Press Release for Thursday, September 7, 2006

UNF Hosts Annual African-American Professionals Conference

September 7, 2006
Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida’s Division of Continuing Education will host the 5th annual African-American Professionals Conference, an educational conference for executives, managers and professionals, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the University Center on the UNF campus.

The program is designed to meet the career goals and challenges of the African-American community in Northeast Florida, empowering participants and encouraging networking. The event will deliver new tools, tips and techniques to enhance professional and personal development.

This year’s conference features three powerful keynote speakers. Jim “Mr. Energy” Smith Jr., president and CEO of JIMPACT Enterprises, Inc., will present “From Average to Awesome;” Deborah Covin Wilson, principal of Wilson Associates, will speak on “Building a Tower for Success;” and Jacksonville-based motivational speaker Jarik Conrad will discuss “Emotional Intelligence.”

Eight breakout sessions will be offered during this one-day professional conference, including topics that range from effective decision making to influencing others to maintaining personal credibility and meeting ethical standards.

For more information or to register for the event, go to or call (904) 620-4270. The conference fee is $199 per person before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31. After this date, the fee will be $225. The fee includes workbook materials, continental breakfast and lunch.