Keynote Speakers 2017



HAL B. GREGERSEN, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center and a Senior Lecturer in leadership and innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He co-authored "The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators" with Harvard professor Clayton Christensen and Brigham Young professor Jeff Dyer. The book evolved from the co-authors’ 2009 article of the same name that was runner-up for the prestigious McKinsey Award for best Harvard Business Review article. In the book the authors identify five abilities demonstrated by the best innovators and explain how you can master these skills as well. This book, written by the foremost authorities on innovation, finally reveals the code to becoming a successful innovator. Gregersen’s next book will deal with great leader’s and innovator’s most critical skill, Questioning.

To grasp how leaders find and ask the right questions – ones that disrupt how we view and interact with the world – Gregersen is now studying over 100 renowned innovative leaders, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and P&G’s A.G. Lafley. This question-centric research project, conducted in collaboration with Clayton Christensen, is already surfacing insights into how leaders can build better questions to unlock game-changing solutions. Gregersen is also founder of the 4-24 Project, an initiative dedicated to rekindling the provocative power of asking the right questions in adults so they can pass this crucial creativity skill onto the next generation in order to improve organizations, communities and global society. Read more

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GEOFF GUIDERA is Senior Vice President of Administration with Strategic Property Partners (SPP), a real estate development joint venture between Cascade Investments and Jeff Vinik. SPP owns or controls more than 50 acres in southern downtown on the Tampa waterfront. Geoff is responsible for SPP’s human resources, information technology, facilities, and administrative services.

Prior to SPP, Geoff was the founder and CEO of Amplified Incentives in Phoenix, Arizona, a management consulting company focused on human resource strategy and post-merger-and-acquisition integration.

Geoff and his partner, David Schintzius, are parents to 7-year-old twin daughters, Paige and Emma. Geoff and family relocated to his hometown of Tampa in 2016 after stints in Phoenix and Chicago. Geoff is a proud Tampa Prep graduate (’95) and credits much of his success to his time at the school. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology as well as a Master in Business Administration from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


DR. MARK D. MILLIRON is an award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, who works with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world. He is Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning, a social-purpose corporation committed to using the best of data science and design thinking to help students learn well and finish strong on education pathways. Mark also serves as Executive Director of the Next-Gen Leadership Academy, a program dedicated to grounding rising educational leaders in the issues and innovations of the day, and the leadership skills necessary to help institutions thrive in dynamic times.

In previous roles, Mark served as the Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; founding Chancellor of WGU Texas; Endowed Fellow and Director of the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development at The University of Texas at Austin; Vice President for Education and Medical Practice with SAS; and President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College.

He is a member of numerous boards and advisory groups, including the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), the Global Online Academy, and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), the parent organization of OER Commons. Past board service includes the American Council on Education (ACE), Western Governors University (WGU), and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
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DR. JIMMIE L. DAVIS, JR. D.Eng. serves as President of STEMflorida, Inc. STEMflorida, Inc. was established to ensure Florida’s leadership and proficiency in STEM by connecting business, industry, economic development, philanthropy, workforce, and education around the issues that impact and support innovation and growth in Florida’s existing and emerging industries, employers, and entrepreneurs. Dr. Davis is an engineer who works professionally with the MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation devoted to science and engineering research in the public interest. In 2006, he was appointed to the Space Florida Board of Directors by Governor Bush. In 2007, Dr. Davis joined the Florida Center for Research in STEM Female and Minority Initiative Work Group, the FCR-STEM Advisory Board, and the Advisory Board of the Godby High School IT Magnet Program. He was also named the 2007 Black Engineer of the Year for Community Service in Industry.