National Conference on Industry Sector Growth Strategies

National Conference on Industry Sector Growth Strategies

For 10 years, CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay have successfully hosted the annual Tampa Bay Regional Business & Education Summit. During the annual event, business and education leaders from both sides of Tampa Bay convene in one setting to focus on region specific industry needs. Past speakers included: Steve Wozniak, Theresa Payton, Adam Davidson, Dr. Barry Asmus, and Jeff Colvin.

The time has come to take the next step.

Join other business and community leaders to include Boeing, Gulfstream Aerospace, HCA, Raymond James, and US Representative Virginia Foxx to take part in The Voice of Business: National Conference on Industry Sector Growth Strategies December 7-9, 2017. Attendees will be able to provide and gain feedback on industry needs, vision for the future of work, talent challenges, and skills required to take their business to the next level. In addition, experts from fast-growing industries will share their insights on current economic position and what its future may hold.

Who Should Attend?

Employers • Workforce Professionals • Economic Developers • Educators

Keynote Speaker

Mark Blyth, Political Economist & Author

​​ Noted author, professor and expert on global politics and economics, Dr. Blyth regularly speaks to diverse global audiences including financial institutions, multi-national corporations, associations, governments and literary festivals. In addition to keynote speeches, he is a sought after moderator and live interviewer for notable figures such as Tony Blair, Gerhard Schroeder, and the ex-Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis. Blyth distinguishes himself on the speaking circuit with an ability to break down complex, financial and political issues with clarity and sharp Scottish wit. He predicted the Brexit vote, Trump’s election and Italy’s referendum well before most pundits.

Hear him speak about “Politics and Economics in a New Era”

Schedule of Events

Thursday, December 7th

  • 2:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Regional Sector Strategy Update
  • 4:00pm - 4:30pm
    Dr. Tonjua Williams, St. Petersburg College
    Topic: How Education is Addressing Advanced Technologies
  • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
    Advance Robotics for Manufacturing Institute: The Impact of Automation and Robotics on the Workforce
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Networking / Hors d'oeuvres / Cash Bar

Friday, December 8th

  • 8:00am 
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am - 9:30am
    Welcome, General Remarks and Opening Speaker
  • 9:30am - 11:00am
    Speaker: Mark Blyth
    Topic: Politics and Economics in a New Era
  • 11:00am - 11:30am
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm
    ​Lunch and Economist and Workforce Panel
    • Scott Brown, PhD, Raymond James Financial Services
    • Robert G Broyles, Boeing
    • Angel Brown, BayCare Health System 
    • Cassie Batayias, Gulfstream Aerospace
    • Steve Moldrem, Embraer Executive Aircraft
    • Darrel Stern, Embraer Executive Aircraft
  • 1:00pm - 1:30pm
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
    Industry Breakout Sessions
    • Healthcare
    • Technology
    • Manufacturing/Aviation
    • Financial and Shared Services
  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
    Break / Refreshments
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    ​Wrap Up/Networking

Saturday, December 9th

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am
  • 9:05am
    Dr. Sean Snaith, University of Central Florida Institute of Economic Competitiveness
    Topic: An Economic Forecast in a Time of Rapid Technological Change
  • 10:30am
    Speaker: Representative Virginia Foxx, Chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce
  • 12:00pm
    Closing Remarks

Big Thanks to Our Sponsors


New Horizons Computer Learning Centers


Duke Energy

Great Bay Distributors

IBEW #308

Palms of Pasadena Hospital

National Electrical Contractors Association

St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute

National Aviation Academy

The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute