Pedals for a Purpose

by Kerry O’Reilly, LT ‘15

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lta-tom-larossiWe sat down with Tom Iarossi (LT’15) Area Manager at the Tampa Commercial Division of Wharton-Smith, Inc. and board member with Onbikes, a Tampa-based nonprofit that delivers new bicycles to at-risk and foster children in our community. Tom told us all about the inspiration for this unique local charity.

I understand you and some friends got the organization going. How did that happen?

Onbikes started in 2011 when a small group of friends got together and went on a bike ride. Everyone had a great time as the experience immediately sent us back to our youth and served as a reminder of the significance something as simple as a bike can have on the psyche of a child. Bikes provide a sense of freedom, responsibility, and self-reliance all while also promoting health and wellness. So we basically took that experience and decided it was important enough to share with everyone. We started organizing community bike rides, and as participation grew we directed the fundraising efforts toward our cause and from there Winter Wonder Ride was born.

Tell us about Winter Wonder Ride?

The Winter Wonder Ride is our biggest fundraiser of the year and took place in December. We had more than 2,500 participating in the ride down Bayshore before the after-hour celebration took over. The ride takes place shortly after our annual bike build at Amalie Arena where we assemble all the bikes purchased for eventual distribution to the kids. This past build saw more than 700 people including city officials, community volunteers and corporate sponsors come together to assemble 800 bicycles!

What would you suggest to someone thinking of starting a non-profit?

From my experience, I would suggest picking a purpose or cause that you’re passionate about and just stick with it. Charity and nonprofit work can certainly be challenging at times. It takes a lot of determination and hard work, and there isn’t always a thank you waiting on the other end to help justify your efforts. But the reward for us is truly embedded in the task and seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces quickly makes it all worthwhile. We like to say: “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a kid a bike, and that’s pretty close.”

Any upcoming events where someone could get involved?

In conjunction with one of our community partners, The Tampa Police Department, we plan on hosting a number of bike rodeos throughout the year to promote bicycle safety and awareness. We expect the first will be sometime in Q1 of 2017. Please monitor the website onbikes.org or Facebook for updates. You can also email us at info@onbikes.org. Donations and volunteer sign-ups can be made throughout the year on our website.

Kerry O’Reilly, Leadership Tampa ’15, is the Marketing Director for the Tampa Bay Times and Politifact.

Connecting with Community Service: How LTA Gives Back

Welcome to the giving season! Even though it’s our focus in December, Leadership Tampa Alumni do it all year long.

Two examples of how we’ve connected with the community to give back this past year are the Operation Partnership and Diploma-See programs.

Operation Partnership

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In May, June and October civilians connected with active duty, veterans and reservists to help strengthen ties.

The focus for each event was employment opportunities. Attendance more than doubled for each successive event which culminated on the evening of October 26 aboard the American Victory Ship.

Business cards were passed, introductions made and former classmates reconnected to share news about opportunities and refer talent.

Wendy Brill, Sr. Director of Government Relations for the Chamber, assisted in organizing all three events and shared these insights: “As Operation Partnership continues to grow, it has become a significant tool in helping those who are transitioning out of the military meet members and learn more about the local business community. The work of Leadership Tampa Alumni, Emerge, Women’s Committee, and the Military Council has helped many military members find opportunities to stay in Tampa Bay after their service is completed.”

Brill also noted that the Chamber’s partnership with USAA on this three-tier program has been key to its success.

Diploma-See

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For the past 11 years, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay for the Diploma-See program.

The program, developed by former Chamber Chair Jose Valiente, aimed to provide practical information at a critical time in an 8th-grader’s life. Volunteers from across Hillsborough County spent the morning in Title-1 schools talking to students about personal finance and the importance of identifying education and career goals based on a student’s skills, interests, and values.

This past year’s program, which wrapped up on October 27 and was sponsored by Mutual of Omaha Bank, saw 311 volunteers across nine schools directly impact 2,723 middle school students. Over its 11 years in existence, 3,173 volunteers have gone into classrooms and instructed 31,092 students. The program has been recognized for its success over the years, including most recently at a 2016 Lightning game when Jose Valiente was named a Lightning Community Hero for his work with the program.

