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  • 06/02/2017 9:40 PM | Jessica Lawson (Administrator)
    EMERGE Lakeland is all about making connections, that's why each month we highlight a new member for you to get to know. Be sure to check out this Q&A and say hello to Tim when you see him at an event!

    Q: Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
    A: Yes, I’m a native Lakelander!

    Q: What do you do? 

    A: Mortgage Loan Originator with Compass Mortgage, LLC

    Q: What do you like most about your job/profession? 
    A: I really enjoy helping people realize their dreams of home ownership, and my co-workers at Compass are amazing.

    Q: What are some of your hobbies?
    A: I sing and play guitar, and am currently working on an instrumental music project. I’m also training for the Chicago Marathon!

    Q: Are you involved in the  community? 
    A: Yes! Member of Lakeland Runners Club, EMERGE Lakeland, and Lakeland Realtors. I’m also a Volunteer with the Polk County School Board and coach at Lakeland City Baseball.

    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 but small talk…I hate small talk.

    Q: What do you like most about Lakeland? 
    A: The burgeoning arts/music/culture scene is great, and I enjoy the recreational opportunities here. Lakeland is family-friendly as well. I’m married with three kids, and there are so many things we can do together.

    Q: Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
    A: I’m in a new profession and I want to meet others in my industry and related fields. There are also great opportunities to help others through EMERGE, such as Habitat for Humanity projects.

    Welcome Tim, we're happy to have you in EMERGE!

  • 05/04/2017 7:22 PM | Jessica Lawson (Administrator)

    Each month EMERGE Lakeland spotlights one of its new members. This month we are getting to know Amber Howell. Read below to find out some possible topics of conversation when you meet this self-proclaimed social butterfly at an upcoming event.

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

    I was born in Jackson, Mississippi but at a very young age my parents relocated to Tampa where I grew up. Once I was old enough I moved to Lakeland.

     What do you do?
    I work for GTE which is a local Credit Union. I am a Member Experience Officer and in my position I advocate for any current or potential members who have questions or need assistance opening accounts, applying for loans and assist in simple account maintenance. I also work closely with our members and community partners to build and maintain relationships.

    What do you like most about your job/profession?
    GTE considers community involvement huge and fully supports me regarding engagement with in the Polk County and surrounding areas. This is my what I admire most about my role. I meet so many people from different walks of life and most important of all I am able to say I have made a difference with these individuals.

    What are some of your hobbies?
    My hobbies are anything having to do with being outside! I participate in a lot of neighborhood clean-ups where I get to enjoy that wonderful Florida weather. I am a total foodie, so trying out new restaurants make me complete.

    What’s your involvement in the  community?
    My involvement within the community include youth build events as well as holding financial literacy classes for all generations. I also get the privilege to focus on Community Partnerships. 

    If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
    If you were to see me at an EMERGE event you can bring any topic to me as I am an open book and willing to talk about anything under the sun. (I am a talker/chatty Cathy/social butterfly, etc.). I have great knowledge of banking as I have been in the business for ages so that is always a great convo starter too.

    What do you like most about Lakeland?
    What do I not love about Lakeland??!!! The people here are some of the most amazing and friendly people ever! Downtown has the greatest views and shoppes and there are so many things to take part in as the community works so nicely to come together. LOVE IT!!!!

    Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
    I joined emerge like most others to meet new people and network with other Lakelanders. There is nothing like meeting like-minded people with goals in mind.

  • 04/23/2017 10:53 PM | Jessica Lawson (Administrator)

    Ultimate Dance Center has an opening that needs to be filled ASAP. Click below to download the PDF with more information about the Administrative Assistant position and how to apply.

    Administrative Assistant.pdf

  • 03/30/2017 3:01 PM | Jessica Lawson (Administrator)

    1. Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
    I joined EMERGE because I am new to Lakeland and am looking forward to meeting and getting to know my peers in this great city.

