Florida Forum – Lara Logan

The Florida Forum kicks off this Wednesday, October 17th, with Lara Logan.

Lara Logan’s bold, award-winning reporting has earned her prominence among the world’s best foreign correspondents. Logan is a full-time 60 Minutes correspondent, as well as a CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent. A veteran journalist in Afghanistan and Iraq, Logan earned electronic journalism’s highest award, a DuPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, for her 2010 report from the Afghan battlefield, A Relentless Enemy. In 2011, she was almost killed in Tahrir Square in Egypt while reporting on the revolution there.

This season also includes Bryan Cranston on January 28th and Tony Dungy on March 27th.  Tickets are still available.  Call The Women’s Board office at 904.202.2886 to reserve yours today.


Fortune Magazine’s 2017 World’s Greatest Leader to Speak at Florida Forum January 16

Theo Epstein

Theo Epstein, President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs, took the top spot on Fortune Magazine’s 2017 World’s Greatest Leaders List.

Epstein will speak January 16 at the 2017-2018 Florida Forum.

Of the honor, the magazine wrote:

In the fall of 2016, as partisan distrust and division reached abysmal depths, fascination with the Chicago Cubs became that all-too-rare phenomenon that united America. As the Cubs fought to end a 108-year championship drought, television ratings for the World Series soared by almost 50%. Even casual fans who didn’t know a bunt from a beanball stayed up late to watch the excruciating extra-inning Game 7 that turned baseball’s most famous lovable losers into winners at last.

The Cubs owe their success to a five-year rebuilding program that featured a concatenation of different leadership styles. The team thrived under the affable patience of owner Tom Ricketts, and, later, under the innovative eccentricity of manager Joe Maddon. But most important of all was the evolution of the club’s president for baseball operations, Theo Epstein, the wunderkind executive who realized he would need to grow as a leader in order to replicate in Chicago the success he’d had with the Boston Red Sox.

In his book The Cubs Way, Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer Tom Verducci describes that evolution, showing how a deeper understanding of important human qualities among his players—the character, discipline and chemistry that turn skilled athletes into leaders—enabled Epstein to engineer one of the most remarkable turnarounds in sports.

The full article can be found at http://fortune.com/2017/03/23/theo-epstein-chicago-cubs-worlds-greatest-leaders/

Information and tickets to hear Mr. Epstein speak are available at thefloridaforum.com

Photo – Charles Rex Arbogast, AP


What Would Kate Middleton Wear?

The 2017 Art & Antiques Show London Calling theme got us wondering what Kate Middleton would wear to the Gala.

It’s no surprise the Duchess epitomizes class and elegance, she is royalty after all. Since the Gala this year has returned to full length, black tie gowns, it is only appropriate to consider taking queue after the Brit who never fails to stun. Anything from simple elegance à la Calvin Klein’s signature silhouette to the intricate details from designers such as Zuhair Murad or Naeem Khan, to the classic elegance of Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta, would embody the regal dress for this year’s event. We’ve curated a few ideas to serve as inspiration for your personal attire.

Don’t miss this year’s gala Dec. 1. Tickets still available at artandantiquesshow.com

L-R, top to bottom

Zuhair Murad, Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein

Naeem Khan, Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta, Naeem Khan, Calvin Klein

41st Annual Art & Antiques Show This Week

The 41st Annual Art & Antiques Show starts this week.

Where else can you visit 40 art and antiques dealers from across the country gathered in one location? Of note, Whitehall Antiques of Chapel Hill, NC, is back for their 38th Show along with several other longtime friends. The Show also features several dealers new to Jacksonville this year.

We have another outstanding lecture series to offer. In case you missed it, there was an article on Maria Crosby Pollard in Saturday’s Florida Times-Union and a feature on Toma Clark Haines in Arbus magazine’s October/November issue. For the perfect holiday gifts, India Hicks and Kathryn M. Ireland will both be signing books after they speak.

For all the details visit artandantiquesshow.com.


The 2017 Art & Antiques Show is pleased to welcome exceptional lecturers to this year’s event. Tickets available at artandantiquesshow.com

Maria Crosby Pollard

Friday, December 1, 2017

10 -11 am

Crosby Designs, LLC

Alexandria, Virginia

A Brilliant Mélange – Jacksonville native and Bolles School graduate Maria Crosby Pollard, of Crosby Designs LLC in Alexandria, Virginia, specializes in creative use of color and furniture. From funky and family-friendly to fine antiques and customized elegance, her interiors reflect her clients’ personalities. Formerly of Jacksonville and New York, she earned a degree in drawing and painting from the University of Georgia.


