Florida International University is holding a forum for 70 community leaders on Tuesday to discuss the future of growth and development in Miami, under the guidance of two Harvard professors. But the public and the press can’t attend.
The event is by invitation only, the public university says. Politicians have been excluded as well, save for a brief welcome by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who won’t be present for the actual forum, said Myra Beers, director of operations at the Leadership Center at FIU’s business school, which organized the event.
“We wanted to create a low-risk forum — no press, no politicians — so the conversation will be as open and free-flowing as possible,” Beers said.
The center is the brainchild of retired FIU president Modesto “Mitch” Maidique, who is also its executive director.
The leadership center’s website, which touts its program of lectures and events, carries no mention of the forum.
The center will issue “bullet points” and a brief report on attendees’ recommendations, Beers said.
Reporters are also welcome to interview participants as they eat lunch afterward.