DYNAMIC SYMPOSIUM CONVERSATIONS ON REGIONAL ISSUES

About the SRQ SB2 Symposium Series: Sarasota and Bradenton

SB2 is a community and business initiative produced by SRQ Magazine featuring a series of collaborative luncheons, modified oxford style debates and powerful parleys on key regional issues and topics. SB2 focuses on the collaboration between Sarasota and Bradenton and catalyzes relevant and future-focused regional dialogue on topics impacting our regional economy: from education to the environment, from economic development to philanthropy and from healthcare to tourism.

SB2 Luncheons  

SB2 is a community and business initiative comprised of 3 annual symposia luncheons devoted to key regional issues and topics. SB2 focuses on the collaboration between Sarasota and Bradenton and catalyzes relevant and future-focused regional dialogue through a keynote presentation and facilitated panel discussion with representatives from both counties on topics impacting our local economy.

Each luncheon 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. Adding to the engagement-centric atmosphere, SB2 will also feature an awards ceremony during each luncheon celebrating local groundbreakers, change-agent entrepreneurs and philanthropy stars. Topics, opening presentations, panelists and speakers will be confirmed one to two months in advance of the symposium date as relevant community dialogue evolves.

SB2 Rumbles and Parleys

SRQ hosts lively debates and vigorous dialogue on issues that some consider “too hot to handle.” This series tackles challenging topics relevant to the Sarasota–Bradenton region and inspire a return to perspective over preconceptions, respectful disagreement and an admiration for the art of rhetoric.

SRQ Rumble Debates are modified Oxford-style debates that present a thoughtful "for" and "against" position on a motion. Community members are selected and invited to debate the motion relevant to both Sarasota and Bradenton and provide the community with articulate, well-researched, presentations on both sides of a 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. 

SRQ Rumble Parleys are pointed panel discussions covering specific highly-charged topics impacting our region. Notable experts from both Sarasota and Bradenton will engage in deep-dive dialogue and thoughtful perspective and analysis on potentially divisive regional issues. 

SB2 Annual VIP Member Pass 

Become an SB2 Annual VIP Member when you buy a season ticket, good for three consecutive SB2 Luncheon Symposia starting with the one closest to your purchase date. For $100 per individual member, you will receive tickets to the three upcoming events with preferred seating. As a bonus, your season pass also gives you complimentary access to the SRQ Rumble Debates and Parleys taking place during that year. Click "Buy Tickets" to purchase your season pass.

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SB2 Luncheon Symposia Series

Nov 29
2018
SB2 Luncheon | Philanthropic Agenda
The SRQ Philanthropy Agenda luncheon and panel discussion will explore the dynamic and ever changing world of non-profits. What's trending, who's innovating, why are donor-advised funds growing so rapidly and what exactly are donors looking for? The luncheon will culminate with the SRQ Gives Good program at which we will honor the Non-Profit Innovation in Philanthropy Award and the Local Philanthropy Hero Award honoring individuals who have meaningfully impacted our community for good in the past year.

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Featured Panelists

Keynote Speaker
Mark Brewer
President & CEO, Central Florida Foundation
Panelist
Roxie Jerde
President & CEO, Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Panelist
Mark Pritchett
President and CEO, Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Panelist
Teri Hansen
President & CEO, Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation
Panelist
Susie Bowie
Executive Director, Manatee Community Foundation
Panelist
Brian J. Mariash
Senior Vice President, Mariash Lowther Wealth Management
Moderator
Wes Roberts
Executive Publiser and Co-Owner, SRQ MEDIA
Jan 24
2019
SB2 Luncheon | State of the Regional Economy
The SRQ State of the Regional Economy luncheon and panel discussion will explore the link and symbiotic relationship between Entrepreneurship and Tourism on Florida's Gulfcoast. The luncheon will culminate with presentation of the SRQ Entrepreneur of the Year Award honoring area trailblazers whose initiative and business savvy are helping our region grow and the SRQ Millennial Leadership Award celebrating young movers-and shakers in our area's independent sector.


Jul 25
2019
SB2 Luncheon | Transformation in Philanthropy
The SRQ Transformation in Philanthropy luncheon and panel discussion will explore the organizations and individuals who are changing the face of the nonprofit world through innovative approaches, strategic alliances and groundbreaking initiatives that foster and employ engagement to make a difference. How do nonprofits maximize their leadership to steer through change and make it stick?


