Posted by: Tampa Bay Chamber on Friday, July 2, 2021


The Chamber held a very informative Public Policy Roundtable titled, “The Intersection of State and Local Education Policy” featuring Florida Department of Education’s Jacob Oliva, Chancellor of K-12 Education, and Addison Davis, Superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools.

Hosted successful Fireside Chat /w Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, yielding 300+ registrants and multiple earned media pieces, including: a Tampa Bay Times article post-event and an op-ed coauthored by Sheryl Sandberg and Bob Rohrlack.

The Chamber’s Transportation Council issued a transit survey to Board members, Policy Council, and Policy Advisory Committee participants to ensure alignment of advocacy efforts, and in preparation for 2022 legislative agenda submission.

Policy Council prepared a one pager regarding the PPP Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) credits to educate members that refers them to qualified Chamber members

Observing CDC guidelines, the Chamber hosted our Face the Chamber breakfast with Mayor Jane Castor. The in-person event boasted 240 attendees, achieving 95% of plan.

The Chamber’s VP of Advocacy participated on the Chambers for Clean Energy & Innovation’s 2021 Legislative Briefing webinar with Senator Jeff Brandes and Senator Jason Brodeur.

The Chamber hosted a PRO Act update feat. Glenn Spencer, SVP of Employment Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber hosted a successful Legislative Wrap Up, featuring 11 senators and representatives from Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas, moderated by Peter Schorsch, publisher of Florida Politics.

As a convener, the Chamber hosted Rep. Kathy Castor and Tampa Bay community leaders in a focused strategy session to discuss MacDill AFB as a candidate location for the KC-46 Pegasus tanker.

The Chamber's Policy Advisory Committee hosted an engaging discussion, moderated by Gina Evans of Tampa International Airport, about the present and future state of the hospitality & tourism industry from Tampa Bay’s leading tourism executives. We also learned of the policies at the local, state, and federal level driving the industry’s resurgence. Panelists included: Santiago Corrada – President & CEO, Visit Tampa Bay; Steve Hayes – President & CEO, Visit St. Pete Clearwater (VSPC); Bob Morrison – Executive Director, Hillsborough County Hotel & Motel Association.

The Chamber’s Transportation Council hosted Chris Rall, Outreach Director for Transportation for America. Rall provided Council members with a federal transportation and infrastructure update.

VP of Advocacy, Nic Glover, moderated the launch of the Florida Race to Zero campaign kickoff. The Race to Zero is an initiative led by the mayors of Tampa, St. Pete, Miami and Orlando, aimed at getting the State of Florida closer to carbon neutrality.

Workforce Development Committee

Members of the Workforce Development Committee heard from Corcoran Partners regarding workforce related legislation in the Florida legislature. 

Over 50 Chamber members attended the Workforce Development Committee’s Work Redefined: Diversity, Inclusion, & Accessibility. Attendees heard from John Gill, Quest Inc., and Paulette Myzel, AdventHealth. 

Workforce Housing Subcommittee

Over 30 community partners met for the first Workforce Housing Community Partner meeting. Developers, non-profits, and business community members heard from the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County on opportunities to invest in workforce housing. Ultimate Medical Academy shared their experience with the City’s Business & Brunch program.

Committee members heard from Chris Romer, President & CEO, Vail Valley Partnership about their workforce housing initiatives and best practices for the Chamber’s role with this outreach in their community.

Inclusive Organization

Military Council

Hosted a virtual expo booth at the 2021 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC).

Military Advisory

Tampa received the Military Spouse Impact Award for Community of the Year by Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. This award recognizes a community and its leaders for their efforts in creating a strong, inclusive community that allows military spouses to thrive both inside and outside of the gates.

In partnership with the USO Transitions team we hosted a Tampa Bay: Military Spouse Resource Discussion that focused on local resources available to help military spouses with gainful employment. Participating organizations included the Tampa Bay Chamber, Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone, Military Spouse Fellowship Program, Military Spouse Professional Network, and CareerSource Tampa Bay.

