In 2015, the TECO Energy Center for Leadership launched the Leadership Summit. This interactive event brings together a large group of participants composed of leaders throughout the Tampa Bay business community, University of Tampa students, faculty and nationally recognized speakers, and panel members. Attendees are able to connect with local business leaders, gain valuable leadership insight and advice, and learn about hot topics in leadership.

2020 Leadership Summit

Feb. 12, 2020 
7:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Vaughn Center, Crescent Club 
401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL  33606


Topic: Reaching New Heights

Keynote Speaker: 
Mary Abbajay
Best-selling author of Managing Up: How to Move Up, Win at Work, and Succeed with Any Type of Boss

Mary Abbajay

Leadership Panel:
T.J. Szelistowski

President, Peoples Gas

Jessica Muroff
CEO, United Way Suncoast

Yvette Segura
Regional Vice President, USAA

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2019 Leadership Summit

Topic: "Leadership in Turbulent Times"


Keynote Speaker: Jen Shirkani
Author of Choose Resilience and Ego vs EQ, Emotional Intelligence Speaker

Leadership Panel:

Bob Rohrlack 
President and CEO, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Major General Edward F. Dorman III 
United States Army, (Retired), Director, Logistics and Engineering, U.S. Central Command

Henry Gonzalez III 
Tampa Bay Market President, Beach Community Bank

Jen Shirkani
Author of Choose Resilience and Ego vs EQ, Emotional Intelligence Speaker

Spring 2018

Topic: "Conquering the Pinnacle of Leadership"
Keynote Speaker: Ryan Holiday
Author of Perennial Seller, Ego is the Enemy, The Daily Stoic and more

Leadership Panel:

Gregory Celestan
Chief Executive Officer, Celestar Corporation
Judith A. Lisi
President/CEO, David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
Timothy J. Adams
Chairman of the Board, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
Ryan Holiday 
Author of Perennial Seller, Ego is the Enemy, The Daily Stoic and more

Spring 2017

Topic: “Empowering Growing Leaders”


Keynote Speaker: Mark Hertling
Global Strategy and Physician Leader Development, Florida Hospital Author of "Growing Physician Leaders: Empowering Doctors to Improve Our Healthcare"

Leadership Panel:

Rhea Law
Chair, Florida Offices, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Dave Pizzo
Market President, West Florida Region, Florida Blue
Dave Ciesla
Regional Trauma Director, Tampa General Hospital and USF Health

Spring 2016

Topic: “Courage: The Essence of Leadership”


Keynote Speaker: Gus Lee
Award Winning and Best-Selling Author of Courage: The Backbone of Leadership and With Schwarzkopf: Life Lessons of The Bear

Leadership Panel:

Jane Castor '81
Chief of Police (Retired), City of Tampa
Mark House
Managing Director, The Beck Group
Suzanne McCormick
President and CEO, United Way Suncoast

Spring 2015

Topic: “Leadership Makes the Difference!”


Keynote Speaker: Don Hutson
New York Times Best-Selling Co-Author of The One Minute Negotiator

Leadership Panel:

John Ramil
President and CEO, TECO Energy Inc.
Pam Iorio
National President and CEO of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America,
Former Mayor of Tampa
Maj. Gen. Karl Horst
Former Chief of Staff of U.S. Central Command located at
MacDill Air Force Base
Pete Teigen
Business Transformation Executive, Watson Project, IBM