SCF to Celebrate Innovative Women With March 8 Panel Discussion

Bradenton, Fla. Mar. 3, 2023

(Bradenton, Fla., March 3, 2023) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will welcome a panel of inspiring and innovative women in local leadership positions for a panel discussion coinciding with International Women’s Day from 4:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, at the 26th West Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. The panel will feature four senior-level female professionals discussing how they navigate the region’s rapidly changing economic environment and what developments they see in the future. This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required at

The panel will include:

  • Sharon Hillstrom, president and CEO of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation.
  • Erin Cigich, CEO of Perform [cb].
  • Debbie LaPinska, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at PGT Innovations.
  • Lalania Hayes, vice president of operations for Omeza.

Dr. Todd G. Fritch, executive vice president and provost for SCF will serve as moderator. The schedule includes a networking period from 4:30-5:15 p.m., followed by the panel discussion from 5:15-6:30 p.m. and time for additional networking and independent discussion from 6:30-7 p.m.

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