Celebrated Military Spouse Appreciation Day on our social media by highlighting military spouse employment and the Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program.

Hosted Senior Enlisted Advisors from the 927th Air Refueling Wing, 6th Air Refueling Wing, SOCOM, JCSE, and the MacDill Family Readiness Unit to discuss quality of life issues impacting military families. Transportation and housing continue to be two of the most pressing concerns families face while stationed at MacDill.

In conjunction with the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce we hosted a combined Military Advisory Committee. With over 40 attendees our committee members heard from Bay Area Legal regarding their medical legal partnership and how they are assisting veterans.

Hosted Operation Partnership: Transition Tampa Bay with over 20 transitioning service members participating in a day long series of workshops hosted by over 16 Chamber members relating to the transition from military service to the civilian business community.

Minority Business Accelerator

MBA Director Avril Stinson participated as a guest speaker for Suffolk Construction’s Inaugural Florida Cohort for “Build With Us @ Suffolk,” that helps support and develop M/W/V & SBE/SBA subcontractors and suppliers to learn their construction process from start to finish.

MBA Leadership Advisory Council member Kimberly Madison hosted a fireside chat discussing the importance of leadership development and community engagement in June for the joint cohort session. The Cohort participants also received a tour of the Water Street Project.

June 30th: Hosted MBA Info Session – An opportunity for prospective participants and potential mentors/subject matter experts to learn about how the program works directly from the current participants, stakeholders, and mentors.

Save the Date: July 6th - Cohort ’23 MBA Applications Open

Collegiate Leadership

Collegiate Leadership Class of 2021

 Collegiate Leadership Class of 2022

  • Chair, Wyatt Krapf (Emerge) and Vice-Chair, Lindsay Grinstead (LT’18)
  • Collegiate Leadership is a program for 24 college students from the University of Tampa, St. Leo University, and the University of South Florida. It mirrors the Leadership Tampa program and allows the college students to explore different career paths, understand how Tampa operates, and hopefully it’ll lead to us retaining the amazing talent in Tampa Bay. The second class will begin in October.
  • The 2022 class of Collegiate Leadership Tampa Bay was announced! 

Emerging Leaders

June 17 – Vision Series: Spotlight on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Attendees were able to network with local professionals and change-makers, then hear from five subject-matter experts who discussed DEI within Tampa's military, workforce, and transportation sectors.

Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay is transitioning back to in-person events.

  • Hosted 9 Group Meetings in Q2
  • Current ELTB membership is 364

Hub for Business


Business is coming back strong, and 58 companies have joined the Chamber this quarter to connect with the business community in Tampa Bay.  Year to date, that totals 122 new members which tracks closely to our pre-pandemic new members in 2019.  Our members believe their membership is important to their business and 89.7% renewed their membership for another year. Ten members celebrated their business by hosting a Ribbon Cutting.

Membership Committee

Business Around the Bay is gaining traction as the top-tier business leaders forum.  Hosted bi-monthly by Co-Chairs Brian Adcock, Adcock Financial and Ryan Toth, The Beck Group, mission members can connect, share insights, and exchange ideas with their peers.  Also, the 21 Minority Empowerment participants are taking advantage of a variety of program offerings with an average of 3-4 registrations per company.

Ambassador Committee

Our 18 Ambassadors worked individually with over 200 new members this quarter. Ambassadors take the time to contact new members and be an additional resource for new members to navigate through the opportunities that the Chamber offers.  At the end of June, Ambassadors hosted new members for Coffee Connection, a networking event held at the Chamber.

Community Outreach Committee

Two projects were completed this quarter – one for the YMCA and another for Goodwill Industries.  In April, 20 Chamber volunteers joined with the Riverview Chamber to help the facility ready for the summer camp season. Volunteers toured the 55-acre camp and learned how the various recreational activities help kids with constructive alternatives to conflict, stress, and many of the other pressures life presents.

