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Press Release for Monday, October 13, 2014

Taylor Leadership Institute Hosts Sixth Annual Student Leadership Summit

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

The Taylor Leadership Institute at the University of North Florida, in partnership with UNF Undergraduate Studies, presents the sixth annual Student Leadership Summit from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in the Student Union Auditorium, Building 58W, Room 2704, on the UNF campus.

The summit’s theme, “The Neuroanatomy of a Leader: Harness your Secret Power – Become a Super Leader,” emphasizes the need for leaders to acknowledge their inner core, suggesting that what drives them to reach their summit’s peak lives there.

Composed of three dynamic sessions, the summit will encourage attendees to explore the secret power inherent in leadership. Below are the following sessions:

•Session 1: “Leadership Elasticity: Adjusting Your Mindset” will feature Dr. Jarik Conrad, a human behavior specialist and award-winning author. He will underline how intrapersonal and interpersonal acumen correlates with a leader’s success and will reveal the disparities between leaders and super leaders.
•Session 2: “Panel of Authentic Action Figures: Transforming Thought into Action” will feature Aschelle Morgan, Jacksonville Community Council Inc. community planner, and Dr. Irvin PeDro Cohen, New Town Success Zone executive director. Moderated by Dr. Felix Padilla, a keynote speaker and university professor of sociology and Latino studies for more than 30 years, the panelists will share how they positioned themselves in environments that complemented their passions. This break-out session will highlight the impact that self-reflection, global awareness and sense-making have on leaders’ aptitude.
•Session 3: “Cross-Dimensional Awareness: Shapeshifting Your Life, Creating Resonance” will feature keynote Kelly A. Mannel, founder and chief executive officer of ImagePartners, Inc. and an influential public relations and human resources expert for 25 years. She will outline competencies that empower leaders to effectively unite together and manifest their greatness, while inspiring leadership in others.

Featuring transformative presentations by Jacksonville outliers who exemplify the leadership constructs discussed in the UNF READS! Committee’s book selection, “Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Galdwell, the summit will allow attendees to meet distinguished Jacksonville leaders and engage in experiential learning opportunities that promote increased leadership acuity.

This year’s summit will magnify the leadership strengths of super leaders who consciously cultivate a deep enthusiasm for leadership. Lunch will be catered by summit sponsor, Jason’s Deli, and musical entertainment will be provided by UNF alum, Jawren Walton, the founder/lead singer, rapper and saxophonist of the band Stank Sauce.

To register or access more information about the Student Leadership Summit, visit or e-mail Alison Noonan, Events Planning coordinator in the Taylor Leadership Institute, at

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.