Chris Laney

Director of Education & Community Investment @ CareerSource Suncoast

In 2013, Laney had a vision to bring students together to inspire them about their futures. Through this effort and partnership with the Sarasota Young Professionals and Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, the State of Jobs Conference was created. Over the past three years, the State of Jobs Conference has inspired over 1200 students and brought together over 150 speakers discussing topics related careers, colleges, and leadership. After three years, the State of Jobs Conference is on the brink of expanding and growing into a regional conference for students to continue to be inspired when it comes to college and careers. As part of the State of Jobs Conference, a survey is conducted asking students about their perception on careers, colleges and living in the region. The data from this survey is compiled into the State of Students report.

Laney is the Director of Education and Community Investment for CareerSource Suncoast where he oversees youth programming including Journey to Success and the State of Jobs Conference, in addition to overseeing the State of Talent Conference. Laney holds a bachelors in Technology Management from State College of Florida and an MBA from Saint Leo University.