Launched in 2008 with Tom Brokaw as our speaker, this series invites legendary speakers to share their stories to educate, inspire and motivate us toward excellence of character, a spirit of innovation, and a sense of purpose.
We typically feature speakers who embody the core values of the original “uncommon friends”—Fort Myers businessman Jim Newton and his friends Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Dr. Alexis Carrel, and Charles Lindburgh. These friends shared a mutual spirit of adventure, as well as a passion for the advancement of science and technology, business and industry, the visual and performing arts, and ways to improve quality of life.
In recent years, the Foundation has been privileged to hear from famous authors such as Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Reeve Lindbergh, as well as from former U.S. Congressman and CIA Director Porter Goss, former U.S. Congressman and Senator Connie Mack III, broadcasters Walter Cronkite and Tom Brokaw, Keni Thomas, the national spokesperson for the Hero Fund and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and Harlan Twible, who was one of the last living survivors of the USS Indianapolis that was sunk on July 30, 1945, by a Japanese torpedo.
“It would be my greatest wish that my ‘uncommon friends’ would speak to today’s generation and inspire them to carry this country to new frontiers with vision, courage and creativity.” – James Newton
If you or someone you know is interested in being a speaker or if you want to suggest a topic or speaker, please contact Jennifer Nelson, Executive Director at email@example.com.