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 2015-16 series. For $175/individual member, you will receive tickets to all six bimonthly breakfast symposia starting in September of 2015 and wrapping in July 2016, 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 February and April of 2016. Click "Buy Tickets" to purchase your season pass. 

Sarasota Breakfast Series

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

Breakfast buffet 7:30am – 9:00am

Bradenton Cocktail Series

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

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

Series Events

Sep 22
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
Mark Huey
President and CEO, Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
Steve Queior
President and CEO, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
Jeff Maultsby
Director of Economic and Business Development, Sarasota County
Nov 17
Good Coast: A Good Place to Work, Live, Play and Give (Sarasota)
Opportunities created by our reputation as a philanthropic region. Foundations | Giving Economy | Quality of Life

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

Mar 30
Good Culture: Burgeoning Arts (Sarasota)
Arts Organizations Creating Energetic Spaces for Creativity. SMOA | Asian Art Wing | Modern Dance | Players | Bayfront 20/20

May 18
Good People: The Tourism Economy (Sarasota)
2016 in Tourism: Impact of Tourism on Quality of Life. Tourism | Economy | Report

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

Previous Symposiums

Jul 28
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
Johnette Isham
Founding Director, Realize Bradenton
Dean Eisner
Chairman, Ringling College of Art and Design Board of Trustees
Mireya Eavey
President, United Way Suncoast
Dr. Michael Crosby
President & CEO, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
Opening Presenter
Jaime DiDomenico
President, CoolToday/PlumbingToday/EnergyToday
May 19
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

Elliott Falcione
Executive Director, Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau
Keynote Speaker
Paul Phipps
Chief Marketing Officer, VISIT FLORIDA
Jeffrey Mayers
General Manager of The Resort at Longboat Key Club
Fredrick "Rick" J. Piccolo, A.A.E
President, Chief Executive Officer, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport
Laurie Pike
Director of Sales and Marketing, FL Division, MPH Hotels
Mar 24
Foundations: The Basis of Giving (Sarasota)
Join us as we explore how foundations impact the philanthropic climate of our region. Learn about the resources available to family foundations, community foundations and the organizations that benefit from them the most.

Event Sponsor

Featured Panelists

Keynote Speaker
Mark Brewer
President & CEO, Central Florida Foundation
Roxie Jerde
President and CEO of Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Bob Blalock
Principal, Blalock Walters, P.A.
Mark Pritchett
CEO/President, Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Teri Hansen
Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation
Alexandra Quarles
President/CEO & Trustee, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation
Jan 28
Investing in the Arts: The Finance of Culture (Sarasota)
Join us as we learn about the financial planning and oversight of art and cultural organizations. We'll hear from the people who believe in investing in the future of the cultural institutions in Southwest Florida.

Featured Panelists

Brian Mariash
Senior Vice President-Wealth Management, Mariash Lowther Wealth Management
Thomas B. Luzier
Real Estate Attorney, Dunlap & Moran, P.A.
Anna E. von Gehr
Senior Director of Development at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Keynote Speaker
Julia Forster
Director of Development, Spoleto Festival USA
Jedediah Shoemaker
Sarasota Film Festival

SB2 Series Sponsors

Collaborator Series Sponsors



SRQ Rumbles Cocktail Series Sponsor


Latest News

SRQ MEDIA’s GOOD | GALA- The Independent​ Spirit Awards, Coming October 8

SRQ MEDIA is officially kicking off season with our annual philanthropy awards evening GOOD | GALA – The Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 8pm to midnight recognizing non-profit achievements and innovation. Join us at the Historic Sarasota Opera House in downtown Sarasota for an evening of giving good stories highlighted by performances of live music,…

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SB2 July 28 Symposium on Transformational Change is a Big Success

From L to R: Keynote speaker Lilly Weinberg, moderator Wes Roberts, panelists Dr. Michael Crosby, Johnette Isham, Dean Eisner and Mireya Eavey, and opening presenter Jaime DiDomenico. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan It is no secret that the Sarasota and Bradenton communities pride themselves in supporting nonprofits and their missions. The high occurrence of philanthropically planned discussions and…

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August is Heating Up!

Yeehaw, August is galloping into your mailbox now! This issue is all about land, specifically Floridian land that is being both endangered and staunchly protected. In Ranch Life, we take an in-depth look at modern ranching in Sarasota and Bradenton as Senior Editor Jacob Ogles goes on a ride-along at three working ranches—Hi Hat Ranch,…

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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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