Innovation:: The treasure hunt for talent

Innovation:: The treasure hunt for talent… It is right in front of us.

How do we successfully integrate and utilize the individual value propositions of the incredibly diverse workforce of boomers through digital natives? How do “students”, which we have all become through the rapidly changing technology landscape, acquire the experience to perform well in the marketplace? What is and does reintegration and reinvention mean to this dynamic environment? How do today’s talent challenges provide tomorrow’s talent solutions?

Mireya (Castillo) Eavey ~ Executive Director Career Edge

• 25+ years of executive leadership experience in both the public and private sectors
• Demonstrated ability to grow membership, engagement and partnership participation in  workforce development and economic development initiatives
• Track record in increasing revenues and investments for non-profits engaged in workforce and economic development, as well as education, Pre-K through college or career
• Relationships established with over three dozen business, civic and community-based organizations
• Skilled in managing the nuances of public-private investment and programming
• Experience in maneuvering the dynamics of integrated partnerships among large systems and agencies.

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative is dedicated to helping area employers meet the challenges of a fast-changing economy. One of the principal ways we do that is by filling the worker "skill gaps" that prevent leading employers from achieving stronger rates of revenue growth.

MISSION STATEMENT: Our mission is to provide an exceptional labor force to a region’s growing industries by leveraging community assets and forming high-performing workforce partnerships.

VISION STATEMENT: CareerEdge will be known as the region’s distinguished workforce development organization that promotes economic prosperity through strong employer-labor and community partnerships

CareerEdge was formed in 2009 by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Bradenton Central CRA, the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation Inc., Bank of America and the Manatee County Action Agency. Mark Pritchett, Senior Vice President for Community Investment of Gulf Coast Community Foundation Inc., serves as Co-Chairman and is charged with fiscal oversight of the initiative.

Bevan Gray-Rogel ~ President and founder of Encore Tampa Bay

Bevan Gray-Rogel is the President and founder of Encore Tampa Bay.  Encore Tampa Bay’s mission is to provide pathways, programs and resources that help Baby Boomers discover and connect to their Encore Careers.  As an advocate, communicator, convener and connecter - Bevan is working with community leaders, non-profits, business leaders and educational institutions to identify programs and opportunities for Boomers to execute their Encore Career.  She is providing these programs in the Greenhouse- Encore Academy.

Bevan was chosen to be a part the National Encore organization’s Encore Innovation Fellow (leadership) program.  She will be putting in place a premiere “Encore Entrepreneur” program at the Encore Academy in the Greenhouse.

Bevan has over 35 years of experience in the field of Organization Development and Leadership.  She has worked internally for profit and non profit organizations assisting them with Leadership development, managing change, team building and strategic planning.  In 1996, Bevan started her own organizational development consulting firm, Graylan Consulting, LLC.  Bevan is currently on the faculty of the Center for Transformation and Innovation (USF) where she develops and facilitates leadership programs across the country.

Bevan received her MBA at George Washington University in Organizational Behavior and Development.  Her undergraduate degree was in Psychology at Lake Forest College.


Amy F. Rettig ~ SVP, Nielsen External Affairs
Regional Community Alliances Florida Site Leadership 

Amy Rettig is in her 20th year working at Nielsen in early 2014.  Prior to her role in External Affairs for the Company, she was the VP of Public Affairs.  She has been a Florida resident for over 33 years living in Pinellas, Polk, Orange, Manatee, Hernando, and Hillsborough counties.  After acquiring her BA in Communications from the University of Central Florida, Amy began her career as a Leadership Consultant for Zeta Tau Alpha traveling to colleges and universities across the U.S.  She then worked as Director, Student Activities at Thomas More College before joining Nielsen in 1994 where she has held positions in Human Resources, Training & Development, Client Service, and Communications.  Amy is involved a number of local organizations and is the current Chair of the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce Trustee Committee, as well as a Board Member and Chair of their Trustee Committee; American Heart Association’s Circle of Red; University of South Florida Women in Leadership and Philanthropy; St. Leo University College of Business Advisory Board; and Hillsborough Community College Radio and TV Advisory Board.  She volunteers time with both Pinellas and Hillsborough Education Foundations and is a board member of the Pinellas Education Foundation, AMIkids Pinellas, and Girls Night to Give.  She was a proud member of Leadership Florida’s Class 29.  Residing in St. Petersburg with her husband and 11 year-old daughter, she is an active member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church.  Amy’s interests revolve around travel, running, her four brother’s families, friendships, and her Swiss heritage.