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Jul 26
2018
SB2 Luncheon | Transformative Philanthropy
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Keynote Speaker
Julie Henry
Facilitator and Consultant, Finish Line Leadership
Panelist
Betsy Delgado
Vice President of Mission and Education Initiatives, Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana
Panelist
Christie Nolan
Founder and President, Mission Matters Consulting & Coaching
Opening Presenter
Neil McCurry
President and CEO, Sabal Palm Bank
Jan 25
2018
SB2 Luncheon | Regional Economy | SRQ Localpreneur of the Year Awards
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Panelist
Brian Mariash
Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor, Mariash Lowther Wealth Management
Panelist
Jeff Mayers
General Manager, The Resort at Longboat Key Club
Panelist
Elliot Falcione
Executive Director, Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Panelist
Virginia Haley
President, Visit Sarasota County
Panelist
Rick Piccolo
President & CEO, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport
Panelist
Mark Huey
President & CEO, Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
Opening Presenter
Eric Collin
President, LEED® AP, FIRMO CONSTRUCTION
Nov 30
2017
SB2 Luncheon | Philanthropic Agenda
Panelist
Carol Butera
Executive Director, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation
Panelist
John Annis
Senior Vice President of Community Investment, Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Panelist
Mark Pritchett
President and CEO, Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Panelist
Martha Wells
Southwest Florida Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
Panelist
Monica Van Buskirk
President and CEO, Van Wezel Foundation
Opening Presenter
Brian Mariash
Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor, Mariash Lowther Wealth Management
Opening Presenter
Lesley Hatfield
Marketing Director, CS&L CPAs
Jul 20
2017
Good Hand: Building Capacity in Our Independent Sector
Keynote Speaker
David Odahowski
President & CEO, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation
Panelist
Roxie Jerde
President & CEO, Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Panelist
Stacey Corley
Vice President for Advancement, Ringling College of Art and Design
Panelist
Veronica Brandon Miller
Vice President, Goodwill Manasota Foundation
Panelist
Susie Bowie
Executive Director, Manatee Community Foundation
Panelist
Heidi Brown
CEO, Jewish Family and Children's Service
Opening Presenter
Jaime DiDomenico
President, CoolToday/PlumbingToday/EnergyToday
May 18
2017
Good People: The Tourism Economy
Keynote Speaker
Alfredo Gonzalez
Vice President of International Sales and Market Development, VISIT FLORIDA
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
Mar 30
2017
Good Culture: Burgeoning Arts
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
Jan 26
2017
Good Education: Learning for a Lifetime
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
Nov 17
2016
Good Coast: A Good Place to Work, Live, Play and Give
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
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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
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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
May 19
2016
The Tourist Agenda: Making the Most of a Travel Economy
Event Photos »
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
Mar 24
2016
Foundations: The Basis of Giving
Event Photos »
Keynote Speaker
Mark Brewer
President & CEO, Central Florida Foundation
Panelist
Roxie Jerde
President and CEO of Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Panelist
Bob Blalock
Principal, Blalock Walters, P.A.
Panelist
Mark Pritchett
CEO/President, Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Panelist
Teri Hansen
Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation
Panelist
Alexandra Quarles
President/CEO & Trustee, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation
Jan 28
2016
Investing in the Arts: The Finance of Culture
Panelist
Brian Mariash
Senior Vice President-Wealth Management, Mariash Lowther Wealth Management
Panelist
Thomas B. Luzier
Real Estate Attorney, Dunlap & Moran, P.A.
Panelist
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
Panelist
Jedediah Shoemaker
Sarasota Film Festival
Nov 19
2015
The Art of Corporate Philanthropy
Keynote Speaker
Connie E.W. Smith
Senior Vice President, Florida Community Affairs Manager; Wells Fargo & Company
Panelist
Kelly Caldwell
CEO and President, Caldwell Trust Company
Panelist
Rod Hershberger
Co-founder of PGT Industries, Inc.
Panelist
Lisa Krouse
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, FCCI Insurance Group
Panelist
Aubrey Lynch
CPA Principal, CS&L CPAs
Sep 24
2015
Financial Forecast: Economic Development in Sarasota and Manatee Counties
Panelist
Sharon Hillstrom
President and CEO, Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation
Panelist
Mary Dougherty-Slapp
Executive Director, Gulf Coast Builders Exchange
Panelist
Jennifer Taylor
Vice President of Business Development, Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
Panelist
Stafford Starcher
President, Realtors Association of Sarasota and Manatee
Keynote Speaker
Jesse Panuccio
Executive Director, Department of Economic Opportunity
Jul 23
2015
Helping People
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Opening Presenter
Jaime DiDomenico
President, CoolToday/PlumbingToday/Energy Today
Panelist
Tom Waters
President & CEO, Easter Seals of Southwest Florida
