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Talent Forum

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The Corridor Talent Forum

Hyatt Regency Orlando, Florida

Monday, March 26

3-5 p.m. Career Center Professional Registration
State college and university career center professionals check in and set up their booths.

5-5:30 p.m.Break

5:30-6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception for Career Center Professionals, and K-12 County School System, Military and Corporate Partners
Heavy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, March 27

7-7:30 a.m. Employer Registration

7:30-8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Welcome and The Corridor Talent Forum Overview

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Talent Needs and Recruitment Meetings
In these “speed-dating” style meetings, K-12 county school system, military and corporate partners travel between booths to meet with career center professionals, with the goal of reaching all booths.

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Presentation by Tim Hale,
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Coastal Cloud

1:30-5 p.m. Talent Needs and Recruitment Meetings (cont’d.)

5-6 p.m. Travel to EA Tiburon
Bus transportation provided for guests staying at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.

6-8 p.m.  Networking Reception at EA Tiburon, Hosted by Daryl Holt, Vice President and Group Chief Operating Officer, EA SPORTS
Heavy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, March 28

7:30-8:30 a.m.Breakfast and The Corridor Survey

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Talent Needs and Recruitment Meetings (cont’d.)

12:30 p.m.Lunch

1:30 p.m.The Corridor Talent Forum Concludes

Spanning 23 counties across the state, the Florida High Tech Corridor (The Corridor) is a technology rich region known as much for its legacy in aerospace as it is for its growing prominence in other high tech clusters of innovation, such as modeling and simulation, optics and photonics, digital media and medical technologies.

Spearheaded by three of the country’s largest research universities – University of Central Florida, University of South Florida and University of Florida – the Florida High Tech Corridor Council is a regional economic development initiative with a mission to grow high tech industry and innovation in The Corridor through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship. 

Throughout its 20-year history, efforts of The Corridor Council and partners have been internationally recognized and awarded for their part in stimulating economic growth.

Talent. It is a word on everyone’s lips these days.

Employers large and small are searching for workers, and the search gets more difficult with every passing year.

Today’s innovation-driven economy is only going to become more dependent upon workers with specialized knowledge – college degrees, advanced degrees and certificates in specialty areas that prepare workers for high-wage, high-value jobs and careers. In fact, there is even a statewide initiative of the Florida Higher Education Coordinating Council (HECC) called RISEto55! … an effort to increase the educational attainment of Floridians from 47 percent who now have degrees to 55 percent by 2025.

In the meantime, we must do everything we can to see that Florida has a solid available workforce.

A decade ago, The Corridor launched a program to help. In today’s mobile society, it is just a fact that no matter how many students we educate, there will still be need for more.
In other states, leading colleges and universities are also working to turn out fine graduates …
and understandably many of them would love to live in America’s third largest state where opportunity abounds, the quality of life is superb and our universities offer top-notch graduate educational programs.

The Corridor Talent Forum has grown into an amazing partnership between institutions all over the country and employers in our region seeking to match graduates with a place to start and grow their careers. We have truly become friends with Career Center professionals from those schools and with many of The Corridor’s most promising employers who come together over and over again to achieve a mutual goal.

We are proud to welcome them to Florida and The Corridor.


Ed Schons, President

Florida High Tech Corridor Council


The 2017 Florida High Tech Corridor [Talent Forum] was an outstanding opportunity to connect and network with multiple employers over a two-day period. When our office evaluates an employer relations event, we review employer traffic at the event and examine employer activity after the event. At the Florida High Tech Corridor [Talent Forum], we met with a large number of employers at the event, had employers follow up and post jobs and internships after the event, and even had several employers follow up by attending two of our career fairs to actively recruit our students!

– Scott T. Williams, Executive Director, University of Georgia Career Center



Central Florida Regional Hospital

Coastal Cloud

Coastal Construction

County School Systems

Craig Technologies



Duke Energy

EA Sports

Engineering Consulting Services


Florida Medical Device Manufactures Consortium



Lockheed Martin

Massey Services


Sea Ray


South Lake Hospital

The Middlesex Corporation

United States Army

United States Navy

World Housing Solutions



“At EA, we recognize that the world’s top talent is what powers us to create immersive games and services that inspire the world to play. We’re proud to partner with The Corridor each year as a participant in its Talent Forum, where we can meet with university representatives energized to find careers for the nation’s best and brightest engineers, computer scientists, artists, designers, and more.”

