DYNAMIC SYMPOSIUM CONVERSATIONS ON REGIONAL ISSUES

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 member when you buy season tickets to the 2016-17 series. For $189/individual member, you will receive tickets to all six bimonthly breakfast symposia starting in September of 2016 and wrapping in July 2017, And, as a bonus, your season pass also gives you two VIP member tickets to SB2 Rumbles Cocktail events at the Powel Crosley Estate in November of 2016 and February of 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

Jan 26
2017
Good Education: Learning for a Lifetime (Sarasota)
Adaptations in Innovative Thinking in K-100+ Learning. In the Classroom | Internships | Lifelong Learning


Featured Panelists

Keynote Speaker
Mary Chance
President, Consortium of Florida Education Foundations
Panelist
Dr. Larry Thompson
President, Ringling College of Art and Design
Panelist
Mireya Eavey
Executive Director, CareerEdge
Panelist
Jennifer Vigne
President, Education Foundation of Sarasota County
Moderator
Wes Roberts
Executive Publiser and Co-Owner, SRQ MEDIA
Mar 30
2017
Good Culture: Burgeoning Arts (Sarasota)
Arts Organizations Creating Energetic Spaces for Creativity. SMOA | Asian Art Wing | Modern Dance | Players | Bayfront 20/20


Featured Panelists

Keynote Speaker
Nathan Schwagler
Co-Director, Dali Museum
Panelist
Steven High
Executive Director, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Panelist
Jeff Rodgers
Provost & Chief Operating Officer, South Florida Museum
Panelist
Anne-Marie Russell
Executive Director, Sarasota Museum of Art
Panelist
Tom Barwin
City Manager, City of Sarasota
Moderator
Wes Roberts
Executive Publiser and Co-Owner, SRQ MEDIA
May 18
2017
Good People: The Tourism Economy (Sarasota)
2016 in Tourism: Impact of Tourism on Quality of Life. Tourism | Economy | Report


Featured Panelists

Keynote Speaker
Carol Dover
President & CEO, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
Panelist
Rick Piccolo
President & CEO, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport
Panelist
Jeff Mayers
General Manager, The Resort at Longboat Key Club
Panelist
Elliot Falcione
Executive Director, Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Jul 20
2017
Good Hand: Building Capacity in Our Independent Sector (Sarasota)
Fundraising, Innovation and Non-Profit Consultants. Foundations | Mission Alignment | ROI

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Featured Panelists

Keynote Speaker
David Odahowski
President & CEO, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation
Panelist
Roxie Jerde
President & CEO, Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Previous Symposiums

Nov 17
2016
Good Coast: A Good Place to Work, Live, Play and Give (Sarasota)
Dive into the business and quality of life opportunities on the West Coast of Florida created by the strong giving voice of our philanthropic region.

Event Sponsor


Featured Panelists

Keynote Speaker
Stacy Carlson
Ph. D, President & CEO, Florida Philanthropic Network
Panelist
Bob Rosinsky
President & CEO, Goodwill Manasota
Panelist
Brian Mariash
Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor, Mariash Lowther Wealth Management
Panelist
Teri Hansen
President & CEO, Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation
Panelist
Veronica Brady
Senior Vice President for Philanthropy, Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Sep 22
2016
Good Growth: Economic Indicators (Sarasota)
Join us for a discussion of the regional indicators leading economic growth. Topics include: diversification of the marketplace, workforce readiness, jobs, the expanding healthcare and innovation sector and economic development priorities.




Featured Panelists

Keynote Speaker
Tammie Sweet
Director of GrowFL
Panelist
Joan McGill
Vice President of Business Development, Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
Panelist
Steve Queior
President and CEO, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
Panelist
Jeff Maultsby
Director of Economic and Business Development, Sarasota County
Panelist
Peter Straw
Executive Director, Sarasota Manatee Manufacturers Association
Jul 28
2016
Inspiring Transformation: The Power of Changemakers (Sarasota)
Join us as we meet the minds behind some of the region's most inspiring organizations. These leaders have challenged conventional thought to bring about change for the benefit of the region and for the local community.

Event Sponsor




Featured Panelists

Keynote Speaker
Lilly Weinberg
Director of Community Foundations, Knight Foundation
Panelist
Johnette Isham
Founding Director, Realize Bradenton
Panelist
Dean Eisner
Chairman, Ringling College of Art and Design Board of Trustees
Panelist
Dr. Michael Crosby
President & CEO, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
Opening Presenter
Jaime DiDomenico
President, CoolToday/PlumbingToday/EnergyToday
May 19
2016
The Tourist Agenda: Making the Most of a Travel Economy (Sarasota)
Join us as we discuss the perks and challenges of living and conducting business in a major tourist region. We will explore how to make the most of the seasonal tourist effect and the best way to market to tourists and locals alike.




Featured Panelists

Panelist
Elliott Falcione
Executive Director, Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau
Keynote Speaker
Paul Phipps
Chief Marketing Officer, VISIT FLORIDA
Panelist
Jeffrey Mayers
General Manager of The Resort at Longboat Key Club
Panelist
Fredrick "Rick" J. Piccolo, A.A.E
President, Chief Executive Officer, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport
Panelist
Laurie Pike
Director of Sales and Marketing, FL Division, MPH Hotels

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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