Fall Forum 2019

The ​Haas ​Center ​Fall ​Forum ​is ​an ​event ​​curated ​by ​the ​University ​of ​West ​Florida's ​Haas ​Center ​and ​the ​Division ​of ​Research ​and ​Strategic ​Innovation. ​Our goal is to bring together bright minds and host data-driven discussions with a remarkable audience of developers, business leaders, and senior UWF students. The Forum is an excellent way to connect with current and future leaders!

Agenda for Fall Forum on September 26, 2019:

8:00 ​- ​9:15 ​am ​  Full Breakfast Buffet, Sponsored by Gulf Power

8:30 ​- ​9:15 ​am ​  Fortifying Florida: Robust Community Growth and Leveraging Meaningful Data,
FL ​DEO Executive ​Director, ​Ken ​Lawson

9:15 ​- 10:00 ​am ​ ​​Executive Briefings on Workforce and Talent Development 
Dr. ​Michelle ​Horton, ​​Assistant ​Vice ​President, ​Online ​Innovation ​
​Division ​of ​Research ​and ​Strategic ​​​Innovation, ​UWF

Gary Wiesner, General Manager - GE Renewables, Pensacola

Jonathan Arneault, Director of IBM North America SaaS, Center of Excellence, and Go-To-Market Transformation

10:00 ​- ​10:15 ​am ​  Networking Break 

10:00 ​- ​11:00 ​am ​  National Leadership Keynote: Advancing Manufacturing and Logistics to Diversify the Region's Economy
Tom Ridge, Chairman ​Ridge Global, first Department of Homeland Security Secretary, former Governor of Pennsylvania

11:00  ​- ​11:45 ​am ​ ​  Using Data to Understand Labor Markets
​Cara Christopher, ​Marketing and Sales Director, ​Inc. ​(Emsi)

11:45 ​- ​1:00 pm ​ ​  Lunch Buffet, Sponsored by Santa Rosa EDO

12:15 ​- ​1:00 ​pm ​ ​   Hurricane Michael's Aftermath: How Leaders are Making Decisions to Improve Outcomes 
​Moderator - Sandy Sims, Gulf Power; Mike Myhre, FSBDC; Becca Hardin, Bay EDA; David Berlan, FSU

Fall ​Forum ​registration's ​normal ​rate ​is ​$150.

Census ​Business ​Builder ​Workshop ​is ​available ​for ​$25. ​

If ​you're ​interested ​in ​both ​events ​please ​note ​that ​they ​must ​be ​registered ​for ​separately. ​However, ​once ​you ​complete ​one ​registration ​and ​save ​your ​profile ​information, ​you ​are ​able ​to ​quickly ​and ​easily ​complete ​the ​registration ​of ​the ​second. ​

Register here

Event Sponsors


PenAir FCU

Pen Air Federal Credit Union

Santa Rosa Economic Development

Santa Rosa Economic Development


Gulf Power

Gulf Power