October 22, 2020

The Broward Workshop deeply values the words of the Declaration of Independence – that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. We condemn injustice, racism, and discrimination wherever and however it occurs! As business leaders we cannot remain silent. We agree that Black lives do matter, and freedom, equality, and justice should be enjoyed by all.

Our country was recently faced with an awakening to the existence of persistent and systemic racism with the public viewing of the untimely death of George Floyd and many others before and after him. Our country is at an inflection point, as we recognize the sense of true urgency that has arisen across our nation, particularly in view of the racial injustices we have seen in the communities where we work and live. We all need to do more, both as individuals and as the business community, and weigh in on the conversation.

Workshop members, individually and through their corporations, support and fund a wide array of non-profit, civic, public/private and religious organizations that address various important issues including: education/training/internships, homelessness, poverty, hunger, youth, healthcare, affordable housing, economic mobility, mental health and much more.

As business leaders, we feel responsible to not only talk about justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, but to be part of the solution in our community. We applaud businesses who are championing equality by:

  • Diversity training and town halls to begin the conversations that will create change
  • Seek greater diversity on its Board of Directors and its management team
  • Work with vendors that share their “no tolerance” position on racism
  • Review recruiting, hiring, and marketing practices to insure they are inclusionary
  • Ensure pay equity to all employees

Economic development in all our communities is vital in our quest to build a better Broward community. We must ensure that every member of the business community is treated equitably; it benefits us all and furthers the economic vitality needed for a greater Broward County community because we all know that a “Rising Tide Lifts All Boats.”

We believe in the dignity and humanity of all people. We envision a world where society and its systems (e.g. education, criminal justice, health care, housing, the economy) are just, fair, and inclusive, enabling all people to fully participate and actualize their potential. We strive for a healthy and prosperous society that promotes all people having equitable access and opportunity. We respect and honor our differences and work for the common good of our entire community.

Keith Koenig
Chairman, Broward Workshop

Broward Up

browardup logoBroward College now offering select courses, workshops, and services online and in your neighborhood! Through Broward UP, Broward College is offering FREE educational opportunities, workforce training, and support services directly in neighborhoods throughout Broward County. Our goal is to help you get the training needed to find a good job, make more money, and get the skills needed to thrive in the workforce.

Broward Up Website Link

The Prosperity Partnership

the prosperity partnership logoThe Prosperity Partnership serves as a platform that elevates our communities’ top economic and social issues, putting them at the forefront of our residents and decision makers. We shine the spotlight on our collective successes and achievements that ensure that we make a positive and lasting impact in the lives of others as well as those who will come in future generations. As a collective, we have identified 11 pillars that are at the core of our future success.

The Prosperity Partnership Website Link

Redi to Lead

urban league logoFor all Broward County residents to experience equitable opportunities to grow and thrive, we need to promote a shared understanding of the role that history and racist policies and practices play in perpetuating racial disparities.

Racial Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI) Goals

  • Connect and engage business leaders in learning and action-oriented efforts to combat racism
  • Identify racially discriminatory practices in the companies/organizations of Broward County
  • Dismantle structures in workplace culture, career advancement, and procurement opportunities that position some communities to prosper while excluding others
  • Develop strategies that promote simple, systemic, sustainable, scalable change

Redi to Lead Website Link

Reading Pals

reading pals logoDid you know that 43% of Florida students cannot read at a minimally proficient level by the end of third grade? ReadingPals, a statewide volunteer-based literacy initiative provides mentors for students from Pre-K through 3rd* grade for one hour a week for 25 weeks to read to a child. Become a "Reading Pal."

United Way Reading Pals Website Link

Broward County Racial Equity Task Force

broward county logoThe county's racial equity task force serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of County Commissioners, making recommendations to the County Commission to assist in identifying systemic and institutional racial inequities in Broward County and in developing policy recommendations aimed at eliminating racism and creating greater racial equity in Broward County.​

Task Force Website Link

The Florida Gap Map

The Florida Gap Map brings together the important work of the Florida Prosperity Project and the Florida Business Alliance for Early Learning Project. This online tool gives business and community leaders throughout Florida important information on the schools in their community.

The Florida Gap Map provides the poverty rate for children under 18 and under 12 in each zip code and identifies the public elementary schools in each zip code. The Florida Gap Map also shows the *Department of Education Florida Standards Assessments for the 2018-19 school year, identifying how many children at each school were not able to pass the 3rd Grade Reading Assessment with a Level 3 or higher.