipeline for future employees, supportive of the local workforce, and a way to gain fresh perspectives. Additionally, the Chamber and LCF support education and work-force efforts through career panels at schools, the popular Youth Leadership Collier™ program for rising high school seniors, and connections between businesses and future talent.
PANIRA Healthcare Clinic, Inc. Named Collier County Business of the Month for July 2018
NAPLES, FL – The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Collier County Commissioners selected PANIRA Healthcare Clinic, Inc. as the Business of the Month for July 2018.
Each month, the award is presented to an organization that has enhanced the community through financial, volunteer and active involvement in organizations and programs that assist in creating a better quality of life for all citizens in Collier County.
The Board of Collier County Commissioners and Bethany Sawyer, membership engagement specialist, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce presented Owner and Founder Lawrence Egger and Development & Marketing Director Rachel Henderson with a commemorative plaque at the July 10, 2018 County Commission meeting.
PANIRA Healthcare Clinic, located in East Naples, is working on closing the access gap and promoting health equality amongst all including our most needy. Founded in 2015 by husband and wife team, Lawrence and Geneve Egger, the clinic’s mission is to provide quality healthcare and equal access to anyone in the community, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, income, education, geographic location, disability, or sexual orientation in a manner that is comprehensive, current, and culturally appropriate.
PANIRA provides primary care, express care, medical screenings, wellness exams and walk-in services to all ages. Their organization makes a special effort to help patients from all cultural backgrounds feel accepted, welcomed, respected, and valued in the clinic. From its inception, PANIRA began promoting affordable healthcare through a self-pay, sliding fee scale for uninsured working and unemployed individuals. They also accept insurances.
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PANIRA Healthcare Clinic constantly treats patients with uncontrolled hypertension and diabetes who are unable to pay for lab or diagnostic testing along with uninsured children or adults with acute healthcare needs. The clinic’s providers also treat patients with complex medical conditions and are working on building a broader referral network of specialists to address special medical needs. They are also working on offering specialty services during a second free clinic day each month.
Since January 2017, PANIRA began providing a monthly free clinic on the second Wednesday of each month. This free clinic provides access to healthcare for patients of all ages who are uninsured and who cannot afford the fees charged by the clinic. In 2016, PANIRA Healthcare Clinic treated 1,568 patients and in 2017, they more than doubled the number of patients treated to 3,976. Providing this care is especially important to the founders, as Geneve experienced the hardships and struggle to navigate the healthcare system in Collier County when she was unemployed and uninsured.