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5th Annual Student Leadership Summit (2013) 


9:00  CHECK-IN (Osprey Plaza)  
9:30 SESSION ONE  (Student Union Auditorium)  
  • Welcome, Dr. Annabel  Brooks, Director, Taylor Leadership Institute 
  • OUTLIERS PANEL OF EXPERTS: Mastering the Art and Science   
                 Panelists: Judge Angela Cox, Cisco Robinson and Amy Costa 
10:45 SESSION TWO:  BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Choose one of three options listed below)
12:15 SESSION THREE (with LUNCH)    —  (Student Union 3rd Floor BALLROOM) 
  • Keynote Speaker: ELTON RIVAS and the ONE SPARK Dream Team; Elton is a UNF Alumnus, serial entrepreneur, triathlete, speaker and passionate human being. He is co-founder of Co-Work Jax and the world's first crowd-funding festival, known as One Spark! which took place here in Jacksonville this past April.  
  • Team Mob with FATHOM SPHERE  
2:00    ADJOUNMENT      


These occur during the second time block (10:45 -11:45 a.m.) in rooms in the Student Union TBA. When you register online, you are asked to choose 1 of these 3 exciting sessions:


2A:  StartUp Game: Talon Tank
Presenter: Janice Donaldson, Regional Director of the UNF Small Business Development Center

This session is inspired by the 54-Hour StartUp Weekend where 40+ business ideas were recently pitched, with several UNF teams bringing the best ideas into reality. Winners received prizes worth more than $25,000 of in-kind services to help launch their new businesses.  This summit breakout session will feature a presentation of some of those best ideas (wild and crazy but amazing and do-able!), with guest appearances by several winner. UNF’s  Small Business Development Center helps businesses become more successful and meet the challenges of tomorrow. Whether you are starting a business, buying a business, growing a business, selling a business or looking for financing, the UNF SBD Center provides management advice, training and information to start, grow and profit.


2B:  Millennial Cacophony: Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation
Presenter: Jessica Thomas

Jessica considers herself a "millenial" and is avid to facilitate this conversation and get beyond the stereotypes.  She is the owner of Thomas Marketing Consulting (TMC), bringing energy, creativity and dedication to every client she engages. Since acquiring her advertising degree from the University of Florida, Jessica has taken part in marketing campaigns for Best Buy, Nikon and Capital One, which stemmed from training in New York City and Paris. Upon her return to Jacksonville, Jessica became the Director of Client Relations at Advantage: The Resource for Business on-line magazine, and began assisting local organizations in creating and implementing their own marketing strategies. After gaining this experience, Jessica opened her own consulting company in 2009. TMC empowers the client to develop their business using modern marketing strategies, specializing in social media marketing.


2C:  Embracing the Authentic Outlier in You
Panel Discussion: Dr. Melissa Hargrove, Mr. Justin Sipes, & Dr. Kristi Sweeney 

Dr. Melissa Hargrove is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology here at UNF. Her scholarship and research interests converge around five distinct areas of anthropological inquiry: the political economy of racism as a "postcolonial predicament, the ‘New World’ African Diaspora, particularly within the context of "race" and race theory, the web of relationships connecting culture, power, and history to space and place, the politics and ethics of ethnographic research and collaborative anthropology. Hargrove's ethnographic specialization lies in and around the Sea Islands of South Carolina, Georgia, and Northeast Florida, where she has cultivated an ongoing relationship with Gullah/Geechee communities combating the forces of heritage tourism, resort, and gated community development.


Justin Sipes is UNF’s Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Life and an active member of the Student  Affairs Professional Development Committee. Outside UNF, he is Vice Chair of Resources and Technology with the Commission for Student Involvement with ACPA College Student Educators International, a position he has been elected to annually since 2011. Sipes is responsible for chartering the Florida state division of ACPA (FCPA), a statewide development organization for higher education professionals. He earned his B.S. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and his Master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University.


Dr. Kristi Sweeney is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, Loras College, and Northwest Missouri State University. Her areas of expertise are in sport finance, sport law, sport governance, and sport facility. She is currently a professor of Sport Management in the Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management at UNF. Dr. Sweeney is affiliated with the North American Society of Sport Management, American Alliance for Health, Recreation and Dance, and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport.