RC – Leap Ahead Professional Development

IMG_7913 Marsha M. Leap, Ed.D.has over 20 years experience in career management and workforce development. She earned her doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, with a cognate in Human Resource Development, to compliment her Master of Science degree in Counseling & Career Development from Georgia State University and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgia Southwestern State University. Marsha holds certifications in the use of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, the Strong Interest Inventory, as a Florida Certified Workforce Professional, and as a Certified Job & Career Transition Coach.

Marsha owns Leap Ahead Professional Development, LLC, which offers career management strategies for employed and unemployed professional level clients. Specialized services for individuals includes interviewing and resume preparation, career assessments and planning, professional image building and leadership skill development. Businesses seek Leap Ahead’s services for assistance with succession planning, leadership development, and job profiling. Prior to branching out on her own, Marsha served on the nationally acclaimed Polk Works WorkForce 2020 Business Services team for five years and as the Director of the Florida Southern College career center for over 15 years. Her knowledge of businesses’ needs and her background in career development give Marsha the right combination of skills and experience to take clients to their next career level.

Marsha has been honored with the John T. Brownlee Leadership Award from the Florida Career Professionals Association for her outstanding leadership on their board of directors and significant contributions to the statewide association. She currently serves as the Chair of the Workforce Readiness Committee on the Mid-FL Society for Human Resource Management’s Board of Directors.


RC – Fairfield Inn & Suites

RC - Fairfield Edited The brand new Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott opened January 9, 2009 on County Line Road just south of I-4. The hotel opened as an environmentally friendly “Green” facility and has 87 rooms with 25 of them being suites featuring separate living and sleeping areas, flat screen HDTV, microwave, and mini-frig. They will be providing a complimentary “Early Eats” breakfast for our guests as well as a 24 Hour Market, business Library with complimentary internet access, pool with spa, and an exercise room to include state-of-the-art cardio equipment.

We would again like to thank Mayor Buddy Fletcher, for officiating the ceremony. Congratulations Fairfield and welcome to the Lakeland Area.


Marketing Mondays | Standing Out

Simply put:

You won’t have any trouble at all finding someone who can tell you how to fit in.

They can tell you what to wear to that restaurant or this conference or that funeral. It’s not that difficult to figure out how to fit in. If fitting in is your goal, you should be sure to get great advice on how to do that.

Standing out, of course, is trickier. Stand out too much and you’re a jerk or a fool.

Clothing is not the point. You have this choice to make in everything you do, from your career to the words you use in a sales letter.

The point: choose.

Are you doing this to fit in or stand out?


Relay for Life | April 17 & 18

Relay For Life logo

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of South Lakeland is just around the corner. Register your team today by calling the American Cancer Society at (863) 688-2326 x115 to reach Community Representative, Colleen Mangan or visit our website at www.relayforlife.org/southlakelandfl. You can also contact Team Development Chair, Barb Erickson at candlebarbrvp@oal.com This “celebration of life” brings the South Lakeland community together in a unified effort to fight cancer.

Former and current cancer patients, their families, businesses, civic organizations, and the public are invited to take part in this exciting team event. Relay for Life takes place from Friday, April 17th at 6:00 p.m. until Saturday, April 18th at 10:00 a.m. at Lakeland High School.

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s version of an athletic relay, but with a new twist. Relay for Life is a family-oriented event where participants enjoy the camaraderie of a team and also raise funds to support the activities of the American Cancer Society. Participants camp out at the Relay site, and when they are not taking their turn walking, they take part in fun activities and enjoy local entertainment.

Teams from companies, churches, organizations, hospitals, and schools collect donations and can win individual and team prizes for their efforts.

“Relay for Life brings the progress against cancer to the forefront,” said Theresa Bright, event chair. “Many participants are our family, friends, and neighbors who have dealt with cancer themselves. Their involvement is proof of the progress that has been not only reducing death rates, but also in the quality of life following cancer treatment.

“The funds raised enable us to continue our investment in the fight against cancer through research, education, advocacy, and patient services,” said Colleen Mangan. “Thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors like GEICO, Ascent Healthcare, Radiology & Imaging Specialists, Watson Clinic Center for Caner Care & Research and LRMC Cancer Center, the money raised by participants goes directly to the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving programs.” 60% of the funds raised go to local patient services and education, 40% go to research (both state and national) and advocacy with Administration costs being kept below 6.5% of the funds raised.

Information about how to form a team or become involved in Relay For Life is available from the American Cancer Society at (863) 688-2326 x115 or colleen.mangan@cancer.org. For more information on cancer, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit www.cancer.org.


Catalyst Cruisers Reunite- With Friends!

On Tuesday, the Catalyst Campaign Cruise recipients found a great way to relive some of the fun we had on the boat… karaoke at the Holiday Inn South! This time, we were joined by some of our “land-lubber” Chamber friends, along with some of Lakeland’s most famous residents. I just couldn’t resist sharing pictures!

P-Weg (also known as Catalyst Campaign Vice Chair Phil Wegman of Furr & Wegman Architects, PA) shares his rapping abilities with the crowd of dancers.

Joined by Chris Wolfe (WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio), P-Weg “busts a move”.

Huge THANKS to Bob Cattarius, husband of Catalyst Campaign Chair Nancy Cattarius, for scouting out a wonderful place to get together, and to Holiday Inn South for being such gracious hosts. For more pictures of Chamber events and Chamber folks, you can always visit our Flickr page!