Join Emerge Tampa Bay for the 3rd Annual Emerging with Influence


By: Sarah Schwirian

You’ve heard us talking about Emerging with Influence (repeatedly, I’m sure!), but what exactly IS it? Emerging with Influence is Emerge Tampa Bay’s premier signature event that provides Emerge Tampa Bay members, as well as the Tampa Bay business community, the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the organization throughout the previous year. Past leadership is celebrated as the new Emerge Tampa Bay Leadership Team is welcomed.

We hope you will join us on Thursday, November 6, at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre for the 3rd Annual Emerging with InfluenceThe highlight of the event will be the presentation of the Deanne Dewey Roberts Emerging Leader Award to one deserving Emerge Tampa Bay member who exhibits Deanne’s remarkable leadership. Deanne founded Emerge Tampa Bay in 2004 while she was Chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. The 2014 finalists include:

    • Jessica R. Aspiras, Tampa Bay Partnership
    • Jessica Muroff, Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Inc.
    • Aakash Patel, Elevate Inc.
    • Brian Seel, The Beck Group

This year, we welcome special guest Debbie Lundberg of Presenting Powerfully, who will present on “The ABCs of Next Level Leadership.” We will also be joined by Mayor Bob Buckhorn and many members who have made this and the last ten years a success. Read more…

As a new addition to the event, we will highlight the Protégé Program. This exclusive mentoring program, headed up by the Grow committee, is a pillar of Emerge Tampa Bay and has connected hundreds of young professionals with influential leaders throughout our community. We will recognize participants and have remarks from Leadership Tampa Alumni Chair, Troy Atlas.

We are thankful to our sponsors of this event: Leadership Tampa Alumni, Northwestern Mutual, Tampa Steel Erecting Co., ChappellRoberts, Tampa General Hospital and PNC Bank.

Hope to see you there!

Deanne Dewey Roberts Emerging Leader Award


Brian Seel, Emerge Tampa Bay Program Chair

When you reflect upon the year, is there a young professional that stands out in your mind for going above and beyond to make Tampa Bay great?

If the answer is yes, we want you to nominate them for the Emerging Leader Award. This award was created in honor of our late founder Deanne Dewey Roberts, and pays tribute to an individual that exemplifies outstanding professional values and serves as an inspiration to the community. The nominee should display the following attributes:


Reflects moral and ethical integrity


Involved in community service


Shows persistence, determination, action and implementation


Demonstrates the ability to lead his/her business


Shows achievement through measurable results; demonstrates career achievement


Offers personal sacrifice, generosity and philanthropy


Has direction, foresight, creativity and resourcefulness


Has played an active role in Emerge Tampa Bay

The deadline to submit the nomination form is October 10, 2014. The chosen award recipient will be able to honor the charity of his or her choice with a $1,000 gift, courtesy of ChappellRoberts.

This is an incredible opportunity to recognize one of our members, and I strongly encourage you to nominate someone you look up to in our community. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or for more information.