Expert Speaker Series


The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship's Expert Speaker Series provides business owners, nonprofit CEOs and entrepreneurs access to nationally recognized speakers who can share their experiences in operating established businesses and growing successful organizations. These accomplished speakers not only demonstrate genuine passion for entrepreneurship, but also share practical, valuable insight about surviving in today's aggressive business marketplace.



Future Speakers:


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Kristen Hadeed
Author, "Permission to Screw Up"
May 10, 2024 | Jacksonville


Previous Speakers:


Lara O'Connor Hodgson
Founder, President & CEO, NOW Corp.
September 19, 2023 | Tallahassee

Ryan Boylston
CEO & Founder, 2TON
September 13, 2023 | South Florida

Bonnie Mauldin
Author and Entrepreneur
May 4, 2023 | Tallahassee

Ron Hetrick Headshot
Ron Hetrick
Senior Labor Economist & Director of Staffing Product and Data, EMSI
May 5, 2023 | Jacksonville

Dr. John P. Hayes, CFE Headshot
Dr. John P. Hayes
Director of Titus Center for Franchising
October 12, 2022 | South Florida

Harvey Seifter Headshot
Harvey Seifter
Founder & Director, Art of Science Learning
June 15, 2022 | Tallahassee


Greg Buschman Headshot
Greg Buschman, Ph.D.(c)
Founder, Strategic Leadership Development
April 26, 2022 | Fort Lauderdale

Regina Phelps Headshot
Regina Phelps
Founder, Emergency Management & Safety Solutions
May 25, 2022 | Jacksonville

Gail Perry Headshot
Gail Perry, CFRE, MBA
Author of "Fire-Up Fundraising"
October 1-2, 2020 | Tallahassee

Kenya Madison Headshot
Kenya Madison
Host/Creator, People of Power Show
September 20, 2019 | Palm Beach

Ryo Zsun Headshot
Ryo Zsun
Culture Maestro,
June 28, 2019 | Orlando

Magie Cook Headshot
Magie Cook
Founder, Magie's All Natural Fresh Salsa & Dips
May 10, 2019 | Jacksonville

Simeon Terry Headshot
Simeon Terry
Vice President of Diversity Affairs, Austin Commercial
October 31, 2018 | Tallahassee

Willie Jolley Headshot
Dr. Willie Jolley
President/CEO, Willie Jolley Worldwide
September 21, 2018 | Palm Beach

Alicia Rainwater Headshot
Alicia Rainwater
Keynote Speaker, Center for Generational Kinetics
May 4, 2018 | Jacksonville

Greg Vestri Headshot
Greg Vestri
Co-Founder, Vestment Global Services
February 20, 2018 | Tallahassee

Ann Mcneill Headshot
Ann McNeill
President/CEO, McNeill Construction
October 13, 2017 | Palm Beach

Arturo Nunez Headshot
Arturo Nunez
Head of Marketing Latin America and Caribbean, Apple, Inc.
May 12, 2017 | Tallahassee

Shawn Pfunder Headshot
Shawn Pfunder
May 6, 2017 | Boca Raton

Shoneji Robison Headshot
Shoneji Robison
Managing Partner & Co-Owner, Southern Girl Desserts
October 6, 2016 | Tallahassee

Rick Caldwell Headshot
Rick Caldwell
CEO/President, RCultures, Inc.
September 23, 2016 | West Palm Beach

Robert Hacker Headshot
Robert Hacker
Consultant, Strategist, Professor, Author, Speaker
June 8, 2016 | Tallahassee

Don Yaeger Headshot
Don Yaeger
New York Times Best-Selling Author
May 25, 2016 | Tallahassee

Robert Yonover Headshot
Robert Yonover
CEO & Founder, SEE/RESCUE® Corporation
April 12, 2016 | Fort Lauderdale

Steve Forbes Headshot
Steve Forbes
Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media
October 16, 2015 | Tallahassee | Limited to FSU Students

Joe Abraham Headshot
Joe Abraham
Founder, BOSI Global and Author, Entrepreneurial DNA
May 21, 2015 | Tallahassee

Zalmi Duchman Headshot
Zalmi Duchman
Founder, The Fresh Diet
March 17, 2015 | Forth Lauderdale

Laurie Silvers Headshot
Laurie Silvers
Co-Founder, SyFy Channel
October 28, 2014 | Fort Lauderdale

Marie Johns
Former Deputy Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
October 24, 2014 | Tallahassee

Phyllis Newhouse
CEO & Co-Founder, Xtreme Solutions, Inc
May 22, 2014 | Tallahassee

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Frans Johansson
CEO & Founder, The Medici Group
April 15, 2014 | Fort Lauderdale

Nancy Carter Headshot
Nancy Carter
Senior Vice President, Research Catalyst, Inc.
February 15, 2014 | Tallahassee

Cassius Butts Headshot
Cassius Butts
Region IV Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
September 26, 2013 | Tallahassee

Brad Pierce Headshot
Brad Pierce
President, Restaurant Equipment World
August 10, 2013 | Amelia Island

Ron Busby Headshot
Ron Busby
Chairman of the Board of Directors, U.S. Black Chamber, Inc.
May 23, 2013 | Tallahassee

Colin Brown Headshot
Colin Brown
CEO & President, JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
September 20, 2012 | Tallahassee

Janet Gurwitch Headshot
Janet Gurwitch
Founder & Former CEO, Laura Mercier Cosmetics
April 19, 2012 | Tallahassee

Chris Brogan Headshot
Chris Brogan
President/CEO, Human Business Works
October 20, 2011 | Tallahassee

Rami Jabaji
Senior Marketing Manager, PepsiCo
October 20, 2011 | Tallahassee

Dana Williams Headshot
Dana Williams
Director of Marketing and Communications, Southwest Airlines
August 25, 2011 | Tallahassee