Leadership Skills to be Focus of UCF Conference
Advice from a variety of corporate experts â€“ from a Coca-Cola executive, bank president, UCF coaches and others in the academic, athletic and administrative community â€“ will be presented June 14 at the University of Central Floridaâ€™s first leadership conference.
The inaugural Knights Charge On: Leadership Through Engagement will feature 10 successful leaders who will share tips on how to guide others.
UCF Human Resources and UCF Athletics teamed up to organize the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. conference, which is open to the university and theÂ community in Bright House Network Stadiumâ€™s Recruiting/Media Room. The event also will be a networking opportunity.
â€śLeadership is critical to the continued growth and success of UCF,â€ť said Beth Scheitzach organization development and training manager. â€śOur universityâ€™s effectiveness depends on the character, skill, and dedication of its leadership core.â€ť
UCF has become the second largest university in the nation in just 50 years, and Bob Guarnieri, associate director of Human Resources, said the universityâ€™s leadership needs to keep pace with that growth.
â€śThe need for strong leadership throughout the university will continue to grow as the university continues to develop in its pursuits in technology, business development, education and medicine,â€ť he said.
The featured speakers for the event are:
- Alfred G. Harms, Jr., retired Navy vice admiral and UCFâ€™s vice president for Strategy, Marketing, Communications & Admissions
- Donnie Jones, UCF menâ€™s basketball coach
- Tony Coley, regional president of BB&T Central Florida
- Todd Currie, UCF Lead Scholar alumni, Presidentâ€™s Leadership Council and assistant director of Volunteer UCF
- Valarie King, director of UCFâ€™s Office of Diversity Initiatives
- Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak, UCF womenâ€™s soccer coach and Olympic gold medalist
- Eduardo Salas, team leadership expert, UCF Pegasus and Trustee Chair Professor
- Marie Perry, vice president of North Florida Market, Coca-Cola Refreshments
- Mark Toombs, president of Training Edge and lead facilitator for corporate and organizational development programs with the UCF Division of Continuing Education.
Bringing these community and university speakers together is a natural partnership to develop local leaders, said Brian Reed, assistant athletic director.
â€śStrong leadership is the essential quality towards sustainable success, inspiring the growth and accomplishments found throughout UCF and the Central Florida community,â€ť he said.
The pre-registration cost is $49, or $39 for students. Half-day pre-registration (noon to 5 p.m.) is available for $39. The pre-registration deadline is Monday, June 10.
Registration at the door is $75, or $65 for students.
The cost includes lunch and parking.
Each attendee will receive a UCF padfolio and be eligible for prizes, including an autographed copy of performance psychologist Jim Loehrâ€™s The Only Way To Win.