JENSEN BEACH — Treasure Coast economic development agencies have teamed up to sponsor a symposium aimed at helping business leaders grapple with an evolving 21st century workforce.

“Leading the New Breed Symposium: Motivating Managers, Millennials & Misfits,’’ a seminar featuring nationally renowned speaker, trainer and author Phillip Van Hooser, will be offered on June 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa in Jensen Beach.

“This powerful seminar on motivating employees and developing our next generation of leaders is amazingly affordable, thanks to our presenting sponsor, FPL’s Office of Economic Development, and our partners,” said Peter Tesch, president of the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County. Priced at only $50 per attendee, the cost covers the seminar, materials and lunch at the resort.

“More than any other issue, leaders struggle with how to motivate employees,” said Van Hooser. “Whether leading and managing Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials or the up-and-coming Gen Zers, this symposium will reveal the real truth about motivation.”

The program will include a session on the art of professionalism as a competitive advantage and a panel discussion on the importance of a region’s talent pipeline to economic development and business attraction/retention.

To highlight the region’s commitment to talent development, the morning session will kick off with a presentation of 10 scholarships to St. Lucie and Martin county high school students who attended the March Future Healthcare Professionals Career Conference and scholarships for 22 students who will be participating in a week-long Ready to Work Boot Camp. The boot camp is focused on the manufacturing, trades and distribution industries and the scholarships are offered in partnership with the Peter W. Busch Family Foundation.

Limited seating is available for the symposium. Tickets can be purchased through June 7 online at or call Candy Marlow at 772-336-6252.

In addition to FPL’s Office of Economic Development title sponsorship; the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County, CareerSource Research Coast, Indian River County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development, and the Business Development Board of Martin County are event partners. Other sponsors include Treasure Coast Lexus, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, ABC Home Medical Supply, CareerSource Research Coast Work Certified, Seacoast Bank, Southern Eagle Distributing, Spherion, St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce, and St. Lucie County Human Resources Association.

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