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 tickets to SB2 Rumble Debates at the Powel Crosley Estate on February 28, 2017 and 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

Mar 30
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
Steven High
Executive Director, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Jeff Rodgers
Provost & Chief Operating Officer, South Florida Museum
Anne-Marie Russell
Executive Director, Sarasota Museum of Art
Tom Barwin
City Manager, City of Sarasota
Wes Roberts
Executive Publiser and Co-Owner, SRQ MEDIA
May 18
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
Rick Piccolo
President & CEO, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport
Jeff Mayers
General Manager, The Resort at Longboat Key Club
Elliot Falcione
Executive Director, Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
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

SB2 Rumble Events

Feb 28
Has Our Region Failed Our Young Professionals?

Has Our Region Failed Our Young Professionals?
Prepare to have your preconceptions challenged when the rhetoricians take the stage at SRQ’s SB2 Rumbles!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Registration and Light Bites/Wine: 5:30pm
Program: 5:45-7pm
Location: Powel Crosley Estate
8474 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida
Tickets: $25/person; Students $15/person, use "YPRUMBLE" for the promo code.

Join us in 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 though 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, an 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 distills 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 SB2 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. 

Background to the Motion

Dialogue about the future of the Sarasota-Bradenton region has focused on the role young professionals play in the economy, culture, policies, philanthropy and business. Is the lack of attainable workforce housing to blame for the lack of young professional development and retention in the area or is it a predicament of job availability and marketplace wages? Are disagreements over noise ordinance evidence of our community's true commitment to making the region a welcoming place for young professionals to live and thrive? And what does the low voter turnout in the young professional demographic say about their influence over local and regional policies? What role does either apathy or lack of confidence in local leadership have to play in their political engagement? Where will we be in 20 years if we do not secure a thriving and growing millennial demographic—doing just fine or eroding our economic competitiveness? Has our region failed our young professionals?


Thank you to Leadership Sarasota and Alumni for partnering with SRQ Magazine on the February 28 program.


Our region has failed our young professionals.


The Powel Crosley Mansion, 8474 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida.


For The Motion
Jacob Grollman
Criminal Defense Attorney, Glen and Hibbert, PA
For The Motion
Jag Grewal
Commercial Real Estate Broker, Ian Black Real Estate
For The Motion
Raymmar Tirado
Chief Disruption Officer, Clear Idea Labs
Against The Motion
Candice McElyea
Owner and President, ThreeSixOh PR
Against The Motion
Frank Maggio
Senior Commercial Loan Officer, Centennial Bank
Against The Motion
Doug Grosso
Real Estate Broker-Associate, DWELL Real Estate
Eric Massey
Commercial Broker, Michael Saunders & Company
Opening Presenter
Elliott Falcione
Executive Director, Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

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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