Baseball executive draws large crowd at Florida Forum

Baseball executive draws large crowd at Florida Forum
Katie and Dan Dearing with Kelley and Steve Kunz

Baseball executive Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, was the Florida Forum’s second keynote speaker in its 2017-2018 series, held Jan. 16 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.

Epstein, who led the Cubs in 2016 to their first World Series title in 108 years, drew 1,300 to the lecture, which was moderated by Tim Cost, president of Jacksonville University; an estimated 350 attended the reception following.

Epstein and his twin brother, Paul, started a foundation, called Foundation To Be Named Later, which has raised $7.3 million to help disadvantaged youth in Chicago, and in Boston, where Epstein was the General Manager for the Boston Red Sox, the youngest GM in the history of the MLB. He also led the Red Sox to World Series victories in 2004, their first in 86 years, and again in 2007.

The Florida Forum Speaker Series concludes on March 5 with Ambassador Caroline Kennedy. For more information, visit The Women’s Board website at For more information and to purchase tickets, visit The Women’s Board website at

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