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Breakfast Meeting November 2017 - You, Me or We? The Power of Perspective: A D&I Conversation
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When: 11/15/2017
8:00 am until 9:30 am
Where: Centre Club
123 S Westshore Blvd
Tampa, Florida  33609
United States

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You, Me or We? The Power of Perspective: A Diversity & Inclusion Conversation. 



This conversation aims to discuss the differing perspectives of D&I best practices. A best practice is defined as a procedure that has been shown by research and experience to produce optimal results and that is established or proposed as a standard suitable for widespread adoption. You're invited to join the conversation and discover how the power of perspective in popular D&I practices can be successful in your organization.


The conversation will be hosted by Erik Smith and Michele Reeves



Michele Lewis Reeves is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Raymond James, the premier alternative to Wall Street listed as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune Magazine. During her 25 year career, Michele has become a master Organizational Development (OD) Practitioner for organizations such as SAS, IBM, and Bank of America, inspiring them to be innovative, people-centric, and purpose-driven best places to work. She earned a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Central Florida and added a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential in 2012. She is an active member of the National Diversity Council, the National OD Network, the International Coaching Federation, and the Society for Human Resource Management. In June 2017, she joined the Diversity Advisory Council for the St. Petersburg, Florida Chamber of Commerce. Michele also resides in sunny St. Pete with her husband and enjoys the arts, traveling and golf.



Erik C. Smith is currently the Managing Member of Carlton Consulting, LLC, founded in 2008 as a cultural competence and marketing advisory firm with offices now based in Florida, specializing in strategic planning, capacity building and cross-cultural marketing for both for profit and not for profit enterprises.  Most recently Erik was the Cultural Competence and Inclusion Director at Valpak where he has developed a cultural competency rubric to show how diversity coupled with inclusion creates opportunities for innovation, drives revenue and enhances recruitment, retention and professional development of employees and suppliers.  Previously he was the Executive Director of The Jeff Johnson Institute for Urban Development whose focus is to train the young urban professionals for leadership.  Concurrently, he served as the COO of Jeff’s Nation a consulting firm with offices in Maryland and Ohio whose specialty is media and message consulting.  Moreover, he has consulted for numerous Fortune 100 advertising agencies, public relations firms and consumer product companies globally.  He has over 25 years of experience as a corporate finance and marketing professional.


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This program has been pre-approved for 1 PDC hour by SHRM and 1 General re-certification credit hour toward PHR, SPHR, GPHR  re-certification by the HR Certification Institute. 


  Doors open and registration begins at 7:30am 

Dinner and Program begin at 8:00am


Location:  The Centre Club

Park on level 3 or above and take the ONE URBAN CENTRE GARAGE ELEVATOR
to the Centre Club (8th floor).  Club telephone number:  (813) 286-4040

No Charge for Premium Members

$40.00 for Basic Members

$40 for Guests (only allowed 2 meetings).

If you have questions or need to cancel your reservation, please email:

If you do not notify us of your need to cancel by Friday prior to the meeting, we unfortunately must charge you a $40 fee, regardless of your membership level.

**Vegetarian Meal requests must be submitted to by the Thursday prior to the meeting or no alternative can be provided.

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