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Luncheons occur on the second Thursday of the month and are held at the Audubon Country Club.
The list below shows the dates and topics.
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Future of Healthcare
CEO Naples Community Hospital Healthcare
MCA is proud to announce that our kickoff speaker for the 2023 – 2024 luncheon is Paul Hiltz, CEO of NCH HEALTHCARE in Naples. Paul started in 2019 as CEO of the two inpatient campuses with a combined 716 bed capacity along with two freestanding emergency departments and numerous outpatient and diagnostic locations.
Today NCH Healthcare System is one of the most progressive in the country. More than just a few hospitals, the NCH Healthcare System is an alliance of more than 700 independent physicians and medical facilities in dozens of locations throughout Collier County and Southwest Florida. Not only do they offer advanced comprehensive care, but they also embrace new, effective ideas in medical care and healing.
Mr. Hiltz will update us on the latest developments at NCH, and what we can look forward to in the future, as well as answering any questions you have.
Heat and Human Health: Solutions to Save Lives From These Deadly Events
Laurence S. Kalkstein, Ph.D.
President, Applied Climatologists, Inc. Chief Heat Science Advisor, Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center
Heat is the leading weather-related killer in the United States, with more annual deaths than hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, and lightning combined. Public awareness is low, since heat does not cause physical damage to the landscape, and most people feel that they are immune to the negative impacts of extreme heat events.
This presentation will introduce present-day innovative technologies that can significantly lessen the negative health consequences of excessive heat events, including physical changes to the urban landscape, the development of sophisticated heat/health warning systems, the increase in public awareness, and improved responses from local governments. These interventions can delay the impacts of climate change by many decades if instituted properly.
Dr. Laurence Kalkstein is President of Applied Climatologists, Inc. His academic career spans over 40 years and appointments at three universities: UCLA, the University of Delaware, and the University of Miami. He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and his Masters and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.
Kalkstein serves as Chief Heat Science Advisor for the Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center as part of the newly-formed Extreme Heat Resilience Alliance (EHRA).
Kalkstein also serves as principal investigator and co-founder of the Los Angeles Urban Cooling Collaborative (LA UCC; consisting of university, governmental, and non-profit partners) which has developed a comprehensive neighborhood plan to lessen urban heat island negative health impacts in that city.
Additionally, Kalkstein’s lab is presently working with various urban areas in the U.S. to quantify heat-health relationships, updating existing watch warning systems for National Weather Service Offices, and instituting plans to develop LAUCC-like “cool cities collaboratives” within these areas.
The Federal Court System:
My Life as a Federal Judge
presented by Richard Linn
Senior United States Circuit Judge of the US Court of Appeals
Judge Linn will talk about the structure and functioning of the federal judiciary. He will address the constitutional basis for the federal judiciary, the organization of the federal courts, the funding of the judiciary, the number and types of different federal judges, and a behind the scenes peek at the day to day operation of our federal court system and how cases are decided at trial and on appeal.
RICHARD LINN was appointed by President William J. Clinton in 1999 and assumed the duties of the office on January 1, 2000.
Judge Linn was awarded the 2009 New York Intellectual Property Law Association Leadership Award. He also received the 2009 Jefferson Medal from the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association. In 2010, Judge Linn received the Outstanding Public Service Award from the New York Intellectual Property Law Association. In 2011, he was awarded the inaugural Mark Banner Award by the American Bar Association and the A. Sherman Christensen Award by the American Inns of Court Foundation. In 2012, Judge Linn was awarded the Outstanding IP Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, and in 2013, he received the Distinguished Judicial Service Award from the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago. He received the William Conner American Inn of Court Excellence Award in 2014. That year, he also received the Distinguished IP Professional Award from the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation. In 2015, Judge Linn was recognized by the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association with its highest award, the Excellence Award. In 2018, he was elected to the IP Hall of Fame by the IAM IP Hall of Fame Academy. In 2022, Judge Linn was awarded the Pasquale J. Federico Award by the Patent & Trademark Office Society. In 2023, he was awarded the DC Bar Champion of IP Award.
Hello Darkness, My Old Friend
MCA Member Bob Gage and Sandy Greenberg, author of Hello Darkness, My Old Friend
MCA member, Bob Gage, will host a Q&A session with his friend, Sandy Greenberg, author of Hello Darkness, My Old Friend. The presentation will cover the highlights of Sandy's memoir, from his hardscrabble beginnings in a traditional Jewish family in Buffalo, NY, losing his first father in early childhood, to being "the luckiest man in the world".
As a star student/leader/athlete attending Columbia University, Sandy became blind following botched medical treatment and surgery for advancing glaucoma. Saved from a deep depression by his roommate and life-long best friend, musician Art Garfunkel, and his wife, Sue Greenberg, Sandy rose above his difficulties to earn advanced degrees at Harvard and Oxford, served as a White House Fellow, founded, and sold a series of tech companies, chaired or served on numerous boards including the National Science Board, John Hopkins University and the Wilmer Eye Institute. Sandy's "extraordinary vision for life" has been an inspiration to those whom he has touched deeply, including Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Michael Bloomberg, and Al Gore.
Sandy will explain how Judaism has been the driver of so much of his service and accomplishments and will share his most recent project - - offering the "End Blindness by 2020 Prize" awarded to scientists who have made the most impact this past decade in the quest to eradicate blindness - - Sandy's tikkun olam! - - Sandy's life plan developed in 1961 "to make the world a better place for those who come after us".
Each attendee will receive a copy of Sandy’s book.
Overview and Update of Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)
Presented by Steve Hennigan
Deputy Executive Director of Aviation
Chief Operating Officer
Lee County Port Authority
My Journey Through American and International Jewish Organizations
MCA member Michael Siegal was awarded the Israeli Presidential Medal of Honor last December for his extraordinary commitment to the Jewish State and advancing ties between Israel and North American Jewry. Michael D. Siegal has been on The Jewish Agency Board of Governors since 2012 and served as Chairman from 2017 to 2022. He is the Executive Chairman of Olympic Steel, Inc. (Nasdaq: Zeus), a billion-plus dollar metals service center in the United States and Mexico. He also is on the board of Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc. (NYSE: CLF).
Among many philanthropic positions, he has served previously as Board Chair of the Development Corporation for Israel (Israel Bonds), the Cleveland Jewish Federation and the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). He, along with his wife Anita, helped establish the Michael and Anita Siegal One Happy Camper Scholarship Fund with the Foundation of Jewish Camping.
Michael and Anita have three children and five grandchildren.