Kathleen Oppenheimer Berkey, AICP, a land use, zoning, and local government attorney and certified land planner at Pavese Law Firm, will present at the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association’s (APA) annual conference to be held Sept. 8-11 at The Diplomat, a Hilton Curio Hotel, in Hollywood, Florida.
The presentation titled “The Planner as a Social Entrepreneur” will take place on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 8:30-9:45 a.m. The presentation will focus on empowering planners to serve as agents of change in their community by utilizing their skillsets to benefit social and service organizations. The presentation will feature a panel of speakers who will share their experiences volunteering and reveal how these involvements have enabled them to become more effective planners.
Berkey will speak as a panelist, summarizing her experience with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Southwest Florida that provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities. Berkey serves as Co-Chair of the ULI Southwest Florida Young Leaders Group and Women’s Leadership Initiative and served on a panel of ULI leaders from around the State to explore the principles of healthy building and design and discuss ways in which these values can be promoted within their communities. Berkey will also share her experience as Southwest Regional Chair on the Board of Governors for Connect Florida by Leadership Florida®, the first statewide young professional organization in the nation specifically working to develop and engage Florida’s emerging leaders to make Florida a better place, and as a graduate of the Connect Florida Statewide Leadership Institute.
Berkey joined the Pavese Law Firm in 2011 and her practice focuses primarily on resolving land use and zoning, real estate and environmental issues related to the development of land. She graduated with pro bono distinction from the University of North Carolina School of Law and earned her Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also received her A.B. degree from Franklin & Marshall College, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Beyond her service to ULI Southwest Florida and Connect Florida, Berkey serves as Director on the Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Association Board and was recognized as one of Gulfshore Business’ “Top 40 Under 40 2014” for her professional and civic contributions.
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Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business and taxation, civil litigation, community association, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trust, family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. With a long history of service to Southwest Florida, Pavese Law Firm has played a significant role in the growth of local businesses, communities and major development projects. For more information, visit www.paveselaw.com.
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