Vision 2022 Business and Education Summit- January 10th, 2022

CareerSource Tampa Bay Announces Business and Education Summit

~Vision 2022 to highlight demands of the Tampa Bay job market~


TAMPA, FL – CareerSource Tampa Bay will hold an education and business summit on Monday, January 10, 2022. Vision 2022: Shaping the Future of Work will be held at the Tampa Marriott Water Street in downtown Tampa. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with coffee and networking starting at 8:30 a.m.

For more information or to register for the event, please visit CareerSource Tampa Bay’s Vision 2022 website at: Individual registration for the event is $50 per person. Sponsorships are also available for businesses who want to help underwrite the event or would like to register multiple individuals.

“We held the Vision 2020 event in February 2020, just before the pandemic hit,” said CEO John Flanagan. “This will be the first time we’ve had a major event since the pandemic. This will be a great opportunity to get the pulse of the community as it pertains to our workforce in Tampa Bay.

” The keynote speaker for the event will Chef Jeff Henderson, an award-winning chef, The New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur, television personality, and highly soughtafter speaker on personal and professional development.

Jeff started his culinary career in the unlikeliest of places: prison. While serving nearly ten years, he discovered an untapped passion for cooking, which led to executive chef positions at Bellagio and Caesars Palace.

Other confirmed speakers include Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, who will speak on her workforce initiatives in Tampa, and Dr. Chris Laney from EMSI speaking on workforce trends.

This year’s event will feature eight industry breakout sessions and three-panel discussions. Attendees will gain valuable insight on workforce opportunities and challenges post-Covid, learn of talent education challenges, and the skills required to advance businesses in Tampa Bay.

A Business Sector CEO Panel will be helmed by Ben Hom the CSTB Chair and moderated by CareerSource Tampa Bay CEO John Flanagan and National Association of Workforce Boards, President and CEO Ron Painter.

The CEO Panel will be joined by Earl Buford, the President of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning or CAEL, and Jill St. Thomas, CEO of Tampa Bay Tech.

The Education Panel will include Henry Mack, the Chancellor at the Florida Department of Education, Dr. Jeffrey D. Senese, the President of Saint Leo University, and Addison Davis, Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent. A Women in Business Panel is also planned with Lakshmi Shenoy, the CEO of Embarc Collective and Suzanne Ricci, the Chief Success Officer at the Computer Coach Training Center.

Breakout sessions will also be featured where business leaders can join the workforce discussion and help to shape future initiatives and programming for the following industry sectors:

• Manufacturing and Logistics and Transportation • Hospitality and Tourism / Professional Services

• Life Sciences / Healthcare

• Tech / IT / Cyber Security

• Construction / Clean Energy Initiatives

• Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

• Military/Professional Services / Finance

• Educating Our Future Workforce – Apprenticeships

“This year’s event will offer CareerSource Tampa Bay and our partners an opportunity to hear from members and leaders of the industry on their demands in the new post pandemic business landscape. We are happy to have the great lineup of members in local industries to help direct and improve the workflow of Tampa Bay,” said John Flanagan CareerSource Tampa Bay CEO. “We are proud to partner and provide insight and services to get talent back to work in the Tampa Bay Area.”

CareerSource Tampa Bay will compile insights gained at the summit and publish a report that will inform future workforce programs. The goal is to gain feedback on industry needs, the vision for the future of work, talent challenges and skills required to take businesses to the next level.

See video from the previous event, Vision 2020:

About CareerSource Tampa Bay

Programs and initiatives are sponsored by CareerSource Tampa Bay and the State of Florida, Department of Economic Opportunity and fully supported by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture as part of awards totaling $23,321,277.

CareerSource Tampa Bay works with businesses and candidates to leverage their training, retraining, and competitive opportunities in the workforce. CareerSource Tampa Bay provided 173,319 services to 37,054 active Wagner-Peyser individuals during the program year 2019- 2020.  CareerSource Tampa Bay, with our five career centers, is the single largest source of job candidates in the region, from entry-level to executive-level candidates.

Businesses can access CareerSource’s wide range of services that include recruiting, training for new and existing employees, targeted hiring events, and retention support strategies. All resources and services are provided at no cost to both businesses and job candidates. Programs funded through CareerSource Tampa Bay are equal opportunity programs with auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Persons using TTY/TTD equipment use Florida Relay Service 711. A proud partner of the American Job Center network to learn more, visit

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