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  • 08/31/2018 10:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
    I am originally from Nassau, Bahamas. I grew up in Miami, Florida. Raised by immigrant parents from Haiti. I met my husband in Orlando one summer while visiting family we have 1 son.

    What do you do?
    I own Belle La Vie Salon & Spa in S. Florida Ave, Lakeland in the Alamo plaza next to Plato’s closet. We are currently approaching our 1-year anniversary.

    What do you like most about your job/profession? 
    What I love about my profession is that I can make everyone who sits in my chair look and feel great about themselves no matter what trouble/stress they’re having in their personal lives. 

    What are some of your hobbies?
    My hobbies are going to the gym, traveling, spending time with friends, and dancing. 

    What is your involvement in the community?
    My involvement in the community includes providing complimentary/discounted services to those that are less fortunate. I currently teamed up with Noah’s Ark, children, and families and once a month we provide their tenants with complimentary cuts. I wish to continue to help others, the best way I know how.

    If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
    If someone were to meet me at an EMERGE event, they should ask me about the beauty industry and how I’m working towards having Polk County citizens support local small businesses, instead of venturing out to bigger cities or towns.

    What do you like most about Lakeland?
    What I like about Lakeland is that it is continuously growing and there is a lot of history within Lakeland.

    Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
    I decided to join EMERGE to link up with other business owners or everyday individuals that are passionate about their community and want to make a difference. My goal is to eventually have a very successful business in Lakeland and I have hopes of mentoring others that are wanting to do the same and to let them know although I am an immigrant with a checkered past, that will not stop me from achieving my life goals and that the sky is the limit. You only limit yourself when you doubt yourself. I look forward to meeting and working with each one of you fabulous individuals.


  • 07/30/2018 4:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
    I am from Tampa, born and raised.

    What do you do?
    I have been a Little Greek Franchisee for almost six years as an operating partner.

    What do you like most about your job/profession?
    What I enjoy most about my job is getting to work in an environment that is fast-paced and allows me to interact with the many new faces of our customers.

    What are some of your hobbies?
    Some hobbies of mine include playing golf and basketball, painting, and going to concerts.

    What is your involvement in the community?
    My involvement in the community has largely been with local schools, doing things such as spirit nights and fundraising.

    If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
    At events, I am very approachable and can talk for days about the NBA, NFL, my dog, and all sorts of music!

    What do you like most about Lakeland?
    The parts I like most about Lakeland are the friendly people and the more laid-back attitude it has compared to where I grew up.

    Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
    I joined EMERGE to get more involved with the city and help expose my restaurant for its fantastic food, catering, and service we offer.


  • 07/01/2018 11:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
    I was raised as a military brat…after living in Germany and Central California we ended up in a little town Navarre, FL in the Florida Panhandle.  I have been a Lakelander since I was transferred here in my previous retail management career in 2007.

    What do you do?
    REALTOR® at Florida Spotlight Homes Group at Keller Williams Realty Lakeland

    What do you like most about your job/profession?
    Being trusted to help someone with the biggest investment of their lives

    What are some of your hobbies?
    I love all things FOOD, working out, hiking, the beach….anything that gets me out in the sunshine

    What’s your involvement in the community?
    My church- Free Life Chapel they host a variety of community events and volunteer opportunities. I am looking to be more involved in charities benefiting child education and health/wellness

    If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
    New restaurants, real estate and home design/décor, essential oils, anything really

    What do you like most about Lakeland?
    The community environment…this is one of the most philanthropic communities I have lived in and all the beautiful outdoor spaces.

    Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
    I find more community service opportunities and to be able to network with other young professional in the area.

    Anything else you want to add?
    I can't wait to get more involved and meet some new wonderful people.


  • 06/01/2018 12:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
    I was born in Laramie, Wyoming and grew up in Lubbock, Texas. I’m very comfortable with wide open spaces!

    What do you do?
    I’m the executive director at Explorations V Children’s Museum

    What do you like most about your job/profession?
    There is no such thing as a bad day. Even the worst meetings are cured by walking into the lobby and greeting smiling kids anxious to play and learn something new. I may have made more crafts as an adult than I did as a kid and I’m okay with that.

    What are some of your hobbies?
    I love running. Florida has a lot of paved, beautiful running trails which have become a happy place for me. I’m big into flea markets, too. There’s something very appealing about going to one place for a corn dog and a Bertoia chair. (true story)

    What’s your involvement in the community?
    I’m on the Board of the Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. My BA is in flute performance and my husband is a classical musician. Being able to support and advocate for young musicians is very rewarding. The youth orchestra will never turn away a student for an inability to pay tuition. If they audition in and make the cut, we will find a way to cover their costs which means up to $20,000 in scholarships each year.