Just like our summers, the season of giving in Florida can be enjoyed all year long. For ways to connect with the community and give back in 2017, contact MaryBeth Williams at mwilliams@tampchamber.com.

Renew your membership at renewlta.com.

Kerry O’Reilly, Leadership Tampa ’15, is the Marketing Director for the Tampa Bay Times and Politifact.

Mentors and Protégé’s: growing together

With the Chamber’s popular Emerge/Protégé program wrapping up on Nov. 3, we present this perspective on the value of participating in the program.

Amanda Uliano an attorney with her own firm, served as a mentor, and Brittany Jackson, Sr. Communications Coordinator with Southwest Florida Water Management District, participated as a protégé. Although not paired together, they both got a lot out of the program.

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Amanda, when did you participate in the program and what made you decide to sign up?

I served as a mentor in 2014. Two of my Leadership Tampa classmates were involved in organizing and recruiting for the Protégé Program that year. They had approached me because a young female professional was seeking a mentor with experience in starting and running her own business. I received a lot of guidance and help when I started my own law practice so it was important for me to pay it forward.

Brittany, when did you participate and what did you think about the experience?

I was a protégé in the program in 2015. I loved my mentor! I never would have had the opportunity to meet him if it weren’t for our involvement in the program. We built a genuine friendship. Having him as a mentor benefited me both personally and professionally. At each meeting, he would bring along a colleague in my field to help develop my network and answer any questions I had about that person’s specific career journey. He gave great guidance on building my personal brand and provided great resources that will help me for years to come. I was also able to attend a session he taught on marketing to entrepreneurs. He was also there to encourage me in my professional journey and shared some of the victories and pitfalls he’s made along the way. I wouldn’t trade my experience for the world!

Any suggestions for those considering becoming a mentor or protégé to get the most out of the experience?

AU:  For both, be open to learning new things about yourself and have fun with the experience. I got as much out of being a mentor that I hope she got out of being a protégé.

BJ: Be open and honest with your mentor. Don’t just tell them things you want them to hear. The mentor is there to guide and support you during the program, and most likely has experienced many of the same successes or challenges that you have. And make the most out of your sessions with your mentor. He or she is investing time and energy into building the relationship, and you should do the same.

Do you still keep in touch with your protégé?

AU: Yes. We have become good friends and still make a point to have lunch together once a month even though the official program ended two years ago.

Would you ever see yourself as a mentor?

BJ: Yes, based on my personal experience, I’d like to be able to mentor someone else in my field. Having a supporter who’s already gone before you is one of the most valuable things anyone could have.

To apply for the 2017 program, email emerge@tampachamber.com by Dec. 2. Mentors and protégés will be formally assigned in February at a kick-off event. Contact Kat Benjamin at 813-276-9448 with questions.

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Lyle Blanden – Still giving back

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During my 38-year career as owner of J. O. DeLotto & Sons, General Contractors, I was very invested in my employees and helping them develop their own personal strengths as well as finding their best fit within our organization. When I retired eight years ago, our average employee had been with us for 12 years, and many had been there much longer.

My interest in becoming a “builder” was sparked by my grandfather, who was a carpenter, and continued by my father, who was also a carpenter. Unlike them, I was fortunate, not only to be able to attend college but to have the opportunity to grow a business along with my partner, Jay DeLotto, into a successful and reputable small business.  Many people along the way provided me with great ideas, encouragement and support and I am happy to have the opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ as a part of this program.

My protégé was perfectly selected for me, as he had the same educational background as I did in building construction. It has been exciting for me to be involved in his process of starting his own business and helping him to develop realistic goals that will guide his business to success. Our monthly meetings have not been focused JUST on his business development, but we’ve had opportunities to discuss many other aspects of how business influences his personal life and that of his family.

This program has encouraged us to meet monthly with a plan for our time together. As we have implemented this, I believe it has helped us both to focus on the making the best use of our time together. It is exciting to encourage a young person starting out and be able to validate good ideas as well as offering new ones. I try to see beyond the everyday issues to help him develop and continue to move forward toward a bigger vision for his future success.  Having this one on one connection has created a friendship that I believe will last beyond just the commitments of this program.

