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

Jul 26
SB2 Luncheon | Practical Philanthropy- How Donors Can Maximize Their Giving Dollar? (Sarasota)
The SRQ Practical Philanthropy luncheon and panel discussion will explore how donors can maximize their power. The panel discussion will feature advice on charitable giving including legal and tax implications, how to vet a charitable organization, how to measure ROI and how to ensure giving objectives are realized. 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.

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SB2 Rumble Debate and Parley Events

May 16
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: SRQ Studios 
331 South Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
Tickets: $25/person

Dialogue about the future of public education has brought the topic of school vouchers and school choice to the forefront. Should government at the state and/or federal level be allowing parents to utilize public funding to select a public or private school of their choice? What is the impact of school vouchers on the quality of public education? Likewise, how do school vouchers a ect the quality of education at a private institution? 

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. 



SRQ Studios 331 South Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236


Bridget Ziegler
Chair, Sarasota County School Board
Neil Phillips
CEO & Head of School, Visible Men Academy
Scott Hopes
District 4 Chairman, Manatee County School Board
Brian Mariash
Senior Vice President & Wealth Management Advisor, Mariash Lowther Wealth Management

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 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 Luncheon Symposia and SB2 Rumble Sponsors

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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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