Thursday, June 4, 2020 9:00AM – 12:30PM In the moment
  • 9:00 AM


    Erik C. Smith, Managing Member, Inclusivity, LLC
    Duggan Cooley, CEO, Pinellas Community Foundation, Master of Ceremony


    Panelists will set the tone of the conference with their views on how inequities have been experienced, how they are increasing, and an unique opportunity for different sectors to come together as a community to challenge the norms and come out of this crisis further ahead before we entered…#InThisTogether.

    Rev. Watson Haynes, President and CEO, Pinellas County Urban League
    Beth Vivio, Chairman of the Board and President Corporate Fitness Works & Michael Vivio, CEO, Corporate Fitness Works
    Brian Auld, President Tampa Bay Rays and Vice Chairman Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Dr. Kelli Tice Wells, Senior Medical Director, Medical Affairs, Florida Blue
    Moderated by Tami Orr, Head of Learning and Development, Inclusivity, LLC


    Take a break, get on your feet, and learn more about our sponsors and partners.

  • 10:15 AM


    Presenters give a summary of current data and findings on the disparate impact of COVID-19, followed by Q&A. Is support for small businesses and their employees equitable? Participants may also share their knowledge and experiences in business, health, policy, and resources.

    Dr. Ulyee Choe, Director, Florida Department of Health – Pinellas County
    Tim Dutton, CEO, UNITE Pinellas
    Albert Lee, CEO, Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation
    Jessica Muroff, CEO, United Way Suncoast
    Moderated by Dr. Sridhar Sundaram, Dean Kate Tiedeman College of Business, University of South Florida


    Take a break, get on your feet, and learn more about our sponsors and partners.

  • 11:20 AM


    Candid conversation on what is being experienced, featuring strategies on how to mitigate the gaps of COVID-19 and mental health, bridging the digital divide, and stay at home vs. essential workers.

    Dr. LaDonna Butler, Founder & Executive Director, The Well for Life
    Alison Barlow, Executive Director, St. Pete Innovation District
    Greg Holden, Director of Wealth Management, Manning & Napier Advisors
    Bro. John Muhammad, Executive Director, Community Development and Training Center
    Moderated by Bianca Mieses, Consultant, Inclusivity, LLC

  • 12:20 AM


    Erik C. Smith, Managing Member, Inclusivity, LLC
    Duggan Cooley, CEO, Pinellas Community Foundation, Master of Ceremony

Thank you for your time this morning. See you tomorrow!

  • 8:30 AM


    by Sistah Anyango, CEO & Founder, FLYY Fitness Healing & the Arts

  • 9:45 AM


    Be guided through a sun salutation flow then slow things down with a little bit of yin.

    by Hillary Van Dyke, Blern World Prana

  • 11:00 AM


    by Clayton Sizemore, Founder, Urban Yoga Florida

  • 1:00 PM


    Erik C. Smith, Managing Member, Inclusivity, LLC
    Duggan Cooley, CEO, Pinellas Community Foundation, Master of Ceremony


    Presenters will share the work that has been done to leverage limited resources and close the equity gap. Discussion will be around “We” instead of “Us vs Them”, breaking down silos, and education, business, and non-profit sectors coming together. Participants will share one thing that can be done and two action steps to close the gap.

    Ryan Griffin, Esq., Johnson Pope LLP. and Chair St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce
    Dr. Tonjua Williams, President, St. Petersburg College
    Dr. Ricardo Davis
    Beth Houghton, CEO, Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County
    Moderator - Dr. Michael Broom, CEO, The Center for Human Systems


    Take a break, get on your feet, and learn more about our sponsors and partners.

  • 2:15 PM


    Session will explore how panelists have started and maximized impact. How do we reopen and return to the workplace without widening the disparities that have already existed? Xenophobia, health equity, and a new talent management system are discussed to navigate equity. Participants provide an example of additional actions to take to move the needle.

    Jennifer Yeagley, CEO St. Petersburg Free Clinic
    Tammy Briant, Executive Director, Community Tampa Bay
    Carl Lavender, Chief Equity Strategist, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg
    Zamiuel D. Haque, Consultant, Inclusivity, LLC
    Moderator – Cal Jackson, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Tech Data


    Take a break, get on your feet, and learn more about our sponsors and partners.

  • 3:20 PM


    As conference wraps up, presenters will share their own and a collective call to action for the long haul to address equity amid crisis.

    Chris Steinocher, CEO St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce
    Sharon Wright, Sustainability & Resiliency Director, Mayors Office, City of St. Petersburg
    Carl Lavender, Chief Equity Strategist, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg
    Jaclyn Boland, Executive Director, InterCultural Advocacy Institute
    Moderator: Allison Willis Singer

  • 3:50 PM


    As conference wraps up, presenters will share their own and a collective call to action for the long haul to address equity amid crisis.

    Erik C. Smith, Managing Member, Inclusivity, LLC
    Duggan Cooley, CEO, Pinellas Community Foundation, Master of Ceremony

“Equity Amid Crisis” is a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact globally, nationally, and locally. There are a variety of disparities that existed before COVID-19 including but not limited to race, health, education and economic. As a result of this pandemic, those disparities are increasing. For example, children in less than ideal living conditions are facing significantly higher challenges to perform in an online environment. African Americans are being recognized as the most vulnerable to this virus. Last, most diversity in larger businesses are at the entry exempt and hourly levels. Those are also the first to go amid crisis or are the ones most likely on the front lines.

