In an open dialogue, the "Outlook on the Americas" program will provide discussion on economic and political issues expected to have the most significant impact on hemispheric trade and investment in the coming year. Featured speakers include Jose W. Fernandez, U.S. Department of State Assistant Secretary for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs; Susan Kaufman Purcell, Director at the Center for Hemispheric Policy; and Jeffrey Schott, Senior Fellow at Peterson Institute for International Economics. Registration at 11:30 a.m. Noon luncheon. The Chopin Ballroom at InterContinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami. $65 members. $75 others. Details: (202) 463-5573 or email@example.com.
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce hosts a panel discussion on increasing regional competition for the Port of Miami, including the challenges and opportunities arising for South Florida businesses. Panelists are Rafael Diaz-Balart, Latin America coordinator for the American Association of Port Authorities; Bill Johnson, seaport director for the Port of Miami; Dr. Paul Kent, vice president of infrastructure, planning and economics for Nathan Associates and Jean-Serge Martins, vice president of sales, trade and marketing for CMA-CGM. 8 a.m. registration and breakfast. 8:30 a.m. program. Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., ballroom level, Miami. $20-$35. Details: (305) 577-5477 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.miamichamber.com.
A lecture by University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala will be held on "Health Care Reform: An Idea Whose Time Has Come." This is to be the first Collegetown Faculty Lecture held annually to enhance the community with intellectual insight and dialogue by university faculty in various disciplines. Ms. Shalala will share insights gained from her role as former Secretary of U.S. Health and Human Services. Refreshments at 6 p.m. Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Storer Auditorium at University of Miami School of Business Administration, 5250 University Dr., Coral Gables. Free. RSVP requested. Details: (305) 284-3356 or email@example.com.
Eric Woolworth, president of business operations for the Miami Heat, speaks at the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce's "Trow Knows CEO's" event. 8:30 a.m. Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, 224 Catalonia Ave., Coral Gables. $20-$25. Details: (305) 446-1657 or www.gableschamber.org.
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce's Creative Industries Committee invites area professionals to a fundraiser hosted by WPBT2 for its show "Check, Please!" Host and Chef Michelle Bernstein and other local culinary talent will serve up samples of their signature creations. 6:30-8:30 p.m. WPBT2 Studios, 14901 NE 20th Ave., Miami. $20-$50. Details: (305) 577-5438 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.miamichamber.com.
The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce's Real Estate Council meets. 8-9 a.m. Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, 1920 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach. Open to all members. Details: (305) 695-6834 or email@example.com or www.miamibeachchamber.com.
The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce holds a business roundtable. Find ways to expand your business and discuss how the chamber can help you boost your bottom line. Held every second Wednesday. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce boardroom, 1920 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 674-1300 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.miamibeachchamber.com.
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce holds its 2011 Sand in My Shoes Award reception. 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception. 7:30 p.m. dinner and award presentation. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Treetop Ballroom, Watson Island. $350-$2,500. Details: (305) 350-7700 or www.miamichamber.com.