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 Industry Sector Roundtables

Understanding the needs of the business community and finding workforce solutions

CDC of Tampa’s Industry Sector Roundtables:

  • Serve as a foundational resource for key industries

  • Establish sustainable impact

  • Create and support the needs for a growing pipeline of talent for in-demand jobs in the region.


Roundtable sessions are led by businesses within a critical industry cluster. The goal is to work collaboratively with CDC of Tampa, educational partners, economic development, and community organizations to find ways to improve the workforce in these growing industry sectors.

If you have any questions, please contact David Jones at 813.513.7363 or send an email to

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April 6th, 2023

8:30 - 10:00am

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Date and Time

To Be Determined

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Guest Speaker

Patti Gander

Patti is the owner of Business Essential Skills Training. Patti has over thirty-five (35) years of manufacturing experience in aerospace, defense, and electronics manufacturing. Patti is a seasoned manufacturing veteran holding the positions of vice president of operations, plant manager, general manager, and lean implementation manager. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has been employed in both commercial and military manufacturing environments.

Patti Gander has both an MBA and a Master of Management with a concentration in Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness. She is a subject matter expert in several areas within the manufacturing and training industry. Patti has developed training curricula covering topics in lean manufacturing, business process improvement, and quality best practices as well as in the areas of project management, management and leadership development.

Patti is currently an adjunct instructor for the University of South Florida (USF) teaching courses in the MBA program and the management program. Patti is currently teaching: Lean Six Sigma and Organizational Assessment, previous courses taught were HR Management, Principles of Management, Organizational Behavior, and Negotiation. Ms. Gander authored a book on organizational assessment through Great River Learning titled “Finding the Gaps in you Dominoes” released in 2017 and is currently authoring a book on leadership.

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