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2022 Florida Learners to Earners Workforce Solution Summit

June 28

In order to compete on a global stage, Florida’s economy must continue its forward momentum and not only create 1.62 million net new jobs by 2030, but ensure its future workforce is prepared to fill these positions – today’s learners are tomorrow’s earners.

Join The Florida Chamber Foundation for the 2022 Florida Learners to Earners Workforce Solution Summit, June 28, 2022, from 9:00am-4:00pm EDT in Tampa, Florida, to engage with Florida’s business leaders, education and workforce advocates, and elected officials as they discuss the importance of investing in early learning and closing the skills gaps in the current and future workforce.


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The Movement to Prepare Today’s Learners to Become Tomorrow’s Earners
Mark Wilson, President, Florida Chamber of Commerce & Foundation

Get There: Transform Your Future with CTE
Henry Mack, Senior Chancellor, Florida Department of Education | Dr. Kevin O’Farrell, Chancellor, Florida Department of Education | Dr. Keith Richard, Statewide Director of Career and Technical Education Quality, Florida Department of Education

How Can Businesses Support Early Learning?
Moderator: Madeleine Thakur, President, The Children’s Movement of Florida | Marian Cacciatore, Human Resources Vice President, Tampa Electric | Qualenta Kivett, Executive Vice President, Chief of People and Talent, Tampa General Hospital

Small Steps for Big Results
Sandi Moore, President & CEO, Leesburg Chamber of Commerce

Evolving Our Philanthropic Efforts
Linda Gonzalez, Vice President of Community and Government Relations, Orlando Magic and President, Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF) | Kelly Romanoff, Innovation & Impact Officer, Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

Is Education Keeping Pace with Business Needs?
Moderator: Michelle Dennard, President & CEO, CareerSource Florida | K. Beth Duffield, Early Talent Engagement, Ascension | Tripp Crouch, Board President, Florida Association for Child Care Management and President, Children’s Nest Day School

The Value of Interpersonal Curriculum
Kim Reckley, Senior Vice President, Client & Community Relations Director, Office of the Regional President, PNC Bank | Tiffany Vause, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Florida Ready to Work

12:00PM-1:00PM – LUNCH

Reimagining the Dream Job
Patty Keenan, Chief Learning Officer, Miller Electric Company

Are We Prepared for the Future of Work? Building America’s BEST Workforce
Moderator: Sam Verghese, Chief Operations Officer, Florida Virtual School | Alan Keesee, CEO, HCA Florida Capital Hospital | David Cross, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, Coca Cola Florida | Terrie Ard, Chair-Elect, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and President & COO, The Moore Agency

Where Are You Sourcing Talent?
Moderator: Chad Sorenson, President, HR Florida | Dr. Larry Robinson, President, Florida A&M University | Gary Vien, Chief Administrative Officer, Suncoast Credit Union


Breaking Down the Barriers: FutureMakers
Tessa LeSage, FutureMakers Coalition Lead, Collaboratory

Opening the Door – A Look at Successful Apprenticeship Programs
Moderator: Zoraida Velasco, Executive Vice President, FloridaMakes | Jon Gustafson, Director, HR Economic Development Opportunities, Lockheed Martin Corporation | Kevin Sheilley, President & CEO, Ocala Metro Chamber & Economic Partnership | Jeff Chang, HR Senior Manager, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Where Are the Challenges and How Do We Overcome Them?
Kyle Baltuch, SVP, Equality of Opportunity, Florida Chamber Foundation | Dave Sobush, Director of Research, Florida Chamber Foundation

Takeaways and Call to Action
Mark Wilson, President, Florida Chamber of Commerce & Foundation


In-Person Early Bird Registration – $299.00 (early bird registration closes June 3, 2022)
In-Person Regular Registration – $329.00 (after June 3, 2022)
Virtual/Livestream Registration: $199.00
Questions? Contact Stephanie Thomas at 850-521-1280 or sthomas@flchamber.com for more information.

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Questions? Contact Travis McGilvary at 850-521-1252 or tmcgilvary@flchamber.com for more information.

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*Hotel Reservations can be made at:
Saddlebrook Resort-Tampa
5700 Saddlebrook Way
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

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*The deadline to receive the reduced special group rate has passed.  To reserve a room, call 813-907-4401 and request the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Learners to Earners Workforce Solution Summit rate. The hotel will make every effort to honor this rate.  If you encounter any issues, please email Stephanie Thomas at sthomas@flchamber.com.


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