Talent Pipeline Team 

The Talent Pipeline Team was formed cooperatively by Polk Vision in partnership with the Central Florida Development Council. The Team is committed to filling the gap of high skill, high wage jobs through innovative collaborations and aligning the resources of businesses, education institutions, and the community. The Talent Pipeline team serves as the Local College Acess Network 

Over the course of the past year, the Team developed a multi-pronged tactical plan aimed at creating a pipeline of well- trained,  credentialed and skilled individuals ready to meet Polk County’s  current and emerging industry workforce needs.

Facilitating systemic change through a bottom-up and top-down model, the plan is to increase educational attainment - substantially altering local conditions, improving quality of life and serving as an economic catalyst for increased productivity.

More students will graduate from high school with direct pathways to careers or post-secondary education. This will provide a more robust pipeline of talent and skills in targeted areas to minimize the existing gap of employable individuals in particular job roles and sectors.


Establish post-secondary partnerships with public high schools to provide additional resources.

  • October 2016 Professional Development college/career advisors
  • Workshop support network for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and  College Signing events
  • Develop College and Career Readiness resources in print and web


Establish opportunities for students to bridge school to work by developing rich and complex mentorship and other experiential learning programs.

  • Establish inventory of workplace experiences
    •  High school
  • Identify pilot projects
    • Employability skills program-badge(s)
    • Other internship program options
      • Talent Development Network model
  • Support Polk Career Academies strategic direction


Develop a marketing strategy for broad community understanding of the steps leading to career and college readiness.

  • Creation of print and web materials to guide parents and students
  • Implement  information dissemination plan via Polk Vision
    • Community forums
  • Development of timely, topical messaging regarding the numerous success stories  and achievements of public school students
    • CFDC and Polk County Schools

"Funded by the George W. Jenkins Fund within the

GiveWell Community Foundation"
















The Talent Pipeline LEAD Team is erecting their tactical plan and are looking forward to presenting it to the Operating Board.


Talent Pipeline Team

Naomi Boyer- Co-Chair, Polk State College

Alaina Johnson – Co-Chair, Lakeland Regional Health

Michael Akes, Polk County Public Schools 

Cheryl Arrington, Polk County Public Schools 

Monique Byrd, Polk County Public Schools 

Melony Bell, Polk County Board of County Commissioners

Alan Black, Mckeel Academy

Wendy Bolin, Saddle Creek Logistics Services

Penny Borgia, United Way of Central Florida

Amy Bratten, Southeastern University

Sarah Breed, Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce

Stacy Campbell-Domineck, Career Source Polk

Hal Coffman, Madrid Engineering Group

Carly Evans, Keiser University

Kyle Fedler, Florida Southern College

Kaci Gingras, Mckeel Academy

Myron Harvey, Human Capital Consulting Inc.

Jacquie Hobgood, Haines City Economic Development Council

Marc Hutek, Polk County Public Schools 

Nicole Irby, BB&T Bank

Jesse Jackson, Lake Wales Charter District

Susan LeFrancois, Florida Polytechnic University               

Larry Madrid, Madrid Engineering Group

Sean Malott, Central Florida Development Council

Nelson  Marquez, Webber International University

Lori Martini, GiveWell Community Foundation

Cindy McCalla, City of Lakeland

Phil Minden, Bartow Regional Medical Center

Devyn Montalvo, Webber International University

Laquieria Nottage, Polk County Public Schools 

Booke Paquette, Saint Leo University

Trish Pfeiffer, City of Bartow

Jim Sidou, Saddle Creek Logistics Services

Chad Tagtow, Citizens Bank and Trust

Julie Townsend, Lakeland Downtown Development

Paizley Whidden, Warner University

Alena White, Saint Leo University

Lynn Wilson, Polk County School Board 

Leigh Ann Wynn, Warner University

Lindsay Zimmerman, Central Florida Development Council