Speakers announced for 2018-19 Florida Forum Series

The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital
June 14, 2018 11:00 a.m.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 12, 2018) – The Florida Forum Speaker Series, produced by The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, raises funds with the goal of providing the best, most technologically advanced health care for children. Since 1992, the Florida Forum has been honored to host renowned speakers from around the world offering profound insights and fascinating discussion on a broad range of issues.

The series is presented by long-time partners Wells Fargo, Florida Blue and Landstar, avid and valued supporters of The Women’s Board and its mission to raise funds and awareness for Wolfson Children’s Hospital. These presentations will take place at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.

For more information, go to The Women’s Board website at https://womensboardwolfsonchildrenshospital.com.

Lara Logan

The 2018-2019 series will open on October 17 with Lara Logan presented by Landstar. Logan’s bold, award-winning reporting has earned her prominence among the world’s best foreign correspondents. Logan is a full-time 60 Minutes correspondent, as well as CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent. A Veteran journalist in Afghanistan and Iraq, Logan earned electronic journalism’s highest award, a DuPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, for her 2010 report from the Afghan battlefield, “A Relentless Enemy.” In 2011, she was almost killed in Tahrir Square in Egypt. While reporting on the revolution there, she was sexually assaulted and beaten by a mob.


Bryan Cranston

The series continues on January 28, 2019 when Florida Blue presents Bryan Cranston, an acclaimed actor, writer, producer, director, and author. On television, Cranston’s portrayal of Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad garnered him four Emmy® Awards, four SAG Awards, and a Golden Globe Award. Cranston holds the honor of being the first actor in a cable series and the second lead actor in the history of the Emmy® Awards to receive three consecutive wins. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe and three Emmy® Awards for his portrayal of Hal in FOX’s Malcom in the Middle. In 2014, he won a Tony Award for his role as President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway bio-play, All the Way. He reprised his role in the HBO television film of the same name and won a SAG Award for his performance. For his leading role in Trumbo in 2015, Cranston received widespread acclaim and was nominated for an Academy Award. He recently starred in Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated film,Isle of Dogs, and is currently in production on Disney’s The One and Only Ivan. In addition, Cranston is a New York Times bestselling author of A Life in Parts.

Tony Dungy

The season concludes March 27, 2019, with Pro Football Hall of Fame member Tony Dungy presented by Wells Fargo. Dungy spent 31 years in the NFL, where he amassed a 148-79 overall record as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2007, he became the first African American coach to lead his team to a championship when the Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI. Dungy won his first Super Bowl ring playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1978. Known as a leader who emphasizes decency and respect, Dungy’s memoir, Quiet Strength: the Principles, Practices and Priorities of a Winning Life, was a #1 New York Timesbestseller.


About the Florida Forum

One of two major benefits produced annually by the all-volunteer Women’s Board, the 2018-2019 Florida Forum will contribute vital funds for a five-year, $4 million pledge supporting the creation of a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The unit will feature state-ofthe-art family suites designed for comfort and privacy while maintaining visibility and easy access for NICU staff; modifiedlighting and soundproofing to reduce stress on newborns; and critically important medical equipment designed to provide the highest standard of care.

About the Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital

Established in 1973 by Ellen Cavert, the ongoing mission of the all-volunteer Women’s Board is to raise community awareness and fund state-of-the-art infrastructure, programming and services for Wolfson Children’s Hospital—the only dedicated children’s inpatient health care facility in the region. Since its inception, The Women’s Board has raised more than $31 million in support of Wolfson Children’s Hospital to ensure the advancement of first-rate medical care for all children. Two annual fundraisers, the Art & Antiques Show and Florida Forum speaker series, enable the Board to donate more than $1 million a year to Wolfson Children’s Hospital.