April 7th, 2018  9:00am

Heritage Palms – The Lodge
11070 Seminole Palm Way, Fort Myers 33966

“Discovering the Collaboratory”

Sarah Owen,
President-CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Sarah Owen, President and CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation will share updates and previews on the Foundation’s $10.5 million Collaboratory project in downtown Fort Myers. Come learn how a renovated 1920s train depot is being transformed into a LEED Gold space designed to bring people, ideas, and funding together to solve our region’s most pressing issues. 

Sarah leads a passionate and diverse team dedicated to driving regional change for the common good.  The Foundation is committed to engaging the community in conversations and action that creates sustainable positive change and provides the funding to make those changes a reality.

Sarah brings this focus on innovation to her work at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.  In concert with a visionary Board of Trustees, Sarah is guiding the Foundation in reimagining its role in the region.  Under Sarah’s leadership the Foundation has become laser-focused on regional issues affecting the quality of life in Southwest Florida, gathered hundreds of community leaders and stakeholders around these issues, and has grown the Foundation’s assets to become one of the largest funding organizations in the region.  Notably, her work attracted national foundations such as Lumina Foundation to the region to provide funding and resources to the FutureMakers Coalition.

Sarah shares her leadership at the national, state and regional level. She serves as chair of the Community Foundations of Florida (a member group of Florida Philanthropic Network), is a member of the board of the Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance and serves on the Healthy Lee Steering Committee.  The News-Press named Sarah their 2016 Person of the Year.

Please RSVP to
or phone 239-278-1032   by March 1st, 2018