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Webinar: How The Palm Beaches Strengthens Social Ties through the Connectivity of Meetings and Community

May 19 @ 1:00 pm1:45 pm CDT


In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, The Palm Beaches is bringing to the forefront the importance of community, connection and a sense of belonging. Throughout the past year where physical and social distancing made it hard to feel connected, The Palm Beaches always understood that one of the most important aspects to meetings are the relationships made. Meetings are about bringing in the local community and creating that community amongst the attendees and all who are involved. It’s through human interactions that we feel a sense of togetherness and where we realize that no one is ever really alone.

As a destination where overall wellness takes priority, The Palm Beaches will address how mental wellness is an important factor in the meetings industry, how they bring in their local community for support and how meetings create an overall sense of community to strengthen our social ties to each other.

Sponsored by:

Speaker: Kelly Cavers
Senior Vice President, Group Sales and Destination Services, The Palm Beaches

Speaker: Bama Lutes Deal, Ph.D
Cultural Concierge, Cultural Council for Palm Beach County

Speaker: Patrick J. McNamara
President & CEO, Palm Health Foundation

Bama Lutes Deal, Ph.D. loves to make connections—cultural connections between local artists, performers, venues and sites and the real-time requests of tourists and event planners in The Palm Beaches. This former orchestral musician, university professor and restaurant owner manages the Cultural Concierge Program of the Cultural Council for Palm Beaches County. Raised in California, Hawaii and The Palm Beaches (she’s also an Air Force Brat), Deal holds advanced degrees in Musicology from Florida State University, plays piano and horn, loves nature photography and outdoor sculpture, and has a knack for producing pop-up performances in unexpected locations.

Patrick McNamara joined Palm Health Foundation as President and CEO in March of 2017. He has spent the past 25 years in the nonprofit health and human services sector, including 18 years with Community Partners where he also served as President and CEO.
Having spent most of his professional career in cross-sector work to improve communities, Mr. McNamara has designed and implemented initiatives in behavioral health, housing, family services, health, and non-profit leadership. He is a lifelong learner and is passionate about applying results-based, performance-driven change in complex environments for vulnerable populations. He has become increasingly focused on the intersection of health and community development, including innovation for better results on the determinants of health. A native of New Orleans, McNamara and his wife, Ana, are the proud parents of three children.



May 19
1:00 pm– 1:45 pm
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