Friday Lecture Series


Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Executive Officer Don Barnes will offer a PowerPoint on the evolution of Gasparilla, its history and the changes that have occurred over the past 114 years. Explore the current view of Gasparilla and the impact this Tampa tradition has in the local community. Don Barnes has served as the Executive Officer for Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla since July of 2011. A retired Air Force Colonel, he served in the United States military for over 26 years.
Wire fraud is rising in Florida. Sophisticated email hacking and phony wiring instructions fool unwary buyers, title companies and real estate agents alike - costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Other scammers pose as IRS agents and warn of federal tax liens if money isn't paid immediately. Mortgage fraud traps victims. This session with David C. Jordan, Esq. will show the top scams, how to identify them, and how to protect yourself.
Asking the right questions could save your life. We are all inundated or intimidated by scientific claims. What does "scientifically proven" actually mean? In an age of science and pseudoscience, it is not always easy to know the difference. Let a physician help you to distinguish between important science and false claims. Joel Fyvolent, MD, is former chief of medicine at Tampa General Hospital and a charter member of the USF Clinical Faculty of Medicine.
The recent spate of sexual harassment scandals have ignited a national conversations over what is appropriate behavior in organizations and in the work place. Can you compliment a colleague on the way he or she looks or offer a greeting hug? What is acceptable or too risky in this new environment? You will be able to question Sherry Moore, who has over 25 years of human resource leadership experience and is the owner of Monarch HR Consulting, LLC. Sherry holds a BS degree from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management.
Tina Wright of the Tampa Police Department joined the force in 1980 as a patrol officer. By 1996, she had risen to the rank of major, and by 2000, she had worked in every patrol division and had led District III. Appointed the first female Assistant Chief in the department's history in 2002, Tina blazed a trail for both women and African Americans in Tampa.
Using gifts of memory, math and interpersonal skills, Buffett has become the world's most renowned investor and most respected chief executive. Taking a small textile company and building it into one of the world's foremost conglomerates is an extraordinary tale of genius combined with character. Find out how he did it with Robert P. Miles, an internationally acclaimed keynote presenter, author and distinguished authority on Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway.
Puerto Rico is struggling with the devastation of a natural disaster, dealing not only with the disaster but also with the politics that come with being a commonwealth. Born of two Puerto Rican parents with an older sister who still lives on the ancestral family farm, Magda Santos knows the island well and shares her insights on post-Maria Puerto Rico.

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