Hodges University to host second annual young men’s conference

Hodges University News

Hodges University will host the second annual MOVE (Men of Vision and Excellence) Conference on Saturday, August 10, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Hodges Naples campus, 2655 Northbrooke Drive. The conference addresses the needs of middle and high school, college, and young professional men in our diverse communities. The conference is being presented by the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Diversity Council. Registration fee for the conference is $25.


"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. "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 obstacles 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 positive relationship building, dealing with stress, planning for college, social media technology, promoting oneself and getting the most out of military service.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with experienced mentors and successful executives to explore the demanding challenges and rewards of today’s professional and social environments.

Keynote speaker for the conference will be "Action" J. Jackson, Sr., publisher and founder of RYSE (Recognizing Young Successful Executives and Entrepreneurs) Magazine. He has been recognized by the African American Chamber of Commerce as the Entrepreneur of the Year, selected by the Orlando Business Journal as one of Central Florida’s 40 under 40 and honored as the recipient of the Excellence in Business Award at the LBS Foundation’s Onyx Awards.

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

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