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Fluent in Floridian is a podcast featuring the Sunshine State’s brightest leaders talking about the issues most important to the people of Florida and its more than 100 million yearly visitors. These issues include health care, economic development, environmental protection, transportation, tourism, politics, taxes, education, energy and more.
Fluent in Floridian is a new podcast featuring the Sunshine State’s brightest leaders talking about the issues most important to the people of Florida and its more than 100 million yearly visitors. These issues include health care, economic development, environmental protection, transportation, tourism, politics, taxes, education, energy and more.
Josie Tamayo has never been afraid to be “the first.” Inspired by her mother’s legal career in Cuba, Tamayo grew up in rural Georgia to become the only Hispanic woman to graduate from her law school class.
Tamayo’s passion for helping others drew her to a career in public service, where she charted a course from state attorneys' offices to the Second Circuit Court bench to serving as counsel for six of Florida’s state agencies.
Today, Tamayo’s current role as CEO of VolunteerFlorida reflects her years of passionate community service: a pathway that she now gets to help others walk.
Author and outdoorsman Jim McClellan joins SalterMitchell PR CEO April Salter to discuss his book, “Life Along the Apalachicola River,” their time spent served together under Governor Chiles, and the work Jim is doing to preserve the history, culture, and economic vitality of the Apalachicola River Valley.
In our latest episode of Fluent in Floridian, journalist and Poynter Institute President Neil Brown joins SalterMitchell PR President Heidi Otway to discuss the evolving role of media in our society, how Brown is shaping the next generation of journalists and some of the head-scratching Florida stories that Brown has broken.
Join us as Brown details his journey from the Miami Herald to the Tampa Bay Times, and shares how the Poynter Institute is preserving quality, ethical, local news.
In this episode of Fluent in Floridian, agricultural and human rights activist Greg Asbed joins SalterMitchell PR President Heidi Otway to discuss his revolutionary journey in combatting human trafficking and slavery in one of Florida’s biggest farmworker communities. Tune in as he details his two-decade-long fight to make Florida the nation’s leader in farmworker conditions.
In this episode, SalterMitchell PR President Heidi Otway is joined by Florida Trend 500 Most Influential Leader and 2019-2021 Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Charles “Charley” Caulkins. They discuss his childhood, his transition to Florida, his work as a nationally-recognized labor and employment lawyer, and the Sunshine State’s business boom amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this episode of Fluent in Floridian, Orlando City Soccer Club Founder Kay Rawlins joins SalterMitchell PR President Heidi Otway to discuss her remarkable journey to becoming a prominent female figure in the male-dominated sports world of soccer. From banking in the U.K. to owning two preschools to founding a soccer club in the U.S., Kay is a natural-born changemaker and leader. Tune in as she discusses the most exciting moments of her career and how the club became a beloved part of Orlando’s culture and community.
In this episode of Fluent in Floridian, Sean Snaith, PhD joins Heidi Otway in a conversation that travels the globe. From America’s Rust Belt to Cairo, Egypt, to Kingston, Jamaica and other stops in between, Dr. Snaith studied economies and taught across the U.S. and in foreign countries before calling the University of Central Florida home. Tune in as he takes us through his journey from humble beginnings in Pennsylvania to becoming an award-winning economist.
In this episode, SalterMitchell PR President Heidi Otway discusses all things energy with Florida Municipal Power Agency General Manager and CEO Jacob Williams, who leads FMPA’s efforts in advancing and improving the utilities industry. His agency serves more than 2 million residents and 10 percent of Florida’s power. In a state dubbed the Sunshine State, that is no small undertaking.
In fact, Floridians use twice as much electricity as people in California and New York thanks to the heat and humidity. To make power more affordable, Williams is working to provide clean, low-cost solutions, such as solar power, and reduce FMPA’s CO2 emissions by 50 percent by 2027.
Tune in to learn more about the energy we enjoy everyday to power our lives and how agencies such as FMPA are utilizing new sources to create an energy efficient future for Florida.
SalterMitchell PR President Heidi Otway speaks with Florida Secretary of Commerce Jamal Sowell, a sixth-generation Floridian. During their conversation, he explains how his faith, family, and overseas military experience prepared him to serve as the state’s Florida Secretary of Commerce.
SalterMitchell PR President Heidi Otway and Dr. Cheryl Holder discuss her family’s journey from Jamaica to the U.S., her experience as a black female medical student and now physician, and her current roles at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, the Florida Clinicians for Climate Action and the Florida State Medical Association.