Emerging Leaders Council
The First of its Kind
We are the peer council for our area's emerging tech talent to find connection with one another, establishing Tampa Bay as a leading, thriving hub for young technology leaders.
Connect With Peers
For networking, mentorship and building lifelong professional and personal relationships.
With career and leadership development through the guidance and support of others in the tech community; as well as opportunities to share your subject matter expertise through programming and events.
Make an Impact
Through volunteering and mentoring with those who are exploring a future career path in tech.
Who We Are
Meet the Crew
Jide leads the product team for Jabil Connected Packaging and drives product strategy, design and execution. Jide has a passion for building products that improve the lives of people, and has experience building products from zero to launch. Jide has a bachelors in informations systems and a MBA from the University of Tampa. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing football (soccer) and traveling.Jide Sofowora
Brandon leads top-tier/commercial accounts in discovering their journey to success and digital transformation as a Senior Account Executive at Salesforce. “Partnering with my customers, I work relentlessly to uncover unique strategies that solve quantifiable business challenges through technology.” Brandon has 14 years experience in Technology Sales and leadership. He lives in Tampa/Carrollwood with wife and two kids ages 1 and 3. Hobbies include: golf, DIY home improvements, guitar, and terribly performing magic tricks for his family and friends.Brandon Redding
🌴4X founder & CEO of Maya Ai | Innovator in Ai and Voice | Tampa, Florida born 🏖 Dropped into life at 19 when leaving college and starting first tech company. 10 years later and 4 companies built, I currently hold a passion for helping future tech creators grow great businesses.Satyam (Sat) Ramphal
Josh serves as the Director of Platform Engineering for the Taegis XDR product at Secureworks. He founded his first company at 16 and has worked at everything from government to startups to enterprises. His passion is software engineering and security, with a focus on delivering solutions to meet customer needs. Outside of computers, Josh is passionate about woodworking, cooking, video games, and trying new foods (especially spicy ones).Josh Rendek
Eddie is a Digital Marketing professional with over 10 years of experience in software product marketing, content production, marketing automation, SEO and more. He has served in both agency and client-side roles and currently works for Jabil. Eddie helps consumer packaged brands explore exciting solutions in Connected Packaging that transform the use experience and boost brand loyalty Eddie holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida State University and a Masters of Business Administration from St. Leo University. Eddie has a wonderful wife, 2 beautiful children and enjoys playing soccer, eating great food and watching new movies.Eddie Austin
Cindy is a IT Service Delivery professional with over 10 years of experience in product management, project management, and technological adoption within the IT industry. She currently works for a Tampa based, women owned professional services firm, DGR Systems. Cindy holds a Bachelor of Science in Information System Management from Strayer University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Tampa. Cindy has a loving husband and 1 beautiful baby girl. Outside of work, Cindy enjoys playing video games, boxing, and running. Cindy is also an avid cryptocurrency believer who strives to share knowledge and education in a misunderstood industry.Cindy Paparone
Karlie is a Lead Solution Engineer at Salesforce for large enterprise manufacturing companies like Caterpillar. Starting within the Salesforce ecosystem at 20, she has a passion for mentoring individuals within the tech industry. Karlie lives in the St. Pete area with her cat Finnley George. Find her peddling with Cody Rigsby on Peloton, getting her 10K steps along the water or paddle boarding around the Tampa Bay Area.Karlie Loveland
Keosha serves as a Business Systems Administrator at Shopify. Her current role directly supports Shopify’s internal teams utilizing Salesforce to manage relationships with the company’s largest merchants. She has over 10 years of experience within entrepreneurship and commercialization of emerging technology. Her professional passion is working with historically excluded entrepreneurs and technologists. Keosha holds a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a masters in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies and a second masters in Global Sustainability from University of South Florida. Outside of supporting tech entrepreneurs, she enjoys scuba diving and community service.Keosha Poole
Shalini leads the technology product development to accelerate drug discovery and development at Amgen. She is passionate about bringing people together to advance health with innovative technology and improving the human condition. She also serves as the chair for the women’s employee resource group at Amgen dedicated to empowering the community of women to deliver exceptional results. Shalini’s academic background is in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Shalini is an avid outdoors enthusiast partaking in scuba diving, mountaineering, and triathlons.Shalini Nemani
Criteria for Attendance
You work in a technology organization, are under 40 years of age, and are interested in professional development and mentorship.