Vision 2022

CareerSource Tampa Bay's


Monday, January 10, 2022  
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Tampa Marriot Water Street
505 Water St. 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.

Industry Breakout Sessions

Lunch is included.

Registration form and full payment must be received by
Monday, December 20, 2021.

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. 

As the CEO of Tampa Bay Tech, Jill is passionate about serving Tampa Bay Tech’s corporate partners and members who understand the critical role technology plays in Tampa Bay’s economic growth.  

“With a radically connected tech community, we see our workforce flourish, our student population inspired and engaged with local industry – ultimately creating a place where we attract national and global organizations to the opportunities in this thriving tech hub.”  

Having worked in advertising, branding, technology and non-profit sectors, Jill has spent over 20 years as an executive-level leader building and nurturing authentic, meaningful relationships with clients.  

Branded “Tampa’s tech storyteller” by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, she works tirelessly to amplify the stories about the region’s technology companies, who represent over 500 billion in annual revenue. In 2020, she was named one of Florida Trend’s “People to Know.” A skilled writer and public speaker, Jill scripts and emcees all Tampa Bay Tech events, and she has been featured on Bay News 9, News Channel 10, Fox 13 and as a contributor in Catalyst, Florida Trend, St. Pete Times and Thrive Global. She has also moderated several panels including Women of Confidence and Tampa Bay Tech’s Women in Tech series. She was recently highlighted in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “The Future is Female-Led” issue alongside four other CEOs leading tech organizations in Tampa Bay.  

She sits on several advisory boards, including the CEO Committee for Technology Councils of North America (TECNA,) Synapse Impact and Recruiters Networking Group of Tampa Bay. She is particularly passionate about working with area students as they prepare to enter Tampa Bay’s tech workforce and has mentored students through LaunchCode, University of Tampa, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg College and YearUP.  

She is a proud member of the Boston University Alumni Association, having earned her Bachelor of Science from Boston University’s College of Communication. She is a past co-chair of the Tampa Bay Partnership Marketing Council and Public Relations co-chair of LAMPLighters.  When she’s not working, she’s enjoying time with her two sons, ideally at the beach.  

Since age twelve, Jonathan has worked in the construction industry, mentored by his father and uncle. Today, he has more than 40 years of experience. As a hands‐on business owner, he can provide services on various projects, and his inclusive approach to identifying and maintaining relationships with subcontractors and vendors adds cohesion to all jobs. His project portfolio exceeds $600 million and includes 150+ educational projects composed of K-12, higher education, and universities.

Jonathan is consistently giving back to the communities in which he works. He is always looking to advance minority and women-owned businesses, especially in the construction industry. Jonathan has benefited from the mentorship and partnership of many construction firms and continues to solicit their help on behalf of underserved communities.

Randy Hassen’s career with McKibbon began in 1991 as a part time houseman at the Days Inn Athens where he was quickly immersed in the McKibbon culture and the dedication to serving others. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1994, he served as the opening General Manager of the Courtyard Tampa North before opening the Courtyard Tampa Downtown. From there, he was promoted to Director of Operations, followed by Vice President of Operations and Senior Vice President of Operations. Today as President of our hotel management division, his daily motivation comes from working as a team to overcome challenges and having a great time in the process.

Randy begins each day with his wife, Bradley, hustling to get their sons, Jude and Luke, off to school. Most evenings are spent with his family attending soccer, basketball and hockey practice. It’s the busy moments, surrounded by those he loves most, that make him feel complete, thankful and energized for the days ahead. Coming to work for Randy is truly a pleasure, as he feels fortunate to be surrounded by a talented, competitive and passionate team of hospitality professionals.

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. 

Henry Mack currently serves as Chancellor at the Florida Department of Education, a position he has held since October 2019. As Chancellor, he leads the Division of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, overseeing all workforce education programs and economic development initiatives for the Department. The Division is responsible for all career and technical education programs across a system of 48 technical centers and colleges, 28 state community colleges, and K-12 public schools, with a combined enrollment of over 1 million students, annually. As Chancellor, he is also responsible for the state offices of apprenticeship, adult education, and articulation and career education policy. Prior to serving as Chancellor, he was the Associate Vice President for Workforce Education at Broward College – overseeing a variety of workforce education initiatives, including the college’s career and technical education programs, the development of new baccalaureate degrees, and the college’s business incubator and accelerator. He also served as an associate dean for academic affairs at Broward College, and held various positions at Florida International University and the University of Miami as a visiting professor of philosophy. He served as host of South Florida PBS’ Viewpoint and Issues, two weekly television shows dedicated to exploring issues in politics, religion, science, and ethics. Recognized as 2019’s South Florida’s 40 under 40, Henry frequently lectures on the future of the workforce, entrepreneurship, and the value of a higher education. He currently lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Ashely, and his two young children Hadley and Holden.

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. 

Suzanne Ricci is a Chief Success Officer at the Computer Coach Training Center. 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. 

Dr. Chris Laney is a Senior Workforce Strategist at Emsi. Chris specializes in workforce and economic development, strategic workforce planning, comprehensive planning, and data analysis. Chris works on projects related to industry sector strategies, labor market demand, and workforce availability, for workforce development boards throughout the U.S. Chris comes to Emsi from CareerSource Suncoast in Florida where he oversaw talent pipeline strategies and legislative priorities including the development of the nation’s largest student exploration conference for high school students. Chris’ research and dissertation focused on WIOA’s influence on economic mobility among disenfranchised young adults.

Sponsorship Information

Vision 2021: Shaping the Future of Work

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Tampa Marriot Water Street
505 Water St. Tampa, FL 33602
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Event 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
4:00 PM Networking Event at Cash Bar

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Tampa Marriott Waters Street
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8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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