    If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
    Dinosaurs. Thanks to my almost 6 year old I feel like I could hold a decent conversation on the topic.

    What do you like most about Lakeland?
    The wonderful children’s museum! And the thousands of happy children that visit it each year.

    Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
    I lived in Rochester, NY, for two years and was very active in the young professional scene. I saw the power that our voice had there and how quickly that voice propelled the City forward. I miss that and hope to serve EMERGE in a similar way.


  • 04/30/2018 12:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
    I am from a little town called Lake Hamilton about 25 miles east of Lakeland.

    What do you do?
    I am currently a youth ministries intern. I have a heart for reaching the community with the gospel of Jesus Christ and will carry that passion as I transition into business.

    What do you like most about your job/profession?
    Entrepreneurship. I fell in love with business from a young age by spending sleepless nights writing business plans, researching marketing strategies, and seeing my dad do whatever it takes to provide for our family.

    What are some of your hobbies?
    Any sport and any outdoor adventure.

    What’s your involvement in the community?
    I love attending Lakeland’s community events and volunteering wherever needed, including outside Lakeland. I also co-founded a program called “Show Up” at Southeastern University that helps business students get involved in the community.

    If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
    Just talk to me about your business! I love hearing people talk about their passion and vision, especially in business.

    What do you like most about Lakeland?
    Diversity. We have incredible talents, ideas, skills, passions, and perspectives that come from so many different people.

    Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
    To build relationships with other entrepreneurial-minded individuals and organizations.

    Anything else you want to add?  
    I’m always down to have a conversation about Jesus, business, or this community.

  • 03/29/2018 2:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Q: Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
    A: I am originally from Waterville, ME. I moved here in 2006 to attend Florida Southern College and graduated with a BS in Sports Management in 2010 and my MBA in 2011.

    Q: What do you do?
    A: I am the Coordinator of Athletic Development at Florida Southern College

    Q: What do you like most about your job/profession?
    A: What I like most is the relationships you build within the community and the alumni.

    Q: What are some of your hobbies?
    A: My hobbies include spending time with my dogs, my friends and family. I am also into fitness and weight training and staying active.

    Q: What’s your involvement in the community?
    A: My involvement in the community mostly comes from my sponsorship acquisition within the community for FSC athletics.

    Q: If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
    A: Anything sports, fitness, marketing, or Florida Southern related.

    Q: What do you like most about Lakeland?
    A: What I like most about Lakeland is what it offers. You can stay busy in Lakeland with the restaurants, night life, things to do, experiences etc.

    Q: Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
    A: I joined emerge in the hopes to create more relationships within the community and become more of a substantial part of the community.

    Q: Anything else you want to add?
    A: I look forward to meeting others and if anyone wants to connect it’s pretty easy to find me! and Go Mocs!


  • 03/01/2018 3:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Q: Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
    A:
    I am originally from Brooksville, FL. Now, I'm making Polk County my home.

    Q: What do you do?
    A: I work for H&R Block in marketing, but I am also a student at Saint Leo University working toward my CPA.

    Q: What do you like most about your job/profession?
    A: I enjoy building new client growth for companies.

    Q: What are some of your hobbies?
    A: I enjoy cycling, fitness, my dog, a husky.

    Q: What is your involvement in the community?
    A: EMERGE will be my first community involvement outside of the work I do with my company.

     


  • 01/30/2018 5:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Q: Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
    A: I grew up in Norway (yes, where Frozen takes place...sort of) and moved to Florida about 7 years ago for college. As you can imagine, I wanted to leave winter behind me and live somewhere warm so I figured Florida would be perfect! I moved to Lakeland a few months ago from Sarasota with my husband, Tim, and our golden doodle pup Kyra. 

    Q:  What do you do?
    A :I am an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and last year I started my own health coaching business called The Green Spatula (www.thegreenspatula.com). I help people create healthier relationships with food so they can increase their confidence, lose weight, and nourish their bodies without guilt or bland recipes. My business is all online so I conduct clients sessions over the phone or Skype/FaceTime. 

    Q: What do you like most about your job/profession?
    A: I love my job because everyday is different! I speak with clients, write and research blog post, style and shoot food/lifestyle photos for my Instagram account, answer emails, develop new recipes, and conduct free health consultations for potential clients. I get to flex my creativity muscle while helping support clients while they work towards their health and wellness goals, which is beyond rewarding! I never thrived in a traditional 9-5 desk job so I am thrilled that I have created a business that ignites my passion and helps others. Also, being a female entrepreneur has been incredibly empowering and something I never thought I could accomplish (I majored in art history in college and always thought I would end up working in a museum).

