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Disruption Day 2015 kicks off with Mimosas with Mindy

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It’s Disruption Day 2015. But don’t worry, that’s not a bad thing. The Tampa Bay Business Journal is hosting an all-day series of talks, meet and greets and panels discussing innovative ways to “disrupt” the status quo and move industries forward.

According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, its “goal is to foster dialogue on many facets of disruption, across sectors in health care, education, technology, media, manufacturing and others. We will explore how disruptive thinking impacts some of Tampa Bay’s largest companies and its scrappy startups.”

The event kicked off Thursday morning with Mimosas with Mindy – a chance for the first 100 registrants to have an early-morning chat with HSN CEO Mindy Grossman. Following that exclusive, other attendees met with Grossman for a series of one-on-one conversations, sans Mimosa.

Other speakers include ValPak President Michael Vivio, Tech Data CEO Bob Dutkowsky and SPC President Bill Law.

There are also speakers from the healthcare industry, investors, startups and even members of the media.

Extensive Enterprise CEO Peter Shorsch, the father of SaintPetersblog, will sit on a media panel later Thursday afternoon along with Tim Franklin from the Poynter Institute and Bob McKay of McKay Advertising and Activation.

The idea of disruption in various industries has been around since 1997 when Harvard Professor Clayton Christiensen released his book The Innovator’s Dilemma.

According to TBBJ, the idea became popular in the Tampa Bay area in 2013 when the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. (EDC) hosted a healthcare disruption forum called Medifuture 2023.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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