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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 2018

Speaker: Richard Gonzmart

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President, Columbia Restaurants

Topic: "All in the Family... Success and Succession in a Fifth-Generation Restaurant Group"

Date: Monday, Jan. 29, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Location: The University of Tampa, Vaughn Center, 9th Floor Board Room

Past Speakers

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Speaker: Nancy Rebenold


CEO, Xcira, Inc.

Topic: "No Regrets"

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Location: The University of Tampa, Vaughn Center, 9th Floor Board Room

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
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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