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UNF's TLI hosts 3rd annual leadership awards featuring keynote by Andy Kaufmann

The University of North Florida Taylor Leadership Institute (TLI) will host the 3rd annual TLI Leadership Awards Ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday, March 25, prior to the Jacksonville Iceman taking on the Florida Everblades at the VyStar Veteran’s Memorial Arena. Andy Kaufmann, Icemen owner, will present the keynote speech at this interactive and engaging showcase of community and campus leaders as well as the TLI’s new partnership with the Jacksonville Icemen.

Numerous award winners will be highlighted including partners from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville, Florida Blue, River City Science Academy and Nease High School. The Campus Leadership Award will be presented to the UNF women’s basketball team for their community service efforts at Tiger Academy and the Ronald McDonald House. Melinda Santos, Florida Blue instructional designer and UNF alum, will be awarded the Leadership Educator Award.  

The event will also showcase a panel featuring five exemplary students and alumni from the leadership minor program as they each share incredibly powerful and personal stories of their transformational leadership journeys at UNF and the positive impact that intentional leadership development made in their personal, academic and professional lives.

Fun will continue throughout the night with a VIP Zamboni ride and a broom ball competition after the game between UNF coaches and coaches from partners schools in Clay, Duval and St. Johns County.

Portions of the ticket sales proceeds will go to back to the Taylor Leadership Institute when using this purchasing link. Ticket cost is $30 for entry to the awards ceremony, reception featuring the student panel and the Icemen game; $20 tickets include game admission only.

Previous TLI Award winners include Tenikka Hughes, Action News Jax reporter; Rick Tryon, Lt. Gen. USMC; Rachael Tutwiler Fortune, JPEF president and UNF alum; and Bruce Taylor, former UNF Board of Trustees chair.