“Equity Amid crisis” is an attempt to have us as a community come together to listen, share, and strategize on how to come out of this crisis stronger instead of further divided with disparities widening. Our audience will include participants, speakers, and facilitators, representing nonprofits, private, public, government and education sectors. This multisector, diverse group of people will listen and co-create innovative solutions in preparation for the complex and unknown challenges our community will soon face. A bonus is to make some new friends and reconnect with existing colleagues. Also, there will be opportunities for self-care during the course of this conference. Please remember COVID-19 is affecting our physical, financial, and emotional well-being.


A community that cultivates a workforce and businesses that reflect the growing demographic shifts has a greater chance of emerging from this crisis more prepared for the challenges that lay ahead. A community prepared for this crisis strengthens its commitment to equity by doubling down on its existing efforts to ensure that people from marginalized communities are not disparately impacted. The community would also be committed to understanding and leveraging consumer insights and lived experiences. With the demographic shifting on our community as seen below, this crisis can have a devastating impact that can widen existing gaps.


Participants will experience two half-days of interactive sessions and breakouts to further address the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact. A bonus half-day is dedicated to self-care activities with Zumba, Yoga, and Meditation.


Duggan cooley

Duggan Cooley

Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) is proud to have Duggan Cooley on board as its fourth executive since the foundation’s inception in 1969. Appointed in October 2016, Duggan is a long-time resident of Pinellas County, with a robust career in nonprofit leadership and fundraising including work in nonprofit startups, organizational mergers, as well as public policy development and advocacy. Prior to PCF, he served as president of United Way of Pasco County, where he was responsible for leading the organization through a transformative position in the community. Duggan also served as the President/CEO of Religious Community Services, Inc. (RCS), a Pinellas organization that provides human services for more than 90,000 people annually.

Duggan brings extensive community leadership experience to Pinellas Community Foundation through his service on a variety of nonprofit executive boards. Hee is past president of Leadership Pinellas and a graduate of Leadership Pasco.

He holds a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame as well as degrees in Psychology and Classics from the University of Florida. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and has raised more than $70 million for many community causes.

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Michael Lebovitz

Michael studied abroad where he first learned a love of language which he has carried with him ever since. He started the Hebrew Language Program at Johnson County Community College, earned a B.A. degree from the University of Kansas in Linguistics, with a focus on cultural dialects and Jewish Languages, and a B.S. degree from the University of South Florida in Communication Science Disorders.

Michael has perfected his clear communication skills as a teacher and speech therapist as well as operating his own business as a dialect coach for foreign professionals. He has also served as communication strategist for several local political campaigns, developing their messaging and coordinating their community outreach programming. More and more businesses are starting to serve and employ a more global community. The faster and more effectively a business can embrace this truth, the more success it will achieve.

Michael stays involved with his community through the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary and Suncoast Corgi Rescue, helping to care for rescued animals and volunteers with the North Pinellas County Democratic Club.

Erik smith

Erik C Smith

Erik C. Smith, MBA. is currently the Managing Member of Inclusivity, LLC (formerly Carlton Consulting, LLC), a cultural competence and marketing advisory firm with offices now based in Florida, specializing in Cultural Competence, Community Relations and Cross-cultural Marketing for both for profit and not for profit enterprises. Most recently Erik was the Cultural Competence and Inclusion Director at Valpak where he developed a cultural competency rubric to show how diversity, coupled with inclusion, creates opportunities for innovation, drives revenue and enhances recruitment, retention and professional development of employees and suppliers. Previously he was the Executive Director of The Jeff Johnson Institute for Urban Development whose focus was to train young urban professionals for leadership. Concurrently, he served as the COO of Jeff’s Nation, a consulting firm with offices in Maryland and Ohio whose specialty is media and message consulting. Moreover, he has consulted for numerous Fortune 100 advertising agencies, public relations firms and consumer product companies globally. He has over 25 years of experience as a corporate finance and marketing professional.

Before founding Carlton Consulting, LLC in Cleveland, Ohio, Erik led all marketing functions for 216 Entertainment and Recording, LLC, a small cutting-edge agency that specialized in youth and ethnic marketing where he explained how popular culture trends originate in urban culture.

Additionally, his non-profit experience began at sixteen as an artist in residence for a small arts-in-education organization in Connecticut. Since then he has held roles in various small to large organizations as a Chairperson, Managing Director, Treasurer and Strategic Consultant and a graduate of Leadership Pinellas. He served as a member of the Board of Governors for the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and is currently the Chair of the Pinellas County Urban League. He is also a 2014 graduate of Leadership Pinellas.

Lastly, Erik’s educational background consists of a Master’s in Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University. He also recently became a first-time father.


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Dr. Michael Broom

Michael F. Broom, Ph.D. is an Organizational Psychologist who for over 40 years has helped all types of organizations increase their productivity and employee engagement through:

Strategic Planning for a clear sense of vision and focus
Team Building for fully coordinated work efforts
Conflict Management that turns power struggles in synergy
Performance Management for responsible and motivated employees
A Diverse Work Force which can meet the needs of a diverse market place
Positive, Stimulating Cultures that support learning and productivity

Dr. Broom is a powerful executive coach, organizational process consultant, and trainer. His philosophy is to:

Work with clients to identify and resolve their own issues
Leave clients with higher skills levels than they previously had
Build high levels of productivity through powerful relationships of reciprocal influence
Empower clients to self-discover their own inherent excellence

He has been a full-time and part-time faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University Graduate Programs in Applied Behavioral Science. A past member of the board of directors of the NTL Institute in Applied Behavioral Science, Dr. Broom has chaired that organization’s Transformative Social Change Committee. He was recently on the Board of Trustees of the national Organization Development Network. He also has been adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, American University, Fielding Graduate University, and Morgan State University teaching courses in human and organizational development.

