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College to Career Statewide Employability Summit @ Future Florida Forum

September 29, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am

By 2030, nearly 26 million Floridians will call Florida home. Is Florida ready to remain globally competitive, create high-wage jobs and economic opportunity, and fuel vibrant and sustainable communities? The Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2017 Future of Florida Forum will bring together Florida’s business leaders, industry experts and elected officials to discuss the opportunities and challenges impacting Florida’s future between now and 2030. This one of the most important convening’s of the year.  And in conjunction with this event, the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities will host the College to Career Statewide Employability Summit.

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This special session will:

  • Highlight employer needs and career readiness solutions universities can offer
  • Identify ways to further connect employers to higher education
  • Develop tangible next steps  that will benefit the state of Florida for years to come


Friday, September 29

7:30 AM- 8:30 AM         Check In/Breakfast

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM        Introduction &  Career Readiness on College Campuses

  • Michael Preston, Ed.D., Executive Director, Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities
  • Russ Coughenour, Assistant Vice President Career Services at University of South Florida and Chair of Florida Career Centers
  • Chris Ferekides, Ph.D., Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department, University of South Florida
  • Mark Heinrich, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Central Florida
  • Masoud Sadjadi, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Science, Director of Professional Master of Science in Information Technology, and Director of Autonomic & Agile Software Engineering Research Lab, Florida International University

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM      Talent Development Needs Panel  

  • Naomi Lampkin, Talent Acquisitions Specialist, Enterprise Holdings
  • Stephanie Kowalski, Sourcing Manager, Talent Acquisition, Marriott Vacations Worldwide

10:15 AM  – 10:50 AM   Solutions & Next Steps
10:50 AM – 11:00 AM    Closing Remarks

Who should attend:

  • Executive leaders/ Managers
  • Human Resources/Recruiting experts
  • Economic Development leads
  • University Administrators/faculty  


September 29, 2017
7:30 am - 11:00 am


JW Marriot Orlando Grande Lakes, Cordova 5 & 6
4040 Central Florida Pkwy
Orlando, United States
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