A Case of Grace
Business Builder July Program
presented by Dr. Sandra E. Braham,President & CEO ~Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services
$30.00 - Members
$40.00 - Guests
Payments may be paid in advance or at the door. No shows will be billed.
Ruth Eckerd Hall - MAP
1111 N. McMullen Booth Road
Airline boneless breast of chicken | Mango pineapple salsa | Parsnip &
potato mash | Blackened carrots
Black bean cake | Mango pineapple salsa | Parsnip &
potato mash | Blackened carrots
All meals include Rolls and Butter & Dessert
PLEASE NOTE: Once a meal choice has been made, it CANNOT be changed the day of at the luncheon.
RSVP Deadline: Noon - Friday, July 13th
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A FIRM RESERVATION DEADLINE. Due to advance meal preparation needs, late reservations and walk-ups cannot be guaranteed a specific meal.
Sandra E. Braham, Ed.D.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Sandra relocated to Clearwater, Florida in March 2016 from El Paso, Texas where she resided for 24 years. She is the President & CEO Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, one of the largest JFS agencies in the nation with services affecting 30 thousand people annually in counties throughout the state of Florida.
For 10 years Sandra was CEO of the largest YWCA in the nation and had a successful 25-year career in higher education, having served as Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and adjunct faculty for UTEPs Graduate School. Her areas of expertise include Leadership in a Diverse Society, Leadership of Organizational Change and Qualitative Research Methodology. Dr. Braham has dedicated her professional and personal pursuits to helping low-income youth to succeed in high school and beyond, to mentoring young professionals and to empowering families to overcome barriers to success.
Dr. Braham was a guest of the White House on two occasions for her work focused on educating Hispanics. She was invited to the George W. Bush Presidential Center for her leadership and work with military families and Post 9/11 Veterans and has been profiled in three books including:
- · My Favorite El Pasoans: Past and Present, by J.R. Murphy;
- · African Americans in El Paso, by Cecilia G. Venable and Maceo Crenshaw Dailey Jr.; and
- · African Americans Making History on the Border of El Paso Texas, by Ethel Kindred
Dr. Braham’s life story was featured on the 2015 KVIA-ABC Television Series (El Paso, Texas), Journey: 450 Years of the African American Experience.
While at UTEP, Dr. Braham chaired the President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and led an initiative to establish an entering students’ course on diversity. She has received numerous awards and honors, including recognition as a “Gold Nugget” Alumnus by the UTEP College of Education. Dr. Braham recently completed Harvard University’s Executive Education Series, “Strategic Perspectives for Nonprofit Management.” In July 2018, she was named one of 27 finalists from a field of 300 nominees for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Business Woman of the Year award--this after only two years, working to make a difference in the region.
Dr. Braham has spoken to diverse audiences nationally on a host of topics from Leadership, Black History, Women’s History, overcoming adversity, mental health, and foster care. Sandra is married with three adult children and is currently working to complete her first book, a memoir which details her life story, growing up in a home with her mother who suffers from schizophrenia and the many twists and turns that followed as a result. She received her bachelor’s in biology from the University of Missouri and her master’s doctorate degrees in education from UTEP. Sandra’s groundbreaking dissertation, African American Middle and High Schools Students’ Experiences in a Predominantly Hispanic Educational Environment, was named “Dissertation of the Year” in 2005 by the University.