Dr. Broom is author of Power, The Infinite Game, co-authored with Dr. Donald Klein and The Infinite Organization. Both celebrates the positive use of power in organizations.

In 2015, he was honored the national OD Network with their Lifetime Achievement Award!

Cal jackson

Cal Jackson

Cal Jackson is known in the D&I community for his design, development and delivery of engaging and thought-provoking cultural competence workshops. Topics include bias, generations, gender, lookism, self-awareness, classism and enhancing the cultural competence of leaders.

Cal has experience building safe containers for courageous conversations in Fortune 500 companies, academia, and civic forums.

He has received various accolades for his work from Black Enterprise Magazine, Florida Bar, Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber, Clearwater Bar, FL Blue, Florida Diversity Council, Jacksonville Business Journal and Leadership Jacksonville.

Cal presently serves on the board of directors for the Florida Diversity Council and is the President of the Florida Diversity Council Tampa Bay Chapter.

Bianca mieses

Bianca Mieses

Bianca Mieses is trained project manager and community engagement professional that has worked in the corporate, health and education sectors. She also worked in senior management at a local retirement community, and abroad as an English teacher and curriculum developer.

Bianca is actively involved in several organizations in the Tampa Bay community, including the Tampa Chamber, Grow Smarter, and the St. Pete Chamber of Commerce. She is part of the DE&I Council of the Chamber and sits on the board of both Tampa Connection and Leadership St. Pete, having graduated from both programs.

As an Alaskan native, Bianca is drawn to exploration, and she routinely seeks out opportunities to further her education and experience in ways that allow her to better support her community. Most recently she has been pursuing extra-professional development in the areas of equity and inclusion, honing her skills as a facilitator in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. She is a graduate of the two-part Courageous Conversations Beyond Diversity training on race, part of the inaugural Facilitation Master Class, and a DE&I Facilitator for Inclusivity.

Tami orr

Tami Orr

Tami Orr has a passion for helping people become their best selves coupled with a life-long love of learning. After retiring from Valpak, where she was their Employee Development and Learning Specialist, she was thrilled to have the opportunity to work at Inclusivity, LLC. Having partnered with Erik Smith on many projects at Valpak, it was an easy choice to come out of retirement part time to join his team!

Prior to her 21 years at Valpak, Tami created learning and employee engagement programs for Toys R Us, Radisson Hotels, and A.H. Robbins Pharmaceuticals. Tami began her career in Learning & Development in 1984 at The University of Toledo where she was a Graduate Assistant, teaching basic communication courses in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Tami’s community involvement includes volunteering as a respite companion for Hospice, bell ringing for The Salvation Army (just celebrated 28 years!), and serving as a Eucharistic Minister for her church.

Tami believes that learning happens best when people are relaxed and having fun; so don’t be surprised when you hear laughter coming from the classroom where Tami is facilitating!

Allison singer

Allison Willis Singer

Allison is a certified holistic health coach and personal trainer. Her company Seek and Find Wellness, LLC, offers customized individual coaching programs and organizational workshops that support each person’s unique journey to health. She loves helping people identify their goals, recognize what’s standing in the way of achieving them and creating a plan to overcome those challenges.

Allison attended Washington University in St. Louis and earned a B.A. in African American Studies, where she focused on institutionalized racism in the education system. After graduation, she spent several years performing as a singer and dancer at regional venues throughout the United States, and then went on to earn a J.D. from California Western School of Law, where she focused on trial advocacy and public interest law. She practiced for 9 years in both private and public settings, ranging from corporate litigation to legal aid, before being recruited to join the senior leadership team of a local school. She served for two years as a middle school teacher, developing original curriculum for her civics and language arts classes and encouraging her students to examine the world through multiple perspectives. A life-long learner with an entrepreneurial spirit, she next graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and certified as a personal trainer before founding her holistic wellness coaching company. She recently took a break from coaching to serve as the Executive Director of Community Tampa Bay, an anti-discrimination nonprofit with a focus on youth leadership development and youth-adult partnerships. She remains committed to and involved in equity and inclusion work and intentionally incorporates this into her current coaching practice.

When she’s not working, she most enjoys spending time with her incredible daughters, Alexis and Chloe, and supportive partner, David. She is also proud to be a board member of Congregation Schaarai Zedek and Crossroads for Florida Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to children and teens in dependency and delinquency cases.

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Dr. Sridhar Sundaram

Dr. Sridhar Sundaram is the Tiedemann-Cotton Dean and Professor of Finance at the Kate Tiedemann College of Business, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. His educational background includes a Master’s degree in Accounting, and a MBA and a Doctorate degree in Finance. He has received the Faculty Recognition Awards in teaching, research and service. He is an active researcher with publications in some of the top finance journals. His business experience involves several years of working with his family’s retail business, consulting with businesses and serving on for profit and non-profit boards. He has also held leadership positions in professional organizations, non-profit organizations and higher education institutions. Currently, he serves on the Executive Board of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, Board of the St. Pete EDC, Board of the Saint Anthony’s Hospital and was 2019 Chair of the Grow Smarter Initiative in St. Petersburg.

Self-Care Instructors

Sistah anyango

Sistah Anyangō

Sistah Anyangō is the founder and CEO of FLYY Fitness Healing & the Arts…Freedom to Love the You in You! She is a Dancer, Fitness Professional, Visiting Lecturer, Wholistic, Counselor, Empowerment Coach, Motivational Speaker and Workshop Facilitator.

