Networking Breakfast – 1st EVER!

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Date(s) - 05/29/2014
4:00 am - 5:30 am

Jacksonville Golf & Country Club


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Member $12.00

Members $12.00

Guest $15.00

Guests $15.00 


Dr. Nikolai Vitti

Superintendent – Duval County Public Schools

Dr. Nikolai Vitti

 Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti was selected as Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools (DCPS), the 20th largest district in the country, in September of 2012. Dr. Vitti and the School Board initiated a new strategic plan focusing on developing great educators and leaders; ensuring an equitable and efficient use of resources; engaging parents, caregivers, and the community; and developing the whole child.

Using the new Strategic Plan as a guidepost, Dr. Vitti developed a School Allocation Plan that equally distributed resources across over 160 schools, passed a $1.7 billion dollar budget, and completed a reorganization of the District Office shifting resources to schools, including the expansion of music and art programs at each elementary and middle school. The 2013-14 school year brought about new programs and resources including:

 Overage centers to assist students who are more than two years out of their age cohort and the GRASP Academies focusing on dyslexic students.

 Reading Coaches were placed in all schools and math coaches were allocated to lower performing schools.

 Successful legislative lobbying led to a hybrid high school diploma that aligns to the District’s goal of preparing students for college and the workforce.

 Career Academies, culminating in Advanced Placement, Industry Certification Exams, and Dual Enrollment Courses have been expanded and internship opportunities have been increased. This was made possible through the expansion of the secondary schedule to incorporate eight periods in all middle and high schools to offer additional elective classes to all students.

 A revamped curriculum and assessment team developed new Curriculum Guides for all courses along with assessments directly aligned to the Guides. This was completed with teachers.

 A Teacher and Coach Academy were offered to build the bench of future leaders as well as to train teachers on inquiry based instruction rather than teaching to the test.

 An agreement was made with the Teachers Union implementing Common Planning in all secondary schools which allows for job embedded professional development as well as the opportunity to share best practices.

 Another major initiative was the creation of the Parent Academy which offers courses throughout the county to assist parents to advocate for their children academically, become better parents, and build personal and job skills.

 In less than a year, Dr. Vitti has worked with the city’s leading educational philanthropists to raise over $35 million dollars through the Quality Education for All fund to focus on recruiting and developing human capital. Prior to being named Superintendent of Duval County, Dr. Vitti was the Chief Academic Officer of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) which won the Broad Prize for Excellence in Urban Excellence in 2013. As the Chief Academic Officer, he led the 66 lowest-performing schools in the county while also driving the work of Language Arts/Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, Career and Technical Education, Early Childhood Education/Head Start, School Improvement, Title I, HIPPY, Title II and Summer Programs district-wide for over 320 schools.

 Prior to serving as the district’s Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Vitti was the Assistant Superintendent of the Education Transformation Office (ETO) where he autonomously led a region of 26 schools identified as “persistently lowest-achieving” by the USDOE/FLDOE. Under his leadership, the 26 ETO schools increased in almost all areas of school accountability and all previously identified Intervene Schools (lowest performing category) improved and avoided sanctions. In addition, each of the 10 high schools improved their graduation rate by an average of 12 percentage points and participation and performance in Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment and Industry Certification courses significantly increased through an emphasis on infusing a college-going culture in secondary schools. Under his leadership, ETO was recognized as a model for urban education and turnaround by both the USDOE/FLDOE.

 Before returning to Miami to lead ETO, Dr. Vitti served as Deputy Chancellor of Schools Improvement and Student Achievement at the FLDOE as well as Bureau Chief of School Improvement/Executive Director for Region One/Lead Director for Differentiated Accountability. In these roles, he led statewide professional development for superintendents, district administrators, principals, and teachers on school improvement initiatives. He also guided the work of five regional offices that directly served the state’s lowest performing schools and their districts. He managed the Bureaus of School Improvement, Federal Education Programs, Family and Community Outreach, Federal Programs, Early Learning, Just Read Florida!, and Equal Educational Opportunities.

 Before joining the FLDOE, Dr. Vitti served as principal of Homestead Middle in M-DCPS, where he moved the school from a “D” to a high “B” and improved the school in each accountability area. Before his appointment as principal, Dr. Vitti joined the cabinet of M-DCPS as the Knowledge Management Officer, where he was responsible for coordinating multiple district-wide initiatives. Prior to working in Miami, Dr. Vitti played an instrumental role in transforming the educational culture of a 4,000 student high school in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Vitti began his educational career as a teacher at both the high school and middle school level in North Carolina and New York where he notably raised student achievement at each school.

 Dr. Vitti received the prestigious Presidential Scholarship from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and was a member of the Urban Superintendent Program, which has developed a number of successful superintendents throughout the country. In 2012, he completed his doctorate from Harvard in Education, Administration, Planning and Social Policy. He received his masters in the same field from Harvard. Dr. Vitti also holds a Master’s in Education from Wake Forest University where he was awarded a Master Teacher Fellowship, and a B.A. in History. As an undergraduate, he earned Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa recognition. Dr. Vitti is married with four school-age children who all attend public schools.


Jamie Seim

Financial Advisor – Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.

Member SIPC

Jamie Seim

I was born and raised in Grand Island, Nebraska. I attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney on a golf scholarship. After two years, I transferred to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where I graduated with a Business Administration degree emphasizing in Finance/Economics. I played professional golf for four years on the NGA/Hooters Tour, Moonlight and Buy.Com Tours. After golf, I managed four different multimillion dollar businesses that provided high quality service to our clients for five years. I am happily married to my lovely wife, Dr. Lynsey Seim and am the proud father of our six month old little girl named Peyton.

I am an active member of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce. Some of the many positions I hold are: President of the South Council, South Council Board Member and Health Council Board Member. I am also involved in the Saint Johns County Chamber of Commerce and host the “Power Lunches” for the Ponte Vedra Division.

My previous charity devotion has been with the Child Cancer Fund as a Board Member, Vice- President of Events, Chair of the Golf Committee and Member of the Rain-Making Committee. The other non-profit organizations that I support are Bright Holidays, Cathedral Arts Project, K-9’s for Warriors, and Career Frontiers of NE Florida. I was awarded the 2012 Volunteer Service Award by Wells Fargo.

Jamie Seim 

Financial Advisor 

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.


Of Interest

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Jason Johnson, 2018 South Council SBLY

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