Competitive Edge Series

The Competitive Edge Series is the premier educational program of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Business and professional development classes under this umbrella offer attendees new skill sets and a practical application for implementation in their own business. A unique class takes place each month during the lunchtime hour.

The Competitive Edge Series classes are FREE to members of the FIT 2 Level, and FREE with benefits to members of the FIT 1 and 3 Levels.

Design Thinking: The Driving Force Behind the World’s Most innovative Companies

Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

11:30am - 1:30pm

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

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Design Thinking is a creative process that combines thoughtful user research with rapid iteration. Learn why it has become an industry standard used by some of the world’s most innovative companies including Google, Apple, IBM, Mayo Clinic, and SAP.  Leave with ideas and tools to help you implement it within your own organization.  This workshop will be delivered by Doug Pace, CEO of Stonehill and recent finalist for United States Chamber Emerging Business of the Year.

During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the five steps of design thinking.
  • Participate in an interactive session using design canvasses.
  • Understand how to implement it within your organization.

Featured Speaker

Doug Pace, CEO, Stonehill

Doug Pace has been considered one of the most innovative minds in management consulting and marketing strategy for over two decades.  As CEO of Stonehill he leads the vision of the firm and enjoys working directly with its portfolio of clients. Doug founded Stonehill with the vision of bringing agile management practices found in entrepreneurial organizations to large companies. He found that his approach also provided process and structure to small organizations allowing them to accelerate their growth. Doug is a noted speaker on business design, marketing strategy, building innovative cultures, and design thinking.

Doug currently serves on the boards of numerous schools and organizations including the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, BBVA Compass Bank, Lions Eye Institute Foundation, Town of Belleair Infrastructure Committee, and the University of Florida’s College of Engineering. His past affiliations include the Tampa Bay Partnership, St. Petersburg Grand Prix, Pinellas County MPO, and Leadership Tampa Bay.  Doug graduated from the University of Florida, with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, has been recognized with an Executive Fellowship in Innovation from the University of South Florida, and holds a Certificate in Energy Innovation from Stanford University.


Transforming Attitudes and Actions:
 How Senior Leaders Create Engaging Workplace Cultures

Tue., Mar. 12, 2019

11:30am - 1:30pm

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

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Successful corporate culture is not a mission statement on the wall or merely defined by the work environment you create. Fads like installing a ping pong table, open creative space, or free craft beer is not what makes a great corporate culture. Today, leaders need to provide so much more to create a culture that engages their workforce - they need to have the right attitudes and do the right things to ensure their culture is the right one for the given business environment.

During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Discover the critical elements of a successful corporate culture.
  • Learn how top performing organizations look at culture.
  • Reflect on our own perceptions of corporate culture and those of our leaders/peers.
  • Determine actions we can take to improve the cultures in our own organizations.

Featured Speaker

Rick Gallegos – President and CEO, Rick J. Gallegos & Associates, Inc.

Rick Gallegos is President and CEO of Rick J. Gallegos & Associates, Inc., presenters of Dale Carnegie Training. Rick is a specialist in developing action plans for a wide range of individuals and organizations committed to growth in a tough, competitive economy. He was educated at Florida State University and is a master trainer in all Dale Carnegie courses.

Rick is the developer/writer of the most successful one-day seminar that Dale Carnegie & Associates has released, entitled “How to Cold Call and Build New Customers.” He also is the author of a sales management program titled, “Sales Leadership Excellence.” His newest program is called “Building Great Teams” – a team-building course for corporations. Currently Rick serves as Past Chair of the CEO Council of Tampa Bay and is actively involved in the Tampa Chamber of Commerce. He was elected for a 2-year term as President of the Dale Carnegie International Franchise Association in 2007, and has done work on all four continents representing franchises in - Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America


See some of our past Competitive Edge events.