LT’21 Law Enforcement Day

Leadership Tampa ’21 – Law Enforcement Day 5/5/2021

Program Article by Dee Garcia

Tampa Firefighters Museum –  we started our day at the museum, filled with a treasure trove of historic mementos, photos and equipment – bringing out the kid in everyone – what a great place to host a party, whether a wedding reception or a 5 year-old’s birthday.  After time to view the exhibits, the topics turned serious, with introductions and emceed by Asst. Chief Ruben Delgado for (1) an in-depth jail presentation by Col. Melissa Moore of the Hillsborough County Sherriff’s office, which provided a number of insights about how the county’s two jails (on Faulkenberg and Orient roads) handled transitioning for COVID to ensure the safety of their 2,700 inmates plus the officers/staff manning the jails.  She discussed a range of topics, from caring for physical health, legal and mental health issues to the logistics of running these facilities.  (2) Then Sgt. Duane Benton and Lauren Alston of the Sherriff’s office discussed how the community approach to mental health has changed from an institutional approach (asylums and sanitariums) prior to the 1960’s to a community model thanks to a 1963 act that assumed families would take on the care of the mentally needy with treatment supported via an outpatient basis, but that has resulted in the current fractured, “spider-web” like support network, leaving law enforcement to become the “shield”.  He noted that Hillsborough County has adopted a co-responder model, with 6 clinicians available to help with diagnostic and case management needs, which is advanced-thinking but still insufficient to adequately handle the more than 20,000 annual calls. (3) This was followed by a panel discussion with: TPD Chief Brian Dugan, Sherriff Chad Chronister, Public Defender Julianne Holt, Criminal Judge Samantha Ward and State’s Attorney Andrew Warren.  Impressive was how respective they were of one another and how closely they said they work together to take a holistic approach to restore the arrested back to their community.  Several investments have been made and a new civil citation for juveniles for misdemeanors has been successfully implemented.  The best preventative is early mentorship.  Violence is up across the country, with family violence especially on the rise and gun violence way up, including for low dollar marijuana deals gone astray.  A lot of support has been incorporated to assist veterans with conflict and anger management.  The Sherriff is strongly recommending mental health counselors in schools to help curb violence and build coping skills.  He believes in developing public trust through transparency (body cams, social media, reporting, etc.) (4) Our last speaker was Chief Barbara Tripp of Tampa Fire Rescue, who gave an interesting report on how after only 5 months in her new role, she has been working to bring updated technology to the fire department to improve dispatch, tracking, and medical equipment as well as reduce injuries.  She is also working on improving diversity, equity and inclusion.

Tampa Police Department Training Academy – After lunch, it was short bus ride over to the 34th Street joint police and fire Training Center, where the group was split into three cohorts to: (1) chat with a bomb unit, (2) meet a canine unit, (3) visit with the marine unit, (4) engage in a virtual confrontation training session to test our reactions and quick decision-making, (5) squeal around in old cop cars making high speed J-turns and car chases with sirens blaring, ending with a (6) watching a SWAT team demonstration, performing for us and the newly graduated officer class.  Very exciting! And hot!

Lowry Park Zoo – returning to the brand new pavilion at Lowry Park Zoo for a Cinco de Mayo themed “debrief” was delightful.  The food and beverages were yummy but the hit of the evening were the adorable animals, including: Felicia the Sloth who true to her nature, remained hanging upside down in her carrier, Max and Ray the macaw, buddies, plus the most adorable female porcupine, who would raise her head when prompted by a wand that looked like a red lollipop, with the less adorable red snakes closing the evening.

iV Bars Tampa

iV Bars Tampa Ribbon Cutting on May 12th

iV Bars Tampa celebrated the grand opening of their new location with a ribbon cutting last week. iV Bars mission is to provide a service that creates a healthy & happy environment inside and out! With the move to their new location iV Bars will be expanding their services in addition to vitamin iV infusions. Check them out here!

