BREAKING: 3 NEW Leadership Conference Breakouts Announced

Jen Dodd, Director of Education & Communications News, Stories

Our 2018 Leadership Conference presented by Bank of America on May 17th is quickly approaching—only 7 weeks away!!—and we’re busily putting finishing touches on the day’s agenda.

We’ve already announced our Keynote Speaker, organizational psychologist and researcher Dr. Tasha Eurich, and shared some of her videos and articles. Then we served up 3 of our 6 breakout facilitators and their meta-skill topics.

This week we’re revealing even more info on the day’s breakout sessions!

Research indicates all people want to feel included, heard and valued, and will go above and beyond if the essential need of belonging is met. A lack of belonging adversely impacts an organization’s bottom line through attrition, productivity loss and declining morale.

More recently, movements such as #metoo and events such as Charlottesville are no longer anomalies. What are you doing to create a safe environment and encourage courageous conversations?

Don’t miss our interactive session focused on the meta-skill of INCLUSION with Raymond James Director of Diversity and Inclusion Michele Reeves: Learn what you’re doing to inhibit inclusion and leave with a personalized Action Plan to foster inclusiveness in your personal and professional spheres.

Michele Lewis Reeves is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Raymond James. During her 25+ year career, Michele has become a master Organizational Development (OD) Practitioner for organizations such as SAS, IBM, and Bank of America, inspiring them to be innovative, people-centric, and purpose-driven best places to work. She earned a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Central Florida and added a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential in 2012.


The meta-skill of MINDFULNESS is used regularly to great effect to reduce stress and make better decisions. What you might not have realized is you can also learn how to be a better leader using these techniques.

During Rick’s interactive breakout, you’ll learn how mindfulness can help you make more intentional leadership decisions and develop your own Action Plan for creating a healthier and more productive environment in your organization and personal life.

You will leave this breakout with:

  • The science behind mindfulness as a leadership technique.
  • How to lead out of your own values, instead of someone else’s.
  • How to take mindful moments during a busy workday to center yourself for better leadership and life.
  • Basic mindfulness techniques for leadership, including communication.
  • Resource list to continue your learning and practice.

Rick Bennett manages community development and education for Florida Blue’s West Region. A native Floridian, Rick has served as a pastor, nonprofit leader, and Spiritual Care Director in hospice. His interest and leadership in mindfulness and meditation began in seminary and he brought these practices to the business and nonprofit world, leading seminars and trainings, including at Florida Blue. Rick’s local philanthropic work includes serving as a member of the board of directors for Feeding Tampa Bay, Board Chairman for the Sulphur Springs YMCA and on the Advisory Board for the Tampa Innovation District (!P). In the past he has served as a staff member at Metropolitan Ministries and founding board member for the Edible Peach Patch in St. Pete.

We’re thrilled to announce our panel session entitled CONNECTION: Relationship Building for Personal & Professional Success.

In this breakout, panelists Jack Levine and Kelley Parris will explore best practices for building relationships both internally and externally: with your colleagues, your superiors, the public, potential donors, and brand ambassadors. Use our panelists’ tips and resources to build deeper connections with those around you and foster personal satisfaction and professional success.

Children’s Board of Hillsborough County Executive Director Kelley Parris has worked in the field of prevention for 25 years. She has held multiple executive leadership positions, served as Chair of the child welfare Citizens Review Panel, and sat on numerous boards dedicated to the well-being of children and families. Kelley has presented at the National Women in Government Conference and regularly speaks on issues related to children’s services.

Jack Levine
, the Founder of 4Generations Institute, served as President of Voices for Florida’s Children for 25-years. His expertise is in advocating public policies and developing innovative programs which promote improved quality of life across the generations. Jack develops messages which move concerned citizens and opinion leaders to take action at the community, statewide, and national levels.


We’re thrilled to be working with such passionate subject matter experts to bring you six incredible new breakout sessions!

Stay tuned to our web site, weekly e-newsletters (you can subscribe here), and this blog for additional updates on our 2018 Leadership Conference!

Don’t wait! Register now for the 2018 Leadership Conference–or reserve your table of 10.