    Q: What are some of your hobbies?
    A: Can food be considered a hobby? Because I love to cook, eat, and create new recipes that are super delicious and fuel the body with healthy ingredients (I have the most delicious recipe for chocolate cake made from sweet potato on my blog). My other hobbies include yoga, going to the beach, visiting Disney with my husband (fun fact: I work as a Disney Imagineer for two years in college), walking around Lake Hollingsworth with Kyra, and styling food pictures.

    Q: What’s your involvement in the community?
    A: We just moved to Lakeland so I am still getting to know the area but I am hoping that by becoming a member of EMERGE, I can connect with my new neighbors at events and create new friendships.

    Q: If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
    A: Let's bond over food and pictures of your dog because those are wonderful ice breaking in my opinion. I'm new to the area so I am always looking for new restaurant recommendations. Besides those, I love chatting about movies/tv shows (Parks and Rec, Psych, Stranger Things, The Mummy). Come and say hi!

    Q: What do you like most about Lakeland?
    A: The amount of beautiful outdoor spaces to walk around and the overall community feel that this town has established. There always seems to be an event or something to do downtown, which has made getting to know Lakeland really fun!

    Q: Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
    A: Since I work from home, I wanted to join to establish more connections with other members of the community. I figured EMERGE would be a great way to meet new people and get involved with the community. 

    Q: Anything else you want to add?
    A: If you want to see a bit more of what I do or learn more about health coaching, I would love it if you visited my website or checked out my Instagram (@thegreensptulahealth). I can't wait to connect with you! 


  • 11/06/2017 3:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Get to know another new EMERGE Lakeland member.  She's creative and loves the beach!  Read below to learn more about her!

    Q. Are you originally from this area? If not, where from? 

    A. I was born in New Jersey, lived in Maryland for a few years, ended up in Long Island, New York, before I came to Lakeland. I call Shoreham, NY, my hometown since that's where I've lived the longest.

    Q. What do you do? 

    A. I'm an Associate Producer at Indie Atlantic Films. 

    Q. What do you like most about your job/profession? 

    A. I absolutely love what I do! I think what I enjoy the most about working at Indie Atlantic Films is that I'm surrounded by an amazing, talented team of passionate creatives/storytellers. I've learned so much from all of them these past few years and each of them has helped me grow in the film industry. Also, I love getting to know our clients and hear their story. It's so rewarding to create a film that shares their experiences.

    Q. What are some of your hobbies? 

    A. My all time favorite thing to do is go to the beach. If I'm not there, I'm usually designing, photographing, writing, or reading. Anything that's creative and/or challenging is pretty much my hobby.

    Q. What’s your involvement in the community? 

    A. Around our community, I've been volunteering my photography and design services to some local non-profit organizations, and creating designs for local businesses and friends. I also recently joined the Marketing Committee for EMERGE. I'm hoping to get more involved in our community.

    Q. If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going? 

    A. Anything really, I love meeting new people! If I had to pick specific topics, obviously anything that has to do with film/TV (Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, Saturday Night Live, to name a few), coffee, or music.

    Q. What do you like most about Lakeland? 
    A. Hands down, I love the people here. They work hard, and want to see others in our community succeed.
    Q. Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland? 

    A. I joined EMERGE Lakeland primarily to network and meet new people, as well as become more involved in the community.

    Q. Anything else you want to add? 

    A. I'm looking forward to what's in store for this upcoming year. Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!


  • 10/09/2017 2:27 PM | Jessica Lawson

    Since 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been changing children's lives by matching them with caring adults to guide them on a path to success. EMERGE Lakeland members now have an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a local child through this mentoring program that requires as little as one hour a week.

    We are joining forces with United Way of Central Florida's Young Leaders Society and the Student United Way from Lakeland Polk State Collegiate High School to provide at least 10 mentors for a two-year minimum commitment to Oscar J Pope Elementary students. The program actually has a need for 29 mentors, so please encourage your friends and colleagues to join you!

    The first step is attending an upcoming Big Orientation and Training Session (no RSVP required):
    If you have any questions or would like to see more training date in November, please contact Angie Pattison at AngieP@BBBSTampaBay.org or (863) 220-1116. Once you complete the mandatory training, background check, and fingerprinting (provided by BBBS), you will be matched with a student (typically a third or fourth grader). To learn more about BBBS, please visit BBBSTampaBay.org.
    http://BBBSTampaBay.org
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