Daryl Holt, Vice President and Group Chief Operating Officer, EA SPORTS

Universities Attending

For a complete list of universities and colleges attending, please visit http://bit.ly/talentforum2018


Felicia Solazzo

Felicia Solazzo is a senior public relations student at the University of Florida and a contributing writer for SCB Marketing.

Millennials are becoming the most influential population in the workforce.

The generation born between 1980 and 1995 already makes up a majority of America’s workforce. By 2025, millennials will represent 75 percent of the global workforce, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Workforce ideals are shifting as current leaders prepare to retire and make way for this new group of innovators. Many Florida companies are already looking to hire millennials and adapting to align with the culture and benefits that motivates their work. As recent graduates land jobs, some by way of The Corridor’s Talent Forum, collaboration between generations is inevitable.

If companies from Florida’s high tech industry are not yet on the millennial train, then the time is now to jump onboard. With their innovative perceptions, millennials can add substantial value to the workplace. To build a company culture that attracts the millennial generation, start by recognizing and appreciating their common traits.

The Benefits of Hiring Millennials

They are highly collaborative…

Millennials grew up with the “there’s no ‘I’ in team” mentality, learning through group projects and participating in team sports. They were encouraged by parents and teachers to share opinions and feelings with one another. Millennials are an inherently collaborative group, developing a sense of community through a focus on peer-to-peer relationships.

That being said, this generation performs best when there is a group mentality in the workplace. They see great value in consulting and bringing various perspectives to the table. Feedback and communication is key to their interactive model of work. They prefer open office spaces with whiteboard walls for brainstorming sessions with colleagues.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, millennials will represent 75 percent of the global workforce by 2025

They are instinctively tech-savvy…

The millennials’ youth was defined by great technological influence. In fact, they do not know a time without technology. They were the first generation to grow up with the Internet as a social platform and most had cellphones at a young age. From this, they kept an eye toward the future, constantly seeking the latest digital offerings.

Their deep understanding of and comfort in using evolving technology solutions is vital to businesses today. As early adopters, millennials keep companies current with trends and discover new ways to streamline work. Running an operation that embraces technology will place you ahead of the competition; for these forward-thinking millennials, this embrace comes naturally.

They are readily adaptable…

Millennials grew up in a constantly changing world, with technology serving as the major catalyst for change. As a result, they learned to be flexible through any unexpected shifts. This highly adaptable generation embraces change, and sometimes, they seek it themselves. This openness to change helps to shape a company culture that does not depend on the status quo. Because they can easily adjust and develop solutions, millennials prevent the workplace from coming to a halt following disruptions.

Common Values Across the Millennial Generation

Purpose. Millennials are dedicated to making the world a better place. They are mission-driven and drawn to companies that have a clear vision to impact others. They want to work for a purpose greater than themselves, their teammates and their bosses. They seek self-actualization by validating their desires, maximizing their potential and fulfilling their purpose.

Choice. Millennials were raised in a world of customization as a result of constant advancements in technology. An expectation of choice is a predominant theme across millennial attitudes. They pursue career paths and work environments of their choice, ones that align with their values and beliefs.

Authenticity. In forming relationships, transparency allows people to be their most authentic self without feeling a need to obscure information. Millennials are uniquely comfortable with transparency, which they see as a valued effort to maintain open and honest communication. This can be correlated to their frequent use of social media and the Internet, where information is openly exchanged.

Create a workplace environment where this young generation can thrive under these common characteristics, and you will master millennial management.

