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January 28, 2020 

Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail North

5:15 pm – 5:55 pm Meet & Greet 

6:00 to 7:45 Meeting

Happy New Year!

Kicking off our first meeting of this new decade will be:

Our presentation of the 2020 ABWA Neapolitan Woman of the Year

And then a great program:

An overview of Collier County Public Schools 

Presented by Dr. Kamala Patton – Superintendent of Collier County Public Schools

Dr. Patton will present an overview of Collier County Public Schools including the accomplishments and future goals. Dr. Patton will share how the district is working to make sure students are college, career, and life ready. She will also highlight programs, school safety, and a district-wide focus on social emotional learning.

This is a great meeting to invite guests to introduce them to our wonderful business/educational programs and speakers…and to a key ABWA mission – Member Recognition. 

Kamela Patton is in her ninth year as Superintendent of Collier County Public Schools (CCPS). She joined the district in June of 2011.

During the last eight years, Dr. Patton has enhanced existing programs, instituted new technological tools, improved internal and external communications, and initiated new programs that resulted in a direct increase in student achievement. Under Dr. Patton’s direction, CCPS has improved its District ranking to be tied for 5th in the State in 2019 – up from 33rd just eight years ago. This success is clearly seen in the number of students that have increased their performance on state tests. In 2019, CCPS met or exceeded the state average on 19 out of 21 (95%) state assessed areas, compared to 6 out of 20 (30%) in 2011. Students’ graduation rate also increased by 19.4 percentage points, jumping to 91.9% in 2018 from 72.5% in 2011. While academic success is the key focus, under Dr. Patton’s leadership, the District plans to be debt free within six years — a time period which includes building a new high school.

Strategic planning, systems, and equity are foundations of Dr. Patton’s leadership. Focused on those foundations, CCPS has strategically added programs to improve opportunities for students including offering Cambridge programming wall to wall, the only District in the United States to offer that rigorous curriculum from elementary through high school. CCPS has implemented engineering and entrepreneurship programs in all middle and high schools. Instead of STEM, Dr. Patton championed the use of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) to emphasize the value of arts education in igniting both sides of students’ brains. The new 2020-2022 Strategic Plan has a sharp focus on ensuring students are “College, Career, and Life Ready”.

Over the past eight years, Dr. Patton has received a number of accolades and awards. Most recently, Dr. Patton has been recognized as Naples Top 100 from Naples Illustrated, received the 2019 Leadership Collier Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2018 Lavan Dukes District Data Leader of the Year Award, the 2018 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Distinguished Leader Award, the 2018 Florida Music Association (FMEA) Superintendent of the Year Award, and was named one of Naples Illustrated 20 Leading Ladies of Naples. Her other prestigious honors include the 2017 Star Superintendent Award from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, being named a 2017 Gulfshore Life magazine Men and Women of the Year honoree, as well as being recognized as a Woman of Distinction in History for Diversity and an eSchool Learning National Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award Winner. She is the recipient of the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association (SUNSPRA) Outstanding Superintendent Communicator Award. Dr. Patton was named by Gulfshore Business as one of the 41 People with the Most Clout in Southwest Florida and a Power Woman by Florida Weekly. She is a member of numerous local boards, and proud graduate of Leadership Florida, Leadership Collier, and the FBI Citizen Academy.


Our featured  Business of the Month member is: Jodi Bisogno

Check out their information at http://abwaneapolitan.org/member-business-of-the-month/


 Salad :Boston lettuce; roasted beet salad, crispy shallots, scallion – ranch dressing

Entrée: Pan roasted corvina, herbed jasmine rice, ratatouille, Chablis sauce

Dessert: Apple Tart


Salad: Boston lettuce; roasted beet salad, crispy shallots, scallion – ranch dressing

Entrée: Quinoa Paella with Marinated Grill Cauliflower Steak

Dessert: Fresh Sliced Fruit

ABWA Member  $36 Reserve through our automated system.

ABWA Guest $39  Reserve through our automated system.

Reservation Deadline Friday, January 24 at NOON.  The reservation system on Eventbrite will close at noon.   A $5 SURCHARGE for late reservations will be charged and no guarantee space will be available.  RESERVE NOW PLEASE – NOTE, NO REFUNDS

If you run into any problems with the reservation system or have questions, please contact Dulce Gonell our Hospitality Chair at 239-776-2146 </span  “>djgonell [at] gmail [dot] com .