Hodges University sponsors young men’s conference

Hodges University has announced that it will co-sponsor an upcoming conference targeting the future of young men in our community. The MOVE (Men of Vision and Excellence) Conference will be held on Saturday, August 11, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. The conference is being conducted by the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Diversity Council and is free of charge.  The event is also being sponsored by Walmart.

“This conference will provide an environment for young men, professionals and mentors to come together and engage in dialogue about important issues and topics,” said Gail Williams, President of the Chapter and Chief Diversity Officer at Hodges. “MOVE was developed to address the needs of high school, college, and young professional males. The event will explore various issues that young men face in contemporary society – completing and excelling in high school and college; preparing for and excelling in the workplace; branding oneself; and becoming leaders in the community. We are also inviting parents to attend as well.

“It is our objective to encourage high school males to discuss the obstacle’s they face in remaining in school and excelling academically. We hope to help them see the importance of seeking higher education as well.  For college males, we will encourage them to complete their academic careers, and for young professionals to make themselves marketable. With the right amount of help and support, we hope our attendees leave with a brighter outlook on their futures.”  

Topics of discussion include time management goals, STEM, balancing work and school, communication skills-verbal and written, positive relationship building, first impressions and staying healthy.

Keynote speaker for the conference will be Dennis Kennedy, Founder and CEO of the National Diversity Council (NDC).   Currently, the NDC is made up of 25 state and regional Councils: California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Tri-State (NY, NJ & CT).

For information regarding the conference, please contact Gail Williams at (239) 598-6135.

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