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UNF Coggin College hosts leadership intensive for Diversity & Women in Business program students

Lakesha BurtonUNF Coggin College of Business students recently received direct leadership skill training and development experiences at the Coggin Summer Leadership Intensive, presented by the Diversity in Business and Women in Business initiatives.

During the three-day intensive, Coggin College juniors and seniors received innovative, interactive leadership and peer mentorship training, networking opportunities and workshops to help students find their voice and develop professional skills.

Students heard from speakers in the areas of resiliency, building your brand, networking and leadership insight and had breakout sessions with local executives including Jackie Kennedy with Borland Groover; Kent James with CSX; Emily Dawkins with Truist; Lakesha Burton with the Jacksonville's Sheriff's Office; Travis Williams with Lift Jax; and more. Dr. Matthew Ohlson and the UNF Taylor Leadership Institute also assisted in curating this experience for the students.

Travis WilliamsThe Diversity in Business and Women in Business programs seek to actively engage the University’s minority business students and build a community that supports their academic, social and emotional journey at UNF. One of their shared initiatives is the peer mentor program that connects first-year Coggin College of Business students to trained upper-division students. This connection allows students to enter the business community with a network of support as they navigate new experiences and challenges.

Diversity in Business and Women in Business, led by Dr. Audrieanna Burgin and Dr. Leslie Gordon respectively, are working to engage the community of minority groups within the Coggin College of Business and aim to:

  • Increase the diversity of the students admitted to and graduating from the Coggin College of Business.
  • Build on networking opportunities between current Coggin College of Business students, UNF alumni, and local business professionals and corporations.
  • Strengthen the early career success of graduating Coggin College of Business students by connecting them to career opportunities.