Here is a listing of some of our more recent Work Redefined events.

Work Redefined: Closing the Gap

Tue., May 5, 2020

8:30 – 9:30 am

virtual via Zoom

As the gap continues to grow between the skills workers possess today and the skills businesses say they need, more companies are collaborating with academic institutions to broaden their training strategies. After identifying a need to upskill and credential employees within their organization, TECO partnered with Hillsborough Community College and the University of South Florida to provide these opportunities. Since 2007 over 800 participants (employee students) have participated.

Brian W. Mann, EdD – Hillsborough Community College

Dr. Brian Mann is a seasoned educator with over 25 years’ experience in the field including over 15 years in educational administration and 17 years in career and technical education. Dr. Mann’s background includes senior administrative leadership and significant service in developing innovative programs and marketing strategies, enrollment development, fiscal management, and employer engagement encompassing secondary education, large community college districts, universities, and educationally oriented philanthropic and community based organizations in urban, rural, and suburban communities.

Dr. Mann currently serves as the Director of Associate in Science Degree Programs at Hillsborough Community College. He is responsible for the strategic direction, coordination, policy development, and compliance of over 60 workforce programs spanning five campuses.

Bruce Napier – TECO Energy

Bruce is the Senior Administrator, Assessment and Organizational Development, for TECO Energy, in Tampa. He has been training, developing, and supervising instructors, individuals and work groups in various leadership, supervision, and motivational disciplines since 1981—all over the world.

Bruce retired from the US Air Force in 2006 after 25 years, and then served as the Area Director for Troy University before joining TECO Energy in 2007.

Bruce earned a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Maryland and a Masters in International Relations from Troy University. He’s certified as a USAF Occupational Instructor, as well as Situational Leadership, Vital Smarts, and Development Dimension International (DDI).

He is also ordained, and while he does not serve in full time ministry, he loves officiating at 4 or more weddings every year. But he’s not a wedding singer.

Beth Taylor, MA – University of South Florida

Beth was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. In 1995, Beth moved to Ocala, FL and attended the College of Central Florida. Beth transferred to USF, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Political Science and master's degree in Adult Education, and a graduate certificate in College Student Affairs. Beth currently serves as the Assistant Director for two-degree completion programs housed in the Office of Undergraduate Studies: the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) and the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS). Beth also serves as the administrative contact for Complete Florida, a degree completion initiative founded by the State of Florida. She also serves as the Osher Re-entry Scholarship Coordinator.