Leadership Dinner Honoring Barbara Poma

Point Foundation is holding it's biennial National Leadership Dinner on Friday, July 27 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Join Point scholars, alumni, board members, and staff for our National Leadership Dinner in conjunction with our National Leadership Conference. The evening will also feature scholar and alumni speakers as well as remarks by Honoree Barbara Poma.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
1000 West Buena Vista Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Reception, Coronado H
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Leadership Dinner, Fiesta 5 & 6

Directions  Upon arrival, please follow signage for "Point Foundation's Leadership Dinner". The reception will take place in Coronado H followed by the Leadership Dinner in  Fiesta 5 & 6. Both rooms are located in the Convention Center of Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. Parking Parking at Disney's Coronado Springs resort will be complimentary. Attire Cocktail or business attire.

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Honoree Barbara Poma

Barbara Poma, owner of Pulse Nightclub, was raised in Coral Springs, Florida where she attended J.P. Taravella High School. She graduated in 1990 from the University of Central Florida with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Secondary Education and she was member of the Phi Beta Phi Sorority.

Ms. Poma worked as an educator in the Orange County Public School system for three years teaching Creative Writing, Language Arts, Debate and Drama.

In 1995 she married entrepreneur Rosario Poma, with whom she has two children and a stepdaughter. Joining her restauranteur husband, Ms. Poma has built and operated several businesses, most significantly Pulse Nightclub which was established in 2004 as a tribute to her brother John who passed away from HIV/AIDs.

Pulse Nightclub is embraced by the global LGBTQ community for the club’s culture of love and providing a venue where gays, lesbians and their families could be themselves. In the course of operating Pulse Nightclub, Ms. Poma has become a respected human and civil rights advocate.

On Sunday, June 12, Pulse Nightclub became the scene of one of the nation’s worst mass shooting in modern American history. As club owner, Ms. Poma, like the rest of the world, was rocked into a new and unimaginable reality that carried immeasurable loss and hardship. Since the loss of her business, she has shifted her focus on preserving the memory of those who lost their lives, survivors and their loved ones.

She now serves as Executive Director of onePULSE Foundation, Inc. which has been established to oversee a community initiative to create a permanent memorial to Pulse and those who perished.