Dr. Jim Johnson Resources

Recent White Papers/Research Briefs  

2021: James H. Johnson, Jr., Jeanne Milliken Bonds, & Allan M. Parnell, Proceed with Caution Reopening Public Schools

2021 James H. Johnson, Jr., Jeanne Milliken Bonds, & Allan M. Parnell, Prioritize High Risks Demographics in Vaccine Rollout

2021 James H. Johnson, Jr. Jeanne Milliken Bonds, & Allan M. Parnell, & Cedric Bright, Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution: A Race Blind Approach to a Racially Disparate Problem, Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

2020 James H. Johnson, Jr. & Jeanne Milliken Bonds, Does Your City Have Reputational Equity?, November

2020 James H. Johnson, Jr. & Jeanne Milliken Bonds, Does Your Firm Have Reputational Equity?, November 30

2020 James H. Johnson, Jr., 2020, Warning: Demographic Headwinds Ahead, September

2020 James H. Johnson, Jr., 2020, Coronavirus Pandemic Refugees and the Future of American Cities, August 18

2020 James H. Johnson, Jr. and Jeanne Milliken Bonds, 2020, Scapegoating Immigrants in the COVID-19 Pandemic, August 18

2020 James H. Johnson, Jr. and Jeanne Milliken Bonds, 2020, Leading, Managing, and Communicating in an Era of Certain-Uncertainty

2020 James H. Johnson, Jr., The Seven “What Matters” In a System Not Designed for Us”

 Recent Media Interviews and Publications  

2021 James H. Johnson, Jr., “Courageous Listening,” Small Things Make a Big Difference Podcast with Spencer Holt, February 22

2021 James H. Johnson, Jr., “Racial Disparities in Vaccine Rollout,” NCSU Institute for Emerging Issues First In Future Where Emerging Ideas Take Flight Podcast, February 9

2021 Jeanne Milliken Bonds, James H. Johnson, Jr. & Allan M. Parnell, “North Carolina Should Proceed with Caution in Opening K-12 Schools During the Pandemic, Fayetteville Observer, February 15

2021 James H. Johnson, Jr., Jeanne Milliken Bonds, & Allan M. Parnell, “Prioritize High Risk Demographics in Vaccine Rollout,” The Daily Yonder, February 11

2021 James H. Johnson, Jr., Jeanne Milliken Bonds, & Allan M. Parnell, “ “Urgently Needed: A Racial Equity Approach to Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution,” The Daily Yonder, January 22

2020 James H. Johnson, Jr. and Wendell M. Davis, “Needed: A new ‘New Deal’ in America,” Triangle Business Journal, April 24

2020 James H. Johnson, Jr., “African American Working Poor Need ‘Strategic’ Response,” WRAL TechWire, May 26

2020 James H. Johnson and Jeanne Milliken Bonds, 2020, “Why Reputational Equity is Important for Businesses,” Triangle Business Journal, November 27

2019 James H. Johnson, Jr., “How Environmental and Economic Justice Work Together,” Triangle Business Journal, October 3

Peer-Reviewed Research Articles 

2021 James H. Johnson, Jr., Jeanne Milliken Bonds, Allan Parnell, & Cedric Bright, “Moving to a Race Conscious Approach for a Racially Disparate Problem,” Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

2021 James H. Johnson, Jr., G. Rumay Alexander, & Jeanne Milliken Bonds, “Establishing Reputational Equity for the Nursing Profession,” Nursing and Health Care International, Vol 5, January 26

2021 G. Rumay Alexander & James H. Johnson, Jr., “Disruptive Demographics: Their Effects on Nursing Demand, Supply and Academic Preparation, Nursing Administration Quarterly, January/March

2021 James H. Johnson, Jr., “Coronavirus Pandemic Refugees and the Future of American Cities,” Urban Studies and Public Administration, Vol 4, No. 1

2020 James H. Johnson, Jr. & Jeanne Milliken Bonds, “Does Your Firm Have Reputational Equity?,” Journal of Business and Social Science  Research, November 30 (principal author with Jeanne Milliken Bonds) 

Member News 5/17

Member News

Florida Poly scholars program receives $1.5 million gift.
Meals On Wheels of Tampa is expanding into Riverview and Gibsonton beginning June 1, 2021.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa awarded over $500 million in Jackpots so far in 2021.

