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Press Release for Monday, September 8, 2014

UNF Leadership Speakers Bureau Features Key Jaguars Personnel

Media Contact: Jessica Scott, Public Relations Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192


The University of North Florida’s Taylor Leadership Institute kicks off its Leadership Speakers Bureau series “Writing Your Success Story: The More Resolute the Drafts, the Better the Story” with Jacksonville Jaguars representatives Megha Parekh and Chad Johnson from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in Building 58W, Student Union, Ballroom, Room 3703C.

Moderated by Matthew Driscoll, UNF men’s basketball head coach, a champion of leadership development in students, the event will illustrate the necessity for team members to huddle together and create cohesive goals.

As two of the key players within the Jaguars organization, Parekh and Johnson customarily engage in dialogue to accomplish their goals. As the vice president and general counsel, Parekh oversees all legal matters, while Johnson, senior vice president of sales, is responsible for ticket sales. Their ability to coordinate strategies has aided in personal and organizational success.

Dispelling the common belief that a winning football team is the sole result of on-field player performance, Parekh and Johnson will highlight how intertwined the behind-the-scene initiatives of leadership are to the success on the field. The event will showcase how they employ collaborative leadership at the executive level to collectively tackle organizational goals and develop winning strategies.

“We are genuinely excited to host such a high-profile partnership,” said Dr. Annabel Brooks, Taylor Leadership Institute director. “The opportunity for students to engage actively with connoisseurs who have rich expertise benefits them enormously.”

Attendees will be invited to attend a reception, catered by community partner Jason’s Deli, immediately following the presentation. To register or for more information, contact Alison Kent, events 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.