Tampa, FL

Join us as we discover the "Big Guava" of the south, Tampa, Florida. Blue skies and sunshine, a sparkling waterfront, world-class chefs, family fun, and a century of Cuban culture.

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Tampa, FL

The Westin Tampa Waterside

This year we will be staying at The Westin Tampa Waterside where we will experience the style, preferred amenities and its unbeatable location. Recently undergoing a $18 million transformation, this newly renovated accommodation seamlessly blends modern luxury, intuitive guest service and an inviting atmosphere.

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The Westin Tampa Waterside

Awards Banquet

Welcome aboard as we enjoy one of Florida’s most beloved sunset dinner cruises. Dance the night away to DJ entertainment, enjoy a glass of wine (or two) and take in the experience that only this mobile venue will provide.

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Awards Banquet

Keynote Speaker

Rep. Andy X. VargasMassachusetts State Representative

Andy X. Vargas serves as State Representative for the 3rd Essex district. He was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives at 24 and previously served as a City Councilor in Haverhill, MA.

Rep. Andy X. VargasMassachusetts State Representative

Andy X. Vargas serves as State Representative for the 3rd Essex district. He was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives at 24 and previously served as a City Councilor in Haverhill, MA.

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Convention Schedule

  • July 25
  • July 26
  • July 27
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  • Topgolf
01:00 PM - 05:00 PMRegistration

The Westin Tampa Waterside – Lower Lobby Level

09:00 AM - 04:00 PMPre-Convention Meeting Room

Sunset Room – come by if you have questions…

07:30 PM - 10:30 PMTopgolf Networking Night

Network & Golf with the brothers of Phi Iota Alpha as we celebrate our 87th National Convention. Come join us for THREE hours of pure networking.

See you all at Topgolf Tampa & don’t forget to bring your business cards.

Sponsored by the National Alumni Association of Phi Iota Alpha.

Address10690 Palm River Rd, Tampa, FL 33619

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08:30 AM - 10:00 AMBreakfast

Waterside

09:00 AM - 05:00 PMRegistration

The Westin Tampa Waterside – Lower Lobby Level

09:00 AM - 05:00 PMBoard of Trustee Meeting
10:00 AM - 10:50 AMProfessional Development One – Friday

Rooms: Oasis 2, Coral Reef and Conch

Topics:

Neo Academy: Welcome to the Brotherhood:

This neophyte workshop will introduce new members of the organizational structure, policy and procedures, and exceptions as members of  Phi Iota Alpha. (Neo Academy Series) 

Let the Saga Continue How to Stay Involved:

Is the pen mightier than the sword?  Journaling is an ancient art form that leads to greatness when mastered.  Throughout history, journaling has been applied in many forms that lead to countless benefits.  Our focus today is how the art of journaling can play a pivotal role in one’s life for today and tomorrow.  Join us for an intimate conversation as we unlock the secrets and advantages to the “Power of Journaling”.

Power of Journalism:

Is the pen mightier than the sword?  Journaling is an ancient art form that leads to greatness when mastered.  Throughout history, journaling has been applied in many forms that lead to countless benefits.  Our focus today is how the art of journaling can play a pivotal role in one’s life for today and tomorrow.  Join us for an intimate conversation as we unlock the secrets and advantages to the “Power of Journaling”.

11:00 AM - 11:50 AMProfessional Development Two – Friday

Rooms: Oasis 2, Coral Reef and Conch

Topics:

Neo Academy – Secrets and Symbolism:

Learn more in-depth history about Phi Iota Alpha.

K-Force: Leveling Up Your Career:

There will be a professional recruiter/staffing solutions at the convention to collect resumes and conduct interviews.  K-Force plans to send four people to talk to brothers at various levels of their professional career.

Being a Pillar on Campus (how to lead through involvement/partnership):

Being a pillar is not a solo job. It takes many to build a foundation. Learn about building partnership in and around your campus.

01:00 PM - 01:50 PMProfessional Development Three – Friday

Rooms: Oasis 2, Coral Reef and Conch

Topics:

Eureka!:

So you have an idea but don’t know where to start. Learn from like minded entrepreneurs that have gone through their beginnings as they provide some tricks to jump start your idea.

Merengue to the Money, Bachata to the Bank – (Navigating loans and home ownership):

Learn how to maneuver your way around debt, loans, and bills as you navigate through short term financial decisions as you aim to spend on necessities for the future.

