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  • 05/25/2017 8:29 PM | Jessica Lawson

    Join Keiser University on Saturday, June 10th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to explore programs including Health Care, Business, Legal Studies, and more. The event is free and includes fun and games with WLLD Wild 94.1, food trucks, community partners, interactive games, and lots of other activities! The event takes place at the Lakeland Campus, 2400 Interstate Drive in Lakeland.

  • 05/10/2017 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us for Timeline to Tech:  $0 to $50 Million, hosted by AC4S Technologies and the Microsoft Store International Plaza, and get your questions answered and get ideas about how technology can help you grow and protect your business.

    Join us for an event designed especially for budding entrepreneurs! Get info on the milestones and technology issues that companies face as they grow their business.
    Come hear Hugh Campbell, President of AC4S Technologies.  Hugh has started three different multi-million-dollar companies and sold two companies.  His team will discuss:

    • The fundamentals of how to get your business's IT needs up and off the ground.
    • The Technology path and how it will affect your business as it grows.
    • Best practices that you can use for your business.

    Sign up today. Space is limited and you won’t want to miss out!

    Register Today 

  • 05/05/2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Leadercast 2017 will focus on what it means to uncover your purpose.

    This even will be held at Polk State College (LTB Auditorium) 3425 Winter Lake Road. Lakeland, FL 33803.

    What does it mean to be powered by purpose? To be part of a purpose-driven organization? To work with a team of people who understand the meaning in addition to the metrics? To recognize that why you do what you do matters as much or more as what you do. Where defined values drive a strong culture and intentional leadership inspires amazing results.


    Come to Leadercast 2017 – where every detail of the experience is purposefully crafted to inspire and engage you in surprising and meaningful ways. Discover the steps you can take to uncover your purpose, to reconnect to your organization’s why, and to truly live, work and play in this world, Powered by Purpose.

    Leadercast Mission + Vision

    We exist to change the way the world thinks about leadership by building leaders worth following.

    Leadercast is a one-day event broadcast live from Atlanta, GA to over 100,000 leaders around the globe in communities like ours. It’s a movement that is changing the way the world thinks about leadership by building leaders worth following.

    Join us on May 5, 2017 and watch what we can collectively do together. We hope you partner with us on this amazing journey.


    2017 Speakers

    DANIEL PINK, Behavioral Science Expert, Best-Selling Author, and Host of Crowd Control

    Daniel Pink is an expert on behavioral science and motivation in the work-place. He is the author of 5 provocative books about business, work, and management – including the long-running New York Times bestsellers A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human. Dan’s books have been translated into 34 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. He is also host and co-executive producer of “Crowd Control,” a new TV series about human behavior that airs on the National Geographic Channel. Pink’s articles on business and technology have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Sunday Telegraph, Fast Company and Wired. He has provided analysis of business trends on CNN, CNBC, ABC, NPR, and other networks in the U.S. and abroad. He also advises both Fortune 100 companies and startups on recruiting, innovation, and work practices. Dan resides in Washington, DC, with his wife and their children. 

    MOLLY FLETCHER, Former Top Sports Agent & Author

    Molly Fletcher helps organizations develop purposeful cultures and fearless growth. As a top sports agent, she was hailed as “the female Jerry Maguire” by CNN, representing many top athletes and negotiating more than $500 million in contracts in the high stakes world of professional sports. Molly has been featured in ESPN, Fast Company, Forbes, and Sports Illustrated. She is the author of three books, most recently A Winner’s Guide to Negotiating: How Conversation Gets Deals Done, and is the founder of an e-learning platform that provides coaching for corporations and individuals. A graduate of Michigan State University, Molly resides in Atlanta with her husband, Fred, and their three daughters.

    ANDY STANLEY, Leadership Author and Communicator

    Communicator, author and pastor, Andy Stanley founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries (NPM) in 1995. Today, NPM is comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area, serving more than 60,000 people weekly, as well as a network of 30 churches around the globe. As host of NBC’s Your Move with Andy Stanley, reaching over 36 million viewers in less than two years on the air, and author of 20-plus books including “Ask It”, “How to Be Rich, Deep & Wide”, “Visioneering” and “Next Generation Leader”, he is considered one of the most influential living pastors in America. Andy Stanley and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.

    SUZY WELCH, Author, TV Commentator, and Business Journalist

    Best-selling author, popular television commentator, and noted business journalist Suzy Welch is the author of the New York Times bestseller 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea. Suzy and her husband, Jack Welch, co-authored the international bestsellers Winning, in 2005, and The Real-Life MBA, in 2015, and have written together for numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Business Week.

    In 2009, the couple launched the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University, a unique online MBA and certificate program aimed at giving professionals the tools to transform their lives and organizations. During her tenure at Harvard Business Review, Suzy was the author of numerous articles on leadership, change, creativity, and organizational behavior, as well as the contributor to several books on management.

