Today’s Decisions. Tomorrow’s Future.

Tuesday, February 20 1:30pm – 8:30pm

Spark Growth Leaders’ Exchange

Don’t miss this fast-paced event for people who want to know…

 

The agenda for the event from 1:30pm-6pm includes keynotes, panels and lightning talks to stretch the imagination and inspire. An evening reception and dinner follow at 6pm to meet the leaders and build relationships, closing with fireside chat finale of “Today’s Decisions. Tomorrow’s Future.”

We are in a time of unprecedented change, with major new challenges facing us every day. As leaders, thinkers and problem solvers, even the unspoken rules of business and innovation we once used no longer apply. For the future of your business, how you manage change is as important as knowing what changes to make.

2018 Speakers

Walt Ritscher

Walt Ritscher

Senior Staff Instructor at LinkedIn Learning & Lynda.com

“Data: Visualize This!”

More and more aspects of our lives and work are moving to the cloud, devices monitor and record our every move, all producing incredible amounts of data per individual. The implications are endless and overwhelming, with experts suggesting that this “data” is the new currency. What does it all mean? What use is it to you and your organization? And where do you start?

Dominie Garcia

Dominie Garcia

Smart Cities Program Lead Battelle

“Where’s the Money?”

As cities look to harness the power of technology to better serve their citizens through increased economic opportunities and better quality of life, who pays for it and how? See what some communities are doing to deploy capital more effectively for greater impact.

Chris Castro

Chris Castro

Director of Sustainability at City of Orlando

“Food for Life…Today and Tomorrow.”

It can be easy to throw around the “live, work, play” buzzwords. However fostering quality places that provide quality of life encompasses all public and private sectors and requires leaders to collaborate for any type of real results. Discover how one eco-warrior is making a difference in his city and around the world to make “live, work, play” sustainable and more than a buzzword.

John Osborne

John Osborne

Infrastructure & Strategic Planning Official, Manatee County Government

“Moving Beyond Good…to Great!”

Even the most sophisticated mapping tools require your current location before they can identify a route to your desired destination. Although many communities would like to be, “put any name here”, understanding where you are currently: assets, economic clusters, history and culture is essential to develop authentic solutions that can move you from today into your tomorrow.

Carl Callahan

Carl Callahan

City Administrator and Director of Economic Development at City of Bradenton

“From Sand pile to Catalyst for Economic Growth.”

Talked about for decades, once the BOLD decision was made to move forward with the Bradenton Riverwalk this internationally acclaimed 1.5 mile park was finished on time and under budget. Since the completion in November 2012, what have been the economic impacts on development and what can we learn as more than ever communities need leaders willing to be BOLD?

IAM Solutions

SIMP – Student Industrial Manufacturing Program

“Transforming Education and Industry – It Starts Here!”

Known for decades as the land of opportunity and as the leader in innovation, in recent years as some manufacturing has moved to foreign soils and as what were considered “third world” nations “emerge”, the U.S. has faced numerous challenges. Find out what a few students and engineering educators are doing to bring engineering education, entrepreneurship and advanced manufacturing together into something that could transform education and industry. And it all really does start here!

Panel Discussions

“Business Pillars Speak on Community and Staying Relevant in a Dynamic Marketplace”

“The Future is Here”

 

Panelists

Glenn Palmiere

Glenn Palmiere

VP of Business Development MediVu

Jeff Johnson

AARP Florida State Director

Kevin Weiss

VP of Growth & Strategy at Amplio Digital

Chris Peer

VP Sales – ‎Flowers Foods & Subsidiaries

Testimonials

We are in a time of unprecedented change, with major new challenges facing us every day. As leaders, thinkers and problem solvers, even the unspoken rules of business and innovation we once used no longer apply. For the future of your business, how you manage change is as important as knowing what changes to make.

  • Take the time to invest in yourself, in getting the education and enrichment from thought leaders. I come here and get all of these wonderful thoughts brewing in my head – and it’s enough to sustain me for a year of being creative in what I do. Ruth A. Buchanan, MBA, CEcD, Economic Development Program Manager, City Manager’s Office – City of North Port
  • I come with an open mind and am prepared to be challenged, and meet people who are thinking about things that I care about, in new ways and from different perspectives that will then enhance my own ways of thinking. Bonny Moellenbrock, Leader in Impact Investment Field

See what more people are saying…

Innovation keeps existing companies alive and is the source for launching new ones. Whether product, service, or business model – it is innovation that provides a relevant edge on value proposition in a rapidly changing global marketplace. We can debate the nuances of invention and innovation, however in the world we live in, if you don’t navigate change you will cease to be relevant. Whether you are a business, an organization or a community, the marketplace rewards those that provide value and those that don’t disappear.

With great change, comes great opportunities and event greater challenges. With the lines more blurred than ever between public, private and independent sectors and a global interdependence – as leaders we will be stretched in how we communicate, collaborate, and implement.

Today’s Decisions. Tomorrow’s Future.

 

2017 Leaders Conference Video Recap

Picture of Interactive Technology Display – Courtesy of Microsoft UTC Store

 

Conference Sponsors and Partners

City of Bradenton

Taft

Manatee County

Trace Eye-D

Manatee Chamber of Commerce

Spring Fin

Microsoft

City of North Port

DevEvolved

Hartwell Capitol Consulting

Today’s Decisions. Tomorrow’s Future.

Tuesday, February 20 1:30pm – 8:30pm

Spark Growth Leaders’ Exchange