Monthly Archives: January 2018

SRQ MEDIA Announces ProjecTHINK International Speakers for the 2018 Conference



ProjecTHINK is pleased to announce the featured speakers for the inaugural innovation in learning conference taking place Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 8:30am to Noon at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library on the campus of Ringling College of Art and Design.

projecTHINK is the ultimate journey into the world of innovation and creativity in learning. Designed for educators, professionals and innovators interested in thinking outside of the box, projecTHINK challenges perceptions and jumpstarts creative sparks, from early education to lifetime learning.

Each year, we curate an eclectic collection of speakers who will share their work in deconstructing, reframing and pushing the boundaries of experiential learning. Each thought leader will share the how, why and what nows of their work and its impact on adapting and transforming the way we think about lifelong learning. We’re thrilled to announce this year’s Keynote Speaker and INVO8 Speakers.

Keynote Speaker – Nathan Schwagler
Co-Director, The Dali Museum Innovation Labs


Nathan Schwagler is a founding Co-Director of The Dalí Museum Innovation Labs, where he serves as lead program designer and executive facilitator. In addition to expert-level facilitation skills across a portfolio of Creative Problem Solving methodologies, Nathan is also a certified practitioner of LEGO Serious Play, and is a certified administrator of both the Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile and the creative problem solving preference measure, FourSight (utilized by organizations including: NIKE, Pfizer, GOOGLE, Disney, HP, IBM, Kra, and L’oreal, and academic institutions including: MIT, Stanford, and Harvard). Before joining the Museum, Nathan served as the nation’s first Business School “Creative-In- Residence” at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, where he designed and delivered courses on Creativity and Innovation and New Venture Creation.


SRQ INOV8 Speaker Line Up

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Jacqueline Lloyd Smith MA, MBA, (ATR), (CMC)
Director of Fun, Strategic Play Group Ltd. and
Master Trainer in LEGO®SERIOUS PLAY® Methods

As a successful entrepreneur, Jacquie started her first business at age nineteen and today she continues to grow the global brand StrategicPlay®.  With an interesting educational background in the arts, psychology, and innovation, she now focuses her energy on helping others by revolutionizing how they think to solve messy problems and to improve their business functions. For years Jacquie worked as a licensed partner with the LEGO® Group in Denmark, where she was trained and then became a trainer for the company in the method LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. In 2009, Jacquie was appointed to the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® training board, and is a Master Trainer, trained by the LEGO® Group to deliver facilitator training in LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.



Janice Francisco, CEO, BridgePoint Effect and
Certified FourSightTM Facilitator and Administrator 

Operating at the intersection of learning, change, creativity and innovation, Janice brings clarity to innovation for organizations that are struggling to define and bring action to their innovation initiatives. She helps her clients build teams of “innovation champions” who understand the value innovation brings to the organization, and have the eagerness, confidence, skills and creativity to drive results. Janice speaks internationally on applied creativity, and has developed expertise on building innovation cultures within government. She works with clients in the public, private, Fortune 500 and non-profit sectors.


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Cameron J. Camp PhD., Director of Research and Development,
Center for Applied Research and Dimentia

Cameron J. Camp, Ph.D., is a noted psychologist specializing in applied research in gerontology and gives workshops on designing cognitive and behavioral interventions for dementia internationally. These interventions are all designed to reduce challenging behaviors and increase the level of functioning of persons with dementia. He has co-authored three college textbooks and published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. Dr. Camp is a Fellow and past-president of Division 20 (Adult Development and
Aging) of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and a Charter Member of the Association for Psychological Science. His research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, and the national Alzheimer’s Association.



Dr. Cyndi Burnett, Associate Professor,
International Center for Studies in Creativity

Dr. Cyndi Burnett is an Associate Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, a Master of Science in Creativity, and a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning; all of which she uses to help ignite creativity around the world. Her research interests include: the use of creative models and techniques with children, creative thinking in higher education, and current trends in creativity.  Her work includes projects such as: working with educators to bring creative thinking into the classroom, connecting communities of creative thinkers via social media and designing and running a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Everyday Creativity. Dr. Burnett is devoted to creating engaging lessons in education.


