Leadership Speakers Bureau: Megha Parekh and Chad Johnson
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Jacksonville entrepreneur, business-owner and former Hollywood recording engineer, Dave Reed, spoke on his leadership experiences and answered student questions. Topics covered include how to take proactive steps through leadership to stand out in an organization, and how mission-driven leadership is more important than personal motivations.
Chief of the Chemical Analysis Branch at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Dr. Timothy Griffin spoke at the Leadership Speakers Bureau. Specifically, Dr. Griffin discusses how to motivate a team and the importance of leaving a legacy when you have a vision, all within the context of his diverse work with NASA. Dr. Griffin also answers a wide variety of questions from students in the audience.
Dr. Felix Padilla was interviewed at the University of North Florida for the Taylor Leadership Institute to discuss Authentic Leadership. Dr. Padilla challenges students to live their true passion by searching and acknowledging one's "authentic self." By being attentive to one's true self, a more effective leader can be born. For more information on Dr. Padilla, and his book "The Struggle for the Authentic Self," click here.
Interview, filming, and video production credit to UNF Leadership Student, Dargan Thompson, 2013.
According to Dr. Felix Padilla, “You are not the true, authentic you. Instead, you are what your cultural environment has influenced you to become.” In his breakout session titled, “Authentic Leadership: Finding the You That Will Change the World,” keynote speaker, Dr. Padilla encourages students to ask, “Who am I? How did I become the traditional, conventional self, the personality of society? What knowledge and understanding must I acquire in order to transform myself into the authentic self? How can I then use the authentic self to service or to help with the healing of all humanity?”
He challenges students to see the gift of their authentic self existing as an inner potential in everyone. Dr. Padilla aims provide students with the powerful leadership tools that will enable students to develop into independent and original thinkers.
Duval County Court Judge Angela M. Cox event was held on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 in the UNF Student Union Ballroom. The Honorable Angela M. Cox speaks to the UNF community as she shares her personal story about the obstacles that she had to overcome on her way to the bench in order to become the youngest judge in the state of Florida ever appointed by the governor. Judge Cox presents her personal mission to guide young people in realizing the character that they should develop to become a confident leader and to never concede to a life less than the most meaningful.
UNF President John Delaney event was held on Wednesday, February 1 at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. UNF President Delaney describes the effectiveness of his Utopian theory of leadership in developing UNF's transition to the ambitious comprehensive university it is today. Acknowledging his own role models when serving the community as a state attorney, general counsel and then as two-term mayor of Jacksonville, he candidly fields a range of student questions concerning his vision for the University, his views on leadership and encouragement in going from good to great.
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