Principals, Business Leaders Celebrate CEOs in Schools Success Stories and Plan for the 2022 In-School Event

TAMPA, Fla. – (October 11, 2022) – On Wednesday, October 12, 2022, nearly 300 local business leaders and Hillsborough County Public Schools principals will come together for the 4th annual CEOs in Schools Kickoff Reception. The gathering gives principals and their paired volunteer CEOs an opportunity to plan for the in-school event on November 4th, when 150 Tampa Bay area executives will spend a day in public elementary schools across the county.

Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF), in partnership with Vistra Communications (Vistra) and Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), encourages CEOs and senior executives to get involved with their future workforce. This one-day, unforgettable, hands-on learning experience provides business leaders with a chance to learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing students, teachers and administrators in public schools every day. CEOs can also share their knowledge with principals (the CEOs of our schools) and serve as role models for our next generation of professionals.

Speakers at the Kickoff Reception include U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Addison Davis, Hillsborough County School Board Chair Nadia Combs and Hillsborough Education Foundation CEO Kim Jowell. Two principal/CEO pairs will also share how they have forged successful relationships through the innovative initiative that positively impact students and schools year-round. This video at Anderson Elementary School with Ben Burgess, Owner of Burgess Civil, and Principal Lydia Sierra is one example.


Members of the media are invited to attend these upcoming CEOs in Schools events:

  • Kickoff Reception: October 12th at 3 p.m., TPepin’s Hospitality Center, 4151 N. 50th Street in Tampa.
  • CEOs in Schools in-school volunteer event: Media opportunities will be available at select schools. Please let us know in advance if you are interested in visiting a specific school.


Around 10 schools are still in need of a volunteer. Business leaders who are interested in participating are asked to reserve a school at

For interested media, interviews/video opportunities can be arranged with a CEO and principal. Photos and video of the Kickoff Reception are also available by request.


About Hillsborough Education Foundation
Established in 1987, Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF) is a nonprofit focused on strengthening public education by supporting teachers and empowering students to achieve academic and personal success. Together with our community partners, HEF strategically invests in initiatives that impact teaching quality and increase graduation rates, bolstering a thriving workforce of tomorrow and the sustainable prosperity of Tampa Bay. Learn more at


About Vistra Communications
Vistra is an award-winning, integrated marketing, communications and consulting agency providing a range of services to corporate, government and nonprofit organizations. Our team includes strategic communications professionals with expertise in public relations, community engagement, marketing, graphic/creative design, and focus groups and surveys. The company has been ranked number one in the Top PR Firms in the Tampa Bay area according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Vistra is SBA 8(a) Certified and a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) headquartered in Lutz, Florida. For more information, please call (813) 961-4700 or visit


About Hillsborough County Public Schools

Hillsborough County Public Schools is the seventh largest school district in the country and the largest in central Florida. There are more than 250 public schools and programs, 24,000 employees and 220,000 students. HCPS is proudly celebrating the highest graduation rate in district history and all twenty-seven high schools were recently listed in the US News and World Report Best High Schools ranking report. Hillsborough Schools boasts the 2020 #1 Elementary Magnet School of the Year — MacFarlane Park Elementary, a Florida Teacher of the Year recipient, and a Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Winner. HCPS is currently ranked #19 in the state academically, the highest ranking in its history. Learn more at

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