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The Leadership Speaker Series is dedicated to bringing outstanding leaders from the private, government and nonprofit sectors to campus to discuss business topics and corporate strategies with students, faculty, alumni and members of the community. Leaders candidly share their experiences, discuss challenges which have impacted their leadership development and provide advice to aspiring leaders.

Spring 2019

Topic: “The power of a growth mindset”

Date: Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 , 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Vaughn Center, 9th Floor, Crescent Club

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Gene Lunger
Executive Vice President of Retail Operations (Ashley HomeStores) for the global manufacturer, Ashley Furniture Industries

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Past Speakers

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Speaker: Steve Allen


CEO and Founder, DocuPhase
Topic: "The Rogue CEO"

Speaker: Thomas (Tom) Pepin

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President and CEO, Pepin Distributing Company
Topic: “Leading and Community Engagement”

Speaker: Nancy Rebenold


CEO, Xcira, Inc.
Topic: "No Regrets"

Speaker: Weston Smith


Fraud Prevention and Ethics Advocate at ChalkLine Solutions, Inc.
Topic: "The HealthSouth Story: A Case of Malpractice and the Importance of Ethical Leadership"

Speaker: James R. Burkhart


President and CEO of Tampa General Hospital
Topic: "Health Care Strategies: The Changing Landscape"

Speaker: Rick Thomas


President and CEO of Thomas Financial Group
Topic: "Never Quit! Tales of Tenacity from the Thames to the Hillsborough"

Speaker: Tony DiBenedetto


Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tribridge
"Leadership in a Service Economy"

Speaker: John M. Barrett


Chief Executive Officer of First Citrus Bank
Topic: "Beliefs on Managing Yourself and Leading Others”

Speaker: Mark House

Mark House

Managing Director of the Florida Division of The Beck Group
Topic: "Building 'A' Teams and Developing Philosophy"

Speaker: Nick Friedman


Founder of "College Hunks Hauling Junk"
Topic: "Work Smart, Play Hard, Get in the Game"

Speaker: Maj. Gen. Michael Jones


U.S. Army (Ret.)
Topic: Leveraging the 'Long War' Experience to Stimulate Economic Resurgence

Speaker: Pamela Tope


Florida Regional President
Verizon Wireless
Topic: Leading in an Unwired World

Speaker: Louise Léger

Louise Leger

Canadian Consul General in Miami
Candian Government
Topic: North American Energy Markets and Economic Growth

Speaker: Matt Silverman

Matt Sliverman

Tampa Bay Rays

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Topic: Leadership from the Field to the Office

Speaker: Steve Griggs


Chief Operating Officer
Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment, LLC

Includes the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Tampa Bay Storm and the Amalie Arena.
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Topic: Leadership Excellence in the Sports and Entertainment Industry