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Your voice matters

On March 30, 2023, thousands of neighbors, colleagues, old friends, and new friends gathered together to help solve Southwest Florida’s major challenges to make this region stronger than ever.


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For ways to get involved, to learn more about the community-centric work already taking place, or to receive a copy of the full statistical survey findings, please contact us. Your voice matters!

On the Table 2023

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Your Voice Matters

This table can be more than a place to eat. It can change the world. On one single, special day this March, thousands of neighbors, colleagues, friends, and residents will gather together over a meal to build a better, stronger Southwest Florida. So, pull up a chair. There’s room for everyone.


Thursday, March 30, 2023


Anyone can host an On the Table SWFL conversation, and everyone is welcome to join in the conversation.

About On The Table®

Started in 2014 by the Chicago Community Trust, On the Table is an award-winning model that has engaged over a half-million residents in more than 35 communities across North America, strengthening their connections to each other and bolstering the vitality of their communities. It provides a unique opportunity for your outlet to more deeply understand the issues and topics of greatest concern to community residents.

Take Part in On the Table SWFL

The Charlotte Community Foundation, Collaboratory, and Collier Community Foundation are partnering to host On the Table SWFL, connecting meaningful conversations that better our communities. This coalition of community leaders wants these conversations to become a powerful catalyst for regional change.

Community Conversations. Regional Impact.

The inaugural On the Table SWFL initiative, produced by Collaboratory in October 2019, welcomed more than 1,500 area participants. This year, Collaboratory is partnering with Collier Community Foundation and Charlotte Community Foundation so that even more voices can be heard as part of On The Table SWFL conversations.

In conjunction with Florida Gulf Coast University, the foundation partners will capture discussion themes and identify region-wide social priorities in an impact report that will be shared broadly. As a follow-up to On the Table SWFL, the foundations pledge to work together on issues identified through the conversations to create a more sustainable and vibrant Southwest Florida.

Organizing Committee

Tom Leipzig
GNL (Greater Naples Leadership)

Carrie Gamso
Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce

Amanda Pearson
Leadership Collier

Emily Budd
Future Ready Collier

Caroline Vives-Vietri
FGCU Alumni Association and Staff

Tim Hennessy
Rivet Brands

Jessica Liria
David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health

Doug Izzo
Englewood Chamber of Commerce

John Wright
Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

Priya Ahluwalia
MoAloo Ventures

Tracie Beck

Dr. Maria Roca

Pam James

Jessaca Rodriguez
American Heart Association-Southwest Florida

Bob Mason
Cape Coral Life

Edye Button
SWFL Hispanic Chamber

Tatum Walker

Chris Spiro
Horizon Foundation/Spiro & Associates

Jeannine Joy
United Way of Lee, Hendry, & Glades Counties

Christine LoConte
United Way of Lee, Hendry, & Glades Counties

John Lai
Sanibel-Captiva Chamber of Commerce

Todd Thomas
National Pan-Hellenic Council of SW Florida

Amanda Smith
NCH Healthcare System

Roger Mercado
Lee County Human and Veteran Services

Jenn Robinson
Lee County School District

Marlin Vaughn
Black Intelligence Guild (Clewiston)

Stephanie Wardein
Lee Health

Molly Deckart
Alliance for the Arts

Emily Bouchard
Captains For Clean Water

Lisa Morse
Collier County Public Schools

Jamie Joannes
Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce

Sarah Desrosiers
Downtown Kava

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