CEOs in Schools Connecting Today's Executives with Tomorrow's Leaders
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
Tampa, Fla. – (July 9, 2019) – In a first of its kind program, local senior executives and CEOs will team up with the “CEO” at our schools – the principal – to see, hear and do the things that our public school teachers, staff and students experience every day.
On October 18, 2019, CEOs from major local companies and agencies will volunteer for an entire day at each of our elementary schools. The CEOs will gain a new perspective on what it takes to prepare students for life. These local business and community leaders will also be able to see how their knowledge in business can help students and our schools achieve their goals for success.
This innovative program was founded by Vistra Communications, in partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools. Vistra CEO Brian Butler was the CEO mentor to former Mort Elementary School Principal Woodland Johnson, through The Council for Educational Change’s PASS program. Brian Butler spent a day at Mort to better understand the challenges and opportunities at the school. Principal Johnson had Brian teach, plan, serve lunch and perform a wide range of duties throughout the school. The experience created a desire for Brian to challenge other CEOs to get involved in our schools. The partnership between Mort, Brian and his company continues to this day, with regular volunteer visits, support for teacher appreciation events and other school events.
CEOs can register online at 1DayofChange.com. Spots are filling up quickly, so don’t delay. CEOs will attend a 1-hour reception in late August and a 1-hour meet and greet with their principal before spending an entire day immersing themselves in the school day on October 18.
One day can make a difference. These relationships can result in a partnership that will make our entire community stronger.