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NOVEMBER 4-6, 2019

representing all voices equally,
focused on creating a conversation on

YOUR EMCEES for C&P Tampa 2019

Briana Brokow |Emcee for Connect & Propel Tampa 2019

Brianna Brokow

Brianna Brokaw is a Tampa native and the Development Manager at Instruments 4 Life, where she helps provide music lessons for youth in the inner city of Tampa. Brainna is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in the Philippines as an English teacher, Trainer and Grants Coordinator. She has over 7 years of experience teaching English as a foreign language in multiple countries and can speak English, Spanish, Tagalog, and Portuguese. Brianna is committed to her community, and spends many hours volunteering to help others live their best lives!

Vanessa Cahuas | Emcee for Connect & Propel Tampa 2019

Vanessa Cahuas

Vanessa Cahuas is a USF graduate in Mass Communications. She worked with WUSF TV and ABC Ch 28, and produced and hosted several amazing TV shows, some of them award winners in categories like Community Events and Ethnic. Vanessa became an outreach for the Spanish community and through her media platforms, she connects and informs the community. Vanessa is the author of the book “License to Be Happy”, which she was inspired to write because of the number of teens and middle school children with depression. Vanessa currently serves as the CEO of Licencia Para Divertirse video production and marketing company and is a Federal Court interpreter and the founder of Interpreter Tampa.

Russell Johnson | Emcee for Connect & Propel Tampa 2019

Russell Johnson

Russell T. Johnson founded God’s Pedal Power Ministries, serving over 6000 residents with bicycles, bibles, and helmets. He currently serves Young Life working with inner city teens introducing them to Christ and walking alongside them. Russell’s passion and drive is developing urban leadership within the inner city, and breaking the cycle of generational poverty.  Russell and his wife, Leslie, foster a 16 year African American male. Russell serves as a volunteer on the Hillsborough Education Foundation, New Springs Development Board, Hillsborough County Healthy Start Coalition and as a co-chair with the Oasis Board.

Sartura Shuman Smith | Emcee for Connect & Propel Tampa 2019

Sartura Shuman Smith

Sartura Shuman Smith is a native of Tampa, FL, and has spent her entire career working in the non- profit arena in early and elementary education, community outreach, fundraising and leadership. Sartura currently serves as the Director of an after school STEAM-based enrichment program for girls ages 5-14 at the Centre for Girls, a program of the Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women. Sartura is also the owner of her own business, JAS Consulting – a firm that specializes in providing quality, high level workshops/trainings in professional development for teachers, childcare providers and caregivers. She currently serves on the Commission on the Status of Women and the Hillsborough Alliance of Black School Educators (HABSE).

Jens Molbak | Featured Speaker at Connect & Propel Tampa 2019

Jens Molbak


Jens Molbak is founder of WinWin, a Seattle-based non-profit that seeks to utilize a data-driven approach to align the resources available in the private, social, and public sectors to generate better societal outcomes. He pioneered the tri-sector approach when he founded Coinstar, the self-service coin counting kiosks, in 1990.



Monday, November 4th: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Tuesday, November 5th: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Wednesday, November 6th: 9:00am – 1:00pm

The 4 Ds of Appreciative Inquiry

What Do I Need to Bring?

Just you. We will provide all of the materials you need. Be prepared to work – this will not be a lecture, but a working session that needs your voice.

What Do I Need to Wear?

Dress comfortably. Keep in mind the Convention Center will be cold.

Guide to Parking >

How to Stay Connected

ComNexus is the cloud-based application for Appreciative Inquiry summit collaboration. 

As a Connect and Propel Summit attendee, we have created a ComNexus account for you. Summit attendees will be using the application Post-Summit. A computer, laptop or tablet is NOT required, nor necessary, for the summit. However, you can access ComNexus via your phone at any time.

Essential:  PLEASE LOGIN AND CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD as soon as possible. Instructions on login in have been emailed to participants.

If you experience any problems, email Include the following in your email:
Name/Telephone#/Type of Phone/Browser Using to Access ComNexus/Detailed Description of Issue 

ComNexus support can also be accessed on their website, by selecting the Support Question link.


Discovering & Dreaming as a Connected Community

“There is no collective power greater than a community discovering what it cares about.”– Meg Wheatley

8:00 to 9:00 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast 

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: MORNING SESSION 

Welcome to Connect & Propel Tampa

  • Voices from our Community – Pre-Summit Interview Video

  • Story of our Summit Journey | Our Values & Purpose

Overview of our Appreciative Inquiry Summit Methodology

Facilitators: Dr. David Cooperrider, Dr. Lindsey Godwin, and Pru Sullivan

Discovery Part One: Paired Interviews

Exploring the strengths and assets of Tampa, and our visions for connecting and propelling Tampa into the future, including our biggest hopes for this summit.

Discovery Part Two: Roundtable and Plenary Dialogues (max-mix groups)

Mapping the positive core of past, present, and future capacities of Tampa as a foundation for building into the future together.

Speaker: Propelling Connections through Tri-Sectoral Collaborations

Jens Molbak, CEO of Win Win

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: LUNCHEON

1:00 p.m. to 4:30 pm: AFTERNOON SESSION

Dream Part One: Cross-Sector/Intergenerational Groups

Imagine Tampa 2030…a community of the future that you most want to work toward. In mixed stakeholder groups we will be envisioning and sharing our visions of what Tampa will look like in 2030.

Dream Part Two: Sharing our Dreams

Plenary sharing from working groups of our emerging visions of Tampa in 2030

Summary & Reflections on Our Work

Steering group leaders and others

Moving from DREAM to DESIGN

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
– Peter Drucker

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 am: Breakfast & Gallery Walk 

Refueling with food & reconnecting with other participants and the work done in DAY ONE through our graphic recordings (hung on walls)

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: MORNING SESSION 

Opening Welcome

Strategic Opportunities

Working on what you find most exciting from Day One’s Future Images and moving into the “Design Studios” of your choice.

Design Part One

“How might we…?” Forming new, self-organizing and self-selected working groups and beginning the designing process through brainstorming actionable ideas.

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: LUNCHEON 

 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 pm: AFTERNOON SESSION

Design Part Two

Rapid Prototyping the initiatives for the future we want. Developing scenarios & early prototypes that later will be refined.

Sharing Prototypes

Group Sharing for feedforward on ideas – In clusters of 4-6 working groups, each group presents to the others an overview and logic of their main proposal along with any prototypes being developed. You will receive feedforward for next iterations.

Design Part Three

Rapid Prototyping continues, incorporating the feedforward from others into the ongoing evolution of the prototype idea.

Summary & Reflections on Our Work

Steering group leaders and others

Moving from DESIGN TO DEPLOYMENT of our Vision

“We would literally astound ourselves if we did everything we are capable of doing.” – Thomas Edison

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m: Breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: MORNING SESSION

Opening Welcome

Prototype Presentations to Plenary

Selected prototypes (informed by everyone’s input on our online portal) will present to the plenary to begin showcasing the portfolio of projects emerging.

Deployment & Action Planning Part One

Initial action planning and aspiration statements for each working group will be created

Aspiration Statement Sharing

Each working group will share their call to action and purpose statement with the plenary

Deployment & Action Planning Part Two

Continued action planning, building a 90-day plan for next steps and beyond

Closing Reflections, Gratitude, and Pledges for Action

We want input from on what makes Tampa great and how we can improve upon it going forward.​

We believe building a strong, positive image based on the communities' opinions is the best possible preparation for

We invite you to join the conversation.


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