Vinny Tafuro, Institute for Economic Evolution, Founder & Author

Past Speakers

  • Photo of Vinny Tafuro, Institute for Economic Evolution, Founder & Author

    February 6, 2023

    Vinny Tafuro, Institute for Economic Evolution, Founder & Author

    Vinny is a founder of the Institute for Economic Evolution. A polymath and curious by nature, he is a pioneering advocate for the twenty-first-century economy that is disrupting society’s rigid institutions and beliefs. Vinny’s economic and foresight projects explore the societal and economic shifts being catalyzed by human culture as a result of technology, corporate personhood, and evolving human cognition.

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  • Photo of Jeff Gigante, Next Level Brands, Partner, Co-founder

    January 30, 2023

    Jeff Gigante, Next Level Brands, Partner, Co-founder

    Jeff Gigante, a St Petersburg Fla. native, has been successfully developing a diverse collection of restaurant concepts, for 25 years, steadfastly earning a reputation for hospitality, community involvement, and philanthropy.

    ​Gigante started his path to a culinary career at a young age. Inspired by memories of the shared family table, he began working in all areas of hospitality, including, service, management, and operations.

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  • Photo of Kim Jowell, Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF), CEO

    January 23, 2023

    Kim Jowell, Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF), CEO

    Kim Jowell has devoted her life’s work to advocating for the most vulnerable children and families in our communities. For more than 20 years, she’s had a proven track-record of success in leading diverse not-for-profits. Since joining Hillsborough Education Foundation as CEO in 2017, she has increased financial resources more than 20 percent. Under Kim’s visionary leadership, the nonprofit has expanded its programs to advance their mission of
    strengthening public education—raising on average $8 million annually to support students and teachers in the seventh largest school district in the country.

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  • Photo of Mike McCollum, Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF), Chief Advancement Officer

    January 23, 2023

    Mike McCollum, Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF), Chief Advancement Officer

    Mike McCollum’s entire professional career has been dedicated to social service/equity non-profit work. In 2017, Mike joined Hillsborough Education Foundation as Chief Advancement Officer overseeing development/fundraising, events and public relations efforts. During that time, Mike’s efforts have helped grow the organization’s fundraising output to $8 million (on average) annually in support of students and teachers in Hillsborough County.

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  • Photo of Jeb Myers, Interim President at Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High School

    January 9, 2023

    Jeb Myers, Interim President at Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High School

    Jeb Myers is the current Interim-President of Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High School and is passionate about the Cristo Rey model which prepares students from vulnerable backgrounds for their futures through a college preparatory and professional career preparatory program. With over twenty-five years of experience in education, Jeb has served vulnerable populations of students and families as teacher, principal and president in the communities of Camden, New Jersey, the Blackfeet Nation of Browning, Montana and Minneapolis, Minnesota before coming to Tampa. When not at work, Jeb runs, reads and spends time with his family.

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  • Photo of Mayor Jane Castor, City of Tampa

    December 19, 2022

    Mayor Jane Castor, City of Tampa

    Mayor Jane Castor is the 59th Mayor of the City of Tampa. Born and raised in Tampa, Jane has spent a lifetime in service to the community, first as a police officer, then as Tampa’s first female Chief of Police, and finally as the city’s 59th Mayor. She graduated from Chamberlain High School and attended the University of Tampa on an athletic scholarship.

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  • Photo of Ronald Weaver, Stearns Weaver Miller, Shareholder

    December 12, 2022

    Ronald Weaver, Stearns Weaver Miller, Shareholder

    Mr. Weaver has handled hundreds of permitting and zoning cases, Comprehensive Plan amendments; major transportation, comprehensive plan and property rights analyses, advocacies, or settlements for major resorts, office buildings, general retail, planned communities, regional malls, and mixed use communities. His representation includes Florida, California, and Nevada developers and government entities on concurrency, property rights and state and federal funding projects, including a $1.3 billion roadway, a $56 million people mover, city redevelopment and downtown plans, proportionate fair share agreements and property rights; as well as wetlands mitigation agreements and credits, sea level rise issues and eminent domain issues, and has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and Tampa Bay Real Estate Hall of Fame.

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  • Photo of Christopher M. Bowen , Chief Development Strategist, RD Management LLC

    December 5, 2022

    Christopher M. Bowen , Chief Development Strategist, RD Management LLC

    As Chief Development Strategist for New York City-based, RD Management, LLC, one of the largest, privately-held real estate companies in the nation, Christopher M. Bowen plays an interesting and diverse role in a wide range of projects involving urban redevelopment. He will tell you that what he loves most and what he’s best at, is “connecting the dots.” To him, the most important dots to connect are people and the most upside to be had is in making it easier for people to connect and share their common knowledge and help enhance each other’s ability to climb the mountain, bringing as many others along as possible – because that mountain is life itself. That philosophy in part, in 2018, helped him create the Uptown identity for the city neighborhood around the University of South Florida. In addition to his role with RD Management, Chris Bowen is Chairman of the Executive Board of Soaring City Innovation Partnership (Soaring City), an urban, arts & sciences tech ecosystem builder and 501c3 charitable foundation he co-founded with former, Hillsborough County Commissioner, Mark Sharpe. Soaring City is the Tampa Innovation Partnership reimagined, which Mr. Sharpe cofounded with leaders of USF, Moffitt, AdventHealth, and Busch Gardens over a decade ago.

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