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Why are all these people here?

Tables were set for 450 in Boca Raton Community Church for Thursday’s Lunch With a Purpose.

No, this wasn’t a religious experience or a secret society.

Boca Lead has been meeting monthly since 2014 to hear Pastor Bill Mitchell’s take on how to do business with integrity and ethics. “The goal is to make this a better place to work,” explained Pastor Cameron Free, Boca Lead’s development director.

Table cards ran from Morgan Stanley, to Sklar Furnishings, to FAU College of Science. Everyone from elected officials to business, community and nonprofit leaders were there.

 “This is really a big thing. I’ve been coming here since I was on city council,” Palm Beach County Commissioner Robert Weinroth said.

Al Travasos brought the mayor. “I love hearing Pastor Bill speak and I bring friends,” he said afterward. “There’s a lot of practical advice for living.”

Mitchell’s on sabbatical and greeted the crowd on video from Jerusalem. His talk was on video, too, about building relationships in business and dealing with the boss and co-workers.

He detailed the kind of people likely to be encountered and who to invest time and effort in, or not. “Toxic people are self-absorbed and competitive. This is the person who screams and yells,” he said.

Make sure to surround yourself with people who share your passion and vision, he said.

“Find people doing things bigger than yourself and join them. Food for the Poor wants to eradicate poverty in the Caribbean,” he said, adding Rotary Clubs’ projects, too.

So why was everybody there? “I always find something to take away for my life and my business,” Realtor Michele Bellisari said.

Here’s the link for meetings starting in September. https://www.bocacommunity.org/bocalead/

By Marci Shatzman

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