Our May luncheon will feature a panel discussion with three “Gems of the Region.” Representatives from Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and the Players Centre for Performing Arts join us to share future plans for their organizations and what they mean for the Lakewood Ranch region.
Dan Bebak, Vice President Aquarium, Education and Outreach
Dan Bebak was first introduced to Mote Marine Laboratory in 1980 by a friend and nearby resident. After interning at the Laboratory for four years he was hired in 1985. In 2013 Aquarium, Education and Community Outreach divisions were integrated into a new division with a total annual budget of over seven million dollars and a staff of 70. Mr. Bebak currently sits on the Sarasota County Tourist Development Council and as a Trustee of the New Amsterdam Charitable Foundation.
Jennifer Rominiecki, President & CEO Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Jennifer O. Rominiecki began her tenure as President and CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in February 2015. Since she arrived, she has overseen the re-positioning of the institution as a “Living Museum” and enacted this new operating model, yielding a 47% increase in admissions, a 60% increase in membership, and a 59% increase in overall earned revenues in just three years. Rominiecki has also overseen the creation and execution of a new five-year Strategic Plan for Selby Gardens, as well as the development of a new Master Site Plan. She possesses twenty years of experience at major New York City cultural institutions. Rominiecki served The New York Botanical Garden for 15 years in increasing roles of responsibility. As the Garden’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Special Assistant to the President, she was involved in many aspects of the organization’s management, including oversight of the Garden’s seven-year campaign to raise $479 million in capital, operating, and endowment support. Rominiecki also completed the Women’s Leadership Forum at Harvard Business School in June 2017 and is a member of Leadership Florida Cornerstone Class XXXVI. Currently, Rominiecki serves on the Boards of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, and is also Chair of the Board of the Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida. In 2017, she was honored with the AJC Civic Achievement Award and the Leadership Award for Arts Management from the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. She has also received the SRQ Magazine’s Women in Business “Hear Me Roar” Leadership Award in 2016.
Morgan Gerhart, Advancement Director Players Centre
Morgan Gerhart’s nonprofit career spans more than 17 years advocating for community awareness, charitable support and measurable impact for organizations across Sarasota and Manatee. Morgan has 9+ years in Nonprofit Fundraising, over 20 years as a volunteer in various non-profits in FL, CT, NJ and Scotland, and has 25+ years of experience in Hospitality and Tourism. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals SWFL, and Sarasota Musica Viva, and is a former board member of Sertoma Club of Sarasota, and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Sarasota/Manatee Guild. Prior positions include Director of Advancement for the Girls Inc. of Sarasota County, Director of Development at Goodwill Manasota, and Membership Services Director at the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. Morgan was a 2018 Finalist for the Hear Me Roar Women in Business Award, she won the 2016 Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance Sandies Award for Networking, is a 2014 Graduate of LWRBA Executive Leadership Academy, and a 2013 Graduate of Gulf Coast Leadership Institute.
“My roots and heart are in community theatre. From the age of 4, I’ve been a part of the performing arts, benefiting from the confidence and discipline that comes from the whole theatre experience. Knowing that I can help introduce these unique formative opportunities to more families and individuals in our community through the growth of The Players Center for Performing Arts, brings an important part of my life full circle.”
Julie Henry, Panel Moderator
Julie Henry is a professional speaker and the founder of Finish Line Leadership, a consulting firm built, not only from a decade of climbing hierarchies within companies and another ten years partnering along side of them, but from an unlikely source - from the symbiotic and savage wilderness of our natural world. Julie uses her extensive background in science and communication, countless hours spent teaching and in outdoor fieldwork, and professional leadership experience within zoos and aquariums to impart to her audiences miraculous stories and provocative insights about the art of instinct, endurance, and survival that help leaders lead through change. Julie has presented to over 1 million people, across 32 states, 6 countries, and worked with over 50 organizations including Nabisco, Seattle Aquarium, Zenith Insurance, and Disney. She is passionate about challenging leaders to listen to their own nature, lead the way they’re designed to lead, and have the impact they were designed to have on the world.
Members $27 // Non-members $37
*$37 starting Friday, May 17th at noon, or at the door, members and & Non-members*
Special meal requests must be selected upon registration, in order to be guaranteed at the luncheon
Cancellations made after 2 days prior to the event will be invoiced since guarantees have been made on your behalf.