Member Events

May 17-21, 2021: Greenspoon Marder’s Innovation Week
May 19, 2021: Soft Skills – Essential Skills in 2021
May 20, 2021: The Economic Impact of the Biden’s Covid Relief Package
May 24, 2021: Chat with a Career Coach
May 25, 2021: Managing the Financial Impact of Coronavirus
May 26, 2021: Determine Your Career Identity
May 26, 2021: Psychology and Investing
May 31, 2021: Liberty Manor for Veterans Memorial Day Event
June 3, 2021: Hiring Our Heroes Virtual Networking Event
July 14, 2021: Virtual Buyer-Supplier Town Hall
July 25, 2021: Comedian Ron White

Member Job Openings

City of Tampa Housing & Community Development Manager
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida AmeriCorps Outreach Program Specialists
Hillsborough County Public Schools Bus Driver
Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Multiple Positions
Keiser University Administrative Assistants
Lutheran Services Florida Multiple Positions
Roebuck Technologies IT Specialist
WestCMR Multiple Positions

#LTAFamous: Todd O’Donnell

Todd O’Donnell, LT Class of 2016

Tell us, why LTA?

My employer, Wharton-Smith, encouraged me to find a leadership program in Tampa that provides a similar program to Leadership Seminole in Orlando. After researching and attending the initial information session for LTA, I decided Leadership Tampa was the perfect choice! Most importantly, I wanted the experience of learning leadership through a structured process and how I can improve to become a better employee, boss, father, and husband.

For you, what separates LTA from other business leadership programs?

LTA is great at staying organized and keeping everybody informed. Committees and events are consistently well organized and well planned. Diversification and a variety of opportunities to engage also separates LTA as unique. There are many worthy causes, committees, and events for LTA members to participate and contribute.

Describe a time when the LTA experience impacted your life or career?

During the program, I enjoyed the speakers at the various trips . There was one in particular that left an indelible imprint for me. During our trip to Tallahassee, Mr. Lee Moffitt spoke to our class about the history and birth of the Moffitt Cancer Center. He shared the tragic story of his staff members struggling to find appropriate care for their cancer treatments and how they had to travel out of state. Sadly, at the time Florida did not have adequate resources to provide the needed care for their treatment. Mr. Moffitt then made it his mission to take action and created the Moffitt Cancer Center to provide in-state care for these patients. His call to action was a great example and teaching moment for me. It has motivated me to do the same—take action and help the others. Make an impact!

What is a LTA benefit you wish everyone knew about?

The bonds and friendships with my fellow classmates which continue to last from this 9-month program is a huge benefit for me, and one that many can also gain long-term benefit. To this day, I remain in contact with several classmates and find it rewarding to catch up and see where we can help each other.

Describe how the leadership journey will continue to shape you?

My primary mission, both personally and professionally, is to be of service to others. LTA provided the pathway and foundation to understanding how leadership plays a vital role for in servicing the community. At the end our journey, we were encouraged to have “a call to action”. LTA was a great teacher and motivator for me to take action and give back. I am grateful for this experience and thank LTA for providing this wonderful program.

LTA Today: The Calm in the Storm

The Calm in the Storm by Kari Goetz

This past year has been challenging for many of us. Whether our experience was thriving or surviving, it was a year of universal change. We are in a state of global grief, losing loved ones and friends, dealing with the physical affects of the virus, grappling with physical distance from our networks both professionally and personally. All of this has taken a toll on our mental health. 

Fortunately, we have the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. The Crisis Center has been a part of many Leadership Tampa program days. We all learned the importance of 2-1-1 and the incredible work done by the Crisis Center team answering those calls and saving lives.

If you have never attended Cup of Compassion (shameless plug) you need to put this on your annual “must attend” list. Hearing about the work being done, the work that needs to be done and those that do the work, is an inspiriting experience. 

The highlight each year is hearing from Clara Reynolds. CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Clara brings a compassionate and empathetic presence to the organization and the community. She has spent her career dealing with the issues surrounding mental health – lack of resources, access, and stigma – and turned them in to opportunities. She has courageously built partnerships to fund programming, increased access to the most vulnerable and brought mental health to the forefront of the discussion from Board Rooms to Playgrounds.

As a member of LTA and a deeply respected leader in the community, we had the chance to sit down with Clara to talk about mental health issues in our region, what is being done and how she manages to remain strong during this difficult time.

You have such a passion for mental health education, awareness, and intervention, do you consider this a career or a calling?

This work is definitely a calling for me.  I have lost two very important people in life to suicide and those losses were deeply impactful.  I was drawn to psychology in college but found my true calling in social work.  For the past 28 years, I am grateful every day to be a part of this important work.