Kerry O’Reilly, Leadership Tampa ’15, is the Marketing Director for the Tampa Bay Times and Politifact.

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Q&A with Susan Maurer LT ’17 Chair

By Kerry O’Reilly, LT ’15, Marketing Director, Tampa Bay Times and Politifact

susan-maurerWe LT alums may not remember all our classmates, but we all remember the chair. This year’s Leadership Tampa Chair is Susan Maurer. She is Senior Vice President of Tampa Commercial Banking for BBVA Compass and will, like those before her, leave a positive lasting impression on this year’s class. Here are a few insights from Susan on leadership and the year ahead.

 

Will you add any new twists to the program this year?

Each year, the chair has the option of changing things from the year before. This keeps the program days interesting and up to date with what is currently going on in the city. Yes, we have made a few exciting changes to some of the program days to keep the class members informed and engaged.

What do you look forward to most about your role as chair?

The most exciting part about being chair is experiencing the impact the program days have on the class; those “a-ha” moments. Then seeing what the class can do with the information they have gained from the program will be my most satisfying part.

What’s one piece of advice you’d like to give this year’s class?

Allow yourself and your classmates to be engaged.

What year did you go through LT? Any Favorite moments?

LT ’14, BCE! What happens in Leadership Tampa, stays in Leadership Tampa …

What qualities do the best leaders possess?

The quality of being a good listener.

The quality of not being afraid to get in the trenches with the team.

The quality of effectively delivering feedback that helps improve the team and makes them the next leaders.

Are leaders born or trained?

We’ve all heard the term “born leader.” I think some people have the strength within them to lead, but I also believe that it takes other leaders before them to see the potential and to deliver the opportunities for a person to learn and grow. Well-learned mistakes make the best leaders. Anyone can say they are a leader, but it’s their team’s respect that defines that leader.

 

What’s New On Campus with LT ’15 Alumnae

by Kerry O’Reilly, LT ‘15, Marketing Director, Tampa Bay Times

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Stephanie Russell Krebs

Dean of Students

University of Tampa

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Crystal Lauderdale

Marketing and Communications Director

Florida Polytechnic University

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Dr. Jamie P. Morano, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine, University of South Florida Colleges of Medicine and Public Health

Medical Director, Florida Department of Health – Hillsborough, HIV/HCV Specialty Care Center

Telehealth Hepatitis C Project Lead, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Tampa, FL

Principal Investigator, VaccineLink / La Salud Conexión

USF International China and Panama Research Mentor

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Ginger Clark, Ph.D.

Vice President, Workforce Training

Hillsborough Community College

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Melinda S. Clark

Associate Vice President of Financial Aid

Saint Leo University

 

Tampa Bay is home to a host of world renowned colleges and universities. Crystal Lauderdale of Florida Poly, Stephanie Russell Krebs of UT, Dr. Jamie Morano of USF Health, Ginger Clark of HCC and Melinda Clark of Saint Leo, share a few insights into their schools. They also provide tips to help incoming Freshmen – and their parents – make the most of their first year.

What’s new on your campus this fall? 

CL: We’re opening a brand-new residence hall that will more than double our on-campus living space. We’re also welcoming a new Provost, a new Vice President of Advancement and a new Associate Vice President of Entrepreneurship.

SRK: We are opening a new state of the art fitness and recreation center and we couldn’t be more thrilled for our students, faculty, and staff.

JM: The campus is invigorated with a new Dean of Medicine, Dr. Charles Lockwood, who comes to us from Yale University by way of Ohio State University. He is really inspiring us all to achieve and to attract new students and faculty who are scientifically and clinically innovative.  We are also launching exciting international medical and public health collaborative projects for our students and researchers.

GC: HCC is focused on increasing student retention and completion rates and we will be launching a new initiative in partnership with USF entitled “FUSE” which is designed to provide entering students with seamless educational pathways that are designed to accelerate their attainment of bachelor’s degrees.

