Leadership Past Speakers

Be on the lookout for future events with the following members of the Leadership Speakers Bureau by visiting Upcoming Events.



tedx riverside avondale   TEDxWomen Simulcast


On December 1, 2012, the Taylor Leadership Institute, with co-sponsorship from TEDxRiversideAvondale, offered a live simulcast of TEDxWomen. The event was live streamed from Washington D.C. to over 150 cities around the world.


 Featured topics in leadership: Learning to recognize and the space between seeing and doing, between knowing and responding, between staying in the dark and seeking the light, beween disruption and moving on, and finding creative solutions to enact positive change in these situations.


 Speakers included: Kate Clinton-comedian, Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes-poet, Eboo Patel-Interfaith Youth Advocate & Leader,  Eve Ensler-Tony award-winning playwright, Shabana Basij-Rasikh-Advocate for education equality, Brittany Wenger-2012 Google Science Fair Winner, Bob and Lee Woodruff-former ABC News Journalist and Author, and much more.

St. John pic   Warren St. John

Author, Outcasts United


On October 23, 2012, the Taylor Leadership Institute, with co-sponsorship from the Office of Undergraduate Studies brought Mr. St. John to the University of North Florida. Mr. St. John is the author of the 2012-2013 UNF READS! book selection, Outcasts United.


Marilyn McAfee

U.S. Ambassador


 Featured topics in leadership: Developing a sensitivity and professional persona in multicultural professional settings and demonstrating “polish” in representing yourself, your institution, and your country.


Tom Gagne

Loss Management Director, Ritz Carlton Hotels, Amelia Island


Featured topics in leadership: Leadership that empowers followers. 


Lt. Rick Seibler

Featured topics in leadership: Servant leadership to young U.S. Marines serving in Afghanistan.
 AnneUrban2   Anne Urban

Founder and CEO, Destination Planning Corporation

Featured topics in leadership: “Jacksonville Small Business Leader of the Year 2010.” Female entrepreneur in public relations/event planning.
 joost   Stephen Joost

Jacksonville council president and founder of Firehouse Subs franchise now located internationally

Featured topics in leadership: Knowing you are a leader before you begin your career.



 CurtisHazel   Curtis Hazel

CEO Entrepreneur of Hazel Partners, Director of Volunteers for TPC 2012, a graduate of UNF



Featured topics in leadership: “Giving back” to your community.
 NatGlover   Nat Glover

President of Edward Waters College, former Sheriff of Duval County, Florida and graduate of UNF master's degree program


Featured topics in leadership: Demonstrating and chronicling the journey of multiculturalism and leadership in our communites.