December 14, 2016

The Economic Club of Tampa Speaker for December 14 is : Phil Jones, President, Hillsborough Education Foundation and India White, Assistant Principal, Leto High School and Take Stock In Children Alum their topic: Take Stock in Children (TSIC) Program

Speakers: Phil Jones, President, Hillsborough Education Foundation

India White, Asst Principal, Leto High School and TSIC Alum

Topic: Take Stock in Children (TSIC) Program

Barnie Philip “Phil” Jones, Jr., president of the Hillsborough Education Foundation is recognized as the founder of Orlando-based Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Company, which he grew into a $60 million, 125 store retail chain at its height when he sold the company, he has significant experience with non-profit organizations.

The fifth-generation Floridian was a driving force as a board member and president of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, which became the largest coffee trade organization in the world. He also chaired the Central Florida YMCA during a time when its annual revenue grew from $9 million to more than $60 million. A long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity International, Jones participated in a task force to review the advocacy efforts of that organization with local and national governmental bodies around the world.

Jones holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Georgia, as well as Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from seminaries in California. Jones is a graduate of public schools in Central Florida. He believes in the importance of public education in helping to create the American democracy and economic prosperity that we know today.

While in California, he was involved in youth work and campus ministry at the high school and college level, and was a college chaplain. He has also taught seminars and college courses in both business management and religion.

The Hillsborough Education Foundation is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization whose mission is to engage business and community partners in the support of Hillsborough County Public Schools and the academic achievement of all its students. Serving the students, teachers and schools in our community, the Foundation has invested more than $80 million towards public education.  The Foundation raises more than $5 million annually and fulfills its mission through five core initiatives: Career & Technical Education, Excellence in Education, Scholarships, School Enrichment, and Teaching Tools for Hillsborough Schools. For more information on the Hillsborough Education Foundation, visit

India White, Assistant Principal, Leto High School and Take Stock In Children Alum India White, Assistant Principal, Leto High School and Take Stock In Children Alum

India White is a graduate of the University of Florida with a B.S. in Mathematics and a M.Ed in Educational leadership. She began her teaching career as a math teacher in 2008.  As a way to pay it forward, Ms. White serves as the 1st VP for Hillsborough Alliance of Black School Educators (HABSE). She also serves her community through mentoring and speaking engagements for the YMCA, NAPW, HEF, and Take Stock in Children (TSIC).  In 2013, India mentored a group of at-risk females at Chamberlain High School who became college students.   At Gaither High School, she obtained grants for her at-risk algebra learners and was nominated for the 2014-2015 Ida. S. Baker Teacher of the Year.  Following her nomination as Ida S. Baker Teacher of the Year, India was appointed to Assistant Principal of Student Affairs to Leto High School.  Ms. White is grateful to join the Administrative team at Leto High School and is excited about working with parents, teachers and students.   India is originally from Sarasota, Florida and graduated as a Gates Scholar (GMS) and TSIC Scholar from Sarasota High School.


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