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Press Release for Tuesday, September 29, 2015

UNF Leadership Speakers Bureau Series Features Local Attorney John Phillips

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192

The University of North Florida’s Taylor Leadership Institute will launch its Leadership Speakers Bureau series, “Leadership Presence: It’s Not What You Think It Is…and YET – You Know It When You See It,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 in the Student Union, Building 58W, Auditorium, Room 2704, featuring attorney John Phillips. The dynamic series honors the UNF Reads! book selection, “Outliers: The Story of Success.”


Phillips, a Jacksonville attorney, was recently named the “Face of Justice” by 904 Magazine. Since opening his private practice in 2012, he has developed a strong local and national presence through his legal work, community involvement and television and radio appearances, offering legal advice to viewers and listeners. Additionally, Phillips regularly hosts “Courts and Sports” on Sports Radio 930 AM, educating listeners about sports law. 


“John Phillips speaks from his heart about the subtle and powerful nuances that make leaders lead and how we each owe it to ourselves and the world to cultivate leadership capacity,” said Dr. Annabel Brooks, director of the Taylor Leadership Institute. “John walks the walk and inspires us to do similarly.”



In his presentation, Phillips will speak about how he has developed a strong presence as a leader by aligning his inner passion for helping and serving othersthrough action in the Jacksonville community. He will also discuss examples of how different and individual leadership can look.



This Leadership Speakers Bureau event is free. To register, visit the website . For more information, contact Alison Noonan, events planning coordinator, at .  Immediately following the presentation, attendees are invited to a reception catered by Chartwells. 

The Leadership Speakers Bureau offers attendees a unique, face-to-face experience with leadership-centric speakers with esteemed backgrounds, motivating stories and question-and-answer segments about 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.