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- by  Abby Weingarten
Joining three local college and university leaders from Sarasota-Manatee, New College of Florida President Patricia Okker, Ph.D. will speak at the Manatee Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Headliners Luncheon on Wed. May 11.

Panelists will discuss “Higher Education’s Role in Addressing Workforce Needs for the Next Generation” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at IMG Academy Golf Club, 4350 El Conquistador Parkway in Bradenton.

Dr. Okker will speak alongside Dr. Karen Holbrook, regional chancellor of the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee; Dr. Michele Morgan, president/associate vice chancellor of Keiser University; and Dr. Carol Probstfeld, president of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.

“Our region’s talent pipeline is more important than ever as local employers focus on growth,” luncheon organizers said. “Our higher education institutions are a critical component of economic development initiatives and our quality of life.”

The speakers will discuss “opportunities and challenges, strategies for overcoming barriers for our current and future workforce, and the importance of collaboration with local businesses and employers.”

To attend the luncheon, call Jenny Szink at 941-748-4842 ext. 235, or email jennys@manateechamber.com. Tickets are $35 for Manatee Chamber and Manatee Young Professionals members ($45 at the door); and $49 for future members and guests.

For more information on the luncheon, click here.

To learn more about President Okker, click here.