Keynote Speakers and Events
Dan Klein is a writer and speaker who began the My3:59 movement with the dunk of a basketball. My3:59 represents a mentality on how to approach life. It’s a nod to Roger Bannister who was the first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes at a time that it was accepted “knowledge” that it could not be done. To endure. To overcome. To achieve the impossible.
Dan started this movement just after his 42nd birthday but much more meaningful than his age was it occurred 7 months after his final cancer treatment. “After going through everything cancer puts you through – physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually – I came away from cancer with a different perspective on life. A very different perspective on what I can and what I can’t do.”
Dan's message of living every day and giving everything you have to achieve your impossible in order to become the person we are called to be continues to inspire and motivate others to achieve their own My3:59.
Harlan Cohen is a New York Times bestselling author, nationally syndicated advice columnist (Help Me Harlan!), and speaker who has visited over 400 college campuses.
Speaks about getting comfortable with the uncomfortable
He is the author of five books including, The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into In College. The Naked Roommate: For Parents Only, and Dad’s Expecting Too!.
Harlan is a frequent guest on television and radio programs and has appeared on the Today Show.
Awarded the prestigious Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a single individual by the advertising industry for his work as founder and architect of The Leadership Institute, the pre-eminent University style training program for sales, leadership and personal growth and development.
Lives in Tampa, FL and has spoken at various college campuses, such as our own last spring
“Entertaining, inspiring, content-driven lectures bring classrooms and audiences to their feet!”
Makaila Nichols is an inspiring Author and Model. Her Passion is to make a difference amongst both teens and parents. She does so through her recent and best-selling book, Blatantly Honest. Her love of acting, modeling, and traveling is a motivating factor as well but as is her education. Makaila is a student at the University of Central Florida, and a member of the Beta Lambda Chapter of Delta Delta Delta. She is represented by one of the top ten agencies in New York City, One Model Management. Makaila makes frequent television appearances, speaks at schools nationwide, is on a national book tour, and is National Ambassador for a 501C3 organization: No Bull. Her commitment to helping others is evident and her personal connection to an audience is captivating.
She was named superintendent for Orange County Public Schools in 2012.
Under Dr. Jenkins' leadership, the district won the 2014 Broad Prize for Urban Education. The prize earned half-a-million dollars for student scholarships from the prestigious Broad Foundation. The district also received the Governors Sterling Award in 2014 and again in 2015.
Dr. Jenkins served as president of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents for school year 2015-16.
In 2014, she was named the Visionary Award recipient by the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council and the Central Florida Woman of the Year by the Women’s Executive Council.
Navigating Through a life of Poverty: An Interactive Simulation
Can you endure a month living in poverty? Find out by joining us for our event Navigating Through a Life of Poverty: An Interactive Simulation presented by Student Care Services and Northland Church. The event features an hour-long interactive activity simulating a month living in poverty. Attendees will play the role of a low income family and throughout the course of the simulation will have to navigate the available community resources to attempt to provide for their basic needs. Following the activity we will reflect on our experience and share some UCF and community resources that can assist individuals in need.
You must RSVP to attend the event, as there are limited spaces available. RSVPs will close on Sunday February 19th at 5pm. Event check in will begin at 6:45pm and last until 7pm please arrive during that time frame. Please note that this event is open to UCF students, faculty, staff, local community members, and faith based organizations staff. This event is also counts for LINK Loot points. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Todd Currie at Todd.Currie@ucf.edu or Aaron Leventhal at email@example.com.
*UCF’s Knights Helping Knights Pantry will be in attendance and we invite all attendees to bring an optional donation of toiletries to benefit the pantry. A list of examples of toiletries the pantry needs can be found on their website under the “Get Involved” tab.
**Off-Campus Attendee Parking: Please note if you are not a UCF student, faculty or staff member and you are attending this event please contact Todd.Currie@ucf.edu for information about parking.