Sistah Anyangō has created events and programs in schools, community agencies, and institutions of higher learning. In all engagements, she strives to Create Experiences to Create Change.

Sistah Anyangō holds a bachelor’s degree both in English and African American studies as well as a Master of Arts degree in African American Studies; is a Phase 2 trainee at Hartford Family Institute and holds her UCONN Family Development Credential as well as Middle Management Certification from the City of Hartford.

Clayton sizemore

Clayton Sizemore

After 34 years as a Broadcast Manager working for ABC, NBC and the world news leader CNN, Sizemore has reimagined his career by taking control of his future embarking on the next phase of chasing life and longevity as a Certified Yoga Instructor and Certified Traverus Global Travel Agent. A results oriented self-starter with a solid background in broadcasting and finance Mr. Sizemore is an organizational master and an effective communicator. His proven record of success in television news management has earned him professional accolades as an excellent problem solver, decision-maker, team player, and motivator.

Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Clayton Sizemore grew up in a generation and in an environment of social empowerment and change. Personal childhood influences from leaders in politics, arts and religion like Nina Simone, Betty Shabazz, Adam ‘Clayton’ Powell and James Baldwin all made impressions. Those impressions set a standard for excellence that remains a part of his personal and professional work ethic.

As a technical broadcast journalist, Sizemore has a unique background that ranges from hands on experience as an accomplished photographer, editor, executive producer, and director to that of effective manager and skilled negotiator. Now a certified Yoga Instructor Sizemore is a partner and Senior Instructor at the Urban Yoga Foundation located in New York City. Sizemore is also the Chairman of the SpeakEasy M.E.D.I.A. Foundation Scholarship Program a 501(c) 3 organization created in honor of his dearly departed wife Andria Hall the award winning journalist.

A resident of St Petersburg Florida, Sizemore is the father of 3 amazing adults. Clayton Sizemore believes that with faith all things are possible!

Hillary vandyke

Hillary VanDyke

Hillary Van Dyke is an educator with Pinellas County Schools. She has been in education since 2008 as a teacher, staff developer, and professional development coordinator. She was drawn to yoga for its stretching benefits over a decade ago, but slowly came to appreciate its positive impact on her mental health. Eventually, she pursued and completed her 200 hour YTT, studying ashtanga yoga.


Brian auld

Brian Auld

Brian Auld – President of the Tampa Bay Rays has brought a renewed focus to the Rays mission—to energize the community through the magic of Rays baseball - by redoubling the Rays commitment to its community and to its employees.

In 2018, the Rays purchase of the Tampa Bay Rowdies USL soccer team, based in St. Petersburg. Where Brian serves as vice chairmen of the Rowdies, overseeing all franchise operations.

Prior to Brian’s promotion to team president, he oversaw a wide spectrum of the team’s business operations, including the human resources, information technology, marketing, ticket sales, fan experience and stadium operations departments.

Before joining the Rays, Brian attended Harvard Business School, where he earned his MBA focusing on managing human capital, marketing and finance. Brian’s previous work experience includes serving as lead teacher and director of development for the East Palo Alto Charter School in California.

Born in Berkeley, Calif., Brian received a bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in education from Stanford University, where he also captained the lacrosse team.

He currently serves on the board of directors of the Rays Baseball Foundation, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, CEOs Against Cancer, St. Petersburg Economic Development Corporation and Tampa Bay Partnership. He also serves on the Heart Ball Cabinet for the American Heart Association and the Sports Advisory Council for Special Olympics Florida.

He and his wife, Molly, reside in St. Petersburg and are proud parents of two daughters, Lucy and Mia, and a son, Jack.

Alison barlow

Alison Barlow

Alison Barlow is the Executive Director of the St. Petersburg Innovation District located in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Her role is to harness regional expertise in healthcare, marine science, education, and art to foster innovative scientific research and technology. These efforts increase the economic vibrancy of St. Petersburg through the growth of entrepreneurs and existing organizations and workforce, as well as the recruitment of new companies.

Ms. Barlow also leads St. Petersburg’s smart city efforts. She is currently overseeing the smart lighting, marine science/STEM education, and digital inclusion projects as part of the US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities consortium. These projects, like many in the Innovation District, seek to address community-based challenges with solutions that can be applied globally.

Ms. Barlow received a Bachelor’s in Hospitality Administration from Florida State University, and a Master of Business Administration from American University in Washington D.C. Prior to joining the Innovation District, she was a business and technology consultant based in Washington DC. Ms. Barlow advised leaders, often in the Department of Defense, on strategic planning, process improvement and technology project management. Upon her return to Florida, Alison was the operations manager of Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College, a strategic planning and facilitation team that served nonprofit, for profit and government organizations.

Jaclyn boland

Jaclyn Boland

Jaclyn Boland is the CEO of the InterCultural Advocacy Institute which operates the Hispanic Outreach Center and Hispanic Leadership Council of Pinellas, where she helps to advocate and to integrate Spanish-speaking immigrants and Pinellas County residents into the mainstream of the community.

She worked in Pinellas County from 2012-2014 with the immigrant and refugee population to develop family literacy programs and to teach citizenship and then went on to receive a Master’s in International Development from the University of Kent in Brussels, Belgium.

Her research on poverty and gender equity took her to Nairobi, Kenya where she worked for three years for a healthcare social enterprise to build high quality, low-cost community health programs connected to clinics in Nairobi’s urban slums.

Her passion for social justice, equality and diversity of food, language and cultures brought her back to the United States in 2018 with her 135-pound Mastiff, Zeke, to share her knowledge, skills, and passion back to the community where her work started.