MC: Our cyber security program is in full swing! The Bachelor degree is now offered online. Undergraduate and graduate degrees in cybersecurity prepare students to become security specialists and sophisticated practitioners in cybersecurity, well versed in the science of protecting vital computer networks and electronic infrastructures from attack. The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Saint Leo University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) through 2021.

 

What advice you would give incoming Freshman?

SRK: Take advantage of all new experiences that UT and the Tampa community has to offer. From leadership opportunities, to community service, to campus and community events, Tampa is a great place to be!

CL: Immerse yourself in the college experience. Live on campus, if you can. Get involved in at least one student club or organization, maybe an activity in which you have minimal experience. And don’t spend too much time on your computers and cell phones. College is a great opportunity to engage, converse, debate and socialize. You’ll make some of your best friends for life this year, but you’ll need to look up occasionally to find them.

JM: Attend all the welcoming and open house events; the best time to make contacts and new friends is the beginning of the first year when everyone is still open to new people and new ideas. Later, people get busy with classes and their own activities – so make sure you venture out to meet people and experience new campus activities the first few months especially.

GC: To adopt a dual focus on both career preparation and personal growth and development particularly in terms of communication skills, creativity, and adaptability.  I frequently hear from employers that these skill sets are highly valued and yet increasingly difficult to find in new employees.

MC: Get involved! There are so many opportunities to try new things and meet new people. Don’t stay in your residence hall. Online students have opportunities to get involved as well with clubs and organizations.

 

How about parents of incoming Freshman?

CL: Keep in touch, but allow yourselves to step back a bit. Everyone needs to learn to function independently in order to thrive in the real world, but those lessons only come through personal experience and trial and error: The value of a reliable alarm clock, the appropriate ratio of laundry to detergent, the biological effects of a strict pizza and Froot Loops diet, for example.

SRK: My advice would be to try not to worry too much (easier said than done). Your son or daughter will be going through a huge life transition, and that takes time. Give your child the space they need to flourish in their new environment while being there to support them when needed. And send them a care package; not just a text!

JM: Know that in High School your child could do many activities and still keep up with academics; however, in college, especially if also working a part time job, one is going to have to be good a time management and selectively choose activities that will benefit their career path.

GC: Actually, two pieces of advice. First, be patient as students need time to explore different career options in order to ensure that their ultimate educational goal is clearly aligned with their interests and aptitudes. That is the best way to ensure long-term success both academically and professionally. Second, be open-minded when it comes to the possibility that their child will want to pursue vocational training as opposed to a four-year degree. Our vocational students are securing jobs at close to a 100% rate and earning high wages as well.

MC: Try to let your sons and daughters learn to solve problems on their own. They will not become independent adults if you step in every time there is a conflict.

 

What education opportunities do you have for working professionals?

SRK: UT offers a variety of part-time graduate programs designed to accelerate the careers of working professionals, as well as executive-level workshops on leadership, strategy, entrepreneurship and ethics. And, our flexible continuing studies programs are ideal for adults who wish to complete their bachelor’s degree.

CL: Presently, Florida Poly doesn’t offer certificates or programs specifically for working professionals. However, we do have two graduate degree programs – one in Engineering and one in Innovation and Technology – that professionals who are looking to extend their knowledge or credentials might want to consider.

GC: HCC is particularly sensitive to the needs of adult learners so we offer enhanced access to classes via alternative scheduling practices (Saturday classes, evening classes, and accelerated sessions) and a growing inventory of on-line courses and degree programs.

MC: We have so many options. Working adults can take classes via our education centers (23 in seven states, including the Adult Education Center at University Campus and the Tampa Education Center at Channelside) and online from anywhere. We understand how busy working adults are, so our education center class schedules are flexible—and many classes meet only once a week.

 

How has the make-up and size of your student body changed over the past 2 to 3 years?

CL: Well, Florida Poly opened just two years ago this August, so it’s changed quite a lot! Our inaugural class included 550 students – mostly freshmen. This fall, we’ll have more than 1,200, including freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, transfers and graduate students. We’ll graduate our very first class in January!

