Employer’s Edge: Registration and Sponsorship Opportunities

Get the Employer's Edge

Join CareerSource Polk’s Business Services Division as well as HR, business and economic development leaders from across multiple industries for the 2022 Employer’s Edge.

Each session will provide insights on how companies in Polk County are addressing workforce challenges in today’s competitive talent market.


Date: November 16th

Location: Lake Eva Event Center  | 799 Johns Ave, Haines City, FL 33844

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

*HRCI and SHRM credits are available for all sessions.

Session Number
Session Title
Opening Session Benefits SurveyKathy Suttles, Director of Business Services, CareerSource Polk

Karey Lewis, Community Specialist, Florida Blue
Session 1Can Your Employees Afford to Work for You?Arthur Harris, Business Services Consultant, CareerSource Polk
About this session:Join us for an interactive session where attendees work through the real-world scenarios employees face in providing for their families.

Session 2Best PracticesStephanie Loyed, Human Resource Manager, Brown International Corporation LLC

Dell Warren, VP of Training, Kegel, LLC

Monica Brown, AVP/Career Development, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union

About this session:Best Places to Work winners share the innovative ways they position their companies stand out in today’s competitive talent market.

Session 3Recruiting and HiringAlexis Echeverria, Owner/Managing Partner, WorkerBee's Staffing

Susan Hames, Business Development Manager, Rita Staffing

Josh Barrow, HRBP/Sr. Recruiter, Arkema-Arrmaz
About this session:Discover successful strategies for recruiting, hiring and onboarding new employees.

(Lunch to be provided)

Session 4Turnover PreventionAshlyn Bruck, Human Resources Generalist, JBT Corporation

Lance Fulse, Director of Human Resources, Harrell's, LLC
About this session:Successful techniques to prevent voluntary and involuntary turnover.

Session 5Untapped Labor PoolsArethia Herring, Employment Security Specialist II, CareerSource Polk

Skyler Harrison, Project Director, AARP

Kellie Ebeling, Employment Specialist, employU
About this session:Employers stand to benefit from leveraging untapped labor pools including retirees, individuals with varying abilities and individuals recently released from incarceration. Hear from our panel of experts on how to successfully engage these groups. This session will also provide an overview of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and how to begin the process.

Session 6Polk County Workforce Trends and Economic DevelopmentJavier Marin, MBA-IB, CEcD, CGBP, VP of Business Development, Central Florida Development Council

Cyndi Jantomaso, President and CEO, Haines City Economic Development Council

Abbas "AJ" Jaffer, VP of Business Development, Lakeland Economic Development Council
About this session:Polk's business-friendly environment plays a critical role in its growth . Gain an up-close look at Polk's current and future workforce. This session will also feature labor market information as well as demographic information for Polk's 17 municipalities.


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