Best Speakers And Lectures Coming To Tampa Bay This Fall

August 12, 2012 6:00 PM

Learning is a life-long adventure and Tampa has all kinds of opportunities for you to quench your curiosity, acquire new skills and meet others who share similar interests. Whether you are interested in art, business, politics or just want to stop and smell the flowers, there is an event just for you. Check out some of Tampa Bay’s most anticipated events coming up this fall season.

Columbia, “Face of the Past”
Carrollwood Cultural Center
4537 Lowell Road
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 269-1310

Date: August 9
Price: Free

Daniel Rodriguez, whose photos will be featured in this event, was a renowned photojournalist from 1940-1970 for El Espectador (The Spectator), which was the most popular daily newspaper in South America during his time. Speakers Jim DeMauro and Carlos Rodriguez will give an illustrated lecture on Daniel Rodriguez’s photos which document the lives of ordinary and famous people alike.

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Return on Relationships
Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
201 N Franklin St
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 228-7777

Date: August 22
Price: Chamber members $10; non-members $20

This workshop, given by Clint Babcock of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce, teaches audiences how to make networking return a profit. This interactive session will teach you how to introduce yourself to people you don’t know, how to build relationships, how to end a conversation on a positive, professional note and how to move the conversation to the next step, such as a phone call or meeting. By focusing on behaviors and attitudes and not just selling techniques, you can create positive relationships with clients that can blossom and help you reach your professional goals in sales.

Lunch with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski
Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park
950 Lake Carillon Drive
St Petersburg, FL 33716
(727) 540-0050

Date: August 28
Price: $100

This luncheon, which takes place during the week of the Republican National Convention, provides a unique opportunity to talk to the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Joe and Mika will give their perspectives on the convention, politics, media and current events, and audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions. This event is hosted by The Poynter Institute and all proceeds go to The Poynter Scholarship Fund. You must call Nafi Schwanzer for advance reservations at (727) 553-4231 as there will be no physical tickets and only a check-in list at the door.

Social Media Strategy Workshop
Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County
340 S Tuttle Ave
Sarasota, FL 34237
(941) 366-1700

Date: September 8
Price: $25

The Women’s Resource Center is about providing support, encouragement and opportunities for personal and professional growth to women in all walks of life. This social media strategy workshop will include speakers such as Will Franco, founder and CEO of jiveSYSTEMS, Susanne Daniels, founder of Social Upward, and Lindsey Nickel, partner at Nickel & Nickel Communications. Entrepreneurs will learn how to save both time and money by using social media and automated marketing to grow their businesses. As a bonus, a light breakfast and lunch will be provided to all participants and there will a couple of prize drawings valued at $500.

Retreat with Terry Hershey: Living with Passion and Purpose

Franciscan Center

3010 N Perry Ave
Tampa, FL 33603
(813) 229-2695

Date: November 9 through November 11
Price: $200 for single room, $175 for shared room

Terry Hershey is a spiritual and inspirational speaker who believes in what he calls “the power of pause.” In this retreat, Terry will teach his listeners to “do less and live more.” Too often we are caught up in the stress of life and judge our worth by how much we have in our bank accounts or how many accomplishments we’ve achieved. Here, participants will learn how to regain balance in their lives by appreciating who and what makes them smile. Reservations are required for this event.

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Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at