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Mentor Connect 2020

  • 08 Oct 2020
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Via Zoom

Register on the YLA website

Your questions. Three mentors. One powerful event!

Are you ready for instant mentoring – and the opportunity for a long-term mentorship?
Join us at Mentor Connect as a mentee!

Thursday, October 8, 2020
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Via Zoom Meeting

$15 - YLA members

$25 - Non-members

Deadline to register is Thursday, October 1st

This introductory event grants you access to the experienced and knowledgeable business leaders of LWRBA in order to establish relationships and potentially, a mentorship.

At this year's Mentor Connect, you will engage virtually in several short, but authentic group discussions about the topics of your choosing, and you will meet with three mentors to have your questions answered and receive instant guidance from some of the areas top business professionals – all in a quick-paced and exciting environment.

How it Works:

Through the virtual Zoom platform, this event will feature 3 breakout room sessions. In each of these sessions, groups 3-4 mentees will be paired with one of our mentors to engage in meaningful discussions. This is your opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance from our panel of business leaders.


Allison Imre

Allison became the Owner/President /CEO of Grapevine Communications in April 2017 and has the privilege of leading this team of hard-working, creative-minded, forward thinking developers, designers, copywriters, social media masters, digital marketing gurus, media planning moguls, public relations pros who carefully curate and execute masterful campaigns locally, regionally and nationally to make an impact and get results.

Ron Stern

Ron has spent nearly three decades as an experienced commercial operations and sales executive with extensive and diverse international experience at premier firms. His background includes leadership in sales, sales management, marketing, and training as well as strategic expertise within various segments.

Andy Guz

Andy Guz has served as Chief Executive Officer at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center since 2016. Prior to joining Lakewood Ranch, Andy was the CEO of a hospital in Pennsylvania. He has also served in executive roles at several hospitals across the United States. Andy is a current board member for Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee County, the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, LWR Brain Health Initiative, and the Sloan Alumni Association Board of Directors at Cornell University. He is also a graduate of Leadership Sarasota, active in the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and Manatee Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He was selected as a 40 Under 40 honoree of both the Tampa Bay Business Journal and Business Observer in 2019.

Casey Welch

Casey Welch serves as the Regional Vice Chancellor for External Affairs and Government Relations at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus. As a member of the University of South Florida Office of Government Relations he serves as the official liaison between the Sarasota-Manatee campus and government entities. Under External Affairs he oversees Community Engagement and Corporate Partnership activities hosted at the USF Sarasota Manatee campus. Also, he is the Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Leadership on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus (IPPL). The Institute engages strong academic resources at USF as well as local, national and global experts to guide a dynamic exchange of ideas about important policy and leadership issues. IPPL hosts lecture series, policy forums, seminars and workshops to stimulate meaningful, civil discussion and promote public discourse in our community. As the leader of IPPL he serves on the Government Issues Council of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, the Career Edge Regional Workforce Council, the Government Affairs Committee of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and Chair of the Legislative Committee for the Manatee Chamber of Commerce.

Deborah Croce

Prior to joining JFCS, Hedde-Croce served as the director of human resources for The Resort at Longboat Key Club and The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park and also acted as a human resources consultant. She has managed staffing, implemented policies, training and development programs and executed Forbes 5-Star initiatives. Hedde-Croce earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the State University of New York, College at Brockport. She has been a guest lecturer at Florida State University, New York University and the Institute for Culinary Education. Hedde-Croce has received numerous accolades, including the Women in Lodging, Leader of the Year from the American Hotel & Lodging Association in 2016, from various organizations within the tourism and hospitality industry.

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