    2. Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
    I am originally from the Poconos in Pennsylvania but have lived on the South East coast of Florida (in Jensen Beach/Stuart area) since I was 16. I love living in Florida!​

    3. What do you do?
    I am a Real Estate agent at Talk Florida Living. I encourage people to choose to live in Lakeland as a great central location with plenty of things to do for all types and all ages.

    4. What do you like most about your job?
    I meet exciting people from all walks of life and help them find their dream homes.

    5. What do you like most about Lakeland?
    I love the small town feel and cool vibes of this ever-growing city.

    6. What are some of your hobbies?
    My main hobby is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I train under Fabio Novaes here in Lakeland. At 31 years of age I competed in my first ever tournament (last week) and placed 2nd. While I dedicate most of my free time to training, I do enjoy yoga and long walks with my Labrador/hound mix named Knives Chow.

    7. If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
    I love talking to people, please come and say hello. If you mention fitness or jiu-jitsu we will be instant friends lol

    8. Anything else you want to add? 
    I love Lakeland!

  • 02/28/2017 2:19 PM | Jessica Lawson (Administrator)

    EMERGE Lakeland is all about making connections and building friendships, that's why each month we select a new member to spotlight. Check out Holly's profile and be sure to introduce yourself to her next time you see her at an event! If you'd like to be featured, please contact the Marketing Committee

    1. Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
      Although I am from Lakeland, I have not lived here the past 10 years! When I moved back, I felt somewhat disconnected from the Lakeland area. I joined Emerge to become a more active member in my community while at the same time meet new friends, build new business contacts, and expose my own business. 

    2. Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
      I was born in Lakeland, Florida and grew up here. I left for 10 years for education purposes and have recently moved back home. 

    3. What do you do?
      I am a veterinarian at All Creatures Animal Clinic.

    4. What do you like most about your job?
      As cliche as this sound, the best part of being of vet is, of course, helping animals every day. Additionally, every animal belongs to someone and it is endlessly rewarding when clients tell me I have made a difference in their lives.

    5. What do you like most about Lakeland?
      My favorite thing about Lakeland is its people. I am always comforted within this town; it is so fun to run into someone I know and catch up with them unexpectedly on my weekly Publix run.  I love that small town feeling. 

    6. What are some of your hobbies?
      My husband, Jimmy, and I love to cook.  When we aren't trying new restaurants and cooking at the house, we really enjoy walking Lake Hollingsworth or doing DIY projects together at our house. 

    7. If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
      Anything animal related, football related, or food! 
  • 02/11/2017 8:13 AM | Jessica Lawson (Administrator)

    If you missed the Art of Networking professional development session on Tuesday, speaker Joe McLeod of McLeod Communications has been kind enough to share the slides. Here were some of the key takeaways:

    • Networking is not about the cognitive understanding, but the practice of it.
    • Be authentic. But be disciplined in conversation. 
    • Networking includes the word work. It takes work to be good at networking.

    Joe also recommended watching "Successful Networking," the TED Talk by Christopher Barrat.

    Click here to see photos from the event!

  • 02/04/2017 5:17 PM | Jessica Lawson (Administrator)

    This month we're highlighting new member Nelson Colon who is the Marketing Coordinator for Saddle Creek Logistics Services. Find out why he joined EMERGE Lakeland and what you should him when you bump into him at an event or committee meeting. If you'd like to be featured on the EMERGE Lakeland Member Spotlight, please email marketing@emergelakeland.com.

    1. Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
    I joined EMERGE Lakeland because I want to be more involved in the community, help the city of Lakeland in any way I can & I also wanted to network with other young professionals in Lakeland.

    2. Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
    I am originally from Bronx, NY but was raised in Lakeland since age 8.

    3. What do you like most about your job?
    I love being able to interact with people from all over the world. I manage all the inbound leads for the company so I talk to people all over about their various projects.

    4. What do you like most about Lakeland?
    Lakeland is a great city, great place to raise a family and has small town feeling but still sort of the big city feeling. The people are great, lots to do, and just a great overall town.

