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Tampa Bay Chapter Virtual Event | Charting Your Board Service Journey – Let's Plan an Exciting Adventure: Fuel You Passion and Get Licensed to Thrill
Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Category: Tampa Bay

03:00 PM - 04:30 PM (Pacific)
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM (Mountain)
05:00 PM - 06:30 PM (Central)
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM (Eastern)



Special summer cohort program exploring the wide range of board service paths and roles available to PDA members. 

Participants will be challenged to consider their ultimate board journey and bucket list in this multi-part Zoom experience. The journey and destination will be unique for everyone. This cohort-style program is designed to progressively explore the most common paths for board service. A wide range of organizations and types of boards will be discussed, and the target skill set, and experience required to reach specific board roles.  From building the foundation for aspiring first-time board members to achieving senior leadership roles as chairperson or lead independent director, this program has something for everyone.

Throughout the program, knowledge and skills assessments will help participants gauge their expertise on board-related topics in over 20 essential areas.  Special guests and group interactions will allow participants to develop personalized gap assessments to set professional development, experience, and knowledge development goals to help them reach their desired board service roles.  

For each of the significant stages of board director development, we will explore as a group the following components for Aspiring, Seated, and Highly Experienced board members:

  • Overview of the director's contribution to the organization and board
  • Roles, experience, and progressive organizational size, mission, and complexity
  • Director educational resources and experience needs
  • Networking strategies and opportunities
  • Personal branding
  • Ecosystem participants and programs

Each program will be recorded and available for replay for existing PDA members via the PDA website a few days following each event.

Event Schedule

June 8th    Week # 1 – Welcome, Kick-off, and Cohort Orientation   
June 22nd Week # 2 – Preparation and Packing List for Your Bucket List Destination
July 6th     Week # 3 – Let Your Passion Drive Your Service
July 20th   Week # 4 – Fuel You Passion and Get Licensed to Thrill   
Aug 10th   Week # 5 – Trailblazing, Giving Back, and Sharing Your Passion with New Aspiring Directors
Aug 24th   Week # 6 – Capstone – Members Share Board Bucket List and Vision Board Ultimate

Please note that you need to register for each individual session listed above. 

Cohort Sign-up and Participation Overview

Overview of the procedures and workflow to sign up for the Tampa Bay Summer Cohort. Describes the registration process, program logistics, and distribution of documents and artifacts used to support the Zoom sessions.


Infographic that will be used as a reference throughout the sessions.

Thank you to our National and Gold Chapter Sponsors!

Session Leader


Jeff Sauntry
Tampa Bay PDA Executive Committee Member

Mr. Sauntry is the CEO of Risk Neutral. He is a results-focused board member and senior executive with publicly traded and private organizations. Leader of core operations for professional services, platform as a service (PaaS), cybersecurity, technology, and telecommunications firms. He is a subject matter expert in risk management, regulatory compliance, privacy, go-to-market strategy, digital transformation, eCommerce, fraud, cyber and physical security.  A trusted advisor able to translate complex business challenges into actionable initiatives designed to minimize deviation from expected outcomes, Mr. Sauntry thrives at the intersection of innovation and value creation. He believes cognitive diversity and sound corporate governance create a competitive differentiator for the organizations he serves.



D. Oscar Groomes
Managing Director
Groomes Business Solutions

Mr. Groomes is a Metallurgical Engineer, Physicist and Materials Scientist by trade. He earned BS degrees at both Tougaloo College and Brown University and an MS from Carnegie- Mellon University before joining GE in 1984 on an Engineering Management Program, followed by the Corporate Audit Staff. Oscar joined GE Plastics in 1988 as a Sales Rep and held subsequent positions in Marketing, Product Management, Sourcing and Commercial Leadership. In 1997, he went to Brazil as President of GE Plastics South America. In 2000 he was appointed General Manager of the Polycarbonate Business in Europe, and in July 2001 he assumed the role as President of GE Specialty Chemicals. In October 2002, Oscar was appointed President and CEO of GE Rail Services in Chicago, Illinois. In 2004 he left GE to join Almatis, a privately held LBO, as Chief Executive Officer based in Frankfurt, Germany. Oscar retired from Almatis after a successful sale in December 2007.

Oscar is currently consulting with Groomes Business Solutions providing growth and transformation strategies. He is also a Managing Director at Arcadia International, a Charlotte based consulting group. Oscar lectures on international business based on his vast experiences in the corporate and private sectors. He sits on the boards of Robert Family Holdings where he served as Acting CEO (9/2012-1/2013) and Novant Health Foundation. Oscar is a retained advisor for GenNx360, a mid market B2B private equity firm. He has also lectured in the Executive MBA Program at Queens University and the Technical Masters Program (EMSTL) at Brown University. Oscar resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife Heide.