Since returning to Pinellas County, her work has led her to win the PEMHS PaceSetter “BetheOneTo” Community Affairs Award and be appointed by Commissioner Welch to be the Chair of the Civic & MultiCultural Subcommittee for the Pinellas Complete Count Committee.

Tammy bryant

Tammy Bryant

Tammy Briant Spratling is Executive Director of Community Tampa Bay. She has a wealth of experience in non-profit management, law, education and diversity, equity and inclusion. In addition to serving as CTB's Executive Director, Tammy teaches higher education law and policy in the University of South Florida's College of Education and has taught civil rights law at Stetson University College of Law.

Tammy previously served as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at Stetson Law where she provided leadership and vision to a team of student affairs, residential life, and mental health professionals. In 2015, NASPA, a national organization for Student Affairs Administrators, awarded Tammy it's “Outstanding Professional in Graduate and Professional Student Services.” In 2016, she received the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the Business Observer’s top 40 under 40. She speaks and writes on the subjects of transformative learning theory, education law and policy, constitutional law and the modern Civil Rights Movement, and diversity and inclusion with a special focus on implicit bias. Formerly an Assistant State Attorney in the Child Welfare Division of the 6th Judicial Circuit’s State Attorney’s Office, Tammy is a member of both the Florida Bar, as well as a past member of the Board of Directors for the Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. She is also a graduate of Leadership Tampa's 2014 Class.

Finding balance in community, service, and the arts, she actively engages in pro bono work and commits herself to making Tampa Bay a better place through social justice advocacy initiatives. In addition, Tammy is President of the Gasparilla International Film Festival where her passion is to bring films to the Tampa Bay area that serve as an educational tool for personal growth and transformation.

Tammy double majored in Criminology and Government & World Affairs, receiving dual BA and BS degrees from the University of Tampa. She received her JD from Stetson University College of Law.

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Dr. LaDonna Butler

Dr. LaDonna Butler is the Founder/ Chief Executive Officer of The Well. She is a Learning and development facilitator at USF Family Studies Center and Chapter Coordinator of Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice. She is a Licensed Psychotherapist, Master Certified Addictions Professional and Qualified Supervisor. Her personal and organizational mission is to Engage, Equip, Empower and Elevate through healing centered practices, acknowledging legacies of trauma and resilience. Through training and development, alliance building, advocacy and service, she envisions communities engaged in Active Healing and Well-Being. Dr. Butler is an honored mother of 5 (Imari, Kira, Mason, Oren, and Quinci).

Ulyee choe

Dr. Ulyee Choe

Dr. Ulyee Choe was appointed Director of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County in September 2015. He is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases and is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine with the Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.

He is a graduate of the University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and received a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Nova Southeastern University in 2005. He completed his internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship at the University of South Florida in 2011. Prior to his appointment as the Director in Pinellas, Dr. Choe served as Director of the Florida Department of Health in Polk as well as Interim Director of the Florida Department of Health in Hardee County.

Dr. Choe currently serves as chair of the statewide Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and HIV Prevention Committee, where he assisted with the expansion of STI results texting program and the implementation of Internet Partner Notification and Expedited Partner Therapy. He also functions as the co-chair of the Regional Preparedness Health and Medical Committee and the Tampa Bay Health and Medical Coalition. Locally, Dr. Choe has been appointed to the Board of Governors for the Pinellas County Medical Association and the Pinellas Community Foundation and is involved in several other community organizations. At the DOH-Pinellas, he assisted with efforts to place a nurse in every school, expansion of the school-based dental sealant program, and implemented Health in All Policies with local municipalities. He grew up in Clearwater and is a Dunedin High School alumnus.

Ricardo davis

Dr. Ricardo A. Davis

Dr. Davis is a business executive and entrepreneur with extensive background and expertise in business strategy and management in operations, human resources, risk management, finance, facilities, and real estate. He is the Head Start/Early Head Start Director for Bay Area Head Start/Early Head Start programs with Lutheran Services, Inc.(currently on leave). Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Director of Grants Management with Lutheran Services Florida, Inc. He is a former Visiting Professor of Management at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, and former Adjunct Professor of Management and Finance at St. Petersburg College. He is the former CEO of Bay Area Medical Supplies, Inc., and former Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Danka Business Systems headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida. He received his Doctor of Business Administration from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a specialization in Leadership (Management/Strategy/Governance). He received his Master of Business Administration from American Intercontinental University in Hoffman Estates, Illinois with a concentration in Finance; his Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Technology from Florida International University in Miami, Florida, and attended Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Closing the Achievement Gap Institute. He has received numerous leadership awards and served on countless boards and commissions in the community. These include Eckerd Community Alternative, Cicruit 6, Board of Directors, the A Baseball Coalition group, Vice Chair of the City of St. Petersburg Charter Review Commission, and Chair St. Petersburg Housing Authority. He served as Vice Chair of Pinellas County Charter Review Commission 2004, 2006 & 2010. He also served on USF St. Pete Campus Board, Vice Chair of USF Finance Corporation, Chair of USF Property Corporation, Chair Finance Committee Bayfront Medical Center Board of Trustees, and Chair of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. He was the first African-American elected to this post in the Chamber’s history, and the first to lead a major Chamber of Commerce in the Tampa Bay area. He currently serves as President of Concerned Organization for Quality Education of Black Students, Inc. (COQEBS), Chair of Pinellas County Unified Personnel Board, Pinellas County Human Rights Board, and Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee, South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area. A member of Bethel AME Church, Vice President of Bethel AME Education and Human Services, Inc., and a former United States Air Force Air Traffic Controller with decorated service in Vietnam.

