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Press Release for Friday, September 20, 2013

Taylor Leadership Institute Hosts Annual Student Leadership Summit at UNF

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102


The Taylor Leadership Institute at the University of North Florida, in partnership with UNF Undergraduate Studies and the UNF Reads! Committee, presents the fifth annual Student Leadership Summit from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in the Student Union, Building 58W. Event registration will be on the Osprey Plaza at the Student Union.



This year's theme is "Discover the Millennial Outlier in YOU: LEAD Forward" and is inspired by the UNF Reads! book, "Outlier: The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell. The leadership strengths of the Millennial generation that fail to get the exposure they deserve will be explored as speakers share their personal experiences and explain how courage to color outside the lines can lead to greatness.



UNF alumnus Elton Rivas, entrepreneur, triathlete and co-founder of the world's first crowdfunding festival, Jacksonville's One Spark, will be the keynote speaker. He will speak at 12:15 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom, Room 3703. He is the co-founder of Zero Confines, LLC, a company that helps others launch products, initiatives, brands, etc. with offices in Jacksonville, the Silicon Valley and Washington D.C.



There will be several break-out sessions, including an Outlier Panel of success stories, a high-energy startup game called Talon Tank-UNF's version of business pitches by aspiring entrepreneurs seeking investments in real time; social media expert Jessica Thomas discusses that average is over for Millennials; and a UNF panel explores the Millennial generation's expectation on being "legit" in their stewardship of the future.



The Student Leadership Summit will help attendees propel forward into a competitive world and will create dynamic exchanges between participants, influential speakers and faculty. Enjoy lunch from Jason's Deli and participate in a team-mob special performance by Fathom Sphere, a musical ensemble that integrates dance with musical interpretation in a highly entertaining style. Fathom Sphere will perform at 1:45 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom, Room 3703.



To register for this event, visit For more information about the annual Student Leadership Summit, call (904) 620-5934 or e-mail



The Taylor Leadership Institute at UNF is an initiative within the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs that emphasizes the promotion of personal, civic and community engagement with a concentration on values and leadership.



UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.