SBLC Speaker Spotlight: Opening Keynote Esu Ma'at

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship announces Esu Ma’at, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for the Orlando Magic, as the opening keynote speaker for the 12th Annual Small Business Leadership Conference (SBLC), taking place June 19-21 at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando.

Esu Ma’at focuses on integrating DE&I strategy with the team’s business goals, organizational values, and key performance indicators. He has a distinguished track record of success and drives a 21st century vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion. He works closely with the Magic’s executive leadership team to implement an impactful strategy to the organization, the NBA, and the Central Florida community.

“We are thrilled to announce Esu Ma’at as the opening keynote presenter at the 2023 Small Business Leadership Conference," said Melissa Roberts, Managing Director of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. "The Orlando Magic is a world-class organization that embodies excellence both on and off the court. We could not be more excited to provide our attendees valuable insight from a member of their executive leadership team.”

The Jim Moran Institute’s Small Business Leadership Conference is hosted every year in Orlando and gives small business owners the opportunity for networking and professional development. Attendees can share ideas and learn vital information to ignite strategic growth while hearing from expert speakers.

Past keynote presenters include Matthew Griffin, co-founder and CEO of Combat Flip Flops, Scott Price, founder and CEO of A-LIGN, a cybersecurity and compliance solution provider based in Tampa, and Amanda Brinkman, the creator, producer and host of the hit series Small Business Revolution.

Participants of Jim Moran Institute programs including the Small Business Executive Program, Nonprofit Executive Program, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV), Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F), Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans Accelerate (EBV-Accelerate), CEO Peer2Peer, RISE, and Seminole 100 honorees receive a discounted registration fee and are welcomed for an exclusive alumni reception. Entrepreneurs, nonprofit directors, small business owners, managers, executives, economic development and community leaders are encouraged to attend the conference.

For more information and registration for the Small Business Leadership Conference, please visit


About the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship cultivates, trains, and inspires entrepreneurial leaders through world-class executive education, applied training, public recognition and cutting-edge research.

Jim Moran was an automotive pioneer and an entrepreneur at heart, who at the age of seven sold soda pop at sandlot baseball diamonds in Chicago. His career spanned more than six decades in the automobile industry. His vision for the Jim Moran Institute was to provide opportunities that would help others become more successful business owners.

A 1995 contribution from Jim and Jan Moran and JM Family Enterprises established the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at the Florida State University College of Business. Since 2011, further enhancements to the Jim Moran Institute and its outreach have been made possible by Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation.