Tampa, FL

12 Jun 2018

13 Jun 2018

2018 Learners to Earners Workforce Summit


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Is Florida’s Workforce Ready?

Talent is Florida’s best economic development tool. But how can businesses ensure Florida’s workforce is ready to meet future need? Join business leaders, industry experts, elected officials and community leaders for the 2018 Learners to Earners Workforce Summit, where you’ll be able to hear from and network with industry leaders looking for talent and those tasked with ensuring Florida’s students are ready for the future of work.

For more information on how you can get involved, email Kat Bustamante.

Your 2018 Learners to Earners Workforce Summit Agenda* Includes:

Tuesday, June 12

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.     Networking Breakfast and Registration Opens

9:00 a.m.                Summit Begins

  • Welcome & Overview
    • Charles Hokanson, Senior Vice President, Florida Community Engagement, Helios Education Foundation
  • Workforce Demands in a Changing World: Preparing for Disruption & Opportunities
    • Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • Building Florida’s Future: Leveraging the Skills of All Floridians
    • Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam
  • Florida 2030 Research Initiative: What We Found, What It Means, and What’s We Must Do Now
    • Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber Foundation
    • John Kaliski, Principal, Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
    • Raymond Thompson, Ph.D., Vice President, Higher Education Services, MGT Consulting Group, LLC
  • Insights from the Edge of Innovation: Preparing for the Talents Demands of Today and Tomorrow
    • Stu Bean, Network Services Engagement Executive, IBM Global Technology Services
    • Deborah Curry, President and CEO, Florida Institute of CPAs
    • Felicia Harvey, ‎Corporate Affairs Lead, Amgen Capability Center, ‎Amgen
    • Chester Kennedy, CEO, BRIDG
    • Ava Parker, J.D., President, Palm Beach State College
    • Terry Parker, Provost, Florida Polytechnic University

12:00 p.m. Lunch

  • Honor Roll Presentation- Honoring Florida Legislators who earned the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Honor roll rating for their work on securing Florida’s future.
  • Building A Stronger Nation: What’s Behind the Need and Urgency for Florida’s Attainment Goal?
    • Scott Jenkins, Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation
  • Forecasting Industries, Pathways and the Skills Needed to Succeed
    • Moderator: Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D.
    • Adrienne Johnston, ‎Bureau Chief, Labor Market Statistics, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
    • Michelle Dennard, President and CEO, CareerSource Florida
    • County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey, Pasco County
  • Chancellor Panel: What It Takes to Succeed and What We Need to Prepare the Next Generation of Florida’s Leaders
    • Chancellor Madeline Pumariega, Florida College System
    • Chancellor Marshall Criser, III, State University System of Florida

4:00 p.m.                Day 1 Adjourns

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.     Networking Reception for all Attendees- Join us as we honor the Florida Department of Education Business Recognition Award Recipients

Dinner on your own


Wednesday, June 13

7:30-8:30 a.m.        Networking Breakfast and registration opens

8:30 a.m.                Summit Begins

  • Welcome & Overview
    • Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber Foundation
  • TheFloridaScorecard.org: A Look at Today’s Trends and How They Impact Tomorrow’s Workforce
    • Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D., Chief Economist and Director of Research, Florida Chamber Foundation
  • The Early Years: Why We Need to Get It Right From the Start (Brought to you by the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Business Alliance for Early Learning)
  • Kim Reckley, ‎VP, Client & Community Relations Director, Office of the Regional President, ‎PNC Bank
  • Working Together to Create Conditions for Success
    • Saralyn Grass, Executive Director, Association of Early Learning Coalitions, Inc.
  • One Year Later: What Florida Did To Move the Needle
    • Brittany Birken, Ph.D., CEO, Florida Children’s Council
    • Representative Erin Grall (District 54)
  • Creating Early Success Opportunities for the Graduating Class of 2030 and Beyond
    • Rodney J. MacKinnon, Executive Director, Office of Early Learning, State of Florida
  • Florida’s Future Prosperity: Why Grade Level Reading Matters so Much
    • Charles Hokanson, Senior Vice President, Florida Community Engagement, Helios Education Foundation
  • Ensuring All Learners are ready for Tomorrow
    • Shan Goff, Florida Policy Director, Foundation for Excellence in Education
  • Expanding Educational Opportunities for Florida’s Low-Income Students
    • Kim Dyson, President and CEO, AAA Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
  • Preparing for the Future: College and Career Readiness
    • Russ Coughenour, Assistant Vice President of Career Services, University of South Florida
    • Troy Miller, Associate Director for Research & Policy, Florida College Access Network
    • Michal Preston, ‎Executive Director, Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities
  • New Paradigm For The Encore Stage Of Life
    • Bevan Gray-Rogel, President and Founder, Encore Tampa Bay
  • Paths to Prosperity for All Floridians
    • Jennifer Grove, Community Development Manager, Gulf Power Company
    • Rick Homans, President and CEO, Tampa Bay Partnership

12:00 p.m. Lunch

  • Businesses Can Lead the Way: A Conversation with Wells Fargo
    • Michael Harpole, Florida Regional Manager, Wells Fargo Merchant Services
  • Florida Commissioner of Education’s Business Recognition Award Program
    • Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart

1:00 p.m.                Summit Adjourns

*agenda subject to change

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Cancellation requests for registrations received by May 21, 2018 will be issued a refund, less a $75 per person administrative fee. All cancellations must be made in writing and e-mailed to tprice@flchamber.com.

Cancellation requests received after May 21, 2018 will not be issued a refund.

For questions, please call the Florida Chamber at 850.521.1200 or send an email to summits@FLFoundation.org.