Juli Catlin, FASID, and William Nash, Antiques Expert

Friday, December 1, 2017

11:30 am -12:30 pm

Jacksonville, Florida

No tickets are needed for this event

London Styles Between the Elizabeths – As principal of Catlin Design, Juli Catlin has more than 30 years of design excellence and has been featured in many national publications. William Nash is one of the Southeast’s up and coming experts in antiques and decorative arts. He and his father run E. W. Nash & Son, a Jacksonville antiques restoration and appraisal firm.

(ASID credit, 3.0 CEU Florida State Approved – free with Show admission) www.catlindesign.com.

India Hicks

Saturday, December 2

10 -11am, Book Signing to Follow

India Hicks, Inc. Harbour Island, Bahamas

Live an Extraordinary Life – In an encore visit, London-born India Hicks shares her view of island life: the tradition of tablescaping; the lazy pleasure of porches; and the drama of entertaining. Hicks, who comes from both British and design royalty, lives in the Bahamas with her partner and five children. Her lifestyle brand is sold through a network of strong, entrepreneurial women.


Kathryn M. Ireland

Saturday, December 2

1-2 pm, Book Signing to Follow

Kathryn M. Ireland Interior Design

Los Angeles, California

Mixing Old With New – Britain native Kathryn M. Ireland, who resides in both Los Angeles and France, is considered one of the most influential interior and textile designers in the world. Her bohemian and family friendly style marries European tradition with cool California living. A star on Bravo TV’s “Million Dollar Decorators,” clients include Steve Martin and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Toma Clark Haines

1 -2 pm, Booth Crawl to Follow

Sunday, December 3

The Antiques Diva & Co.

Berlin, Germany

A Grand Tour – American expat Toma Clark Haines is an entrepreneur, global tastemaker, lifestyle consultant and founder and CEO of The Antiques Diva & Co, Europe and Asia’s largest antiques touring and sourcing company. An authority on buying and shipping antiques, the Berlin resident’s intimate knowledge of the antiques market makes her a sought-after speaker.


Don’t Miss Young Collectors Party Oct. 17

REVISED DATE- YCPThe Young Collectors Party, an event benefitting The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, is Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Intuition Ale Works, located at 629 E. Bay Street.

Presented by BB&T, the Young Collectors Party will celebrate the 2017 Art & Antiques Show “London Calling” theme and raise money for Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Expect beer, wine and small bites inspired by London’s tastiest eats. There is also a silent auction with items from local businesses like bb’s, Rosenblum’s, Intuition Ale Works and J. Ashley’s. The event raises awareness of the work of the Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital among supporters age 40 and under. Many of today’s Young Collectors are second and third generation Women’s Board members.

The Young Collectors Party is sponsored by the Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Black Sheep at Intuition, Intuition Ale Works and Forking Amazing Restaurants. For more information or to attend, kindly RSVP to YCPRSVP@gmail.com.

The 2017 Art & Antiques Show will take place Dec. 1-3, at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center. Tickets are available online at www.artandantiquesshow.com, by phone at (904) 202-2886 or by email at womensboardwch@bmcjax.com. For more information, visit the Art & Antiques Show website at www.artandantiquesshow.com

Young Collectors Party Sept. 14


London Calling
The Young Collectors Party Benefiting
Wolfson Children’s Hospital

London Calling


We’ve Only Just Begun


The 2016 Young Collector’s Booth masterfully blended antiques and contemporary looks.

It’s been said that stories don’t end. They just turn into new beginnings.

This sentiment rings true as we close the year on the Art & Antiques Show’s 40th Anniversary. As we close the door on a milestone year, we know “we’ve only just begun.”   Continue reading

Children’s Fashion Show | Keep Reaching for the Stars


If you want to see the heart and soul of The Women’s Board’s work, look no further than The Children’s Fashion Show.

Held in conjunction with the 40th Art & Antiques Show, the Children’s Fashion Show highlights the mission of The Women’s Board – to ensure the finest healthcare available at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. For the last 15 Shows, this extraordinary event features adorable Wolfson patients and gives them a moment to shine. Continue reading