Member News 4/13/17 – 4/20/17

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Chamber Presents Dottie Berger MacKinnon Woman of Influence Award to Robin DeLaVergne

DeLaVergne, Robin color 2009Tampa, Fla. – Robin DeLaVergne, Executive Director of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation and Senior Vice President of Tampa General Hospital was selected as the recipient of the 2017 Dottie Berger MacKinnon Woman of Influence Award, presented by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Robin is a member of USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy, Tampa General Hospital Foundation Women’s Leadership Council, The Bank of Tampa Women Connected Advisory Board, Leadership Tampa Alumni and the Philanthropy Leadership Council of the Advisory Board. She has served as an Honorary Commander for the 6th Air Mobility Group at MacDill Air Force Base and is a member of the MacDill/Tampa Leadership Committee for the Air Force Community Partnership Initiative. She is a past Chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Junior League of Tampa, past Chair of the Tampa Bay Partnership’s CEO Direct Program and member of the Board of Directors, and a past member of the Board of Directors for Metropolitan Ministries and the United Way. She received the 2012 Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida.

The Woman of Influence Award recognizes a woman whose leadership has made a positive impact in Hillsborough County.  It pays tribute to an individual who exemplifies outstanding professional values; demonstrates the ability to go above and beyond the normal expectations of a leader; and serves as an inspiration to the community. Robin DeLaVergne was presented the award at the Chamber’s annual Women of Influence Luncheon featuring Debbie Sterling, Founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, an award-winning company on a mission to “disrupt the pink aisle” with toys, games and media for girls.

Member News 4/6/17 – 4/13/17

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Business Analytics Roundtable Invitation

Business Analytics Roundtable Discussion, April 12th, 12:30p to 1:30p (lunch provided)

Dear Chamber Member,

Business Analytics is at the core of organizational success. What is measured can be improved, but this industry is far more reaching than improvement within the organization. Analyzing data provides decision support to build strategies and it provides the accountability needed to prove effectiveness of programs and business practices. Business Analytics fits into the “Lean” methodology of Build, Measure, and Learn to validate or invalidate ideas.

Please join the Greater Tampa Chamber’s Education Connection interactive and informal Business Analytics discussion between business and academic professionals. This is ideal if you teach or are in the business of machine learning, data visualization, business intelligence, big data, and predictive analytics.

Discussions will focus on:

  • trends, issues, news, and directions in business analytics
  • what businesses need in workforce skills and capabilities
  • student opportunities available in Tampa
  • industry job descriptions
  • resources available to businesses from the academic community

Seats are limited to 10 Chamber member business participants and 10 academic participants, so reservations are on a first come basis.

To reserve your seat, please email


Roundtable details: Wednesday, April 12th, 12:30pm to 1:30pm (lunch provided)

Location: Greater Tampa Chamber office, 201 N. Franklin Street, Suite 201

Parking: Short term parking available on the 3rd floor of the Fort Brook parking garage.

From the parking garage, take the 3rd floor crosswalk to the Tampa City Center Building. The Chamber office is the first door on the right after the crosswalk.

Policy & Transportation Digest

Cuba as a Software Development HUB?

Many Miami based companies have been hiring software development employees in Cuba to help grow their business.

Cross Bay Ferry releases new Ridership Numbers

The ferry service that runs between Tampa and St. Petersburg had a record 6,000 passengers for the month of February. The Cross-Bay Ferry is scheduled to run from November 2016 through April 2017 to test community interest for water transit.

Sneak Peek into the Issues facing this Year’s Session

Here is an insight into the issues that will be the hot topics during the upcoming legislative session that begins next week.

This week in Tallahassee:

This week was relatively quiet in Tallahassee as most legislators were home in their districts to meet with constituents and prepare for the 2017 Legislative Session, which begins next Tuesday.

During Session, the Chamber will update members on the issues that are on the 2017 Legislative Agenda.

As things are changing in Tallahassee, Washington D.C. and here in Hillsborough County,  the Tampa Chamber is watching those issues that are important to the community and your business. Here is some of what we are watching:

  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Appropriations request rule changes in Tallahassee
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Workers’ Comp. Rate
  • Premium Transit Study


Member News 2/23/17 – 3/2/17

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Talent Management for Millennials

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

8:00am to 9:30am (light breakfast included)

Location: Tampa Chamber of Commerce Office

Intent of the Program.

The premise begins with Lindsey Pollak’s (subject matter expert on millennials) research and therefore her assertion that millennials require a clear career path plan early on in employment and that without it, millennials leave a company in 12 to 18 months. We want to test this theory with our local businesses and millennials. If it is a plausible theory, what are millennials expecting from our local businesses in helping to plan their careers and what has been their experience when seeking companies that fulfill this expectation? From the employers perspective, has there been this expectation from millennials and how have they met it?

Expert panelists will share their experience and discuss the best practices for talent management for millennials from varying perspectives…academic career planning, business community, and young professionals (millennials).

The ideal audience for this program is anyone working in human resources and also in charge of recruiting, hiring, training, and managing the millennial workforce.

To register,  click here.