Vision 2021


CareerSource Tampa Bay's

Friday October 8, 2021
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Tampa Marriott Water Street

505 Water Street

Tampa, FL 33602

Attendees will gain feedback on industry needs, the vision for the future of work, talent challenges and skills required to take businesses to the next level. Experts from growing industries will share their insights on current economic positions and what the future may hold. This event will be a regional Think Tank allowing a variety of discussions focusing on workforce trends in Tampa Bay.

Discussions Include:


CareerSource Tampa Bay collaborated with the CEO Council of Tampa Bay to choose the leading CEOs in the area to gain insight on business, challenges and solutions in Tampa Bay.


This panel discusses diversity and inclusion, salary equity, and titles for female executives.


Current workforce trends in Education will be covered, as well as challenges in education during the pandemic.

Lunch is included.

Registration form and full payment must be received by
Friday, September 24, 2021.

Guest Speaker: Thaddeus Bullard

Thaddeus M. Bullard is an accomplished athlete, philanthropist and entertainer as WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil who has a heart for youth and the
community. Bullard went from being a resident of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches as a troubled, underperforming young man to being a
mentor, role model and honorary Deputy for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Bullard’s passion and commitment to not only succeed
personally but also to help others succeed is derived from an early seed planted at the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, where many invested in
him when, in his words, “they had nothing to gain in return.” Bullard has meaningfully supported various organizations, locally and globally, by
giving of his time, talent and treasure. Although Bullard, a product of a rape, lacked a strong male role model in the home, his commitment to
family, most notably his two sons, TJ (16) and Titus (14), are nothing short of remarkable. Bullard’s first priority is being a father and role model
to his children. For the past ten (10) years his “Joy of Giving” holiday event has given over 15,000 gifts annually to underprivileged children and
families in need throughout the Greater Tampa area. Bullard is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity incorporated, the president of the
Bullard Family Foundation (an organization that provides programs and resources to help build character and improve outcomes in the
community) and a member of Revealing Truth Ministries in Tampa, Florida, where he resides.

Panel Guest: Earl Buford

Earl Buford joined the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) as president in April 2021 and oversees the national nonprofit organization’s work to improve education-to-career pathways for adult learners. Buford most recently served as chief executive officer of Partner4Work, the leader of the public workforce system for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, where he managed public and private funds to deliver innovative solutions to ensure that current and future needs of businesses and job seekers are met.  

Buford also served previously as chief executive officer of Employ Milwaukee, where he was nationally recognized for the implementation and integration of a sector-based approach to workforce development. Employ Milwaukee provided employer engagement through Industry Advisory Boards and created Midwest Urban Strategies, a national consortium of urban workforce boards that built an innovative supply-demand model to cultivate talent development and employer engagement in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Detroit, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and with the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Buford also led Milwaukee-based WRTP/Big-Step, which aimed at recruiting and building a diverse workforce in construction, manufacturing, and emerging sectors. He has extensive experience in planning and executing workforce development programs aimed at youth.  

Appointed in 2014 to serve on Vice President Joe Biden’s Advisory Taskforce on Workforce Development, Buford is active with several national organizations including the Board of Directors for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and advisory boards of the Council of State Governments, National Network of Sector Partners, and National Skills Coalition. His published works include “Connecting People to Work: Workforce Intermediaries and Sector Strategies” and “The Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership: The Evolution of an Intermediary, the Shifting Target of Twenty-First Century Manufacturing, and the Continuing Relevance of Unions in Labor Markets.”  

Buford is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History. He resides in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Panel Guest: Dr. Jeffrey D. Senese

Dr. Jeffrey D. Senese was named the tenth president of Saint Leo University on July 26, 2018, after serving as acting president from April 30, 2018.  Dr. Senese joined Saint Leo University in January 2018 as the university’s first provost and senior vice president of Academic and Student Affairs, overseeing all educational programs offered at the main campus, at its more than 30 education centers, and online. 


Previously, Dr. Senese was the first provost at Cardinal Stritch University.  He also served in leading academic positions at the Indiana University, University of Baltimore, a campus of Penn State, Mount Ida College, Philadelphia University, and Johnson & Wales University-Providence. 


Dr. Senese has extensive international work experience in Asia, Europe, and South Africa, and has served as a reviewer for several regional higher education accreditors, as well as several program accreditors and state level accreditation reviews.   


President Senese earned his bachelor’s degree in the administration of justice from the Pennsylvania State University, earned a Master of Arts degree in criminology from Indiana State University and a Ph.D. in criminal justice/research methods/statistics from Michigan State University. 

Panel Guest: Lakshmi Shenoy

Lakshmi Shenoy is the CEO of Embarc Collective, the startup hub in downtown Tampa that helps Tampa Bay’s startup talent build bold, scalable, thriving companies, now serving 100+ tech startups. Before moving to Tampa Bay, Lakshmi was in Chicago and served as the Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at 1871, the #1 university-affiliated business incubator in the world. Prior to 1871, Lakshmi worked at Prophet Brand Strategy, Time Inc., Procter & Gamble and Leo Burnett. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Lakshmi currently serves on the board for The Florida Aquarium and Junior Achievement Tampa Bay. 

Panel Guest: Suzanne Ricci

Creative, strategic, and hard-working, Suzanne Ricci’s goal-oriented thinking and her desire to be the best are traits that have expressed themselves since she was a little girl. As a top badge holder in Girl Scout cookie sales and a consistent first place winner in both hula hooping and jumping rope, Suzanne’s passion for success and leading the way started early on and became lifelong pursuits. 

With a relentless drive to win, Suzanne learned to create and follow well-planned recipes for success in everything she set her mind to. Recognizing her abilities and the happiness she found in helping others, she then took the strategies she employs in her own life and started sharing them with individuals and companies. Through career advice, individual training plans, and corporate staff education programs, she has helped many others find their way to the top. And for Suzanne, who takes great pleasure in helping others reach their potentials, seeing her clients succeed is the icing on the cake.  

As in every life, twists and turns have given Suzanne opportunities to explore and flourish. Believing every experience represents a chance to grow and learn, Suzanne draws on her life experiences and adventures to create unique plans for growth tailored to individuals and companies in all phases of development. 

From idea girl to execution master, Suzanne’s ability to make complex situations simple always exceeds her clients’ expectations. 



Tampa Marriott Waters Street
505 Waters St. Tampa, FL 33602


8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Payment & logo must be received by Friday, September 24, 2021, to receive sponsorship benefits.


For questions regarding the event, please contact or call 813-397-2070. 

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