    JESS EKSTROM, CEO of Headbands of Hope

    Jess Ekstrom is the 25-year-old founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, a company she started as a college junior in 2012. For every headband sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer. The company has been featured on the TODAY Show, Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Good Morning America, and more. But more importantly, they’ve donated headbands to every children’s hospital in the United States. Jess is also a speaker, author and writer for Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post. She believes age should never stop anyone from going after their dreams and becoming leaders in their communities. By sharing her experiences, Jess inspires listeners to crush stereotypes, identify their purpose and create their own definition of success.


    DR. HENRY CLOUD, Acclaimed Leadership Expert, Clinical Psychologist, and Best-Selling Author

    Dr. Henry Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert and bestselling author. He draws on his experience in business, leadership consulting, and his practice as a clinical psychologist, to impart practical and effective advice for improving leadership skills and workplace performance. Dr. Cloud has written or co-written over twenty books, including the bestseller Boundaries , which sold over two million copies. He has an extensive executive coaching background, and experience as an organizational consultant, devoting the majority of his time to improving leadership capabilities of CEOs and their executive teams.


    TYLER PERRY, Director, Playwright, Screenwriter, Producer, Actor, Author, and Entrepreneur

    Tyler Perry’s inspirational journey from the hard streets of New Orleans to the height of Hollywood’s A-list is the stuff of American legend. Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Tyler fought from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays, films, books, and shows.


    JIM MCKELVY, Co-Founder of Square and Founder of LaunchCode

    Jim McKelvey is an inventor, entrepreneur, artist, author, and licensed pilot. While perhaps best known for co-founding Square, one of SiliconValley’s hottest startups, Jim is also known as a master glass artist and author, having written the world’s most widely read text on the subject, The Art Of Fire. Jim’s diverse portfolio of businesses includes founding successful companies in payments, education, scientific publishing, construction, printing, glassblowing, and software. Referencing personal experiences and local challenges, McKelvey offers a fresh, Silicon Valley-approach to problem solving. Jim is also the author of three textbooks, and he teaches at Washington University in St. Louis where he lectures internationally on art and entrepreneurship. McKelvey, and his wife, Anna (a programmer and attorney), have a four-year-old son.


    DONALD MILLER, CEO of StoryBrand and Best-Selling Author

    As the CEO of StoryBrand, Donald Miller helps businesses market their stories, and helps individuals steward their stories. Donald’s speaking topics come from his bestselling books, which have spent a combined total of more than a year on the New York Times Bestsellers list. These books include: Blue Like Jazz, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, and Scary Close.  Donald co-wrote the script for the 2012 major motion picture adaptation of Blue Like Jazz, which debuted at the SXSW Film Festival and was listed as one of the top four movies to get you through freshman year by USA Today. Donald is widely considered one of the most entertaining and informative speakers in the world. His audiences are challenged to lean into their own story, creatively develop and execute the story of their team and understand the story of their customers so they can serve them with passion. Donald’s thoughts on story have deeply influenced leaders and teams everywhere, including corporations such as Pantene, Ford/Lincoln, Zaxby’s, Chick-fil-A, Steelcase, Intel, PrimeLending, and hundreds more. Donald lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Betsy, and their chocolate lab, Lucy.

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  • 02/15/2017 10:39 PM | Jessica Lawson

    Join Lakeland Chamber members for a special night of networking hosted by your favorite companies in the 439 South Florida Ave building - Curious JaneInTouch GPS, and Pilot Bank!

    • Share business cards!
    • Meet new contacts!
    • Reconnect with fellow members

    1st Floor - Networking, exhibitions, sweet delights!
    3rd floor - Party atmosphere with music, drinks & a balcony view!

    Register today!

  • 12/29/2016 8:41 PM | Jessica Lawson
    The Chamber Talent Development Committee is hosting the third annual Suit-Up career fair and networking event for soon-to-be and recent college graduates. The event takes place on February 1, 2017 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at CPS Investment Advisors, 205 E Orange St., Lakeland 33803. College graduates register today for this career fair and networking opportunity!

    If your company is interested in participating in Suit-Up, please contact Sarah Breed with the Lakeland Chamber, sbreed@lakelandchamber.com.

  • 12/29/2016 10:37 AM | Jessica Lawson

    The Lakeland Kiwanis Club Food and Rum Festival Committee wanted to extend an offer to EMERGE Lakeland members for a buy one, get one free VIP ticket to the event on Saturday, January 21st at the Lakeland Center from 3 pm to 7 pm. Purchase your ticket through Eventbrite at RumandFood.com, then email Jonathan Crain (jonathan.crain@twomen.com) and he will add your guest name to the VIP list for early entry at 3 pm. Need more information? Contact Jonathan!

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