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Coggin College of Business

Women in Business

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Confidence. Capability. Connection.

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Alexa Singh
Student Ambassador,
Marketing Major
Minor in Digital Marketing and

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Brianna Eisman
Graduate Assistant,
Master of Science
in Business Analytics

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Elif Sagun
Student Ambassador,
International Business Major
Minor in Marketing and Global Health

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Kassiani Yiallouros
Student Ambassador,
Marketing Major

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Kate Los
Student Ambassador,
Marketing Major

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Madison Beckford
Student Ambassador,
Marketing Major

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Elisa Mullisi
Student Ambassador,
Marketing Major
Minor in Digital Marketing

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Giovana Capehart
Graduate Assistant,
Master of Science in Management

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Cierra Smith
Student Ambassador,
Criminal Justice Major
Minor in Psychology

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Savanah Champion
Student Ambassador,
Marketing Major
Minor in Digital Marketing and Analytics

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Destiny Cole
Student Ambassador,
Master of Science in Management

Mission Statement

The Women in Business initiative at the UNF Coggin College of Business seeks to improve gender parity in business leadership. All students interested in supporting our mission are welcome to join and participate. Our mission also aims to increase the number of students who get diverse business degrees while enhancing their career planning and employment after graduation.  

The Women in Business initiative offers guidance for gender equality from the student recruiting stage to the beginning of their careers. The program begins with high school outreach as we contact student groups and make them aware of the benefits of a business degree. We also advise how a Coggin College of Business education can be accessible and affordable.  

We have established peer mentorship programs linking newer students with upper level Coggin College of Business students. Our peer mentorship program provides students key support and a sense of community as they transition into college.   

The Women in Business initiative also provides opportunities for business executives already in the workforce as potential mentors. Career business executives serve as invaluable external mentors by hosting events coupled with discussions on career development. Mentors could find a good recruit for their staff from the Coggin College of Business as well. Surely, our business professionals on the First Coast can remember that one mentor who made a difference and there is no better way to honor that than paying it forward.   

Elements of the Coggin College of Business Women in Business Initivative:

  • Business Skill Development - Learn career planning and post-college employment skills through programs and workshops. 
  • Leadership Training - Attend a leadership-skills development program and retreat which is held each summer. 
  • Monthly Speaker Series - Learn from professional executives with decades of experience as they share their knowledge and background. 
  • Professional Mentoring - Form long-term relationships with executives in the business environment. 
  • Annual C-Suite Event - Attend an executive-level keynote speaker event featuring career paths and contemporary strategies facing executive business professionals. 

All Women in Business peer-mentors are required to:

  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative G.P.A.
  • Complete the application below and submit a 500-word personal statement regarding why you would like to become a peer mentor.
  • Attend a three-day summer leadership intensive.
  • Have experience with diverse cultural and personal backgrounds.
  • Have a positive attitude and enthusiasm about UNF and the Coggin College of Business.
Business Skill Development:

Enhance business skills and gain support with career-planning and post-college work experience through business workshops/programs.

Leadership Training:

Attend a Women in Business leadership-skills development program and retreat, which will be held each summer for students in the program.

Monthly Mid-Career Speaker Program:

Learn from professional executives, with between 10 and 20 years of experience, who will share their knowledge and background with Women In Business students.

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Clauselie Prinvil
Director of Workforce
Development and Recruitment,
Baptist Health System

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Emily Lucas
Recruitment Coordinator,
Baptist Health
and UNF Alumnus

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Karen Patino
Director of Business Development,
Jacksonville Icemen

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Lori Smith
Senior Vice President of
Human Resources and Training,
Community First Credit Union

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Dr. Samantha Paustian-Underdahl
Associate Professor,

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Odilia Byard
Sr. Manager Accounting,

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Amy Rice
Sy-Klone International

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Rebecca Schwam
Senior Director of Advancement,
Jacksonville Country Day School

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Jenna Lockard
Vice President, Risk Management,
JPMorgan Chase 

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Kelly Antonio
Senior Marketing Manager,
CSX Transportation

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Lauren Stevens
Senior Marketing Strategy Manager,
Disney Cruise Line

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Angela Timberland
Vice President,
Elevate Women - Jax USA

Professional Networking:

Access networking opportunities and form long-term relationships with executives in the business environment, through the program’s mentorships, leadership training and skill-development, monthly speaker series and C-Suite events.

Annual C-Suite Event:

Attend an executive-level keynote speaker event, which will include a C-Suite executive and learn about their own career paths and strategies, as well as contemporary issues facing businesspersons in executive leadership roles.

How to get involved with WIB! 

Director of Women in Business

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Dr. Leslie Gordon 

Leslie Gordon's Bio 

For more information about the Women in Business Program, please contact us at

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