At what point did you transition from doing the work to leading the work? Was there a specific decision point where it changed or was it an evolution?  

It was definitely a decision.  I had the privilege of partnering to create a new nonprofit, Success 4 Kids & Families in 2005.  My partner, John Mayo and I flipped a coin to see who the CEO would be, and I lost the coin toss!   It was a turning point in my career.  

Your team has managed an exponential increase in need for mental health services during the pandemic. Can you talk about that and its long-term effect on our community?

COVID-19 is not just a physical health pandemic.  As we have discovered, our behavioral health has probably been more affected than our physical health for the majority of our community.  And there is no vaccine for the behavioral health impacts.  This tsunami of anxiety and depression will be with us for a long time.  It is impacting every age, race, and zip code.  At the Crisis Center, we have interacted with many individuals who have never experienced a behavioral health issue before COVID, and we know this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Follow up – many are saying that the next public health crisis will be mental health issues caused or intensified by the pandemic. How can the community come together to provide resources to meet this crisis?

I think the most important thing we can do as a community centers around stigma reduction.  It is so important that all of us recognize that behavioral health issues are real and treatable.  If we can treat conditions like depression and anxiety the same way we treat diabetes and high blood pressure, our community members will seek help sooner before the condition becomes a crisis.

You manage really heavy issues every day, how do you take care of your own mental health?

First, I have an incredible family, and we love to play.  We go on mini breaks frequently to local places like Disney as well as attend a number of sporting events.  I am also an avid swimmer and swim most days.  I think the combination of these outside interests keep me refreshed. 

You hold an MBA from the University of Tampa (Go Spartans!) why is access to quality mental health important to the business community in Tampa Bay?

Every employee brings their whole selves to work.  They bring their fears, joys, traumas and the like every day.  To get the most from your most value asset, employers have to recognize that poor mental health impacts productivity, workplace morale, and a host of other metrics.  

Summer is almost here, and the world is getting vaccinated, do you have your checklist of things you want to do now that the world is opening back up? What are you looking forward to doing?

My son is graduating this year and will attend the University of Florida in the Fall.  We already have season Gator football tickets in addition to our Buccaneer tickets.  I cannot WAIT to attend live sporting events with avid fans!!!!

You are a beloved member of LTA. Everyone who knows you talks about your passion, your commitment, and your strong leadership at The Crisis Center. How has Leadership Tampa and LTA been a part of your leadership journey? Why should someone apply to LT’22?

Well, you are too kind in your words!  I was very fortunate to participate in LT very early in my career.  Even though I am a Tampa native, I cannot over emphasize how much I learned about our community during my LT year.  I also met incredible people in my class, some of whom I work with directly (Jim Porter, one of my Board Members at Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, for example!) 22 years later.  Leadership Tampa is an investment, but like any investment, it is worth the time and commitment.

Member News 5/10

Member News

Carlton Fields announced that Shareholder Jason J. Quintero was named Tampa office managing shareholder.
Chargebacks911 announced the appointment of Matt Stein as Senior Vice President of Brand Strategy.
Florida Polytechnic University celebrated the graduation of its classes of 2020 and 2021.
Gas South announced the final stage in the transition of its Infinite Energy customers in Florida.
Humankind Partnership announced the 1st Annual Humankindness Film Festival winners will now be announced and shown at The Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival.
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital’s Critical Care Transport Team has expanded; Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System announced an important step to ensure the economic well-being of employees by adopting an enterprise-wide $15 minimum wage.

Member Events

May 10, 2021: 2021 Drive to Save Lives Golf Tournament
May 11, 2021: Suicide Prevention and Awareness and Benefits of Partnership Between Law Enforcement and Mental Health Professionals
May 11, 2021: Ace Your Next Interview!
May 12, 2021: Unlock the Potential of LinkedIn
May 12, 2021: The Path to CPA: Purpose, Security, and Joy!
May 15, 2021: Hippie Dash 2021
May 19, 2021: Soft Skills – Essential Skills in 2021
May 20, 2021: The Economic Impact of the Biden’s Covid Relief Package
May 24, 2021: Chat with a Career Coach
May 25, 2021: Managing the Financial Impact of Coronavirus
May 26, 2021: Determine Your Career Identity
May 26, 2021: Psychology and Investing
July 14, 2021: Virtual Buyer-Supplier Town Hall