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Tim Dutton

Tim Dutton is the Director of UNITE Pinellas, a collective of organizations and individuals committed to generating policy, practice and narrative change that will increase racial equity. He led UNITE Pinellas through the development of an equity profile in concert with PolicyLink, guided a team of public interest attorneys and professors to identify state level policy changes related to fees, fines and evictions and developed an interview process aimed at assuring that wisdom of people with lived experience would co-create improved policy solutions. UNITE Pinellas also convenes nonprofit sector leaders to develop approaches that will increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the local nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

Previous, Tim was the director of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer, a hospital and economic development organization covering 600 square miles in Haiti. This included a micro-enterprise loan program based on the Grameen Bank model. Tim also convened “anchor institutions” in Florida that focused on leveraging the might of large organizations for the economic wellbeing of residents surrounding those “anchors.”

Greg holden

Greg Holden

Greg Holden is Director of Wealth Management Southeast for Manning & Napier Advisors. He has responsibility for the firm’s Wealth Management clients and strategy in Florida and the Southeast. Prior to joining Manning & Napier, Greg worked with several boutique investment banking firms focused on public finance projects for healthcare, education, economic development and governmental entities throughout the Midwest and Southeast.

Greg serves as Treasurer of the St. Pete Free Clinic, VP Investments for the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Co-Chair of the Rowdies Council. He is Past Chairman of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and was instrumental in establishing and building momentum for the St. Pete Young Professionals program where he served as Chairman for 2 years.

He was recognized as an Up and Comer by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in both 2009 and 2011, received the St. Pete Chamber's Member of the Year award in 2012 and the Leadership St. Petersburg Alumni award in 2016. He graduated from Leadership St. Petersburg in 2009, the Tampa Bay Public Leadership Institute in 2013 and is a member of Leadership Florida Class XXXII.

Greg graduated Magna Cum Laude from the honors program at Denison University and earned one of six President's Medals. He and his wife Mollie are members of First Presbyterian Church and have one son, Will.

Ryan griffin

Ryan Griffin

Ryan is a partner at the law firm of Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLC in the firm’s St. Petersburg office. Ryan is a state and federal trial lawyer specializing in commercial and civil litigation. In addition to being a lawyer, Ryan is also an entrepreneur and developer. Ryan owns and has created a number of businesses including award-winning hospitality concepts in Florida and California. Locally, Ryan is an owner of The Mandarin Hide and Mandarin Heights, which are cocktail bars in St. Pete and Tampa, as well as the owner of restaurants: Trophy Fish and Sake 23 in St. Pete. Ryan is highly involved in civic and charitable organizations. Most recently, he is the current chair of the St. Pete Area Chamber of Commerce; St. Pete Chamber member of the year for 2018; the past chair for the Grow Smarter Strategy, St. Pete’s equitable economic development strategy; and currently serves on the board for the St. Petersburg Bar Association.

Zamiuel haque

Zamiuel Haque

Zamiul Haque is a Human Resources data curator that is experienced in:
Analyzing workforce demographics and analyzing demographics of hires, promotions, rewards, separations and employee surveys.
Assessing where the organization stands in the continuum of inclusion and diversity with the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmark (authored by Center for Global Diversity)
Examines how small to mid-size communities or counties can support technological innovation particularly STEM based businesses started by under-represented entrepreneurs.

Zam led the data analytics group for the National Institute of Health’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and has managed HR business processes for recruiting, awards and employee surveys within federal and private organizations. He also likes to participate on corporate and academic boards of directors and serve his community through volunteering with organizations as a board member or advisor. Additionally, he likes to connect STEM entrepreneurs with community stakeholders .

Watson haynes

Rev. Watson L. Haynes, II

Watson is a true leader in Pinellas County, Florida and the nation. When we met him, the first thing he said was, “I don’t have to be good at everything. I just have to know who is.” With this as his guide, Watson is a catalyst for creative solutions to many of the most pressing needs in the Tampa Bay Area.

One of seven children, Mr. Haynes was raised by a single mother in St. Petersburg. As a child, Mr. Haynes was taught to: Be loyal, Be a team player, and Act right. As a student at the predominately white St. Petersburg High School, Mr. Haynes was the first African-American to be elected class president. After high school he went on to earn an Associate in Arts Degree from St. Petersburg College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration from Eckerd College and a Master of Science Degree in Management from National Lewis University.

Mr. Haynes has held positions on numerous governmental boards including the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Pinellas Education Foundation P4PS Committee and AMI Kids. He also served as the Chartering President of the Midtown Rotary Club. He was President of the Concerned Organization for Quality Education for Black Students.

Beth houghton

Beth A. Houghton

Beth A. Houghton serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County, a mission-driven organization with a 74-year history of strengthening the lives of children and families in Pinellas County. She is passionate about improving the lives of children, both because they are the innocent who cannot control their circumstances and because, as a society, improving children’s lives today and into the future is simply a smart investment.

As JWB’s CEO, Ms. Houghton oversees an annual impact budget of $79.3 million and a workforce of 62. She serves as the nexus between the JWB Governing Board and day-to-day operations, administers accountability systems and measurements to safeguard the community’s investments, advocates for children’s issues and underserved families, creates strategic partnerships, and oversees the funding of high-quality programs that benefit tens of thousands of Pinellas County children and families annually.

Ms. Houghton’s prior experience includes CEO of the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, and CFO and General Counsel of All Children’s Health System. She graduated with honors from Stetson College of Law, Tulane University Graduate School of Business, and Newcomb College of Tulane. Houghton is licensed to practice law in Florida and served as Chairman of the Board for Signature Bank in St. Petersburg. She has taken numerous mission trips to rural Honduras, is Chair of the Hospital Board of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, and was prior Board President for Great Explorations, the Houghton-Wagman Children’s Museum.

