Former Governor Jeb Bush Keynote Speaker at Business Conference

February 01, 2013

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who served from 1999 until 2007, is the keynote speaker for the Fourth Annual International Business Conference at Saint Leo University. The conference is organized by the Donald R. Tapia School of Business and held at University Campus. The theme this year is “Sustainable Development in a Global Economy: Creating Vibrant Economies.”

The former governor will speak at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 13 in the Marion Bowman Activities Center on the topic “Leading in a Climate of Change.” As a public service, admission to the talk is free and open to the public, though tickets are required to reserve seating.

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The former governor holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Affairs from the University of Texas and began his career in commercial real estate development. While governor, he focused public and state policy attention on K-12 public education and health care policy. Since leaving office, he has headed his own consulting company, and continued his interests in education reform. Additionally, he has co-authored with Clint Bolick a book titled Immigration Wars, to be released this spring by Simon & Schuster.

The conference will continue Thursday and Friday with sessions scheduled both in the Student Community Center and in the School of Business building. Some programs are geared to academic audiences and business researchers, while others draw on the experience of professionals and executives in the business world.

Just a few of the presentations scheduled include:

  • “Can Tampa Bay Shine? New Thinking in Economic Development” (Thursday)
  • “Using Green Initiative as a Competitive Advantage in the Hospitality Industry (Thursday)
  • “Marketing, Publicity and Public Relations for Corporations” (Friday)
  • “‘Like’ a Global Endorsement. How Clicking ‘Like’ Influences Facebook Users Brand Recall and Future Purchasing Intentions” (Friday)
  • “Accounting: What Does the Future Hold?” (Friday)

In addition, local business leader and newly elected Florida State Senator Wilton Simpson of Dade City will speak Thursday during lunch. Former State Representative Shawn Harrison of New Tampa will speak Friday during lunch.

Registration is required to attend Thursday and Friday programs. Students may attend at a deeply discounted rate. The full program and registration information is available at: /academics/schools/school-of-business/international-business-conference.aspx.