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2023 Think A.H.E.a.D.! Agenda


7:30 – 8:15 a.m.



8:15 – 8:30 a.m.


  • Jamie Sprague, Associate V.P. Human Resources, University of West Florida
  • Ethan Henley, Master of Ceremonies and Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of West Florida


8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Morning Keynote “Igniting Your Inner Spark”

  • Kristen Hadeed, Leadership Thought Leader, Entrepreneur, and Author of Permission to Screw Up

9:30 – 9:40 a.m.



9:40 – 10:30 a.m. 

“Discover Your ‘Why I Matter’”

  • Dr. Angela Bryan, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and SACSCOC Liaison, University of West Florida


10:30 – 11:15 a.m. 

“Owning Your Journey”

  • Donnie Petersen, Operating Partner Chick-fil-A 9 Mile Road, Leadership Catalyst


11:15 – 12:15 p.m.


  • General Attendees in Conference Center Locations A,B, and C - Networking Opportunity with Lunch Sponsored by Chick-fil-A Nine Mile Rd., Pensacola, FL
  • “Let’s Spark Real Talk” with Kristen Hadeed, Buffet Lunch and Book Signing, Conference Center Location D


12:15 – 1:15 p.m. 

Afternoon Keynote “Mental Health in the Workplace: How to Create a Safe Culture That Fosters Open Dialog About Mental Health”

  • Kim LaMontagne, President/CEO Kim LaMontagne, LLC, Speaker, Author, HR Florida State Council Wellbeing Director


1:15 – 1:25



1:25 – 2:15 p.m. 

“Jump Start with SMART Goals”

  • Ruth McKinon, Turner McKinon LLC, John C. Maxwell Coach, Trainer, Speaker, DDI Certified Leadership Development Facilitator


2:15 – 3:00 p.m. 

Closing Keynote “The 10 Basic Laws of Success”

  • Albert (Bert) Thornton, Retired President/COO and Vice Chairman Emeritus of Waffle House, Inc.


3:00 – 3:45 p.m. 

Reception with One-on-One Speaker Q & A

  • Networking Opportunity with Reception Sponsored by Greater Pensacola SHRM (GPSHRM)


3:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Wrap-up, Adjourn