A dozen volunteers had a groovy time at the 2021 Goodwill Hippie Dash.  Cheering on runners, walkers, and canine participants, the volunteers handed out refreshments for the many participants and spectators that were raising money for a very worthwhile cause.


Hosted attendees at events across Tampa Bay in person and virtually.

  • Q2 April 1 - June 18: 3,000+
  • YTD Jan 1 - June 18: 4,800+

15th Annual Women of Influence Luncheon

Hosted the 15th Annual Women of Influence Luncheon presented by PNC Bank on April 21, 2021 at the Tampa Marriott Water Street. The event featured Judge Glenda Hatchett, Former Juvenile Court Judge, TV Personality, and Author. 280+ attended in person while 130+ streamed the event live. The Dottie Berger MacKinnon Woman of Influence Award was presented to Rita Lowman, President, Pilot Bank

Competitive Edge Series

Hosted May Competitive Edge Series virtually via Zoom: "Community Leadership for Professionals" featured Ashley Butler, Ice Cold Air & Butler Automotive Management. The conversation focused on the importance of authenticity, introspection, and community leadership for entrepreneurs and professionals. Learning objectives included:

  • Explore who you are and what you stand for in business and in life
  • Understand how introspection and self-reflection inform authentic living
  • Establish your own code of conduct to guide your personal and professional growth
  • Assemble advisory councils of entrepreneurs and professionals with shared goals for cross-community success

Legislative Wrap-Up

Hosted the annual Legislative Wrap-Up, presented by TECO, virtually via Zoom. The following elected officials joined for a conversation moderated by Peter Schorsch:

Florida House
  • Rep. Mike Beltran (Dist. 57)
  • Rep. Andrew Learned (Dist. 59)
  • Rep. Jackie Toledo (Dist. 60)
  • Rep. Fentrice Driskell (Dist. 63)
  • Rep. Traci Koster (Dist. 64)
  • Rep. Chris Latvala (Dist. 67)
  • Rep. Michele Rayner (Dist. 70)
Florida Senate
  • Sen. Ed Hooper (Dist. 16)
  • Sen. Janet Cruz (Dist. 18)
  • Sen. Darryl Rouson (Dist. 19)
  • Sen. Danny Burgess (Dist. 20)

Face The Chamber

Hosted Face the Chamber featuring Mayor Jane Castor on May 18 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown with 230+ attendees. After Mayor Castor shared remarks, a Q&A session was held with Jasmine Styles, anchor and reporter of ABC Action News WFTS Tampa Bay.

Upcoming Signature Events

Military Appreciation
Presented by USAA
September 2, 2021, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
The Florida Aquarium

41st Annual Small Business of the Year Awards
Presented by Adcock Financial and Vistra Communications
September 30, 2021, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Armature Works

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Staci Fraser. 

Leadership Tampa

Leadership Tampa Class of 2021

  • Chair, Jill Manthey (LT’10) and Vice Chair, Amanda Uliano (LT’13)
  • The 2021 class graduated on Wednesday, June 23. 

Leadership Tampa Class of 2022

  • Chair, Amanda Uliano (LT’13) and Vice Chair, Mark Colvenbach (LT’12)
  • LT’22 recruitment has concluded and the new class will be announced in July.

Leadership Tampa Alumni

April 15 -  LTA Chair's Choice event where members heard about the unique opportunity to explore the world of special operations.

May 4 –  Connect with Coffee event were we heard from Lakshmi Shenoy and Rachel Feinman at Embarc Collective. Great insights from Lakshmi and Rachel around innovation in Tampa Bay and across the state as well as the partnership between Embarc Collective and Tampa General Hospital.

June 23 - Leadership Tampa Alumni Members welcomed LT’21 graduates joining LTA.

Ron Christaldi the recipient of the 2020 LTA Parke Wright III award received an honorarium of $1,000.00 which he donated to the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research.

  • Committee Meetings – 18
  • Current LTA membership is 534