    5. What are some of your hobbies?
    Working out, anything sports related, spending time with my daughter Jordyn, and spending time with family and friends. Enjoying life the best & most I can!

    6. If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
    I can pretty much talk about anything. I really don't have a mold & never fit in with "cliques." My friends joke that I can walk into a room of 30 people and make 27 friends. Being in sales my whole life, you meet people from all of walks of life and you have to be able to adapt to your audience. I also read a lot and stay informed about as much as I can with many subjects/topics in our world.

    7. Anything else you want to add?
    I just love life so much and am very positive and love to learn. I am excited to be a part of EMERGE Lakeland and I want to learn from my fellow professionals and become a valuable part of the community through my hard work and dedication to it.

  • 12/29/2016 8:05 PM | Jessica Lawson (Administrator)
    New Member Caitlin Beyke

    EMERGE Lakeland is all about networking and building relationships with other young professionals in our community, that's why we spotlight a new member every month. This month we are getting to know Caitlin Beyke, a Recruiter for Northwestern Mutual.

    1. Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
    I joined Emerge because I know I need a great place to build relationships with young professionals, continue to develop professionally and to give back to the community with my strengths, time and resources.

    2. Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
    I am originally from Cape Coral , FL. I moved  to Lakeland to attend FSC in 2007  and have been here ever since.

    3. What do you do?
    I am responsible for overseeing  the recruiting efforts, growth and development and brand awareness for Northwestern Mutual Lakeland.

    4. What do you like most about your job?
    Meeting amazing people and possibly changing their life by introducing them to an amazing career opportunity

    5. What do you like most about Lakeland?
    The community of Lakeland is amazing: the people are so talented, genuine, always striving to make a difference and be the best they can be. It is an inspiring and great place to live.

    6. What are some of your hobbies?
    I enjoy spending time with friends and family, going boating, traveling, cooking

    7. If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
    If someone sees me at an EMERGE event, they should ask me about my Corgi Gemma or my go-to snack to get the conversation started.

  • 10/26/2016 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you looking to gussy up your Google Analytics skills? Here's your chance! Check out the Google Analytics Lunch & Learn workshop with your host JD Arbuckle at Catapult Lakeland. 

    Nov. 19th
    12:00 - 1:00 PM
    Catapult Lakeland
    Lunch Included

    Register here: Google Analytics

    Google Analytics


    This workshop will introduce you to Google Analytics and its significance to your business. What will the workshop cover?

    • Discovering why and how Google Analytics can directly help you grow our business
    • How to install Google Analytics and an overview of the types of information you can learn
    • Building your own custom dashboard with easy to understand data you can check every day

    This workshop will be facilitated by Jordan Arbuckle, the founder and lead digital marketing consultant at Smart Inbound Marketing. Jordan has had extensive experience providing strategy, web design, social media, email campaigns, and advertising services to startups and small to mid-sized businesses.

    Register For This Course Here.



  • 10/26/2016 2:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Brush up on your leadership skills with a workshop by Dr. Crosby of Southeastern University and Teaming Life. This Lunch & Learn will be held at Catapult Lakeland November 2nd from 12:00 - 1:00 pm. 

    Cost is $10.65 for members/$21.04 for non-members. Registration includes lunch.

    Register here: Leading A Team


    Teams are no longer the wave of the future; they are the preferred leadership strategy of today. But simply forming groups and calling them ‘teams’ will no longer suffice. Discerning leaders aware of cultural and generational realities are committing themselves to more engaging and collaborative models and systems at home and at work.

    Dr. Robert Crosby of Southeastern University and Teaming Life is a conference speaker, writer and pastoral leader. He has pastored churches in New York, Boston and Ohio and served as a university vice president. He is the Professor of Practical Theology at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida and currently writes for Christianity TodayPatheos.com, Leadership Journal, Outreach Magazine, and the Huffington Post.

    Register For This Course Here.



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