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Press Release for Monday, September 26, 2005

UNF Hosts Annual African-American Professionals Conference

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 4th Annual African-American Professionals Conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the University Center.

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, first held in April 2002, will deliver new tools, tips and techniques to enhance professional and personal development.

“Learning in all forms keeps us mentally agile and helps us to be continuous leaders,” said Elizabeth Cline, conference keynote speaker and president of iMPACT Personal&Professional Development, Inc. “The conference agenda unfailingly forces participants to rethink themselves and their individual possibilities by providing tools, techniques and inspiration necessary to envision personal and career excellence.”

The one-day conference features five breakout sessions, including Managing Your Money Wisely: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You, Beyond Networking: How to Move Your Career to the Next Level, Effective Non-Defensive Communication: Getting Your Message Across Effectively, Good Skills Gone Bad: How to Balance Your Strengths&Weaknesses, Planning Your Financial Future and Long Term Care. Cline will deliver the keynote message on “Conscious Work, Conscious Living: Mind, Body and Soul Connection”. Additionally, there will be a panel discussion featuring several community experts.

To register for the event, go to Click on “review courses and to register” or call (904) 620-4270. The fee for the event is $149 and includes workbook materials, continental breakfast and lunch.

The 4th Annual African-American Professionals Conference is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Mary Kay Cosmetics, PHH Mortgage, State Farm Insurance and the St. Johns Press.