By The Florida Courier
On Oct. 18, nearly 180 Tampa Bay area CEOs will volunteer an entire day at Hillsborough County public elementary schools as part of a new educational initiative, CEOs in Schools.
A Vistra Communications initiative in partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools, CEOs in Schools will serve to connect business leaders with the workforce of the future. CEOs will see, hear and do the things that public school educators and students experience and gain a new perspective on the role of schools in preparing students for success in the future workforce.
“We hope CEOs in Schools will further engage the community with our schools by helping community leaders understand and embrace the daily operations, while benefiting our students and staff with these valuable partnerships,” said Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins.
Vistra President and CEO Brian Butler was the CEO mentor to former Mort Elementary School Principal Woodland Johnson through the Council for Educational Change’s PASS (Partnership to Advance School Success) program.
Butler spent an entire day at the school, teaching, serving lunch and performing a wide range of duties.
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The experience ignited a desire to challenge fellow CEOs to get involved and spend a day in local schools. Vistra’s relationship with Mort Elementary continues to grow. Today, Butler and the entire Vistra team regularly volunteer, host student leaders at the company’s Tampa headquarters, sponsor teacher appreciation events, and support other school initiatives.
“We need more CEOs to join us. When our educators and CEOs work together, we all win – students, businesses and the community,” noted Butler.
CEOs or most senior executives interested in participating can learn more at 1DayofChange.com and sign up under the “Get Involved” tab.
Once a school selection is made, participants receive an email with program information and next steps. For questions about CEOs in Schools, contact Jamie Needham at 813-961-4700 ext. 201 or by email at JamieN@ConsultVistra.com.
This initiative is supported by sponsors, including the Hillsborough Education Foundation, Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Bay Business & Wealth Magazine, and partners Jameis Winston’s Dream Forever Foundation, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, North Tampa Chamber of Commerce, South Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce.
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