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Our upcoming events and a few of our past events are listed below. Please check back often for updates.

End of the Year Recognition Event

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

5 - 7 p.m.
College of Business Atrium
Please join us as we honor our student mentees with certificates and our mentors with a small gift. We will have heavy hor d oeuvres and refreshments.
We highly recommend attending this event. All current mentees and mentors will be announced and recognized.
We expect to see all mentors and mentees there; please plan to attend.
Business attire, please.

Speed Interviewing Event

Thursday, February 24, 2022
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
College of Business
Building 76A
WE NEED YOU….to attend the Speed Interviewing Event!
Bert Thornton, former President and COO of Waffle House, will be speaking at 4:00 pm on how to be a good mentor and how to be a good mentee.  
Dinner is being provided by Chick-Fil-A and everyone in attendance will receive a free copy of Bert Thornton and Dr. Hartnett’s new book: High-Impact Mentoring: A Practical Guide to Creating Value in Other People's Lives.  
This is a very important event for both mentors and mentees. We want our mentees to practice interviewing and get feedback from the interviewers. But the most important part of the event is the connections that are made.  

Interactive Networking Workgroups

Mentees, want to practice your elevator pitch and networking skills in a fun and supportive environment?  Then this event is for you!  We will be hosting this structured VIRTUAL event on the Wonder platform.  Mentees will get to practice their elevator pitch and networking skills in small groups.  We will rotate groups several times during the event so the students get to talk to as many people as possible.  




Upcoming Event: Welcome Back Networking Meet and Greet


Welcome Back Networking Meet & Greet

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: UWF College of Business, Building 76A, Atrium, Pensacola, FL 32514


The Welcome Back Networking Meet & Greet event is an invitation-only event for our mentors, mentees, faculty, and staff. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect and network with College of Business students and business professionals from within the community. Even if you haven't been matched with a mentor or mentee yet we sincerely hope you will join us.
  • Dean Fountain will speak at 5:30 pm
  • Event will be Inside and Outside
  • Canned and Bottled Beverages
  • Individually Wrapped Desserts
  • Business Attire, Please
Students: If you have a class that evening, we encourage you to attend our event before leaving for class.




Jim Knight

Jim Knight, Culture That Rocks: How to Amp Up or Revolutionize a Company's Culture

Jim Knight
Business Culture Catalyst
Former Hard Rock Executive
Author of "Culture That Rocks!"
Culture that Rocks:
How to Amp Up or Revolutionize a Company's Culture
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Lecture 7-8 p.m.
College of Business, Building 76A/101
Dessert Reception with Speaker Immediately Following
Event is free and open to the public
Jim Knight is not your average keynote speaker. Known as "The Transformer," he is the expert Fortune 500 companies and organizations turn to when they want to reinvent themselves or shake things up. As the former Senior Director of Training & Development at Hard Rock International, Knight engages audiences with his high energy, interactive approach and valuable insights on organizational culture, customer service, employee branding, performance management, philanthropy, personal development, and leadership skills. With more than 30 years of experience in hospitality training, the acclaimed author of "Culture That Rocks!" shares thought-provoking content and proven strategies to build and maintain a strong employee culture to help organizations achieve rock star status. 
In his signature Rock ‘n Roll style, Jim delivers insight on every element of organizational culture, including: a Clear-Cut Definition Of Culture (finally!), Heritage Vs. Culture, Brand Ambassadors, Employee Engagement, and How To Hire (and retain) Leadership Rock Stars. If you’re open to disruptive change within your organization, don’t miss the opportunity to hear what all the noise is about. 

Registration Closed


Leadership Insights from Senior Military Officers - In Honor of Veterans Day


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

6:30 pm - Arrival

7:00 - 7:15 pm - Welcome / Introductions

7:15 - 8:15 pm - Panel Discussion

8:15 - 9:00 pm - Coffee / Dessert Reception (we will have tables of delicious desserts!) 

