About the SRQ SB2 Symposium Series: Sarasota and Bradenton

SB2 is a bi-monthly community and business initiative produced by SRQ Magazine featuring a series of collaborative symposiums on key regional issues and topics. Hosted as a breakfast series in Sarasota at The Francis, SB2 focuses on the collaboration between Sarasota and Bradenton and catalyzes relevant and future-focused regional dialogue through a a keynote presentation and facilitated panel discussion with representatives from both counties on topics impacting our regional economy: from education to the environment, from economic development to philanthropy and from healthcare to tourism. Each symposium features an in-depth keynote presentation from a notable regional expert in the field who joins the panel to expand on the context of the topic and deliver fresh perspective on how our community fits into the broader picture of the state, region and country. Topics, opening presentations, panelists and speakers will be confirmed one to two months in advance of the symposium date as relevant community dialogue evolves.

Now, you can become an SB2 Annual VIP Member when you buy a season ticket, good for six consecutive SB2 Breakfast Symposia starting with the one closes to your purchase date. For $175/individual member, you will receive tickets and preferred seating to the upcoming six bimonthly breakfast symposia, based on purchase date. And, as a bonus, your season pass also gives you two VIP member ticket to the SRQ Rumble Debate at the Powel Crosley Estate on June 22, 2017. Click "Buy Tickets" to purchase your season pass. 

SB2 Breakfast Symposia Series

Hosted at The Francis
1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, Florida

Breakfast buffet 7:30am – 9:00am

SB2 Rumbles Debate Series

Hosted at the Powel Crosley Estate
8374 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres 5:00 – 7:00pm

SB2 Breakfast Symposium Series Events

Jul 20
Good Hand: Building Capacity in Our Independent Sector (Sarasota)
Fundraising, Innovation and Non-Profit Consultants. Foundations | Mission Alignment | ROI

Event Sponsor

Featured Panelists

Keynote Speaker
David Odahowski
President & CEO, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation
Roxie Jerde
President & CEO, Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Stacey Corley
Vice President for Advancement, Ringling College of Art and Design
Veronica Brandon Miller
Vice President, Goodwill Manasota Foundation
Susie Bowie
Executive Director, Manatee Community Foundation
Heidi Brown
CEO, Jewish Family and Children's Service
Wes Roberts
Executive Publisher and Co-Owner, SRQ MEDIA

SB2 Rumble Events

Sep 26
SRQ RUMBLE: How Will STOP! Impact Our Economy, Growth and Quality of Life?

How Will STOP! Impact Our Economy And Growth?

Prepare to have your preconceptions challenged when the rhetoricians take the stage at SRQ Rumbles!

Registration and Light Bites/Wine: 5:30pm
Program: 5:45-7pm
Location: Mildred Sainer Pavillion
5313 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
Tickets: $25/person

Join us at the Powel Crosley Mansion for lively debates on issues that some consider “too hot to handle” where our modified Oxford-style debate gives us civil discourse designed to sway through both factual information and rhetorical skill. Attendees are asked their position on the topic of the day before and after the debate–the success of the participants being judged on those they sway from their initial positions. SRQ launched SB2 to bring together our two sister counties with collaborative programming-now, with our Rumbles we will inspire a return to respectful disagreement, and admiration of the art of rhetoric and a reminder that we should always challenge our own preconceptions in the face of overwhelming evidence.

Can You Rock the Sway?

Based on a modified Oxford Style debate, the SRQ Rumbles tackle challenging topics relevant to the Sarasota–Bradenton region by presenting a thoughtful "for" and "against" position on a motion that distils the topic. Community members are selected and invited to debate a motion relevant to both Sarasota and Bradenton. To further develop perspective-taking skills in advancing civil dialogue, teams are randomly assigned. The purpose of the SRQ Rumbles is to provide the community with articulate, well-researched, presentations on both sides of the motion structured around transparent and civil public dialogue. Audience members will vote either "for" or "against" the motion at the beginning and end of the debate. The winner is determined by the team who sways the audience to their position.



Increasing restrictions on growth will negatively impact our local economy.


Mildred Sainer Pavillion 5313 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243


For The Motion
Kevin Cooper
President & CEO, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
For The Motion
Chris Gallagher
Partner, HOYT Architects
Against The Motion
Eileen Normile
STOP! Steering Committee Member & Former City Commissioner
Against The Motion
Kate Lowman
STOP! Steering Committee Member
Against The Motion
Mollie Cardamone
STOP! Steering Committee & Former Mayor and City Commissioner

SB2 Symposia and SB2 Rumble Sponsors

Collaborator Series Sponsors



SRQ Rumbles Cocktail Series Sponsor


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SB2 Sponsorship and Tickets

To become either an SB2 series sponsor or an event sponsor for a specific symposium, contact Ashley Grant at 941-365-7702 x205. For tickets and other event inquiries, contact us at 941-365-7702 x221.

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