Summit Speakers

Gretchen Clarke

Sr. Director, Strategic Alliances

Gretchen Clarke leads the strategic alliance division for AppRiver, a cloud-based cybersecurity solutions provider who is consistently recognized as one of Florida Trend’s Best Places to Work.  One of her early endeavors at the company was launching “AppRiver University” – the company’s training entity which guides corporate culture initiatives and employee professional development, builds product and cybersecurity training curriculum and administers the Partner/Channel Certification Program.  Today, she focuses on opportunities that expand AppRiver’s footprint to develop and implement integrated technologies with the company’s global strategic partnerships. 
Gretchen has over a decade of experience in:  eCommerce, eLearning, project management, workforce development, and fashioning start-ups.  She has also held positions in advertising, public relations, healthcare, customer service, and her favorite, Space Camp.
Gretchen holds a B.S., M.S., and credentials in Executive Leadership Coaching, earned All-American athletic honors, and is a Little League World Series Champion.  She currently serves on the boards of Leadership Florida, Workforce Escarosa, and Institute for Women in Politics and is also an advocate and national speaker for girls and women in STEM.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Bryan and their two daughters – Chloe and Emorie.

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Building a Sustainable Tech Community in the Panhandle

How do we keep young talent local (in North FL).  What strategies work in building a sustainable pipeline to bring a community solution for startups, established businesses and government?  What efforts work in community building and partnerships?  You cannot do it alone and the process requires looking at all approaches (and inviting all interested parties) to broadening their impact by creating partnerships between with businesses, workforce organizations, educational institutions, nonprofit groups, students (k-16) and community leaders.  The talk will explore our efforts over the last 5 years in building a university partnership to keep talent local, to showcase and support local tech businesses, and to create a community that attract young people.