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NextUp Florida: “Taking Charge of Your Career” Panel and Happy Hour

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NextUp Florida: “Taking Charge of Your Career” Panel and Happy Hour

About the event

Gain insights from industry experts, engage in meaningful dialogue, and empower yourself with strategies to navigate and excel in your career journey. Join NextUp Florida on Wed., May 29th at the beautiful Asher Water Street Tampa for Panel Discussion, "Taking Charge of Your Career", and networking Happy Hour hosted by Remy-Martin.

Panel experts include:

  • Suzan S. Lopez, Florida State Attorney
  • Samantha Santana, Human Resources Director at F1 Miami Grand Prix
  • Susan Hunsberger, Chief Human Resources Officer, Simply Good Foods
  • Moderated by Mary Williams, Project Manager, Amazon

State Attorney Susan “Suzy” Lopez leads a team of approximately 300 prosecutors and professional staff in two offices in Hillsborough County. Lopez and the agency are responsible for all criminal prosecutions in the 13th Judicial Circuit, handling approximately 50,000 cases every year. A Tampa native, Lopez is a proud graduate of Plant High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and law degree from Suffolk University. Lopez worked as an attorney at the 2nd District Court of Appeal before becoming an Assistant State Attorney in the 13th Judicial Circuit in 2005. Lopez was appointed to serve as a County Court Judge in December of 2021. Lopez believes that building and maintaining strong relationships with local law enforcement helps to create a safer community for all.

Samantha Santana is a results-oriented HR leader with demonstrated ability to provide strategic leadership and management. Currently supporting Hard Rock Stadium as Director, Human Resources with an emphasis support of the Formula 1 Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix. Samantha has over 20 years of Human Resources experience and subject matter expert knowledge in employee & labor relations; talent development and talent acquisition. Additionally, Samantha has been able to provide HR leadership in different industries and organizations (from non-profit, manufacturing, tech, retail and sports). Some of the organizations include San Francisco Giants, McDonald’s Corporation, Google and Sun Microsystems. Accomplishments include recipient of national "Circle of Excellence" award, employee of the month at various companies, member of "Customer Service Council", implementation of companywide Training, Learning & Development initiatives across different organizations.

Susan Hunsberger is a Fortune 100 experienced leader with expertise in human resources. She has worked closely with board members, CEO’s, and c-suite teams to transform cultures and drive growth. She has experience in leadership development, CEO succession, executive compensation, capability building, organization effectiveness, and diversity & inclusion in world-class global companies including General Electric and Johnson & Johnson. Since 2020, Susan has been the Chief Human Resources Officer for Simply Good Foods, a fast-growing company leading the nutritional snacking movement with innovative products (NASDAQ:SMPL) She has worked closely with the Chief Executive Officer to build a long term growth strategy, corporate purpose and identity. She also launched initiatives to develop the talent and leaders that enable the implementation of strategy. She has a Master’s degree in Organization Development from Bowling Green University and a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy and Personnel Management from Miami University. She successfully passed the Ohio Certified Public Accountant exam.

Thanks to our regional sponsor, Acosta, and our event sponsor, Alliance Sales & Marketing for making this event possible.

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