Harvard Club Leadership Event

Project Opioid
The Covid-19 Overdose Crisis



COVID-19 has created the greatest mental health, substance abuse, and overdose crisis across Florida and our nation in U.S. history.

Before the pandemic hit U.S. shores, nearly 450,000 people across the nation had lost their lives due to opioid-related overdose in one decade. Since then, communities across America and in the state of Florida are experiencing an unprecedented rise in opioid overdose and preventable deaths amid this pandemic.

Societal shutdown and mass quarantine have taken a massive toll on the mental health of citizens across our region, resulting in a staggering amount of overdose and deaths of despair this year.


A recent data study we conducted analyzing 2020 data from the Florida Department of Health found that overdose deaths have increased by a staggering 70% across Central Florida during the height of the COVID-19 lockdown and are only expected to increase by year’s end. Although the numbers may seem bleak, there are new strategies that leaders can embrace to turn the tide on this rising crisis in our community.



Thursday, February 11, 2021

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Meet the Speakers*

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    Andrae Bailey, Founder and President of Project Opioid.  Andrae is known for his work on homelessness and was the Orlando Sentinel's Central Floridian of the Year in 2015. 

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    Kim Lopdrup, HBS '84, CEO, Red Lobster and is the co-chair of Project Opioid.

*Please note: the views of the speakers in no way represent those of the Harvard Club of Central Florida, Harvard University or eHome Counseling Group, nor is this event an implied endorsement of the speaker or her views. All financial proceeds for the Leadership Breakfast remain the property of the Harvard Club of Central Florida.


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5:00PM - 6:00PM Thu 11 Feb 2021, Eastern timezone

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Richard Koops
Tevin Colbert
  Harvard Club of Central Florida
Morris Goldings
Morris Goldings
Richard Pengelly
Sesheta Mwanza
Christian Sanchez
Ronald Achong
Mary Flannery
Adriel Deller
  Placemaker Real Estate LLC
Bonny Landers
  Bay Street Consultants
Giulio Veglio
  paul mitchell the school
Daniel Jaye
  Daniel Jaye & Associates
Larry Kahn
Heidi Pribell
Roger Handberg
Roger Handberg
Roger Handberg
Roger Handberg
Roger Handberg
Roger Handberg
Roger Handberg
Roger Handberg
Kristin Farias
Roger Handberg
Kristin Farias
Katherine Ho
  U.S. Attorney's Office
Brad Rex
  eHome Counseling Group
Gina Carr
  eHome Counseling Group
Gina Carr
  eHome Counseling Group
Wayne barry
  Vitas Healthcare
Riccardo Boehm
  Riccardo Boehm
Samuel Scott
  Focusing Forward, LLC
Carole Michelsen
Nicholas Lezama
  Palm Beach County Health Dept
Shannon Monnat
  Syracuse University
David Gorfinkle
Michele Lutz
David Johnson
Eddy Dominguez
  Harvard Club of CFL
Jim Fitch
  Strategic Services
Alex Sacharoff
  Rotary District 6980
Sara Rafferty
Deepa Fernandes Prabhu
Paul Wolkovits
  Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Leslie Hinds
Lynn Mandigo
William Markus
Wayne Barry
  Vitas Healthcare
William Markus
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Bringing Leaders Together to Transform and Save Lives in Our Community


Founded in 2018, Project Opioid was created in response to the raging overdose epidemic that claimed thousands of lives across Florida even before the pandemic. Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has driven overdose and deaths of despair across our community to unprecedented heights.

Project Opioid is a coalition of business, faith, and philanthropic leaders across Central Florida dedicated to solving the overdose crisis in our community. At Project Opioid, we empower our leaders to make a difference on this crisis by embracing cutting-edge data and new collaborative strategies.

For More Information:  https://www.projectopioid.org


The 2021 Harvard Club Leadership series is sponsored** by:


eHome Counseling Group is based in Orlando and led by HCCF leaders Brad Rex (CEO) and Gina Carr (CMO), both HBS grads. eHome provides premier video mental health counseling services with proven outcomes, outstanding counselors, and cost-effective care nationwide. The company treats all behavioral health conditions, from mild to moderate depression and anxiety to PTSD, addiction and co-occurring disorders. eHome makes it easy to get help, with accessible, confidential care in the convenience of your home or office. For more information, visit www.eHomeGroup.com

**Harvard University does not endorse any sponsors, candidates, products, or services mentioned on this website.