College of Business, Building 76A/101


  • U.S. Navy Rear Admiral (Ret.) Donald Quinn
  • U.S. Army Colonel (Ret.) Larry Perino
  • U.S. Coast Guard Captain (Ret.) Timothy McGuire
  • Moderator:  U.S. Navy Captain (Ret.) Christopher Middleton

Read Admiral Donald Quinn - Colonel Larry Perino - Captain Timothy McGuire - Captain Christopher Middleton

The goal of the leader is to serve, develop his or her team, empower and enrich the lives of individuals that work for them (and also team member's families), embracing your faith along the way is a good thing, while at the end of the day continuing to carry out the mission.

Join us and hear stories from local heroes and their experience with servant leadership in the military.

This event is free and open to the public.

Registration Closed

Sponsored by:

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Dave Wagner, President & CEO, Zix | AppRiver

Dave Wagner, "Finding Your Constants in a World of Change"

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Lecture 7-8:30 p.m.
College of Business, Building 76A/101

In February of 2019, Dave Wagner made the boldest move of his three-year tenure as president and CEO of Zix. That’s when he led the Dallas-based email security company to double its size by purchasing AppRiver, creating a juggernaut with the revenue, services, and reseller base to challenge much larger competitors in the security, productivity, and compliance space. With more than 30 years of corporate and technology leadership experience with Raytheon, Nortel, Entrust, and Zix, Wagner is well-versed in managing  companies and his own career through periods of dramatic upheaval and change. Join us for an evening with Dave as he discusses the three macrotrends he believes will shape life and work in the decades ahead – and the commitments all of us should make to position ourselves and our businesses for lasting success. 

Dave Wagner is a graduate of Penn State where he received both his bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master of business administration (MBA) degree. 

Event is free and open to the public. 

Registration is closed for this event. 


Year End Recognition Ceremony

Tuesday, April 23rd 2019
5pm-7pm College of Business Building 76A, 2nd floor (Atrium)

All mentors and student mentees of the Executive Mentor Program are invited to join us at the Year End Recognition Ceremony to close out the school year! Join us as we honor our mentees with certificates and our mentors with a small gift. We highly recommend attending this event. All current mentees and mentors will be announced and recognized including those mentees who graduated December 2018.

Beverages & heavy hors d' oeuvres will be provided.

This is a private event; by invitation only.


Women in Leadership Conference

Friday, March 1st 2019
8am-3pm UWF Bldg 22 Conference Center
8am-9am Registration - Conference Center
9am-3pm Conference - Conference Center
12:30pm-1pm Lunch - Auditorium/Nautilus Market

The College of Business Executive Mentor Program at UWF is proud to host the event of the year for women: Women in Leadership - Designing Your Future. This conference offers opportunities to hear from and connect with prominent women leaders who have achieved both personal and professional success. For more information visit:

Conference is SOLD OUT


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Superhero Leadership: How Everyday People Can Have An Extraordinary Impact In Their Careers

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019
7pm-8pm UWF College of Business Bldg. 76A Rm. 101

Join us for the Executive Mentor Program and Wells Fargo speaker series, "Superhero Leadership: How Everyday People can have an Extraordinary Impact In Their Careers" featuring Brett Culp. 

Leadership starts with the ability to look at every challenge—even the mundane tasks—as an opportunity to make a positive impact.  Drawing from his unique approach to community building through filmmaking, Brett shares practical insights that will equip attendees to embrace their strengths, contribute to a larger mission, and uncover a more expansive view of what everyone can accomplish together.  He shares powerful stories from his filmmaking adventures of ordinary people who have accomplished extraordinary things. This presentation encourages and inspires audiences to take ownership and feel confident about their ability to make a difference. By learning to see themselves as leaders contributing to a noble, shared vision, attendees will feel empowered to bring greater confidence and enthusiasm to their everyday tasks. This shift in perspective ignites the heroic spirit in audiences, equipping them to bring the truest, most powerful view of themselves to every aspect of their work and life.

Brett Culp is an acclaimed filmmaker and social entrepreneur whose work has inspired audiences around the world.  He is the personal cinematographer for Hollywood stars, music icons, beloved authors, hall of fame athletes, and royal families.  His films are featured on Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.

Presentation 7pm-8pm. A dessert reception with speaker to follow. 

This event is free and open to the public. 

sponsored by:

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