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

Work Redefined: Retaining Talent

Tue., Nov. 3, 2020

8:00 – 9:00 am

Virtual via Zoom

Workforce development includes changes to culture, attitudes and people’s potential to influence your business success. Join us for a conversation on how the business community and academic institutions can work together to provide continuous development opportunities for employees.


Work Redefined: State of Workforce Development

Tue., Sep. 1, 2020

8:00 – 9:00 am

Virtual via Zoom

Sen. Janet Cruz – Florida Senate, District 18

As a Tampa native raised by a single mother, Janet Cruz knows firsthand the challenges our families face. A mother herself at 16, Janet attended Hillsborough Community College and started a small business to support her young family. It was a leap of faith that changed her life, turned her into a business owner, and took her out of poverty.

In 2010, Janet was inspired to fight for our community in the Florida House of Representatives. She quickly developed a reputation as a fierce advocate for hard-working families in Hillsborough County, focusing on the problems people face every day.

In the Florida State Senate, Janet is a voice for the working class, a proponent of quality public education, and a protector of Florida’s children.

Addison Davis – Hillsborough County Public Schools

Addison Davis is the Superintendent of Schools for Hillsborough County Public Schools where he took office in March 2020. He believes in putting students’ best interests at the heart of all decision-making, goal-based management, and building a school system that embraces the entire community.

Addison Davis' experience in transforming schools has resulted in increased student achievement in large urban and mid-size suburban Florida school districts. Before arriving in Hillsborough County, he served as the Superintendent of Schools for Clay County. Under his leadership the Clay County School District had dramatic improvements across all performance metrics. Additionally, Clay County's graduation rate rose 6.4 percentage points, improving from 20th in the state to 8th.

In 2019, Addison Davis was named the Sunshine State Public Relations Association's 2019 Superintendent Communicator of the Year. Within his first year in Clay County, he was named a 2017-2018 Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association.

Henry Mack – Florida Department of Education

Henry Mack currently serves as the Chancellor for Career, Technical and Adult Education at the Florida Department of Education, a position he has held since November of 2019. As Chancellor, he helps oversee all workforce education programs and economic development initiatives for the department.

Prior to serving as Chancellor, he was the associate vice president for workforce education and innovation at Broward College, overseeing all of the college’s career and technical education programs, its innovation and entrepreneurship hub, and a variety of other economic development related initiatives. He also served as an associate dean of academic affairs at Broward College, and held various positions at Florida International University and the University of Miami as a visiting professor. He served as host of South Florida PBS Viewpoint and Issues, two weekly television shows dedicated to exploring issues in public policy, ethics, and religion.


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.