Mr. Obama will use an address at Valencia College in Orlando to emphasize his administration’s efforts to give more women access to higher education and to promote equality in the workplace, a White House official said. He is also scheduled to meet with small group of students and workers before heading to Miami for two fund-raisers.
The event at Valencia College is the first in a series of regional forums on women’s issues that senior administration officials plan to attend in the next few months. The forums will help set the agenda for the president’s Summit on Working Families in June, which will discuss programs that can help women but that do not require approval by Congress, where much of his agenda has stalled. The effort is part of Mr. Obama’s “pen and phone” strategy, which involves executive orders and his ability to recruit high-ranking government officials and business leaders to accomplish his goals.
“He is very curious to hear the types of suggestions that he will garner as we go through this process from city to city,” Valerie Jarrett, a senior White House adviser, said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday. The White House is planning other forums in Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston and New York.