CareerSource Suncoast Announces Open Registration for Conference Aimed to Tackle Employment Challenges on the Suncoast

CareerSource Suncoast, the regional workforce board for Manatee and Sarasota counties, announces that registration is open for the State of Talent Conference on May 19, 2017 at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. The all-day conference will bring together human resources professionals and operations directors to focus on how to better recruit, train and retain talent for our region’s current and future workforce. Registration is $79 and includes lunch and light snacks throughout the day. There is also an option for $99 which includes $20 to support Journey to Success, a program within CareerSource Suncoast that focuses on career development for disadvantaged young adults 18-24 years old. Donations for Journey to Success go towards scholarships, industry field trips and materials needed for a five-week summer session. Online registration is available at

The State of Talent conference will host seven speakers as well as a panel discussing the benefits of creating an age-friendly workplace and best practices to be effective. The day will wrap up with a second panel of local human resources experts who will share their experiences and best practices on establishing and maintaining high-quality employees.
“We are very excited about the level of interest we’ve already received for this event, and it’s clear that there is a need for our region to come together and address the state of our current and future workforce. Employers are tuned in to their own needs and address challenges at their level, but there is power and knowledge in numbers. By coming together, community partners and business leaders can leverage their knowledge and best practices to strategize and think ahead so we can enhance the talent pipeline in our region. Being at the center of workforce, education, and business, CareerSource Suncoast is looking forward to collaborating with leaders in our region to tackle such an important issue.” – Ted Ehrlichman, President and CEO of CareerSource Suncoast.
Topics include:
  • Suncoast State of Talent, our workforce today and looking ahead to the future of talent in our region
  • Mentoring Interns and New Hires
  • Transformational Leadership, innovative solutions for engaging and managing the workforce
  • Age-friendly Workplaces, opportunities and challenges in becoming a diverse workplace
  • Creating a High-Performance Culture, harnessing the power of behavioral gamification
  • State of Students, what students are saying about their perceptions of careers in our region
  • Shifting Wellbeing into the Discipline of Professional Development, how your employees’ wellbeing is strongly connected to performance, productivity and engagement
  • Best Practices in Human Resources
Speakers and panelists include Adrienne Johnston, Chief of the Bureau of Labor Market Statistics; Dr. Robert Shindell, President and CEO of Intern Bridge; Dr. Rick Goodman; Dr. Laurey Stryker and Dr. Kathy Black of the Patterson Foundation; Harry Hobson of Plymouth Harbor; Steve Shenbaum, Founder and President of game on NATION; Kristi Hoskinson, Wellbeing, Performance and Development Consultant for FCCI; Holly Shearer, Human Resources for Design Concepts/Marine Concepts and Melissa Miner of PGT Custom Windows + Doors.
Sponsors include SRQ Media, Kerkering, Barberio & Co., University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, FCCI Insurance Group, Population Health Consultants, Sarasota-Manatee Human Resources Association, Monster/Herald-Tribune Media Group, Jason’s Deli, Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation and Plymouth Harbor.
For more information and to register for the State of Talent conference, please visit
About CareerSource Suncoast
CareerSource Suncoast is a non-profit dedicated to providing education and tools to connect employers with skilled talent. Our mission is to recruit, train and retain talent for employers on the Suncoast. An equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this document may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711.