K-Force Leveling Up Your Career:

There will be a professional recruiter/staffing solutions at the convention to collect resumes and conduct interviews.  K-Force plans to send four people to talk to brothers at various levels of their professional career.

 

02:00 PM - 02:50 PMProfessional Development Four – Friday

Rooms: Oasis 2, Coral Reef and Conch

Topics:

Dress To Impress:

The time to build your personal brand begins now. Learn some tips and advice on dressing for success but also how to manage your personal image.

K-Force Leveling Up Your Career:

There will be a professional recruiter/staffing solutions at the convention to collect resumes and conduct interviews.  K-Force plans to send four people to talk to brothers at various levels of their professional career.

03:00 PM - 05:00 PMTown Hall

Oasis 1

Meet the Board of Trustees as they provide the current state of the Fraternity and plans for the coming year.

08:00 PM - 10:00 PMBrother Networking Night
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  • Starship I
08:00 AM - 03:00 PMBoard of Trustee Meeting

Hibiscus – Open to brothers

09:00 AM - 10:15 AMProfessional Development One – Saturday

Rooms: Coral Reef, Waterside and Marine

Topics

Cafecito with 1984 Bros:

Wake up and spend your morning with the refounding line of Phi Iota Alpha. Learn about who, what, where, and most importantly the why. Coffee and pastries will be served.

Being an Ally-Sexual Assault Awareness:

The #MeToo movement has influenced the current college climate to understand the importance of consent.  Individuals have experienced themselves or someone who has been affected by the importance of respecting personal space.  Learn on how your experiences on allyship can influence action and a protection of community.

Should I Stay or Should I Go ?:

At a crossroads on whether to focus on career or go back to school. Perhaps juggle both as you reach your personal/career goals. A panel of brothers will speak about their experiences right after graduating college and what assisted them on their decision.

 

10:30 AM - 11:45 AMProfessional Development Two – Saturday

Rooms: Coral Reef, Waterside and Marine

Topics:

Cooperative Economics (latinx commerce strength):

With 4.4 million Latino-owned businesses and a GDP of $2.13 trillion, who and where is the largest ethnic industry, in the United States, voting for economically and what are the potential effects of investing in Latino-owned businesses? This workshop’s objective is to build economic consciousness and create solutions to improve the financial well-being of Latinidad on a local and national level.

Diversity and Inclusiveness:

Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Abelism, and Sexuality are just few identities that have influenced colleges and universities to be cognisant in language and understanding the importance of inclusivity.  Please join us to understand the melting pot of diversity and inclusion within our Lion’s den and how our brotherhood can lead with corazon toward inclusion and acceptance.

We are ALL Familia –

Come learn from brothers about their experiences on positive ways to develop a healthy relationship with your children and partner.

 

01:30 PM - 02:45 PMProfessional Development Three – Saturday

Rooms: Coral Reef, Waterside and Marine

Topics:

NHI (National Hispanic Institute) Presentation
Managing Mental and Physical Health:

Minority populations experience life events that will influence the personal and social development of ethnic/racial communities  Come join us to understand the acceptance and importance of mental and physical health to be a better individual to your family, chosen family and community.

09:30 PMAfter Banquet Party

Besides having access to Ybor City which has dozens of  clubs available providing the best atmosphere for an after party in our side of town. We are planning to host our own party at Jackson’s Bistro & Sushi Bar located next door to our hotel.

06:00 PM - 09:00 PMAwards Banquet

Buy Your Ticket

Workshop Package

$200/ person
  • Headshot
  • Convention Shirt
  • Commemorative Coin
  • Access to all workshops (Fri. & Sat.)

Undergraduate Package

$250/ person
  • Headshot
  • Convention Shirt
  • Commemorative Coin
  • Access to all workshops (Fri. & Sat.)
  • Topgolf Networking Night - Thursday
  • Brother Networking Night - Friday
  • Awards Banquet Ticket - Saturday
  • After Party - Saturday

Alumni Package

$375/ person
  • Headshot
  • Convention Shirt
  • Commemorative Coin
  • Access to all workshops (Fri. & Sat.)
  • Topgolf Networking Night - Thursday
  • Brother Networking Night - Friday
  • Awards Banquet Ticket - Saturday
  • After Party - Saturday

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