Panelist
Bob Rosinsky
President and CEO, Goodwill Manasota
Panelist
Sonia Santiago
Vice President of Youth and Family Services, YMCA
Panelist
Dr. Kameron Hodgens
CEO, Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center
Panelist
Erin McLeod
Senior Vice President, The Friendship Centers
May 28
2015
Taking Care: Advancements in Women's Health Initiatives
Event Photos »
Panelist
Dr. John P. Fezza, MD
Cosmetic Facial Surgeon
Panelist
Chippy Nalluri, M.D.
Cardiologist, Heart Specialists of Sarasota
Panelist
Dr. Elizabeth Callahan
Dermatologic Surgeon and Founder SkinSmart Dermatology
Panelist
Christina M. de Guia, M.D.
Child/Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist
Panelist
Lori A. Abrams, D.O.
OBGYN, Abrams Center for Women
Apr 30
2015
Hosting a Crowd: Regional Events as Economic Drivers
Event Photos »
Panelist
John Korff
Founder, Sarasota Music Half Marathon
Panelist
Katherine Harris
Partner, Seven Holdings, Inc. and Chairman, Modern Pentathlon International
Panelist
Steven High
Executive Director, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Panelist
Lucy Nicandri
Executive Director, Suncoast Charities for Children
Opening Presenter
Mark Stuckey
Vice President, Special Projects & Development, Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority
Mar 19
2015
Vibrant Bayfronts: Regional Waterfront Development
Event Photos »
Opening Presenter
Brian Mariash
Senior Financial Advisor, MLC & Associates
Panelist
Johnette Isham
Executive Director, Realize Bradenton
Panelist
Drayton Saunders
President, Michael Saunders & Company
Panelist
David Gustafson
Executive Director, Bradenton Downtown Development Authority
Keynote Speaker
Thomas Balsley, FASLA
Founder and Principal Designer of Thomas Balsley Associates
Feb 18
2015
Behind the Lens: Regional Film Development
Event Photos »
Opening Presenter
Joseph Grano
President and Founder, Next-Mark
Panelist
Debbie Meihls
Executive Manager CDME, Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Panelist
Joseph Restaino
Artistic Director, Skyway Film Festival
Panelist
Larry Thompson
President, Ringling College of Art and Design
Panelist
Jeanne Corcoran
Director, Sarasota County Film Commission
Panelist
Tony Stopperan
Independent Film Producer
Jan 22
2015
Reinvent Retirement: Boomers and Caregivers
Event Photos »
Panelist
Kathy Black, Ph.D.
Professor of Social Work and Gerontology, University of South Florida at Sarasota/Manatee
Panelist
Robert Karnick
ROBRADY Design
Panelist
Tim Hearon
Chief Executive Officer, Boomerswork
Dec 8
2014
Business of Philanthropy-Effective Practices and Oversight
Event Photos »
Panelist
Veronica Brady
Senior Vice President for Philanthropy, Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Panelist
Julie Lyman
Vice President of Development & Donor Relations, Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Panelist
Jeff Troiano
Shareholder, Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen
Opening Presenter
Mike McMullan
West Florida President, Seaside Bank
Nov 20
2014
International Tourism and Business
Event Photos »
Panelist
Virginia J. Haley, CDME
President, Visit Sarasota County
Panelist
Max Stewart
Regional Manager of International Business, Enterprise Florida
Panelist
Mark Huey
President and CEO, Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
Opening Presenter
Jeff Mayers
General Manager, Resort at Longboat Key Club
Oct 22
2014
Connecting to the World: SRQ Airport & Port of Manatee
Event Photos »
Panelist
Dave Sanford
Deputy Executive Director, Port Manatee
Opening Presenter
Mary Fabre Levine, Esq
Principal, Blalock Walters, P.A.
Sep 25
2014
Elected Mayor
Event Photos »
Panelist
Del D. Borgsdorf
Former City Manager, San Jose, CA and Former Executive Vice President of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
Panelist
Wayne H. Poston
Mayor and Police Commissioner of the City of Bradenton
Panelist
Mollie Cardamone
Owner, Cardamone Consulting and Former Mayor of Sarasota
Panelist
Peter Fanning
President, Main Street Connection, Managing Member Digital Wi-Fi Solutions
Panelist
Chris Gallagher
Hoyt Architects
Aug 6
2014
Education: Private and Public Changes in Partnership with the Business Community
Panelist
Allen Carlson
President and CEO of Sun Hydraulics
Panelist
Mary Glass
Executive Director of the Manatee Education Foundation
Panelist
Jeff Hazelton
President and Chief Technology Officer of BioLucid
Panelist
Jan Pullen
Saint Stephen's Head of School
Panelist
Susan Scott
Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County
Jul 17
2014
Innovation in Philanthropy
Panelist
John Annis
Vice President of Community Investment, Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Opening Presenter
Mike McMullan
Regional President, Seaside National Bank &Trust
Panelist
Veronica Brady
Senior Vice President for Philanthropy, Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Panelist
Sandra Frank
Chief Executive Officer, All Faiths Food Bank
Panelist
Bob Rosinsky
President and CEO of Goodwill Manasota
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SB2 Luncheon Symposia Series

Hosted at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota
1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

Registration: 11am, Luncheon and Program: 11:30am-1:15pm

SB2 Rumbles Parley and Debate Series

Hosted at the SRQ Studios of SRQ MEDIA
331 South Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres 5:30 – 7:00pm


SB2 Collaborator 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.

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