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Press Release for Thursday, October 2, 2014

From Matador to Priest: Maintaining a Authentic Leadership Style

Jessica Scott, Public Relations Specialist
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2192

The University of North Florida Taylor Leadership Institute continues its Leadership Speakers Bureau series “Writing Your Success Story: The More Resolute the Drafts, the Better the Story.” This installment of the series will feature author Rev. J. Perry Smith at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Building 58W, Student Union, Auditorium, Room 2704.

Smith’s 2011 memoir, “The Unlikely Priest,”chronicles his life of service as a matador, Trappist monk, United States Army counter-intelligence agent, CIA operative, FBI agent and an Episcopal priest. Smith uses the curiosity sparked by his dynamic professional ventures to share his transformational journey.


In a presentation moderated by The Florida Times-Union columnist, Charlie Patton, Smith will discuss how he allowed his inner core to guide his leadership morale. He will encourage leaders to reflect on the individual journey and focus on personal reflection, emphasizing that effective leaders work to cultivate consciousness and practice congruence.


Following the lecture, attendees are invited to enjoy a complimentary reception, catered by TLI community partner, Jason’s Deli. To register for this event, click here . For more information, contact Alison Kent, event coordinator, at .


This Leadership Speakers Bureau event is free and available to the public. Its purpose is to offer attendees a unique face-to-face experience with leadership-centric speakers with esteemed backgrounds, motivating stories and illuminating question-and-answer sessions.


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.