SRK: We are a very diverse and growing community, with students from all 50 states and 140 countries. We expect another record enrollment year this fall, putting our population at approximately 8,300 students. Our student body has increased more than 10 percent in the past three years.

GC: Our enrollment has remained relatively stable at 42,000 students but we are seeing significant demographic changes as our average student is now 24 years of age and the number of minority students is growing at a rapid pace.  Additionally, our veteran population has greatly expanded in recent years.

MC: The graduate programs continue to grow each year. The profile of our campus student population has increasing numbers of honors students and international students.

 

Who was your favorite college professor and why? 

SRK: Wow, that was a long time ago. My favorite professor was Bernard Wurger. I was a theater major, and he taught acting classes and directed our productions. I remember he had very high expectations for us and always challenged us to do more than we thought we were capable of achieving.

CL: In college, my favorite professor was Rick Meyer, a former L.A. Times photographer who taught my photojournalism classes. Rick believed his purpose was to make sure any student who worked hard and wanted employment found a job after college. He always said, “There’s plenty of time to rest when you’re dead,” but he said it as though he were just making a suggestion. It was up to you to take it to heart.

JM: My favorite college professor at Princeton University was Dr. Uwe Reinhardt. He was so very entertaining and made health economics sound so easy – but I quickly realized that my calling was in medicine and public health – ideally to combine public policy with public health.

GC: I was fortunate to study with a number of great professors so I would probably begin at the beginning with one of my first professors, Dr. James Young, who was a history professor at Bainbridge College.  The man was a brilliant historian and a masterful storyteller.  He would lecture for 50 minutes and yet have the entire class riveted to his presentation.  He ignited my curiosity and demonstrated for me the power of being an effective communicator.

MC: My favorite college professor was Dr. William Wade.  He made Western Civilization History come to life in the classroom.  And, I am not a history buff!

 

In three words how would you describe your school’s brand?

CL: Fresh. Confident. Driven.

SRK: Experiential. Diverse. Student-Centered.

JM: Modern. Innovative. Determined.

GC: Optimistic, Impactful, Community-Focused

MC: Values-based. Innovative. Flexible.

 

 

LT Alum Creates Popular Leadership Program

by Kerry O’Reilly

RMS Amplify

RMS Amplify at Camelback Mountain

DanielIn 2015, Jeremy Daniel (LT ’15) CFO of Regenerative Medical Solutions created a leadership program for select employees. The program is called RMS Amplify and the mission is to find and train the next generation of leaders in their company.

The program lasts for 13 weeks and is limited to six members per class. Members must apply and be accepted to participate. The group meets Tuesday mornings from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Q: Tell us about the RMS Amplify program.

A: Each member of the class is given a Kindle, a journal and a workbook. We do not allow laptops or phones in the meetings as this distracts from the class. We read books on leadership, have guest speakers and participate in group activities throughout the class.

Q: I understand you do something special at the end of the program.

A: During the final week of the program, we take everyone who has participated in the class on a four-day, three-night retreat where we visit our clinic in Scottsdale and hike Camelback Mountain as a team to represent how far we have come as a class.

We then fly to the team out to Vegas for two days where we visit Zappos and learn about their company culture and what makes them so successful.

Q: Have you retained the people you’ve trained, and have you seen the benefit of the training in your workplace? 

A: Yes, four of the participants been promoted to management or have become directors of their respective departments. They are true advocates for our overall corporate mission and values. We are currently accepting applications for next year.

Q: What inspired you to create the program?

A: We are a very young company with around 75% of our corporate staff being a part of the millennial generation. We have found that members of this generation are looking for opportunities to grow and want to be rewarded with either promotions or salary increases. As a smaller company in the growth stage, we knew we could not increase our human capital expense but we did want to keep our high performers engaged.

Q: Do you have other facilitators besides yourself?

A: The class is taught by three of the executives of the company.

Q: What’s been the biggest surprise?

A: The biggest surprise has been the confidence gained by graduating members. I am a big believer that if you invest time in others, you will be shocked at what they can accomplish.

Kerry O’Reilly is a graduate of LT ’15 and serves as the Marketing Director for the Tampa Bay Times.

LTA Newsletter July 2016