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 

Now, you can become an SB2 Annual VIP Member when you buy a season ticket, good for three consecutive SB2 Breakfast Symposiums starting with the one closest to your purchase date. For $175/individual member, you will receive tickets to the 3 luncheons on November 30, 2017, January 25, 2018 and July 26, 2018 at The Francis, Sarasota and preferred seating based on purchase date. As a bonus, your season pass also gives you two VIP member tickets to the SRQ Rumble Debates at the Sainer Pavilion at New College on September 26, 2017 and The Powel Crosley Estate on February 20, 2018. Click "Buy Tickets" to purchase your season pass. 

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SB2 Luncheon Symposia Series

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

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

SB2 Rumbles Debate Series

Hosted at the Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College 
5313 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

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

SB2 Luncheon Symposia Series

Nov 30
2017
SB2 Luncheon | Philanthropic Agenda (Sarasota)
The SRQ Philanthropy Agenda luncheon will explore the dynamic and ever-changing world of the independent sector and state of philanthropy in our region. What's trending, who's innovating, why are donor-advised funds growing so rapidly and what exactly are donors looking for? Catalyzing collaboration between Sarasota and Bradenton through relevant and future-focused dialogue, the luncheon will feature a facilitated panel discussion with representatives from both counties weighing in on the legislative, governance, demographic and generational shifts and other factors impacting non-profits our area. Don't miss this deep-dive exploration into the factors influencing philanthropy on the Giving Coast.


Featured Panelists

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 Prichett
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
Moderator
Wes Roberts
Executive Publisher and Co-Owner, SRQ MEDIA
Jan 25
2018
SB2 Luncheon | State of the Economy | SRQ Tribute to Business Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (Sarasota)
The SRQ State of the 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 26
2018
SB2 Luncheon | Transformation in Philanthropy | SRQ Gives Good Local Philanthropy Hero Awards (Sarasota)
The SRQ Transformation in Philanthropy luncheon and panel discussion will celebrate philanthropic groundbreakers and how they have transformed their organizations by thinking outside the box and demonstrating that growth, mission and bottom line can be complimentary factors in nonprofit transformation. The luncheon will culminate with presentation of the SRQ Local Philanthropy Hero Award honoring area trailblazers whose imitative and business savvy are benefitting our region and the SRQ Gives Good Innovation in Philanthropy Award honoring community leaders in the nonprofit sector who are contributing to our region's philanthropic strength with their forward-thinking initiatives and perspectives.


SB2 Rumble Debate and Parley Events

Feb 27
2018
SB2 Rumble Parley: School Vouchers, Charter Schools and School Choice

School Vouchers, Charter Schools and School Choice 

Registration and Light Bites/Wine: 5:30pm
Program: 5:45-7pm
Location: Powel Crosley Estate
8474 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243
Tickets: $25/person

Join SRQ MEDIA for and evening of innovation and engaement at the SB2 Rumble Parley. These panel discussions cover 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. 

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Powel Crosley Estate 8474 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

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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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