Carl lavender

Carl Lavendar

Carl Lavender is the Chief Equity Officer at Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg. He guides community investments including grants, partnerships and programs design, in alignment with the Foundation’s mission of racial and health equity and plays a key role in the community engagement work at the Center for Health Equity. Carl has made a notable career leading nonprofit organizations and initiatives such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Previously served as Managing Officer – Workforce Innovation & Community Strategy, at Pinellas Technical College. Mr. Levander holds bachelor’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from The Ohio State University and a master’s in Human Services – Non-Profit Organizational Management from Springfield College

Albert lee

Albert Lee

Albert Lee is the President and CEO of Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation (BBIC), a 25-year-old U.S. Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides loans to small businesses not meeting the lending requirements of conventional banks. The Tampa Bay BBIC has been responsible for funding millions of dollars in loans to small businesses and offers entrepreneurs direct loans, guaranteed loans, technical assistance and hands-on mentoring and consultation. He has loaned, underwritten and presented millions of dollars in commercial, commercial real estate and retail loan transactions during his career. He started his banking career more than 20 years ago after graduating from Florida A&M University with a degree in Business Economics.

Mr. Lee is a past chairman of the CDC of Tampa, Inc., one of the most active and successful community development corporations in the Tampa Bay area and continues as a board member. Previously, he also served as Hillsborough County Human Relations Board Vice-Chairman, Hillsborough County Community Action Board Treasurer, United Way Allocation Committee Member, 1991 Super Bowl Task Force Community Relations Committee Member, Bible Based Fellowship Credit Union Advisory Board Member, Alonso High School Business & Technology Advisory Board Member, Community Foundation Special Advisory Committee Member, Literacy Volunteers of America Board Member and Florida Orchestra Audience Development Committee Member.

John muhammad

Bro. John Muhammad

Bro. John Muhammad serves as Executive and Co-Founder Community Development & Training Center, Inc. They look too teach and train individuals and organizations to use tools, methods and strategies that will assist them in the development of their full potential and organizational well-being. Bro John has long lasting experience involved in grassroots organizing and community outreach. Also, he is the President of the Childs Park Neighborhood Association and served as a Tampa Bay Regional Lead at Service Employees International Union. Bro. John has certificates from St. Pete College in Instructional Design & Technology, Evaluation and Assessment and Learning Theories. He also received certificates in Non-Profit establishment and Grassroots Leadership Development from the University of South Florida.

Jessica murof

Jessica Murrof

As the Chief Executive Officer for United Way Suncoast, one of Florida’s largest United Ways, Jessica ensures connections are made that cultivate growth, increase community impact and optimize delivery of the organization’s strategic priorities that fight for the education and financial stability of every person in the community through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed, helping adults achieve long-term financial stability and activating caring individuals through volunteerism.

Prior to joining United Way Suncoast in 2019, Jessica was the CEO for Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. She began her nonprofit career at Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Inc. where she served as CEO for two years; and was previously the organization’s director of marketing and communications. Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, Jessica was manager of account services at Raymond James Financial, Inc., director of marketing at Saks Fifth Avenue, and an account executive at Roberts Communications.

As an active member of the community, Jessica currently serves on the boards of directors for the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the CEO Council of Tampa Bay, the Athena Society and USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy. In addition, she has served as a board member for Frameworks of Tampa Bay and is a founding member of Emerge Tampa Bay, a networking and volunteer organization for young professionals, a graduate of Leadership Tampa Class of 2015 and graduate of Leadership Florida Cornerstone Class XXXVI. She has been recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and USF for her outstanding leadership in business and community involvement.

Jessica is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a M.A. in Secondary English Education and B.A. in Mass Communications with a minor in International Studies. She lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband Owen LaFave and is the proud mother of two daughters. With a passion for writing, in her free time Jessica runs a parenting blog called The Be Present Project.

Chris steinocher

Chris Steinocher

Christopher Steinocher is President and CEO of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to the Chamber, Mr. Steinocher was with the Tampa Bay Partnership as COO and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, a job he held for 17 years, helping start the regional economic development group. Mr. Steinocher was also the AVP of Marketing for Fortune Bank, a Tampa Bay based bank with 46 branch locations throughout He has over 33 years of experience in marketing and community development, 31 of which have been in the St. Petersburg region. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Emory University.

Beth vivio

Beth Vivio

Beth Vivio is President and Chairman of the Board of Corporate Fitness Works. She and her husband, Michael Vivio, acquired ownership of the company on August 1, 2018. Beth is an experienced executive and community leader in St. Petersburg, FL with a passion for serving organizations that focus on health, wellbeing and youth enrichment. Having earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Kenyon College in Ohio, Beth’s professional goals and personal values seamlessly align with the mission and vision of Corporate Fitness Works. Prior to joining Corporate Fitness Works, Beth was Executive Director of a 13-county Girl Scout council that served over 6,000 girls and 1,600 adult volunteers, plus staff. She currently serves as a board member for three area organizations: Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Foundation, St. Petersburg Free Clinic and Shorecrest Preparatory School. Over the years, her judgement and knowledge has resulted in her serving as a board member for 15 different non-profit organizations. As majority owner, Beth proudly maintains Corporate Fitness Works women-owned certification status through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and also has led the company to acquire a Minority Business Enterprise certification through the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council.

