Published: January 31, 2019

The University of Tampa TECO Energy Center for Leadership in the Sykes College of Business will present the 2019 Leadership Summit, “Leadership in Turbulent Times,” on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The event will be held from 7:15 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Crescent Club, located on the ninth floor of the Vaughn Center.

The Leadership Summit will kick off with a presentation by keynote speaker Jen Shirkani, an emotional intelligence speaker and author of Choose Resilience and Ego vs EQ.

Shirkani’s presentation will be followed by a leadership panel. Speakers on the panel include Bob Rohrlack, president and CEO of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce; retired Maj. Gen. Edward F. Dorman III, director of logistics and engineering at U.S. Central Command; and Henry Gonzalez III, Tampa Bay market president of Beach Community Bank.

The Leadership Summit will conclude with roundtable discussions, which are led by UT students and cover 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 Jen Shirkani 
  • 9 a.m. — Leadership Panel Discussion
  • 10:45 a.m. — Round Table Discussions
  • Noon — Lunch (included) 

The event is free for UT students, faculty and staff, but a reservation is required and seating is limited. General admission is $79, and table sponsorships (table of 6) can be purchased for $500. To RSVP and purchase tickets, go to by Tuesday, Feb. 12.

For more information, contact Whitney Ortiz, coordinator of College of Business operations, at or (813) 257-3782.


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