Education Day
Leadership Tampa Bay

March 25, 2024

Written by: Adrienne Arceri, Project Manager – Tampa Bay Water

Leadership Tampa Bay Class of 2024 had an exciting and engaging experience for Education Day.

What started as an early and groggy morning was immediately launched into an energetic and exciting one as we arrived at Roland Park K-8 Magnet school.  A drumline of students lined the side walk to greet us with an upbeat rhythm as we entered the school grounds.  After the amazing reception, the day began with welcome remarks from Kurt Browning, followed by an engaging education panel that covered topics ranging from the challenges of funding for Hillsborough County schools, to the importance of early education, to mental health.  We then learned about how education foundations, such as the Hillsborough Education Foundation, are helping out schools in the area through providing much-needed supplies to classrooms.  To complete an exciting morning, we toured classrooms throughout the school and got to experience the positive impact of the Hillsborough Education Foundation firsthand by giving out supply packs and stickers to enthusiastic students.

After an action-packed few hours at Roland Park, we headed to Pinellas Technical College in Clearwater and received a warm welcome from the school’s culinary students, complete with a delicious lunch and mouthwatering desserts made from scratch (it’s safe to say that everyone went for second and third helpings of the key lime tarts and carrot cake).  Welcome remarks were provided by Pinellas Technical College administration, Workforce Development & Corporate Partnerships of St Pete College, and Pinellas County Schools, followed by a tour of the Pinellas Technical College classrooms.  We learned about courses offered at the campus, such as marine tech, cabinetry, electricity, diesel, and welding, and some of us were lucky enough to see Nancy Newkirk use a weld cutter and shower us with sparks.

Our final stop for the day was the University of Tampa Lowth Entrepreneurship Center.  After a tour of the study and pitch spaces, we spoke to several students who were either conceptualizing and pitching a new product, or had successfully launched a product.  Inspired by their success, LTB Class of 2024 tried their hand at their own Start-Ups by playing the Silicon Valley Interactive Start-Up game.  RRRRRR might actually have a fighting chance in the market after a successful pitch from Ed, Alonso, and Scott.  An exciting and engaging day came to an end with a quiz and speech from UT President Dr. Ron Vaughn and Mrs. Renee Vaughn.

Thank you again to our Gold Sponsor Suncoast Credit Union and our Silver Sponsors Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County, St Petersburg College, Suffolk, and the University of Tampa.


The Leadership Tampa Bay class year begins in September and runs through May. Each year, the Board of Directors organizes 11 class days that focus on regional issues and opportunities. The agenda for each day consists of panel discussions with business civic and government leaders, questions and answer sessions, and facility tours. In addition, each class member participates in both an opening and closing retreat and a two-day Tallahassee Trip.






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