Friday Agenda

April 11

8:00       Doors open for Registration and Networking

Early Morning refreshments provided.

Session One

Innovation:: Life sciences face the challenges of increased longevity and improved performance, and extending quality of life

Moderator: Michael VanButsel ~ Business Chair for Bio-Florida Manatee-Sarasota Chapter

We are challenged and pushed by technology to change, life expectancies are increasing and retirement as it was once known has disappeared by choice or from necessity. With a truly global economy and governments challenged by an expanding older population – what does this mean and how do we navigate these new needs?

Session Two 

Education:: Neuroscience + Learning Psychology + Education Technology = Education 3.0

Keynote: Jeff Borden, Academic Strategist at Pearson

How do we prepare students today for the kind of work, thinking, and problem solving that they will need in 2020? How do we prepare a workforce that will see more workers remote than at a specific location? How do we help our people, who will work more in teams than as individuals, who will work on more projects at a single time than ever before, and who will interface with technology which is changing at an increasing rate? How do we encourage learning for these skills when our schools are still focused on what was required in industrial-aged work vs. the multi-tasking required today? Schools that are filled with individual projects and where grades trump all else, with instruction doing everything possible to hone concentrated focus, and when the majority of classrooms (K-20) still require students to put away their devices and stop using the web so that they can “learn?” We are dealing with old rules in a new world!


Served Lunch

Collaborate ~ Innovate ~ Educate

Fireside Chat with Ed Morrison and Jeff Borden


Session Four

Moderator: Commissioner Kathryn Starkey ~  Pasco County

Education:: Celebrating successes where we find them.

Looking at the challenges faced in the arena of education, the conversation often centers around what are perceived as failures: outdated and irrelevant curriculum, lack of appropriate resources, and increasing class sizes – all leading to an underperforming work force as just one of the repercussions. In this discussion we will move past the obvious issues to illuminate those things we’re doing that do work. The question becomes: how can we do more of what’s right?

Afternoon Refreshments

Session Five 

Moderator: Mireya Eavey ~ Career Edge

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?

Wrapping it up with Mark Sharpe

Commissioner Mark Sharpe, Chair Hillsborough BOCC. 

A Tampa native, Mark Sharpe was elected to the County Commission Countywide District 7 seat in 2004. He was re-elected in 2006 and again in 2010 to serve his final four-year term. Sharpe was elected chairman of the County Commission in November 2013. He was the Board’s vice chairman from 2007-2011.

Prior to his election, Sharpe served eight years as an active-duty officer in the U.S. Navy. He retired after two decades of service, which included 12 years in the U.S. Naval Reserves. After receiving a bachelor's degree in multinational business from Florida State University, he earned a master's degree in strategic studies from the University of South Florida.

Economic development and transportation comprise his top priorities in office. In 2013, Sharpe championed the development of the Economic Development Innovation Initiative (EDI2), a comprehensive program developed to drive the growth of technology and innovation startups through funding for startup activities and events. Also in 2013, he led efforts to form the Transportation Economic Development Policy Group, composed of members of the county commission, the mayor’s of Hillsborough’s three cities and the executive director of HART, to develop transit solutions that support high-wage economic development. Sharpe is chairman of the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization and is an active member of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART).

He serves on the board of directors for the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and Tampa Bay Partnership, and also represents the County Commission on the boards of the Museum of Science and Industry and Tourist Development Council