May 18, 2024


USF names new Muma College of Business dean

The University of South Florida today announced the appointment of David Blackwell as the new Lynn Pippenger Dean of the Muma College of Business. Blackwell comes to USF after serving as associate dean for professional graduate programs at the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics. Read more »
Published on 5/14/2024

Educating the Fed

Gregory Haile, 46, is the former president of Broward College. He was recently reappointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta for a three-year term and is deputy chair of its board of directors. He spoke to Florida Trend recently about his role on the Fed board and his journey from growing up in Queens in New York City to achieving national prominence as a Fed board member and as a leader in higher education. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, is married with two children, is a graduate of Arizona State University and has a law degree from Columbia University. Read more »
Published on 4/17/2024

International Insight

The 1755 Lisbon earthquake was one of the most destructive in history, wiping out about a quarter of the city's population and killing 70,000 people across Portugal. Centuries later, “it seems to still be a topic of discussion and a driver of the country's risk averse nature,” says Lynette Clinton, who traveled to Portugal in 2022 as part of University of Tampa's Executive MBA program. Read more »
Published on 3/31/2024

Empowering Entrepreneurs

For Carlos Penaranda, the pandemic was a time to reflect on his life. His wife was pregnant, and they had just moved to South Florida. He had been a project engineer with a good salary, but the work left little time for family or to give back through a non-profit he had set up for his homeland, Ecuador. Read more »
Published on 3/28/2024

Retooling Toward the Future

With a long history in the private sector — including stints at IBM and Cisco — Anil Menon has had a front row seat on the value of an MBA and executive education. But he's also learned about some of the weaknesses inherent in the system. Read more »
Published on 3/27/2024

Opening Doors

To an outsider, it may have seemed like the wrong time for Raul Duarte to embark on an MBA. The pandemic forced the world into lockdown, his industry was imploding and he was planning to launch his own company, a full-time job in itself. Read more »
Published on 3/26/2024

A Wild Journey

During his tenure with Zoo Miami, Matt James knew he wanted to be more than just the guy who worked with animals. Following stints at Marinel-and Dolphin Adventure in St. Augustine and ZooTampa, James felt like he wasn't doing enough. Read more »
Published on 3/22/2024

Lessons in Leadership

Launched in the fall of 2023, the University of West Florida's executive leadership MBA program is being led by retired Navy Capt. Timothy “Lucky” Kinsella, a man whose leadership skills have been tested to the extreme. Read more »
Published on 3/22/2024

Tackling Global Challenges

Marina Lopez enjoyed all the benefits of a global MBA program without leaving home. Read more »
Published on 3/21/2024

Mastering the Cyber Industry

In the global cybersecurity wars there are no borders, no battlefield front lines, no rules of engagement and there is no immunity from attacks. Read more »
Published on 3/21/2024

Cultivating Insurance Industry Talent

Fraud is one of the most significant problems facing insurers in Florida and the nation. Each year, according to the FBI, more than $40 billion is lost to fraudulent non-health insurance claims. The estimated cost to the average family is between $400 and $700 in increased premiums. Read more »
Published on 3/21/2024

Expanding Options

The most dominant trend among Florida's more than 40 public and private MBA programs is the robust expansion of diverse specialty graduate courses. Read more »
Published on 3/20/2024

Education Guru

Education was calling for Adam Giery. His mother was a teacher — he always dreamed of following in her footsteps — and he was inspired by his own teachers. “I'm a product of an American public education system that just wouldn't expect less from me,” Giery explains. “My teachers were there for me, my teachers set a very high bar and when given the choice to pursue a profession, ‘teacher' felt like the answer.” Read more »
Published on 2/14/2024

Learning differently

In high school, Jade Ridley was bullied for having a learning disability, for exhibiting signs of depression and anxiety, and for being different. “Growing up, a lot of people didn't understand me,” she says. “I got called a lot of names. People told me I wasn't going to make it in life, that I was stupid. I was even told to kill myself. It was hard because I didn't have kids in high school who had the same issues as me.” Read more »
Published on 10/11/2023

Florida's Future

We asked 13 experts in their respective fields to look into their crystal balls. Here are their thoughts on the decade ahead. Read more »
Published on 7/18/2023

Fast Forward

Only 44.7% of working-age adults in Florida hold an associate's degree or higher. While Asian and white Floridians earn degrees at a rate higher than the state average, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaskan Native and Black residents have the lowest rates. There is a double-digit percentage point gap separating white and Black Floridians. Read more »
Published on 6/21/2023

Educational upgrade: MBA programs in Florida

The esports industry — video games with multiple players that have spectators virtually or in person — had a market value of more than $1.3 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach $3.8 billion by 2027, according to Marketwatch. Read more »
Published on 3/15/2023

It takes a community

Maynard Evans High School wasn't always a troubled school. When it first opened in the 1950s in Pine Hills — then a bedroom community of Orlando for workers at Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) — it was considered one of the best in Orange County. But by the mid-2000s, crime and poverty had risen in Pine Hills, and Evans was a shell of its former self. The school building was riddled with peeling paint, creeping mildew and other signs of decay. It had some of the worst dropout, suspension and graduation rates in Central Florida. Read more »
Published on 3/1/2023

The Florida Aquarium Sets Attendance Record

Nearly 925,000 guests visited the Aquarium in 2022 Read more »
Published on 1/10/2023

Delivering for Florida

As you know from my past columns, education is an important topic to me. My parents instilled in me at a very young age the value of a good education. They emphasized that education is the key that unlocks so many doors. Both of my parents were the first in their families to get college degrees. My siblings and I heeded their advice, though we took different paths. My sister earned her master's degree, my older brother and I graduated from a four-year university, one of my younger brothers received an associate's degree and another pursued a technical degree. It didn't matter which route we took, we all understood the importance of a post-secondary education. Read more »
Published on 1/1/2023

Bfore.Ai Releases the First Ever Cybersecurity Book for Children Just Before Christmas for Free

“The King, The Knight & The Snowball” was downloaded over 100 times within the first hour of being available. Read more »
Published on 12/23/2022

David Denor at the 2022 Florida Southern College Winter Commencement

David Denor, the publisher of Florida Trend Magazine, was the keynote speaker during Florida Southern's Winter graduation. Read more »
Published on 12/22/2022

Florida Ranked #1 in Nation for Parent Involvement in Education

The Center for Education Reform adds another nation-leading accolade to Florida's world-class education system Read more »
Published on 12/12/2022

New 4-H Scholarship Honors Hal Porter of Citrus County

The Hal Porter 4-H Scholarship Endowment will provide educational scholarships to graduating 4-H seniors and alumni Read more »
Published on 12/6/2022

Florida Celebrates Computer Science Education Week

Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. encourages schools to dedicate one hour during the week to engage in coding activities aligned with Florida's B.E.S.T. Standards for Mathematics Read more »
Published on 12/5/2022

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