Two Members of Congress to Speak at Upcoming GIC Conference in Sarasota.

February 16, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                       

Colleen Murphy, GIC
[email protected]


Two Members of Congress to Speak at Upcoming GIC Conference in Sarasota.

TWEET: Join @interdependence and Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett and Congressman Carlos Curbelo in Sarasota at @USFSM on 2/22.



Cuba and the Caribbean: What Now?: The Global Interdependence Center (GIC) is returning to Sarasota, FL for a conference exploring the implications of America’s revised Cuban policies. Recent changes in US policies toward Cuba have reinvigorated debate over US-Cuba relations. Sessions of this daylong conference will touch on policies affecting American business, trade and travel, as well as the well-being of the Cuban people. Top professionals will discuss the outlook of US-Cuba relations as well as the impact and economic recovery of the Caribbean following Hurricane Irma. GIC is partnering on this program with USF Sarasota-Manatee, Cumberland Advisors, and The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

  • Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett, Member of United States Congress serving the US Virgin Islands
  • Congressman Carlos Curbelo, Member of United States Congress serving the 26th District of Florida
  • Mark Abbott, Managing Director, Raymond James
  • Eugenio J. Alemán, Director and Senior Economist at Wells Fargo
  • Sara Banaszak, Senior Federal Affairs Adviser, ExxonMobil
  • Luke Bencie, Managing Director, Security Management International
  • Robert F. Bunting, CEO, Waterstone Strategies Inc.
  • Jorge Duany, Director, Cuban Research Institute and Professor, Florida International University
  • Bob Harrigan, Chief Meteorologist, WWSB ABC
  • Karen Holbrook, Regional Chancellor, USF Sarasota-Manatee
  • Vicki Huddleston, Ambassador
  • Stephen J. Kay, Americas Center Director, Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • David Kotok, CIO of Cumberland Advisors
  • Collin Laverty, President, Cuba Educational Travel
  • Dave Seleski, Founder and President and CEO, Stonegate Bank


Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Selby Auditorium
(Address: 8350 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243)



Contact: To register for this event or for more information please contact Colleen Murphy, Manager of Marketing and Communications, at [email protected] or 215-238-0990.


About the Global Interdependence Center: The Global Interdependence Center (GIC) is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that seeks to stimulate thoughtful, global dialogue on a wide range of issues that affect the international community, including economics, health care and government. GIC convenes conferences and roundtable discussions, both domestically and internationally, to identify and address emerging global issues. For more information, visit GIC’s website at