Why You Should Be at SB2: The Art of Corporate Philanthropy


The 2015-2016 season is well on its way and we can’t wait for the next installment of our popular symposia series, The Art of Corporate Philanthropy, coming up on November 19, 2015 at The Francis in downtown Sarasota. This early morning conversation in large scale giving is a big way to start your day and is perfectly timed to set your sights on holiday giving and starting off the coming year with a purposeful giving strategy for your business.

There’s always a host of reasons why we think you should join us for each SB2, but the reasons we thought of today are especially important.

1. The Art of Corporate Philanthropy is going to SELL OUT! While we aren’t fortunetellers or future-seers, we’re pretty sure based on the amount of interest and early ticket sales that this event is going to meet capacity. If you are planning to go, to learn, to enjoy breakfast and network, don’t wait! Make your purchase now. Also, we’re taking this opportunity to let our fans know that tickets will not be available for purchase at the door. If you want to come to The Art of Corporate Philanthropy, buy your tickets now and we’ll see you on November 19th!

2. Our Keynote Speaker is a powerhouse. Joining us from Wells Fargo & Company of Florida is Connie E.W. Smith, Senior Vice President, Florida Community Affairs Manager. We think everyone has something to learn from Connie, who manages the state’s philanthropy efforts and activities which include community investments and team member volunteerism. We’re specifically looking forward to hearing about Connie’s experience in making corporate giving a foundational principle at Wells Fargo & Company, which proudly sits on the list of the most charitable organizations in Florida and the country. Aside from Connie’s obvious credentials in corporate giving and establishing a culture of purposeful giving, she is an active force in her community and applies strong principles of giving back in her personal life by serving on various boards in her community. The keynote presentation will lead the event, which will be followed by a panel of local representatives that are dedicated to giving back.

3. The stage will be filled with local giving experts. Our panelists are true leaders and innovators when it comes to giving. We’ll hear from Jay Clarkson of CS&L CPAs, Lisa Krouse of FCCI Insurance Group, Rod Hershberger of PGT Industries and Kelly Caldwell of Caldwell Trust Company. After your breakfast, you’ll learn first hand from these individuals and their experience with giving climate in the region and how they recommend setting a standard for corporate philanthropy.

4. We love to see you! If you’ve ever attended SB2 before, you know that these events start early (7:30 AM kickoff), but that the hot coffee, friendly faces of fellow movers and shakers in the community and unbeatable conversation are well worth the wake-up call. SRQ Magazine is dedicated to bringing relevant events to the community through the SB2 program.

Don’t forget to purchase your tickets in advance for The Art of Corporate Philanthropy on November 19, 2015 to ensure that you have a seat. Visit SRQSB2.COM for more information on our keynote speaker, panelists and to purchase your ticket.

See you soon!


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