January 2017 Update

January 2017

Spotlight: Scott Ulvi
Board member Scott Ulvi has over 25 years of management and leadership experience. He has served in executive level positions with high growth firms since 2002 with responsibilities that have included Business Development, Operations Management, and Executive Leadership. Mr. Ulvi has been directly involved in the Financial Planning, Performance Management, People Development, and overall business performance of several successful firms.

As the founder, President, and CEO of Triumph Enterprises, Mr. Ulvi has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the growth and development of the firm. As the CEO, he determines the direction, vision, and strategic plan for the company. Mr. Ulvi credits the exceptional people who serve Triumph’s clients and the firm’s supporters with the success that the company has realized to date.

Mr. Ulvi has held previous positions in corporate management, including Vice President of Corporate Development for a mid-sized 8(a) firm prior to founding Triumph Enterprises, Inc. At this firm he managed the Corporate Strategy, Business Development, Organizational Development, and Financial and Operational Planning. During his tenure, he grew his business unit from $2M to $10M. Prior to this, he held the position of Director of Small Business Programs for a large federal contractor. In this capacity he was responsible for overall planning, management, and profit and loss of a business unit focused on assisting small businesses as a Mentor in DoD’s Mentor-Protégé Program.

Mr. Ulvi has made significant financial contributions to support the PASS© partnership at Sandy Lane Elementary School and other Council programs. He is currently supporting the Council’s efforts in strategic planning.

In The News
Check out the Miami Herald’s Business Monday section each week for the Business Roundtable discussion column. Council for Educational Change President and Executive Director, Dr. Elaine Liftin, is one of the CEOs whose comments on local issues is included.

PASS© and Executive PASS©
Statewide Sponsors: Raymond James Financial and Publix Super Markets Charities
Clearwater High School students are "flying high" when they meet with their "bigs" each month at St. Pete/Clearwater Airport (PIE). Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Tampa Bay has partnered with the school this year by matching students in the Clearwater Aeronautical Space Program, as well as other special programs, with employees from various airport sectors and businesses located at PIE. Students/"littles" are experiencing a close up look at airport operations and aviation and getting one on one time with their "bigs" culminating in a shared lunch every month. The Executive PASS Program is certainly enriched by the addition of BBBS as an awesome business partner for Pinellas County Schools.

Bragging rights are in order at Campbell Park Elementary! Executive PASS business partner Margie Green from The Rothman Family Foundation, proudly provided the funding for "brag tags" for Campbell Park's student incentive plan. Students earn unique tags each Friday according to their achievements in the areas of academics, attendance and behavior and then wear their attractive necklaces to show off their accomplishments bragging to all who ask about their successful weeks. Principal Christine Hoffman and her staff are so excited about this incentive program and how it will positively impact all aspects of their school improvement plan.

Counselor Sonia Alvarez of Ponce de Leon Middle School in Miami-Dade tweeted about the successful ice cream party for the honor roll students sponsored by their Executive Pass partner, MassMutual.
Pinellas County’s Ponce de Leon Elementary is so pleased that their Executive PASS partner, the City of Largo came to the school to share insights on how to run a city for the Great American Teach In. The City’s Executive Leadership Team presented a mini-Citizens Academy. The City Manager and Department directors (including fire, police, environmental services, public works, finance, community development, human resources, information technology, recreation, parks, arts, and library) presented to students in grades two and four. They shared their day to day responsibilities and taught the students what it takes to run a city. In addition to the interactive presentations, the City of Largo brought emergency and public works vehicles (a police car, police motorcycle, fire truck, public works and a sanitation truck) for viewing. The day’s presentation was modeled on the city’s long standing annual program “Citizens Academy” which is designed to educate residents about their city government and develop future leaders.

The partnership between the Miami law firm Holland & Knight and Ponce de Leon Middle School has been extremely successful. During its first year of the PASS grant:

  • The partners from Holland & Knight came out with some of the lawyers, and presented the ten landmark cases to the civics students.
  • The grant funds allowed the school to purchase new civics resource books for all the civics classes, a new 32 computer lab, and new zSpace technology.
  • After one year, the civics proficiency score went up six percentage points from 62% to 68%, and in biology the proficiency data increased from 94% to 99%.

Field Trip Provides Authentic Experience
More than 30 students from Miami Jackson Senior High School toured the offices of influential financial services, accounting and law firms to learn about the job skills required to get jobs in those industries when they graduate. Executives from Raymond James & Associates Inc., accounting firm Cherry Bekaert LLP, and law firm Weiss Serota Helfman Cole Bierman & Popok spent time teaching the students about each industry, showing them an office environment, as well as discussing proper office attire and communications.

Businesses and public schools are increasingly working together to prepare students for the business world. The tour helped inspire and prepare students to pursue jobs, careers and professions that are in high demand. The Council for Educational Change partners CEOs with school principals to create mentoring partnerships that encourage students to graduate college and career ready, and equipped with skills and abilities to obtain meaningful employment. The tour was coordinated and led by Raymond James Executive Scott Barkow, who has partnered with Miami Jackson Senior High School principal, Carlos Rios.


A printable version of the Update is available for download below.

Council for Educational Change Board....Florida's Educational Think Tank
Steven Wasserman, Interim Chair • Dr. Elaine Liftin, President and Executive Director
Founder, Leonard Miller
Andrew L. Ansin* • Philip F. Blumberg • Columba Bush* • Ambassador Charles E. Cobb Jr.*
Scott A. Curtis* • Diane Davis* • Edward W. Easton* • Dorothy Eisenberg • T. Willard Fair*
Edward T. Foote, II* • Karen Fryd • Karnardo Garnett, Esq. • Dr. Robert W. Graham, III • Steven T. Halverson*
Lori R. Hartglass • Cyrus M. Jollivette* • Jonathan I. Kislak • Joseph E. Mahoney, Jr. • Daniel W. Mahurin*
Gene E. Marshall • Brad Martin • Beth G. Martinez* • Jeffrey Miller • Sue Miller
Arthur Noriega V • Harold E. Patricoff • Andrew S. Rosen • Peter S. Rummell*
Steven J. Saiontz • Ned Shandloff* • Steven J. Uhlfelder* • Scott Ulvi
Joe G. Weaver • Lynne Wines* • Paul Zimmerman, MD    *Life Trustees
3265 Meridian Parkway Suite 130 Weston, FL 33331 phone: 954.727.9909 fax: 954.727.0990 www.ChangeEducation.org
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