6th Annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Leadership Institute

Thursday, January 12th – Friday, January 13th
Orlando, Florida

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The last few years, especially throughout a global pandemic, awakened in us the importance of having a strong company culture. You’ve spent time, energy, and resources working to build a unified team and the space for it to flourish. For the last few years this was the priority, but now, facing new uncertainty in a weakening external environment, that may have shifted. Conversations have changed to focus more on revenue generation while forgetting about other leadership considerations as the possibility of an impending recession grows; credit is tightening, and talent is getting harder to find.

Take a moment to join your peers as we remind ourselves that a winning team is predicated on a strong corporate culture. Despite the ever-changing business climate, the strong company culture you’ve built will always put you above the rest. As you navigate the challenges to come, keeping your leadership laser- focused on your vision and foundation will shape your bright future. How are you leveraging your culture to win the race?

For CEOs, planned by CEOs, the GrowFL FLCTW Leadership Institute is an exclusive event bringing Honorees together for a hands-on learning experience while sharing resources, strategies, best practices, and lessons learned. During this full-day program, you’ll connect with other second-stage CEOs from across the state, tune into keynote speakers and participate in small group conversations based on company culture, hiring and retaining talent, work-life balance, and more.

Thursday, January 12th

5:30 – 6:30 PM: Reception
6:30 – 8:30 PM: Dinner

DoveCote Restaurant

Friday, January 13th

8:30 AM – 3:30 PM: 6th Annual GrowFL FLCTW Leadership Institute

Mariott Orlando Downtown

Traveling in?

A discounted room block is available at the Marriott Orlando Downtown. Click here.

The deadline to book is December 29th.



7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Check-in & breakfast

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Welcoming comments & introductions

Barbara Stankowski, Gwen Griggs
Event co-chairs

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Today’s Trends & Business Climate

Dave Sobush, Director of Research
Florida Chamber of Commerce

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM


10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Agile Salaries

When dealing with high turnover and challenges how do you inspire your teams? Losing a great team member can harm the velocity of any team. Turn this challenge into an opportunity to create lasting organizational growth and loyalty. This experience might sound like an HR topic but is targeted toward leaders who want to empower their teams to be inspired by gamified growth; join us and find out how a more innovative, game-changing compensation model can help retain and grow a winning team. 

David Hartmann, CEO – TheSilverLogic
2020 GrowFL FLCTW Honoree

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

HR Strategies to Navigate Headwinds: Best Practices & Lessons Learned 

How are you making the most of your HR budget? Hear from a past Honoree who faced that same challenge and overcame it. During a facilitated discussion with your peers – fellow second-stage CEOs and Honorees – share how you faced similar challenges. Did you have a different solution to the problem? How were you able to innovate? As you share your own experiences and lessons learned, you’ll hear what other CEOs are doing, providing you with best practices and key takeaways for your own business

Small group discussions led by past Honorees

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Grounding Yourself: Work-Life Balance as a Leader

As the leader of your company in a climate of unpredictability, you’re living guardrail to guardrail – constantly protecting your business from danger. You have a natural inclination and desire to pour every ounce of you into your business, it seems logical and the right thing to do. But is there a threshold where that’s no longer productive? It’s a ripple effect: if you care about yourself, you care about your employees. If you care about your employees, they’ll care about your customers.  Where do you fall?

Amy Rice, CEO – Sy-Klone International
2021 GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Honoree

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM

Strategic Philanthropy: Maximizing your Legacy for your Community & Employees 

As GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Honorees, you were selected based on your community involvement and engagement. We know it’s already important to you, that’s why you’re here! Have you started to contemplate how you give back, what is your end in mind? How can you level up what you’re already doing to build your legacy, engage your team, support your community and even use philanthropy as a retention tool? Led by Nicole Donelson, this discussion will open the door to how you can optimize how you’re leveraging strategic philanthropy within your business.

Nicole Donelson – Vice President of Philanthropic Strategies and Partnerships – Central Florida Foundation

2:20 – 2:30 PM


2:30 PM – 3:25 PM

Keynote Speaker

Omar Soliman, Co-Founder
College HUNKS Hauling Junk

3:25 – 3:30 PM

Closing comments and Adjourn

Thank you to our program sponsor:

Thank you to our reception sponsors: