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Pinellas education news: USF St. Pete to train women leaders, new IB leader, and more

The Kate Tiedemann College of Business at USF St. Petersburg, pictured here, is joining with Accendo Leadership Advisory Group to offer executive-level training for women leaders in Tampa Bay. The prograim aims to address the disparity between women and men when it comes to top positions in business. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
The Kate Tiedemann College of Business at USF St. Petersburg, pictured here, is joining with Accendo Leadership Advisory Group to offer executive-level training for women leaders in Tampa Bay. The prograim aims to address the disparity between women and men when it comes to top positions in business. [CHERIE DIEZ | Times]
Published Jul. 18, 2018

USFSP program focuses on women leaders

The Kate Tiedemann College of Business at USF St. Petersburg is joining with Accendo Leadership Advisory Group to offer executive-level training for women leaders in Tampa Bay. The goal is to prepare participants for leadership success in their respective careers, equipping them for advancement while also narrowing the gender gap in executive roles. The program "builds upon our legacy of women leaders," said Dr. Sridhar Sundaram, dean of the college. According to the big data software company PayScale, men are 70 percent more likely than women to be in executive roles by the middle of their career. Later in their careers, men are more than 140 percent more likely to hold vice president positions or other top leadership roles. The executive-level training seeks to address this disparity. Cohorts for the training will be composed of 10 to 15 women who typically have 15 or more years of professional experience, proven leadership ability and are seeking to advance their careers by one or two levels. Roundtable meetings will help participants define personal vision and build emotional intelligence and executive presence. In addition, program participants receive free individual coaching from Accendo co-founders Cari Coats and Karen Dee. The managing partners are accomplished former executives with more than 30-years of experience. The first training will start Aug. 23. For more information, including details on how to apply, visit usfsp.edu/ktcob/LEADForward.

IB program at St. Petersburg High has a new leader

With Susan Farias retired from her longtime role leading St. Petersburg High School's well-regarded International Baccalaureate program, a Hillsborough County assistant principal is filling her shoes. Out of 64 applications for the job coordinating Florida's first IB program, the school landed on Kieonna Lane, an assistant principal of student affairs at Hillsborough High since 2017. Before that, as a classroom teacher at Jefferson High from 2003 to 2017, Lane taught reading, coached varsity cheerleading and coordinated the AVID program, among other roles. She received a bachelor's degree in general studies from Indiana University before earning a master's in educational leadership from the American College of Education. She began at St. Petersburg High School in early July. Farias' retirement became official earlier this month after 25 years at the school, including 12 years as the IB coordinator.

Take in a game, donate some school supplies

Members of the public can donate school supplies for Pinellas County public school students and take in a minor league baseball game at the same time. The Clearwater Regional Chamber's "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" event will be held starting at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at Spectrum Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, where the Clearwater Threshers will host the Tampa Tarpons. The gates will open at 6 p.m. A limited number of party suite tickets are available online for $10 each, allowing groups to see the game in air-conditioning with food and beverages. Visit clearwaterflorida.org/events for details, or order discounted field box tickets for $5 each by calling (727) 712-4403. Field box fans will have a chance to throw the first pitch. The game is sponsored by Duke Energy and coordinated by the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin.