• Former Miami Mayor Tackles Urban Transformation In New Book

In Miami Transformed, Manny Díaz shares the lessons learned from leading this extraordinarily unique American metropolis 

Pipeline Brickell hosted a mix of Miami’s business leaders and members of the Belen Alumni Association in a cocktail reception centered around Miami. Former Miami Mayor and Senior Partner at Lydecker Diaz, Manny Diaz, discussed his recently released book Miami Transformed: Rebuilding America One Neighborhood, One City at a Time and engaged in a Q&A session about the triumphs of our city and the challenges ahead. The reception was held at the high design shared workspace Pipeline at 1101 Brickell Avenue.

Guests included Ralph Rosado, Executive Director at South Florida Community Development Coalition; Philippe Houdard, Co-Founder of Pipeline; and Eric Fernandez, Director of Continental Flowers.

Manny Díaz

Manny Díaz

Manny Diaz served as mayor of Miami from 2001 to 2009. He was president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and an Institute of Politics Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

With the foreword by New York Mayor and personal friend Michael Bloomberg, the book details Miami’s transformation from an economically-depressed city plagued with crime and corruption to a vibrant and flourishing metropolis —a multi-cultural tourism, trade and business magnet with a skyline to be envied and weather to be enjoyed.

Manuel Alberto “Manny” Díaz arrived in Miami from Cuba in 1961, when he was six. He graduated from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in 1973, then earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Florida International University and, in 1980, obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law. For his work steering the City of Miami out of bankruptcy and onto financial stability, Díaz was recognized in 2004 with the “Urban Innovator of the Year” award by the Manhattan Institute and was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2008.

Prior to joining Lydecker Diaz, Miami’s former mayor was an IOP Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard during 2010.

Junilla Sledziewski and Melanie Dawn Wood

Junilla Sledziewski and Melanie Dawn Wood

1 - Philippe Houdard & Manny Diaz

Philippe Houdard and Manny Diaz

2 - L.J Rodriguez, Manny Diaz & Andrew Garcia

L.J Rodríguez, Manny Díaz and Andrew García

3 - Kimberly Prince, Allie Schwartz, Jami Baker & Yanet Obarrio-S

Kimberly Prince, Allie Schwartz, Jami Baker and Yanet Obarrio-Sánchez

4 - Eric Fernandez, Manny Diaz & Ralph Rosado

Eric Fernández, Manny Díaz and Ralph Rosado

5 - Miami Transformed Book

Copies of Miami Transformed waiting to be autographed by the author

7 - Bill Fernandez & CH James

Bill Fernández and CH James




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