Talent Development Network’s CEO for a Day Program Sets the Foundation for Future Business and Community Leaders’ Success

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Maria Teresa Garcia


Inaugural kick-off event to take place on January 29th at Marlins Park

(Miami, Fl) January 27, 2020- The Talent Development Network (TDN), supported by the Miami-Dade Beacon Council’s One Community One Goal (OCOG) initiative and its Academic Leaders Council (ALC), launches CEO for a Day, a community-wide talent initiative to mentor local students and assist them in developing valuable skills for futures as business or community leaders. The program kicks-off on January 29th at Marlins Park, where CEOs will be matched with local high school and university students in a system modeled after a Major League Baseball draft.


The Talent Development Network, operated out of the FIU Office of Engagement, works across the seven Miami-Dade academic institutions associated with OCOG’s ALC and with local industries to promote paid internships in an effort to recruit, develop and retain talent locally. The event will bring together outstanding students from Barry University, Florida International University, Florida Memorial University, Miami Dade College, Miami Dade County Public Schools, St. Thomas University, and University of Miami to be matched with CEOs and C-suite executives from more than 70 local corporates and small businesses including Florida Blue, the Miami Marlins, Microsoft and Uber. Miami-Dade boasts one of the largest educational ecosystems in the US with over half-a-million students attending ALC-member institutions.


The Talent Development Network and CEO for a Day are generously supported by the Helios Education Foundation, the Miami Marlins, and AT&T’s Believe Miami.

“Believe Miami combines the commitment and compassion of our employees with the strength of AT&T to help empower Florida’s young people with the skills and support they need to thrive,” said AT&T Florida President Joe York. “And through this initiative, AT&T is proud to support the Talent Development Network in their effort to empower more students to reach their highest potential.”

“Talent is the most important asset for any business,” notes Michael A. Finney, President and CEO of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council. “As we engage with businesses locally, nationally and internationally, we not only highlight the strength and diversity of our existing talent pool, but the strong pipeline that is being supported by every level of our education system. Partnerships with the business sector are instrumental to that development, which is why we are such strong supporters of paid internship programs like TDN and its CEO for a Day initiative.”


Event Details

What: Talent Development Network, AT&T, and Marlins Park present CEO for a Day
When: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 | 8:30AM
Where: Marlins Park, The Club: DEX Imaging
501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125

Who: South Florida’s outstanding local university and high school students; South Florida CEOs and C-Suite executives; Miami Academic Leaders Council members.

A special welcome message will be shared by the CEO of the Miami Marlins, MLB Hall of Famer, Derek Jeter.


About the Talent Development Network

The One Community One Goal Talent Development Network (TDN) is the collective effort of Miami’s seven major educational institutions – Barry University, Florida International University, Florida Memorial University, Miami Dade College, St. Thomas University, the University of Miami and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. They form the Academic Leaders Council and work alongside Miami’s economic development agency, the Beacon Council, as well as industry partners, to build and retain talent and align academic curriculum with industry needs in South Florida. The Talent Development Network (TDN) is an innovative economic and career development program on a mission to build a robust internship culture in Miami Dade. For more information and to access the TDN Internship Portal: https://home.tdnmiami.com/index.html

About One Community One Goal
One Community One Goal is a roadmap for Miami-Dade County’s future economic development success.  This initiative provides a collaborative platform that promotes community-wide economic development and prosperity in Miami-Dade County, by driving innovation, leveraging strengths, providing clear thought leadership, and coalescing public and private priorities. One Community One Goal brings together a broad spectrum of Miami-Dade organizations, working to advance the goal of a thriving, inclusive and diverse community.



About the Miami‐Dade Beacon Council

Miami‐Dade Beacon Council is the official economic development organization for Miami‐Dade County. Its mission is to increase jobs and investment through marketing Miami as a world class business destination; helping grow local companies; and shaping Miami’s economic future. Since 1985, the organization has assisted more than 1,000 businesses that have created nearly 70,000 direct jobs and added more than $4.7 billion in new capital investments. A professional staff and volunteer community leaders work to promote Miami as a world‐class 21st century community at the forefront of a changing global economy. For more information: www.beaconcouncil.com