Sustainable Florida Forum – Tampa

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November 5, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tampa History Center
801 Old Water St
Tampa, FL 33602
Melissa Baldwin

Sustainable Florida Forum

Sustainable Florida Forum – Tampa

Back by popular demand – our second Sustainable Florida Forum will be held in Tampa on Monday, November 5, 2018.
Join fellow Sustainability professionals for a day full of learning, networking, and professional development opportunities.

This dynamic one-day event is designed exclusively for sustainability professionals.

This forum is proudly hosted by Hillsborough County at the LEED-certified Tampa Bay History Center, followed by a reception at the onsite Columbia Restaurant.


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The day’s activities will include:

Panel Discussion: Telling Your Sustainable Story 

Tips and Ideas on Marketing Communications & Brand Development

  • Barbra Anderson, Chief Storyteller, Destination Better
  • Mike Bonts, Founder, MBPR Group
  • Joe Tankersly, Founder, Unique Visions

Barbra Anderson headshotBarbra Anderson, Chief Storyteller, Destination Better

Barbra Anderson is Founding Partner and Story Curator of Destination Better, Inc., a St. Pete-based communications firm who guides companies as large as Fortune 15 to become better corporate citizens. As experts in corporate responsibility and community outreach strategies and communications, the firm sees that companies are doing great things – they just aren’t fully telling their story. To fill this gap, Destination Better provides storytelling services for the modern market. By using powerful, brand-aligned messaging, photography and cinematography, Destination Better strategically places key responsibility messaging at the intersection where stakeholders are looking, when they’re making decisions.

Mike BontsMike Bonts, Bonts Public Relations

Mike Bonts Public Relations is a real estate PR and marketing firm specializing in identifying audiences and creating and delivering the right message, using the most effective media, in a timely manner. He pitches client storylines and brand messaging to media outlets throughout the Southeast.

Before seven years at Renaissance Creative, an award-winning brand development and PR firm, he served as communications director for the Northeast Florida Builders Association, at the time the largest local trade association in the country.

Joe Tankersly HeadshotJoe Tankersley, Founder, Unique Visions

Joe Tankersley is a writer, futurist, and former Walt Disney Imagineer. He combines his broad experience as a storyteller with a deep knowledge of strategic foresight to help organizations create compelling visions for better tomorrows.

Joe was a writer/producer for Walt Disney Imagineering for 20 years. While there, he led creative teams on projects for Epcot, Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the Disneyland Resort in California.


Remarks from Hillsborough County

Pat KempPatricia “Pat” Kemp, Hillsborough County Commissioner

Patricia “Pat” Kemp was elected to the County Commission in 2016, representing Countywide District 6. Commissioner Kemp has more than three decades of public service in Hillsborough County. She was Chief Aide to Congresswoman Kathy Castor when Castor served on the Hillsborough County Commission. She also served as Aide to State Representative Sara Romeo. An attorney, she worked both in private practice and for Bay Area Legal Services, providing civil legal services for low income clients. As a journalist, she served as news director and a radio talk show host at WUSF and WMNF. Over the years, Commissioner Kemp has volunteered for many community projects and organizations. She co-founded the Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association. She served in leadership roles at the Sierra Club of Tampa Bay and on the Board of Tampa Crossroads, a nonprofit that provides counseling, treatment, housing and other services to veterans, the disabled and others in need of assistance.

Commissioner Kemp has long been an advocate for improving transportation in the county and the region. She worked with other community leaders to support the Cross Bay Ferry Pilot Project. She currently serves on several boards related to transportation including the HART Board, the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Authority. Commissioner Kemp also serves on the Juvenile Justice Board and the Public Safety Coordinating Council.

A graduate of Boston University and Stetson College of Law, Commissioner Kemp has two adult children, Ella and Alex Wind. Ella is pursuing a PhD at New York University. Alex is an undergraduate student at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.


Sheila McNamara, Hillsborough County Sustainability & Security Manager

Sheila McNamara is the Sustainability Manager for Hillsborough County. She works with County departments on sustainability initiatives pertaining to facilities and operations, as well as creating employee and public awareness and engagement activities and outreach materials.

Sheila holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from SUNY Plattsburgh and has worked on sustainability issues in both government (state and local) and higher education, having previously been the Sustainability Manager for Hillsborough Community College, the Program Manager of Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act’s Agricultural & Silvicultural program, and the Director of Hartwick College’s environmental campus.

Sheila is passionate about educational outreach and the preservation of our natural resources.  Teaching and sharing sustainability success stories to further understanding, engagement, and collaboration is her primary goal.


Shana Udvardy HeadshotKeynote Speaker

Shana Udvardy, Climate Resilience Analyst

Shana Udvardy is a climate resilience analyst with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She conducts research and policy analysis to help inform and build support to increase resilience to climate change impacts.

Prior to joining UCS, Ms. Udvardy provided consulting services on climate adaptation and flood risk management policy. She was also the climate adaptation policy analyst at the Center for Clean Air Policy, director of flood management policy for American Rivers, and water program manager at the Georgia Conservancy. Ms. Udvardy also worked at the Smithsonian Institution’s Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity Program and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua.

Ms. Udvardy is a Certified Floodplain Manager, and holds a M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology and a B.A. from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.

Ms. Udvardy is frequently called upon to speak on climate adaptation and flood risk management, including two State Department speaking tours in Bangkok and Manila in 2014 and Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos in 2012.

Professional Development

Mastermind Breakouts

A mastermind group is a peer-to-peer mentoring concept used to help members solve their problems with input and advice from the other group members.  Use this opportunity to hone in on your most challenging problems and benefit from the advice of your peers.

  • Networking opportunities
  • Cocktail hour
  • and more!

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Sustainable Florida Forum
Monday, Nov. 5th, 2018
Tampa Bay History Center

Tentative Agenda:

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.              Registration and Light Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.                       Welcoming Remarks

9:00 -10:30 a.m.             Panel Discussion: Telling Your Sustainable Story

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.          Group Introductions & Networking Break

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.          Tour LEED Silver Certified Tampa Bay History Center

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.         Remarks from Hillsborough County

Sheila McNamara and Commissioner Pat Kemp

12:00  – 1:00 p.m.           Cafe Columbia Buffet Lunch is served

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.             Keynote – Shana Udvardy, Union of Concerned Scientists

2:00 p.m.                          Mastermind Group Instructions

2:10  – 3:40 p.m.           Break into small groups – Mastermind Breakout Sessions

3:45 p.m.                     Reconvene- Mastermind Report Out

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.             Reception at Columbia Restaurant (downstairs, patio)