Join us as we celebrate leadership and community service at the Ryan Nece Foundation’s Morning Huddle, presented by Suncoast Credit Union. Hosted on Friday, May 12, 2023 at Armature Works and emceed by Tampa’s favorite meteorologist Tony Sadiku, this breakfast supports teens in our Student Service Program, which builds the next generation of servant leaders in our community by providing leadership curriculum, unique volunteer experiences, and access to local community leaders to high school students in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
Moderated by Dr. Nekeshia Hammond, this huddle will bring together an incredible line-up of female leaders to discuss the importance of being part of a huddle in the unique work they do and how they lift up the community through their roles and platforms. Panelists include Sarah Kauss (Founder of S’well), Kat Stickler (TikTok Influencer), Haley Crum (President of FrankCrum), and Michelle Pratt (Founder of Safe in the Seat). *Scroll down for more on our incredible line-up of leaders!
Friday, May 12, 2023
The Gathering @ Armature Works
Registration | 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast & Program | 8:00 a.m.
Closing Remarks | 9:30 a.m..
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Meet The Panelists
In 2009, Sarah Kauss had a life-changing moment while hiking in Arizona that inspired her to take hold of a personal passion for conservation and turn it into a new career. As the founder of S’well, Sarah has taken a fashion-forward approach to being environmentally friendly, while regularly sharing lessons learned in retail, manufacturing, business building and conservation.
Sarah has been recognized as a Fortune’s “40 Under 40” honoree, EY Entrepreneurial Winning Woman and awarded the Harvard Business School Club of New York’s Entrepreneurship Award. She sits on the UNICEF USA New York Regional Board, is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard Business School and a mentor in the Fortune-State Department Global Mentoring Program. Sarah is a member of the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and a member of the 2020 Class of Braddock Scholars within the Aspen Global leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.
One of TikTok’s most loved stars, Kat Stickler quickly gained international popularity after a series of comedic and heartwarming videos went viral on her TikTok account @katstickler. Having experienced many of life’s unexpected challenges including being a young mom and going through a public breakup, Kat built a highly engaged and loyal following based on kindness, honesty, integrity, courage, and most of all, lots and lots of comedy. As Kat says, “Being able to connect with my audience and show them every facet of my life – the good, the bad, the funny and the ugly – has opened up so many dialogues and has allowed me to connect with my fans in the most incredible, authentic way. Receiving messages saying that I helped someone deal with something challenging in their life, or made them laugh when they were having a tough day, there is honestly no better feeling… I just love this amazing community”, Kat said.
Through her candid honesty and humorous perspective, Kat has amassed a loyal following of over 9 million on TikTok in under 18 months, and continues to climb. Having being interviewed and featured on The TODAY Show, E! News, Buzzfeed, US Weekly, Barstool Sports, Cheddar TV, and CBS’s “The Greatest #AtHome Videos”, Kat is just starting to scratch the surface of what is possible.
Her passion for sharing laughter has already reached millions and has only just begun. Born in Miami to a Brazilian – Venezuelan family with one younger brother, Kat has a Bachelor’s of Arts, and previously worked as a Research Coordinator for PTSD Combat Veterans. As her popularity continues to skyrocket, Kat has been asked to host a number of exciting projects, including a podcast series launched in collaboration with HGTV. Today Kat lives in Tampa, Florida with her 3-year-old daughter Mary-Katherine, affectionally known as “MK,” and her rescue Shitzu, Bella. When not creating content and making people laugh, Kat likes to dine out, travel and, most of all, spend time with friends and family.
Haley Crum is the Co-President of FrankCrum, a company that offers professional employer services to businesses of all sizes. FrankCrum provides payroll and tax solutions, workers’ compensation insurance, employee benefits, HR support, risk management, compliance guidance and commercial insurance. Haley also leads FrankCrum Staffing as President, an enterprise that has served both hiring managers and job seekers for more than 39 years.
Haley earned her law degree from Stetson University College of Law and serves as in-house counsel. She is a member of National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) Board of Directors, as well as a member of Florida Association of Professional Employer Organizations (FAPEO) and the American Staffing Association (ASA)
Michelle Pratt with Safe in the Seat is every overwhelmed and anxious mama’s go-to resource for car seat safety. As a mom and nationally certified child passenger safety technician, her judgment-free approach is helping turn car seat confusion into straight-up confidence. Through online courses, helpful videos, personalized consults and daily doses of safety tips and tricks, Michelle is empowering caregivers to keep their most precious cargo safe in the seat.
Car seats are often confusing and intimidating. By changing that narrative, Michelle has helped millions of caregivers keep their children safe through Safe in the Seat’s social media channels. Through our Pay it Forward program which is community-led and matched by Safe in the Seat, we have helped hundreds of families secure car seats and gain access to our resources.
With a Master’s of Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, Michelle’s career spans 17+ years through a passion for community betterment.
Meet The Moderator
Dr. Nekeshia Hammond is the host of BWE Mental Health Moment with Dr. Hammond, international speaker, Amazon international best-selling author, and owner of Hammond Psychology & Associates, P.A. Her current focus is completing psychological evaluations (with a subspecialty in ADHD and learning disabilities.). Dr. Hammond is former President of the Florida Psychological Association. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ryan Nece Foundation. In addition to her Board of Directors involvement, Dr. Hammond regularly volunteers of her time at different outreach activities in the community.
Dr. Hammond is honored to consult with the media to increase public education about mental health issues, and she has been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, and a variety of magazine and radio shows around the country. She is the recipient of: The President’s Volunteer Service Award (2012), FPA What a Woman Award (2014), APA Early Career Achievement Award (2015), TBBJ Up and Comers Award (2015), I AM L.E.E. (Living Education Everyday) Award (2017), Distinguished Psychologist Award (2018), and Outstanding Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (2019).
Meet The Emcee
Tony Sadiku joined the FOX 13 team in November 2020. You can catch his forecasts on weekend mornings and his reports during the week. Tony is a graduate of the University of Florida’s School of Journalism and Communications. He has also earned a master’s degree in meteorology from Mississippi State University. Tony has been awarded the Seal of Approval by the National Weather Association. In his career, Tony has covered many big weather events, including Hurricane Irma here in Florida. He has also chased tornadoes and flown with Hurricane Hunters into Hurricane Dorian while it was a borderline Category 5 storm battering the Bahamas.
While Tony enjoys the thrill of extreme weather, he is passionate about keeping people safe, making complex science easy to understand, and telling compelling stories. When he’s not talking weather, Tony enjoys exercising, playing his piano or bass guitar, and cheering on the Florida Gators!