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Distinguished Speaker Series
Distinguished Speaker Series
Ruth Eckerd Hall - Clearwater
Corporate Speaker Event


For more information, including purchasing tickets, please call the Foundation at (727) 462-7036.

Generously presented by our financial partners:


"Proud To Be An American"

Corporate Associates of Morton Plant Mease Foundation are proud to announce the return of our Distinguished Speaker Series, and pleased to welcome Admiral Eric Olson on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Dr. George Morris Earn as You Learn Nursing Education Program.

The Distinguished Speaker Series provides a unique partnership of individuals and businesses that make a huge difference for health care in our community. Admiral Olson’s remarkable leadership experience renews Corporate Associates’ signature event that has featured the likes of Tom Brokaw, Colin Powell and Rudy Giuliani.

5:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Program
Ruth Eckerd Hall
$150 per person ($70 tax deductible)
Tickets will be mailed out the week before the event

Admiral Eric T. Olson, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Admiral Eric T. OlsonAdmiral Eric T. Olson retired from the United States Navy in 2011 after more than 38 years of military service.  He served in special operations units throughout his career, during which he was awarded several decorations for leadership and valor including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and the Silver Star.  Admiral Olson was the first Navy SEAL officer to be promoted to three- and four-star ranks.

Admiral Olson's career culminated as the head of the United States Special Operations Command, where he was responsible for the mission readiness of all Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces.  In this capacity, he led over 60,000 people and managed an annual budget in excess of ten billion dollars.

As President of ETO Group, LLC, Admiral Olson is now an independent national security consultant who supports a wide range of private and public sector organizations.  Among his current endeavors, he is an Adjunct Professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, a Director of Iridium Communications, Inc. and Under Armour, Inc., a Director of the non-profit Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum, and a senior advisor to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and NATO Special Operations Forces Headquarters.

Dr. George Morris Earn as You Learn Nursing Education ProgramsEarn As You Learn

The Dr. George Morris Earn as You Learn nursing education programs were established by the not-for-profit hospitals of Morton Plant Mease to attract and retain quality nurses as the nation progressively moves through a nursing shortage. Our program provides a stipend for our nursing students to relieve pressures created by the need to work full-time, go to school, and provide for their families. Over the past decade, support from our community has contributed to the success of 210 registered nurses, 170 licensed practical nurses, 378 patient care techs, and 11 Master's prepared clinical nurse leaders.

Please contact Sarah Murry at (727) 725-6718 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and benefits.


Ruth Eckerd Hall
Ruth Eckerd Hall   -   Website
1111 N McMullen Booth Road
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Ruth Eckerd Hall, the Murray Studio Theater, the Margarete Heye Great Room and the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute are located at the Richard B. Baumgardner Center for the Performing Arts. The center is located one mile north of the Bayside Bridge (SR 611) and the Courtney Campbell Causeway (SR 60).

Convenient on-site parking is available free of charge. Valet service will also be available.

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