• 02/28/2017 2:19 PM | Jessica Lawson

    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

    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

    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
    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

    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

    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.

  • 08/18/2016 1:31 PM | Anonymous

    McKesson is in the business of better health and we touch the lives of patients in virtually every aspect of healthcare. It starts with the chain of events you initiate when you work with McKesson Pharmaceutical – a chain that extends across the country and results in millions of people getting more from their healthcare.

    The Senior Financial Analyst provides price modeling and profitability analysis for customer deals, along with financial analysis, budgeting, reporting, compliance, consulting and problem-solving support to their assigned sales management teams.

    For more the full job description and application, visit https://mckesson.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=16006721

  • 08/16/2016 1:47 PM | Anonymous

    Tonight is the big night, the 2016 Polk Emerging Leaders Awards! We would like to extend our congratulations to the EMERGE Lakeland members who are nominated and wish all the nominees good luck. Thank you for all you do to make the Polk County community shine! Tremendous thanks to the generous sponsors who make this event possible. We’ll let you know which EMERGE Lakeland members “took the gold” after tonight’s event!

    08.16.16 EMERGE Lakeland PELA Nominees

  • 08/15/2016 1:48 PM | Anonymous

    P11-Emily-Rogers-executive-coach-2lease join Emerge Lakeland on August 26 at 12pm at the Polk Museum of Art for the Mindful Leadership Workshop led by Emily Rogers, a business consultant, executive coach, and retreat leader.

    Supported by a vast and growing body of research, mindfulness and mindful leadership is a much talked about trend among Fortune 500 visionaries and executives. Over the past decade, an increasing number of companies and organizations have discovered the advantages of incorporating mindfulness in their culture and professional development practices.

    Please join us at the Polk Museum of Art as we learn ways to realize our full potential in purposeful, creative, and balanced ways.

    Don’t miss this FREE opportunity offered to Emerge Members!

    Date: August 26, 12pm

    Polk Museum of Art Auditorium
    800 E Palmetto St.
    Lakeland, FL 33801

    If you have any questions, please call Membership Manager, Diana Smith, at 863.688.7743 x 249.

  • 08/01/2016 1:50 PM | Anonymous

    Growing up in Lakeland, one of my fondest childhood memories was heading to Publix with my mother on Saturdays for our weekly shopping trip. Not only because I knew that I would get to pick out one of those yummy free Publix cookies, but also because I knew I would get to see the animals up for adoption through the SPCA. You’re probably wondering: Animals at Publix? You see, in the 80s, prior to the construction of the SPCA’s current facility, adoptions were done at the Publix Lake Miriam site (among other Lakeland locations). With limited funds and no staff or shelter, the SPCA founders recruited volunteers to foster animals, answer calls from the public, hold adoption events around the community, and raise funds for medical needs. Once the shelter was opened in the 90s, I spent time volunteering for the organization; and when I reached the age to adopt my first pet in college, of course I chose a rescue at the SPCA. So, to say that the SPCA has been a vital part of my life is as an understatement. (We will get back to the SPCA.)

    Looking for an opportunity to expand my knowledge of effective board service and to build on contacts with other servant-minded members of the community, I was honored to be selected for the EMERGE Serves Class 6 last fall. I have spent all of my professional life working for non-profit agencies in our community, volunteering countless hours and serving on various committees and advisory boards; however, I was looking for a deeper experience in service. EMERGE Serves was the perfect combination. Learning from some of our community’s most well-respected and experienced professionals in the areas of board service exceeded my expectations. The limited class size gave me a chance to form lasting relationships with other professionals and opened doors for corporate partnerships.

    During one session, an announcement was made that a respected local non-profit was looking for prospective board members. As if in answer to the service aspirations that began in childhood, the SPCA had a board membership opportunity! In that moment I knew my 20-plus years of support of the SPCA combined with the invaluable skills that I learned from EMERGE Serves were becoming synchronous. I had the passion and knowledge to be a viable candidate for their board of directors. I immediately reached out to the SPCA’s board president to express my interest, and I am honored and humbled to now be a part of an organization that has meant so much to my family and me, serving as their board secretary for 2016-2017. The information and advice I received and the connections I made through EMERGE Serves are the reason I now sit on the Board of Directors for an organization that means so much to our community.

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