Michael vivio

Michael Vivio

Michael Vivio is Chief Executive Officer of Corporate Fitness Works. He and his wife, Beth Vivio, acquired ownership of the company on August 1, 2018. Michael is a highly experienced President and CEO in the marketing, advertising, publishing, and franchise industries. Prior to joining Corporate Fitness Works, Michael was President and CEO of Valpak Direct Marketing and Savings.com. Before Valpak, he was publisher for The Austin American Statesmen, a newspaper and multi-media company in Austin, TX and was awarded Texas Newspaper Leader of the Year in 2011. He has vast experience with leading companies to success and a true interest in giving people what they need to succeed. Originally from Dayton, OH, Michael received his Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University. Today, Michael is based in St. Petersburg, FL, where he has helped to drive initiatives in local economic development, serving as past chair of the St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corp. and on the executive committee of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

Kelli wells

Dr. Kelli Tice Wells

Kelli Tice Wells, M.D., joined Florida Blue in 2018 as Senior Medical Director, Medical Affairs. She is the clinical lead for Florida Blue’s medical operations work in the areas of virtual health, social determinants of health, opioid overuse response, and corporate social responsibility. Dr. Wells’ interest in health disparities and culturally competent care began early in her training. Prior to joining Florida Blue, she was a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholar and completed her NHSC service obligation in the Jacksonville area. Dr. Wells taught cultural competency for physicians, and incorporated group and home visits into her clinical practice. She led patient-centered clinic flow redesign at numerous locations while serving as clinic Medical Director, Clinical Services Director and then County Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health. Dr. Wells also worked at the state level, where she led a statewide public health initiative to advance health equity and worked to incorporate its principles into the daily work of the department. Dr. Wells is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, and currently serves as chair of the Deans Council, Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida. Dr. Wells received her bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University, her medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine and completed her residency at St. Vincent’s Family Practice Residency Program.

Tonjua williams

Dr. Tonjua Williams

Enhancing students’ access, success and the quality of their experiences are the most treasured values of Dr. Tonjua Williams who became the seventh president of St. Petersburg College in 2017.

Nationally recognized as an expert in transforming departments and institutions through student development and strategic planning, she has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her 31-year career as a leader in post-secondary education. Most recently she won the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development’s leadership award and was named one of the top 25 women in higher education by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

Under her leadership, St. Petersburg College was named sixth best among public and private colleges in Florida, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 study. That same study ranked SPC at number 17 among the top 84 public schools in the southern region, which is comprised of 12 states.

As a tactical leader of the Education Ecosystem movement in the Tampa Bay Area, Dr. Williams has created a pathway for educators, businesses, government and community agencies to work closer together than ever before. That movement has strengthened the alignment between schools, created pathways for working adults to advance their careers, and improved the economic mobility of our residents and the growth of our region.

Sharon wright

Sharon Wright

Sharon is responsible for delivering the mayor’s sustainability priorities by working across city departments and with citizens, businesses, and community partners to establish a community-wide sustainability program. Sharon has a B.S. Soil and Water Science – Forestry, Wetlands, Agriculture from the University of Florida and an M.S. City and Regional Planning from Georgia Institute of Technology. Before coming to the city in 2014, Sharon worked as a Community & Environmental Planner for almost 14 years.

Sharon’s work up to now has taken her across disciplines and across the country from doing GIS and planning work on combined sewer overflows in the City of Atlanta, to community plans and environmental impact statements across the west coast. Based in Seattle, Sharon worked on large infrastructure projects including bridges, transit centers, and solid waste facilities in Washington, Alaska and Montana. In 2009, Sharon earned her LEED AP BD+C, and has since continually increased green building and sustainability into her work.

Sharon’s current work includes collaborating on a multitude of sustainability programs as well as participating as an internal city team advisor for sustainability, resiliency and green certifications, including Envision, on an array of building and infrastructure projects. Sharon’s personal interests including hiking, biking, live music, and her new little dog Jovi (she’s a little runaway).

Jennifer yeagley

Jennifer Yeagley

Jennifer Yeagley, MA, is the CEO for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, having joined the organization in March 2020 after serving as Vice President for Administrative and Strategic Operations at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services (JFCS). Prior to joining the Gulf Coast JFCS team, she was the Executive Director for Community Tampa Bay, an anti-discrimination organization focused on dialogue and education. Before moving to Florida in 2013, Jenn led several organizations in Texas and California in strategic growth, increased visibility and expanded community impact. She currently serves as a founding Board member for the Plus Projec+, a foundation focused on funding organizations serving individuals who are LGBTQ+. Jenn was recognized with a 2016 Florida Diversity Council LGBT Ally Award and Co-Chaired the 2017 Equality Florida Tampa Gala. She served on the Advisory Board for the Foundation Center from 2010 to 2013. Jenn has presented in forums around the nation on diversity and cultural competence, including the National Association for African-American Studies, Mid-Atlantic Women’s Studies Association and Florida Philanthropic Network. She has a Master’s degree in Literature from Texas State University and is a graduate of the Leadership Tampa class of 2018.

Title Sponsor

Pinellas Community Foundation

Pinellas Community Foundation

Presenting Sponsor

Juvenile Welfare Board

Juvenile Welfare Board

Session Sponsors

Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays

City of St. Petersburg

City of St. Petersburg

Florida Blue

Florida Blue

Collaborative Labs, St. Petersburg College

Collaborative Labs, St. Petersburg College

Conference Supporters

Habitat for Humanity Pinellas and West Pasco Counties

Habitat for Humanity Pinellas and West Pasco Counties

St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership

St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership

United Way Suncoast

United Way Suncoast

Regions Bank

Regions Bank
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