Forum Overview

The theme of the 8th Annual Professional Development Forum is “Transforming Our Culture.” The event is an opportunity for faculty and staff to reconnect with colleagues, grow professionally, learn about issues affecting UNF and have fun. The keynote speaker is Teri Yanovitch, author and lecturer, whose expertise is in excellent service and quality management. Teri has authored several books, including Unleashing Excellence and Retain or Retrain. Dr. Rick Kirschner, author of Dealing with People you Can’t Stand will facilitate a breakout session entitled “HOW TO CLICK WITH PEOPLE: The Secret to Better Relationships.” Other breakout sessions include: “Managing for Employee Engagement,” “Conversations for Collaboration” and “SWOOP! Strategies for Wellness, Optimistic Outlook and Peace.” Learn what is happening in different divisions and what challenges UNF faces through an active panel discussion with Vice Presidents Shuman, Serwatka and Owen. UNF’s Excellence Awards recipients will be recognized during the luncheon ceremony. The entire day is FREE and open to all faculty and staff, including OPS. As in the past, you may attend the full day or a half day with supervisor approval.


Key features of the forum include:

  • Exciting keynote presentation by Teri Yanovitch
  • LearnUNF: A Panel Discussion Highlighting UNF’s Achievements and Future Initiatives
  • Choose from multiple breakout sessions from five different learning paths
  • Excellence Awards Program Luncheon
  • Door prize drawings
  • 20+ exhibitors

Photos are often taken during the program to be used for newsletters, the website and marketing purposes. If you prefer not to appear in the image, please let the photographer know at onset of the event.