High Tech Corridor:

A Region — And Workforce — Poised for Growth

By Alisha Crabtree

The Sunshine State evokes images of sandy beaches, acres of orange groves, congregations of alligators, beautiful golf courses and theme park enchantments. These alluring attributes draw, charm and influence nearly 100 million tourists a year. Tourists undoubtedly benefit, support and sustain many of the state’s local and regional businesses, yet beyond tourism, Florida’s economy is abundantly more diverse. Businesses across the state accommodate and embody the aviation, defense, health care, space and technology sectors, both nationally and globally.

Florida is known for its abundant sunshine and warm temperatures, but it actually celebrates a long, unique and rich history as a high tech hub and continues to impress as a world leader in high tech innovation. Although many people may think of Florida as “vacation central,” technology insiders know better. The state is home to three of the nation’s top research universities (UCF, USF, UF), which consistently earn high marks for world-class programs in engineering, optics and photonics, biotechnology and more. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. 

The Corridor

Spanning 23 counties across the central region of the state, the Florida High Tech Corridor (The Corridor) encourages future growth through pro-business tax structures, government policies and competitive costs. It is driven by a unique partnership between three research universities – University of Central Florida, University of South Florida and University of Florida – and 14 community and state colleges, countless industry groups and thousands of innovative companies, and more than 20 economic development organizations and 12 regional CareerSource boards.

These public and private entities join forces to further The Corridor’s 22-year legacy of innovative initiatives and cutting-edge research advancements. Government, education and economic development leaders collaborate to ensure the business climate remains favorable to companies of all sizes, including the nation’s leading corporations. Today, through its Talent Forum, The Corridor also recruits top talent countrywide to support the growth of high tech industry and global connectivity. No wonder The Corridor region is among the nation’s fastest-growing population and employment markets.

High Tech Pipeline

The dedication to job growth runs deep. In its sixth consecutive year, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.2 percent exceeds the national rate of 1.7 percent. Florida retains the third-largest workforce nationally and delivers more opportunities, prospects and experiences for those seeking employment, starting a business, expanding a company or relocating a corporation.

In 2017, Indeed.com conducted a national survey ranking three Florida metropolitan cities in the top 10 for job seekers, with Miami in first place, Orlando in second place and Jacksonville in seventh place. It considered needs, wants and desires when searching career opportunities, salary expectations, cost of living, job security, work/life balance and labor market.

Additionally, the Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities (BPC) index examined the underlying factors and identified unique characteristics of economic growth in metropolitan areas. It used metrics such as job creation, wage gains and technology developments to evaluate growth. Florida claimed six of the Top 25 spots in 2017, with North Port-Sarasota- Bradenton at No. 6, Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford at No. 7, West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach at No. 12, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater at No. 15, Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island at No. 18 and Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach at No. 21. The Corridor is home to three of the six metropolitan areas.

“With growing industries in the region including sensors, aerospace, manufacturing, life sciences and others, why not showcase these possible career opportunities to people around the nation who are in charge of placing graduates in jobs? It’s a win-win to continue growing our high-wage, high-skill economy.”

– The Corridor President, Ed Schons

Due to the diversity of industries within the area and the requirement for niche skills, many high tech workers are relocating from out of the state. In fact, Forbes ranked Florida fourth nationwide for high tech employment and third for high tech business locations. The Central Florida region continues to have increasing numbers of tech and non-tech firms moving into the area daily.

High tech positions have attracted, established and sustained a skilled workforce since the days of the Space Race. Within The Corridor, a productive workforce of 3.5 million exists — more than one-third of the state’s total talent pool. The region is growing its talent pool of scientists, engineers and innovative entrepreneurs to serve more than 20,000 high tech companies. By investing in this growing talent pool, Florida is among the top destinations to grab the eye of small and large businesses seeking to take root and establish long-term growth.

A Desirable Place to Live and Work

Among the most efficient and effective economies in the nation, The Corridor region understands its business climate, workforce and success trajectory. It ranks among the most desirable locations in the world with no state income tax, a relatively low cost of living and a warm climate. As the number of high tech companies throughout the region continues to grow in step with increased demand for high tech talent, efforts such as The Corridor’s Talent Forum to maintain a sustainable pipeline of affordable, educated, highly skilled workers will prosper.

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