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Published: February 12, 2018

UT TECO Energy Center for Leadership to Host Leadership Summit Feb. 21

Hear from today's business experts and connect with tomorrow's bright stars at the 2018 Leadership Summit, "Conquering the Pinnacle of Leadership," presented by The University of Tampa TECO Energy Center for Leadership. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 7:15 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Crescent Club, located on the ninth floor of the Vaughn Center.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Ryan Holiday, author of Perennial Seller, Ego is the Enemy, The Daily Stoic and more.

Following the keynote there will be a leadership panel. Speakers on the panel include Holiday; Gregory Celestan, CEO of Celestar Corp.; Judith A. Lisi, president and CEO of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts; and Timothy J. Adams, chairman of the board for the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.

The event will conclude with roundtable discussions lead by UT students on hot topics in leadership, followed by lunch at noon.

The full event schedule is as follows:

  • 7:15 a.m. - Breakfast (included)
  • 8 a.m. - Presentation by Ryan Holiday
  • 9 a.m. - Leadership Panel Discussion
  • 10:45 a.m. - Round Table Discussion
  • Noon - Lunch (included) 

The event is free for UT students, faculty and staff, but a reservation is required. General admission is $79, and table sponsorships (table of 6) can be purchased for $500. To RSVP and purchase tickets, go to www.ut.edu/cfl/leadershipsummit by Tuesday, Feb. 20.

For more information, contact Whitney Vance, coordinator of College of Business operations, at wvance@ut.edu or (813) 257-3782.


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