2018 State of Talent Conference

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Event Schedule

24May, 2018
1Registration7:30 AM - 9:00 AM6th Floor
2Pre-Conference Workshop - Developing today's students for tomorrow's workforceLeadership in Education 8:00 AM - 8:45 AMSea Star
3Pre-Conference Workshop - Stress: Your Friend & Your Solution to High Performance and BalanceNatalie Johnson 8:00 AM - 8:45 AMCoral Bay
4Opening Session / BreakfastSteven Pedigo 9:00 AM - 10:15 AMTriton Ballroom
5Talent Track - Session 1Dr. Robert Shindell 10:30 AM - 11:30 AMSea Star
6Leadership Track - Session 1To Be Announced 10:30 AM - 11:30 AMCoral Bay
7Innovation in Workforce LuncheonDavid Houle 11:45 AM - 1:15 PMTriton Ballroom
8Talent Track - Session 2Steve Shenbaum 1:30 PM - 2:30 PMSea Star
9Leadership Track - Session 2Sean Dotson 1:30 PM - 2:30 PMCoral Bay
10Talent Track - Session 3Kathy McDonald 2:45 PM - 3:45 PMSea Star
11Leadership Track - Session 3To Be Announced 2:45 PM - 3:45 PMCoral Bay
12Closing SessionTo Be Announced 4:00 PM - 5:00 PMTriton Ballroom
13Networking5:15 PM - 7:00PMEVOQ Terrace

Who's Speaking?

Steven Pedigo
Steven Pedigo
Director of Cities & Research
Steven Pedigo is the director of cities and research for the Creative Class Group, a global think tank comprised of ...
Kathy McDonald
Kathy McDonald
Assistant Director of Network Partnerships
Kathy McDonald is the Assistant Director of Network Partnerships for the Florida College Access Network, ...
Natalie Johnson
Natalie Johnson
Natalie Johnson is the President of Population Health Consultants,  a firm focusing on creating healthy populations ...
Sean Dotson
Sean Dotson
Sean, a Tampa, Florida native, is President and CEO of RND Automation & Engineering and MDC Packaging ...
David Houle
David Houle
David Houle is a futurist, thinker and keynote speaker.  He has keynoted numerous conferences across the country ...
Dr. Robert Shindell
Dr. Robert Shindell
President & CEO
Dr. Robert Shindell is the President & CEO of Intern Bridge, the nation’s premier experiential education ...
Steve Shenbaum
Steve Shenbaum
President & CEO
Steve Shenbaum is a classically trained actor/comedian and the President and Founder of the nationally acclaimed ...

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Early Bird
  • Conference (5 CE Credits)
  • Breakfast
  • Workshops
  • Innovation in Workforce Luncheon
  • Networking Event
Innovation in Workforce Luncheon
  • Sponsored by: Ringling College of Art + Design

  • 2018 Innovation in Workforce Luncheon

Conference Learning Outcomes

Better Recruiting

Learn from experts on what does it take to find the right talent for your organizations. What programs and best practices are being used to hire the best workforce for your organization.

Better Training

In today’s “gig” economy and multi-generational workforce, we must find opportunities to create learning environments for everyone. Learn how to build your team into a 21st century workforce.

Better Retaining

There’s no doubt the cost associated with losing employees. What are you doing to create a culture where employees stay engaged, which increases performances and ultimately makes you more successful.

Economic & Community Development

What’s businesses’ role for increasing the quality of life in a community? Join us as we look at best practices.

2018 Innovation in Workforce Luncheon

Join us for the first annual Innovation in Workforce Luncheon presented by Ringling College of Art + Design during the 2018 State of Talent Conference. We hope you will join us for the conference but if you can only attend this year’s luncheon, you can purchase a separate ticket below.

For those registered for the 2018 State of Talent Conference, the Innovation in Workforce luncheon is included in your conference registration.

Highlights from 2017

Recruit. Train. Retain

The 2017 State of Talent Conference was our inaugural SOTC. We brought together some of the regions top leaders to speak to a sold-out crowd on best practices in the areas of recruiting, training, and retaining talent on the Suncoast. We hope you will join us for the 2017 conference!

Westin Downtown Sarasota

This year’s conference will be held at the Westin in Downtown Sarasota. We’re excited to celebrate this beautiful new hotel in our downtown core with beautiful views of both downtown and the Sarasota Bay. Don’t forget to join us for our networking event following the conference on the terrace.