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Thursday, June 1, 2017


Jon Acuff, New York Times Best-Selling Author, to be Keynote Speaker


Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. — The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at Florida State University is pleased to host its 7th Annual Jim Moran Institute Business & Leadership Conference from Wednesday, June 21 to Thursday, June 22 at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. The two day-long event is designed to provide high-level executive training and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs, business leaders, and non-profit executives.


The Conference will feature a networking breakfast reception, keynote luncheon, “Pitch the Editor” competition, workshops, and an exhibit hall. This year's keynote speaker will be Jon Acuff. A New York Times bestselling author of five books, Jon Acuff has helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their story including The Home Depot, Bose, Staples and the Dave Ramsey Team. Featured regularly on national media, Jon can be seen on CNN, Fox News, Good Day LA and more. He is also a contributor to Time, the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and MSNBC.

Norm Brodsky, Inc. Magazine senior contributing editor, will be the conference’s opening speaker. A veteran entrepreneur, Norm built a $180 million company, went bankrupt at 45, rebounded to build a new company and sold it for $110 million. He has been sharing his wisdom and experience with up-and-coming entrepreneurs for 25 years as a one-on-one mentor, a nationally recognized columnist, public speaker and Master of Ceremonies of the Inc. 5000 Conference. Today, Norm owns three companies including BEN Global Mentorship, an e-learning company. 

Day one’s featured event will be the “Pitch the Editor” competition. Five conference attendees will present a three-minute pitch to Norm Brodsky and other local media personalities. The panelists will discuss the quality of the pitch, the story behind the pitch, and the worthiness of the idea while providing feedback to the participants.

Day two will feature a variety of workshop sessions covering topics including finance, legal, strategic planning, leadership, marketing and nonprofits. Four-time entrepreneur, best-selling author, editor and producer Ramon Ray will be featured as the closing speaker.

The conference will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 22. Early registration is $79 through June 5, $99 through June 17, and $120 through June 22. To register, visit For more information about the conference or sponsorship opportunities, contact Courtney Mickens, coordinator of South Florida Operations, at or (954) 210-4404

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 leading-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. With a career that spanned more than six decades, he built an amazing chronicle of achievements 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.

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