Business Leaders Needed for CEOs in Schools

Registration is now open for Tampa Bay CEOs and senior executives to spend a day at a Hillsborough County public elementary school and share their experience with students and school leaders. 

TAMPA, Fla. – (September 21, 2022) – CEOs in Schools invites Tampa Bay area executives to spend a day away from the office and step into the classroom. On Friday, November 4, 2022, these role models will experience a day in the life of public education, working side by side with principals, teachers and staff in applying successful business practices that enable these local schools to thrive.

Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF), in partnership with Vistra Communications (Vistra) and Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), encourages business leaders to get involved with their future workforce. Now in its fourth successful year, this innovative program will place 150 CEOs in public elementary schools across the county to learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing our students, teachers, administrators and public schools every day. This one-day, unforgettable, hands-on learning experience often results in forged relationships that positively impact schools year-round.

“This program strengthens bonds between our public schools and business leaders and provides a new perspective on the role these relationships play in preparing our future workforce for academic and personal success,” said Hillsborough Education Foundation CEO Kim Jowell. “We are excited about this program and are encouraged by the positive outcomes we have witnessed thus far.”

Brian Butler, President and CEO of Vistra founded the program in 2019 to encourage business leaders to address challenges and make an impact in our schools. “The support of business leaders in this community is what we need now more than ever,” said Butler. “Their expertise, innovation and resources are an important contribution to the success of our schools, principals and students.”

Addison Davis, Superintendent of Schools for Hillsborough County Public Schools said, “This incredible initiative has already created important, lasting relationships within our schools. When our educational leaders and CEOs join forces for children, anything is possible. These partnerships can result in solutions that make our entire community stronger as we seek to create a world-class education for all.”

Participants who would like to volunteer for the CEOs in Schools initiative are asked to reserve a school on With so much interest from returning participants, there are less than 20 schools to fill, especially in North Tampa, the Plant City area and south county.

For interested media, interviews/video opportunities can be arranged with a CEO and principal who can share how their ongoing partnership has positively impacted students and the school and what they’ve learned from each other through this initiative.  Images, video, and other collaterals are also available by request.


  • Kickoff Reception: October 12th at 3 p.m., TPepin’s Hospitality Center, 4151 N. 50th Street in Tampa. Participants and principals will meet and learn more about this year’s event.
  • 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.

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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