Opportunity Tallahassee





7:30 – 8:00 AM                Check-In Desk Opens (La Florida Coffee + Breakfast)


8:00 – 8:15 AM                Welcome + Announcements

                                           Cristina Paredes (LT 35), OT Chair


8:15 – 8:35 AM                Coffee Talk with Mayor Dailey and Chair Cummings

Mayor John Dailey (LT 24), City of Tallahassee

Commissioner Carolyn Cummings, Chair, Leon County


8:35 – 8:50 AM                Chamber Update + Scorecard Report    

                                           Rob Clarke (LT 6), Ausley McMullen

                                           Sue Dick (LT 16), The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce


8:50 – 9:10 AM                Building-wide Scavenger Hunt by INIE

                                           Robert Blacklidge (LT 40), Institute for Nonprofit Innovation & Excellence


9:10 – 9:35 AM                Law and Justice Panel

                                    Moderator: Khari James (LT 40), Office of the US Attorney

                                                                                   Assistant Sheriff Argatha Gilmore (LT 24), Leon County Sheriff’s Office                                             

                                   Deputy Chief Maurice Holmes, Tallahassee Police Department

                                          Circuit Judge Stephen Everett, Second Judicial Circuit, Leon County


9:55 – 10:15 AM              Fully Booked, Wander & Wonder Trail at Pedrick Park

                                           Betsy Couch (LT 27), Knight Creative Communities Institute

10:15 – 10:45 AM           Gateway to Northeast

                                           Autumn Calder (LT 36), Blueprint

                                           Richard Darabi (LT 35), Moore Bass Consulting


11:00 – 12:30 PM            Amazon Robotic Facility Tour


12:35 – 1:00 PM              Lunch @ Feather Oaks

                                           Rebecca Kelly Manders, ReFire Culinary

                                           Scott Carruthers, The Hub at Feather Oaks


1:00 – 1:45 PM                 Celebrating the Arts in Springtime Tallahassee

                                           Ely Rosario (LT 35), 100 Things to Do in Tallahassee

Bianca Montague & Phil Croton, Southern Shakespeare Company

Arielle Raff & Dan Taylor (LT 35), Lemoyne Arts & COCA


1:45 – 2:15 PM                Workforce Development Panel

                                           Darryl Jones (LT 20), Office of Economic Vitality

Corrie Melton (LT 9), Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce

BJ Van Camp, Lively Technical College

Jessica Griffin, Tallahassee Community College


2:35 – 3:10 PM                Meak Eaton Black Archives Tour @ FAMU


3:10 – 3:15 PM                Afternoon Pick Me Up – Capital City Cakes & Lucky Goat Coffee


3:30 – 4:00 PM               TMH Tour: Surgical + Robotics Experience

                                           Joseph Camps, MD-Chief Academic Officer, TMH

Logan Van Wagenen-Assistant Vice President, TMH


4:10 – 4:25 PM                Omega Lamplighters


4:25 – 4:50 PM                Women in Business Panel

                                    Keith Bowers (LT 40), Office of Economic Vitality, Moderator

                                           Gloria Pugh (LT 35), AMWAT

Ashley Chaney (LT 40), Hayward House

Christic Henry (LT 38), Kingdom First Realty


4:55 – 5:00 PM                End of Day & Recruitment Piece

                                           Jason Hollister (LT 39), LT Recruitment Chair


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Opportunity Tallahassee is an intensive, one-day overview of our community.  This program is designed to acquaint participants with the physical, social, economic, and educational structure of Tallahassee.  In addition to meeting & networking with some of the area’s key decision-makers, Opportunity Tallahassee participants will be given contacts & resources to enable them to become more effectively involved in community issues.

This program is targeted to corporate executives, managers, and other professionals who may be new to the community & want to know more about the area with a minimum expenditure of time.  It is especially valuable for leaders or potential leaders whose professional commitments have precluded participation in the more time-intensive LT program.

Opportunity Tallahassee requires a full, one-day commitment.

A typical day-long agenda may include the following:

  • Welcome & Icebreaker
  • Community Economic Vitality Report
  • Public Safety and Justice System Presentation
  • FSU Research Impact
  • Behind the Scenes at the Tallahassee International Airport
  • “Fighting Hunger: Engage, Feed, Educate” 2nd Harvest of the Big Bend
  • Lunch / Craft Beer Tasting
  • Tallahassee: A Premier Place to Play – FAMU Way Skateable Art Park
  • Black Archives on FAMU Campus
  • Panel: Public Education in Leon County
  • Pop up Treat Break: Momma P’s Ice Cream
  • Sustainable Tallahassee: “Apalachee Regional Park is on the Map!”
  • KCCI, COCA and Visit Tallahassee Shining a Light on Creativity
  • Performance: Omega Lamplighters
  • Find Your Fit: Community Engagement Lightning Round
  • Reception: Parkview at Cascades Park