Member Job Openings

City of Tampa Housing & Community Development Manager
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida AmeriCorps Outreach Program Specialists
Hillsborough County Public Schools Bus Driver
Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Multiple Positions
Keiser University Administrative Assistants
Lutheran Services Florida Multiple Positions
Roebuck Technologies IT Specialist
WestCMR Multiple Positions

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Tampa

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Tampa Ribbon Cutting on April 27th

Encompass Health celebrated the opening of their new inpatient rehabilitation hospital in North Tampa with a ribbon cutting. The Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Tampa provides inpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology for stroke, brain injury and other complex neurological and orthopedic conditions. Check them out here!

Member News 5/3

Member News

ChappellRoberts has added two key roles to the agency’s senior leadership team
Florida Polytechnic University will offer the state’s first bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity engineering beginning in the fall 2021 semester.
ServisFirst Bank announced the opening of a Loan Production Office (LPO) in Orlando.

Member Events

May 8, 2021: Courage & Grace Ignite Your Confidence 2021 Brunch
May 8, 2021: Celebrate Mother’s Day at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa
May 10, 2021: 2021 Drive to Save Lives Golf Tournament
May 11, 2021: Suicide Prevention and Awareness and Benefits of Partnership Between Law Enforcement and Mental Health Professionals
May 15, 2021: Hippie Dash 2021
July 14, 2021: Virtual Buyer-Supplier Town Hall

Member Job Openings

City of Tampa Housing & Community Development Manager
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida AmeriCorps Outreach Program Specialists
Hillsborough County Public Schools Bus Driver
Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Multiple Positions
Keiser University Administrative Assistants
Lutheran Services Florida Multiple Positions
WestCMR Multiple Positions

Minority Business Accelerator Chat with Yvette Segura

A Chat with Tampa Bay Chamber Chair Yvette Segura

Q1 has wrapped, and the Minority Business Accelerator is in full swing. Program Director Avril Stinson, invited current Tampa Bay Chamber Chair Yvette Segura, to share some of her insight regarding the Chamber’s Inclusive Organization Pillar and the importance of DE&I to our business community.

  • Please introduce yourself. “Who is Yvette Segura?”  I am the Regional Vice President for USAA operations in Tampa and I’ve proudly been with USAA for 32 years.  I’m an Air Force brat and have moved many times growing up and throughout my professional career.  My career has provided me some great opportunities to grow as a leader and often as a party of one, being female and a minority.  Fortunately, that is changing and is happening intentionally.  
  • Please briefly share USAA’s stance on DE&I.  USAA recognizes the strength that comes with a variety of perspectives and beliefs and has an environment that encourages respect and trust. We believe attracting, retaining and developing talented, diverse professionals—including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ+, veterans, among others–helps us achieve our goal to purposefully include diverse perspectives to achieve superior business results and fulfill our mission. It is a USAA business imperative to drive growth, promote innovation and sustain competitive advantage in the marketplace.
  • As Chair, why is DE&I important to the Tampa Bay Chamber?  Because Tampa Bay is so diverse, it’s important that our Chamber appropriately reflect the entire business community while embracing the various perspectives each brings, and to be intentionally inclusive in that journey.
  • Why do you support the Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator?  The goal of the Chamber’s Inclusive Organization pillar is to create an environment where all feel welcomed.  Programs like the Minority Business Accelerator help to lift all businesses.  True inclusivity requires the involvement and engagement of everyone.  Through the experience and perspective of other Chamber members, we can all work together to accomplish our vision.

The Chamber can’t do this alone and needs the help and support of its members to continue the success of this program.  Everyone has a role to play in using their networks, reaching out to suppliers and others in referring companies to the program.   Volunteering is another great way to get involved, share knowledge and experience from a variety of vantage points.  It’s also a wonderful way to connect and learn from others while strengthening the bonds of our community.

The MBA program started with just a few companies and continues to grow.  It is a great opportunity to build momentum and extend its reach – but we have a long way to go.  I look forward to supporting this program for many years to come. 

If you are interested in learning more about the Minority Business Accelerator, please contact Avril Stinson at AStinson@Tampabaychamber.com or visit our website.