An invigorating morning of innovative thinking and interactive collaboration await you at SRQ MEDIA’S inaugural projecTHINK Conference hosted at the Ringling College of Art and Design’s award-winning Alfred R. Goldstein Library on Saturday February 10, from 8:30am-12:00pm.

Space is limited, purchase tickets online at

For more information please contact Associate Producer of Marketing, Events and Programs, Madeline Crotts at or 941-365-7702 x221.


SRQ’s 5th Annual Women in Business Competition is Now Open!


Nominations are now open for SRQ Magazine’s 5th Annual Women in Business Competition, recognizing extraordinary women who have made meaningful contributions to the Sarasota and Bradenton communities through their business, non-profit and philanthropic endeavors. Know someone who deserves to be recognized? Nominate them today! Once nominated, individuals will be invited to submit a formal application which will be juried by a panel of outside judges.


2014, 2015, 2016 and the newly initiated Leadership Circle ambassadors at the 2017 Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

The finalists and winners of the 2018 Leadership Circle will be announced at the Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon  on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at The Francis where we recognize past Women in Business Leadership Circle Classes as well as the new inductees. All nominees, finalists and winners will be recognized in a special Women in Business awards supplement in the May 2018 issue of SRQ Magazine.


Women In Business Leadership Circle Ambassador, Joy Randels offers advise to mentee at SkillSHARE Networking Summit. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

The SRQ Women in Business Initiative is a year-round engagement program creating highly dynamic personal networking through the science and art of mentorship. The SkillSHARE program focuses on professional career and personal development mentorship at the speed of life with two mentorship summits each year. Currently in its second year, SMARTgirl will catalyze youth leadership and development by focusing on middle school and high school girls on the Gulf Coast. Thank you to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, New Balance of Sarasota and The Hyatt Regency, Sarasota for coming on board to support the SMARTgirl program. Thank you also to Seaside Bank for their sponsorship of the Women in Business Initiative throughout the year.


SMARTgirl students from Girl Scouts Gulfcoast Florida eager for their workshops at SMARTgirl. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

To nominate a deserving local woman for her leadership and positive influence in the community, click here. 

Nominations are open through Friday, February 2, 2018; midnight.

Best of luck and Roar On ladies!

SRQ SYMPOSIUM: What Are My Kids Learning At School?, January 30, 5:30pm

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Join SRQ MEDIA for an evening of conversation and collaboration at the first annual RocketKids Modern Education Symposium. Held next Tuesday, January 30 at SRQ Studios from 5:30-7 PM, this event will give guests the chance to hear from some of our community’s most notable educational institutes while getting an inside look at their culture and ideology.

Structured as a deep-dive conversation on learning, the symposium will allow for each participant to elaborate on their school’s philosophy on education, innovative practices and personal inspiration for the work they do.

Meet the Speakers
The inaugural edition of RocketKids Magazine featured profiles from some of Sarasota and Bradenton’s top private schools. Each with a distinctive focus, these profiles sparked our imagination so much that an event is in order to glean knowledge, perspective and insight on how schools in our region engage with children. A selection of profile participants will present at the symposium:

Bradenton Christian School —Dan Vande PolSuperintendent & Head of School
Hershorin Schiff Community Day School—Dan Ceaser, Head of School
Mangrove School of Sarasota—Erin Melia, Director
New Gate Montessori School—Tim Seldin, Head of School
Sarasota Christian School —Dawn Graber, Director of Academics

This event us FREE to the public and will take place from 5:30 to 7pm.

Kindly RSVP by clicking here.

Share your latest kitchen design story with us and our readers! New special section coming out in our April 2018 publication.

Talented designers are working with homeowners to transform and invigorate their kitchens into the ultimate dream space, including state of the art appliances, functional space layouts and trending colors and designs. We want to see the results! This look book section has a full page or half page option. Adorn the pages of this section with submitted images of your new kitchen design along with captions for the images and a company bio.

SRQ Magazine’s Content Marketing Division engages you with our readers powerfully in print and strategically online.

Contact Associate Publisher Ashley Ryan Cannon at 941-365-7702 x211 or to reserve your photo session today. Space Closing: Thursday, February 15th , 2018.

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