In the face of tragedy and great suffering, it is human nature to look for blame and long for someone to punish. Alternatively, some respond with love and support for those who suffer, regardless of the cause. The Foundation is honored to welcome Barbara Poma as a speaker at our 2022 Member-Partner Meeting in Miami, FL, November 8-9, 2022, at the Sonesta Hotel.
We proudly support Barbara Poma, as she turns tragedy into hope and inspiration for a world filled with love and peace. Her dedication to the memory of the 49 men and women who died in the tragic shooting on June 12, 2016, their families, and all whose lives were changed in its aftermath exemplifies the commitment to consciousness that we believe is needed by business owners and leaders. Below is more information about the onePULSE Foundation established by Barbara and her supporters.
The onePULSE Foundation is a 501(c) 3 incorporated by the owner of Pulse nightclub. The Foundation was established to create a sanctuary of hope following the tragic day in American history–Sunday, June 12, 2016–to honor the 49 Angels that were taken, the 68 others who were injured, and the countless first responders and healthcare professionals who treated them. This fund is intended to support a memorial that opens hearts, a museum that opens minds, educational programs that open eyes, and legacy scholarships that open doors. Contributions from generous individuals, foundations, corporations, and government entities directly support all of the National Pulse Memorial & Museum design, construction, land acquisition costs, operations, community education programs, and 49 Legacy Scholarships. This is a defining mission, and healing initiative that we hope inspires supporters who share our vision and understand the solemn and sacred responsibility to which this community has been entrusted. Barbara has been recognized on the Orlando Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful People in Orlando list for the past two years. Barbara still lives in Orlando, FL, and stays in contact with the Pulse staff, the victims' families, and survivors through her work in fulfilling the mission of the onePULSE Foundation. Learn even more about Barbara and the onePULSE Foundation here.