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Bulls Notebook: Conference to focus on successful career women

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: March 19, 2018

SARASOTA, Fla. (March 19, 2018)USF Sarasota-Manatee is hosting a career women’s conference this week with four dynamic speakers: Sarasota County Court Judge Erika Quartermaine; Erin Duggan, vice president of Visit Sarasota; Lisl Liang, chief executive officer and editor-in-chief of SRQ Media; and Manatee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Diana Greene.

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Dr. Diana Greene

Bulls Notebook: USFSM, Ritz-Carlton to present HospitaBull

Judge Erika Quartermaine

This engaging and uplifting conference, the Career Success Women’s Forum, is targeted toward students, staff and faculty of USFSM, but is open to the public as well.

The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Selby Auditorium on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Admission is free, but registration is required and will be open through Tuesday.

USFSM Regional Chancellor Dr. Karen Holbrook will open the conference and each speaker will make brief introductory remarks before the event is turned over to audience members for a Q&A session.

Come hear how these incredible women achieved career success.

For more information, or to register, visit Light refreshments will be provided.

Florida Creativity Conference is set

The 15th annual Florida Creativity Conference is scheduled March 23-25 in Sarasota. This year’s conference offers 50 creativity workshops with a slate of presenters from nine states, Colombia, the Netherlands and Canada.

“The importance of growing human creativity at this time in the 21st century cannot be overestimated with innovation being recognized as an essential for business leaders, entrepreneurs and educators,” conference Co-Chair Hedria Lunken Salzman said.

Participants will learn from experts in problem solving and creative innovation. Experts include Lee Kitchen, a 30-year Disney veteran; actor, director and playwright Nate Jacobs; and Josh Mahaney, a member of the Orlando Magic’s Innovation Lab team, who will deliver a keynote speech.

Workshops will be held at USF Sarasota-Manatee (March 23-24) and the Florida Studio Theatre (March 25). Attendees can attend one day, two days or all three.

For more information, or to register, visit

USF Sarasota-Manatee to host Financial Literacy Day

USFSM, Cumberland Advisors partner for Financial Literacy Day

Raphael Bostic

USF Sarasota-Manatee, Cumberland Advisors and the Global Interdependence Center are partnering to host a Financial Literacy Day on April 5 with several panels of financial experts, including Raphael Bostic, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

The event at the USFSM campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with discussions to appeal to nearly anyone, from average investors to students, professional money managers, economists and others.

Registration is $50 and includes lunch. To register or for more information visit

Dr. Javidi wins Women in Leadership Award

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Dr. Giti Javidi

USF Sarasota-Manatee is congratulating to Dr. Giti Javidi for receiving this year’s Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Faculty Research Award.

“To be recognized by a group of powerful, influential and well-respected women for work on something as important as the gender gap in STEM is very special. I am truly honored,” she said.

The USF System WLP Faculty Research Award recognizes USF System faculty whose research and creative efforts focus on women, women’s issues and women’s initiatives.

Dr. Javidi, an assistant professor of information technology at USF Sarasota-Manatee, has focused her research on women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields and the possible obstacles to women entering the academic and career fields and remaining in them.

“The focus of my research is to learn more about the characteristics of women who enter and persist in STEM fields and to tell their stories,” she said.

Dr. Javidi found out she won the prestigious WLP award a couple of weeks ago in a congratulatory call from Dr. Anne Strozier, chair of the WLP Awards Committee. The WLP Awards Dinner will be held April 12 from at the USF campus in Tampa.

Soul food the topic of April 4 event at USFSM

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Multicultural Affairs Committee, New College and the Mellon Foundation are partnering to present the Soul Food Culinary Arts Symposium on April 4 at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.

This exciting event will feature Adrian Miller, author of “Soul Food” and “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet,” as well as oral history presentations by students from New College of Florida’s Anthropology of Food Class. The event comes to USFSM as part of New College’s Mellon Grant Oral History Project.

Reservations will be accepted until March 28. To attend, visit

Chef Darwin to visit Bulls Bistro

Chef Darwin Santa Maria, an internationally recognized master of Peruvian-style cooking, is set to bring his award-winning talents to the Bulls Bistro next month.

The owner of Darwin’s Evolutionary Cuisine in Sarasota, Chef Darwin has won numerous awards and cooked for a James Beard dinner.

At the Bulls Bistro, a USF Sarasota-Manatee event, diners will watch as he prepares his unique creations in our demonstration kitchen. This engaging culinary event is scheduled April 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at USFSM’s Culinary Innovation Lab on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch.

Tickets are $25. For tickets and more information, visit

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