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Photo by Member Mark Krancer, Kram Kran Photo


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1/30/2024 5:00:00 AM Member News

The Florida Forum Speaker Series to Welcome Retired U.S. Navy Adm. James Stavridis

Event on February 26 benefits Wolfson Children’s Hospital


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2024) – The Florida Forum Speaker Series, presented by The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, will welcome retired four-star U.S. Navy Admiral James Stavridis on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. The program begins at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Performing Arts in Jacksonville.

          While serving in the U.S. Navy for 37 years, Adm. Stavridis received numerous U.S. and international medals and decorations. The international security expert is currently vice chair, global affairs and managing director of The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm. He chairs The Rockefeller Foundation board.

          A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, he earned a Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and was the school’s 12th dean. He served as senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of Defense.

          Among his commands, he served from 2009-2013 as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, overseeing operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and the Balkans. He also led the U.S. Southern Command, responsible for military operations through Latin America from 2006-2009. He has published 12 books on leadership, the oceans and maritime affairs. His most recent book, “2034: A Novel of the Next World War,” was a New York Times bestseller in 2021.

Tickets to the Florida Forum event start at $85 each for general seating, $115 for preferred seating, $150 for one reserved Bronze level ticket, $300 for two reserved Bronze level tickets, $750 for two reserved Silver level tickets and $1,500 for four reserved Gold level tickets. The purchase of a Silver or Gold ticket package includes invitations to the private reception honoring Adm. Stavridis following the lecture. Patrons under the age of 30 may purchase Young Subscriber tickets for $50 each. To purchase tickets, visit www.thefloridaforum.com, call 904.202.2886, or email womensboard@bmcjax.com.

The Florida Forum Speaker Series is made possible by long-time partners and generous sponsors Wells Fargo, Landstar and Florida Blue.

Funds raised by the Florida Forum support the Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s commitment to raise $1.5 million for two new Kids Kare Mobile Intensive Care Units (ICUs), part of Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Transport fleet, including necessary life-support equipment for the transportation of critically ill and injured infants and children by 2024. Kids Kare vehicles and helicopters safely transport more than 2,250 infants and children a year to Wolfson Children’s Hospital for emergency critical care, trauma and specialty care.

For more information, visit www.thefloridaforum.com, call 904.202.2886, or email womensboard@bmcjax.com.



  1. Retired U.S. Navy Adm. James Stavridis


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 healthcare facility in the region. Since its inception, The Women’s Board has raised more than $36 million in support of Wolfson Children’s Hospital to ensure the advancement of first-rate medical care for all children. Two annual fundraisers, the First Coast Design Show (formerly the Art & Antiques Show) and the Florida Forum speaker series, enable The Women’s Board to donate almost $1 million a year to Wolfson Children’s Hospital.


About Wolfson Children’s Hospital of Jacksonville

Nonprofit Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, is a part of Baptist Health, Northeast Florida’s most comprehensive health system serving every stage of life. Wolfson Children’s is the only children’s hospital in Northeast Florida and serves as the pediatric referral center for North Florida, South Georgia and beyond. Staffed 24/7 by pediatric nurses and other healthcare professionals specially trained to work with children, the 281-bed, patient- and family-centered hospital features the latest pediatric medical technology in a welcoming, child-friendly environment. At Wolfson Children’s, nationally recognized pediatric specialists representing nearly every medical and surgical specialty work with pediatricians to provide care for children of all ages with congenital heart conditions, cancer, neurological disorders, diabetes and endocrinology disorders, orthopedic conditions, behavioral health conditions, traumatic injuries, and more. Wolfson Children’s collaborates with pediatric organizations, including Nemours Children’s Health, Jacksonville, the University of Florida College of Medicine — Jacksonville, Emergency Resources Group, and Mayo Clinic Florida. A Magnet™-designated hospital since 2010, Wolfson Children’s Hospital has been named among the U.S. News & World Report 50 Best Children’s Hospitals year after year, and in 2023, was selected as one of only eight children’s hospitals in the country as a Leapfrog Top Children’s Hospital, a recognition of patient quality and safety. For additional information, please visit wolfsonchildrens.com.