University of Florida Leadership Network (UFLN)

The University of Florida Leadership Network (UFLN) is a forum for faculty and professional leaders who have completed UF’s leadership development programs. The network supports its members’ continued exploration of leadership issues while providing opportunities for networking and collaboration.

The UFLN holds approximately three events per calendar year. Participation in these events is by invitation only and is limited to network members-individuals who have completed UF’s leadership development programs including:

The UFLN currently has over 300 members.


Past Events

Negotiation Skills
On October 12, 2015, Dr. Judith Callahan, of the Department of Management at the Warrington College of Business, presented an overview on the nature of negotiations and how we use negotiation skills in our everyday interactions. Following individual case-study preparation and negotiation in pairs, participants benefited from Dr. Callahan’s review of each dyad’s approach and outcome. Crisp, fall weather welcomed UFLN members to outdoor conversation and hors d’oeuvres during the informal networking part of the event.
Talent, Trust, Vision, Alignment
The UF Leadership Model Competencies: Drivers to Excellence
For this event, UFLN members were asked to prepare in advance by visiting our Leadership Toolkit and reviewing one of the resources available in each of the four UF Leadership/Management Competency Model quadrants. These quadrants are: Build Trust, Create and Communicate Vision, Generate Alignment and Cultivate Talent. The selected resources provided food for thought to initiate small group discussions which addressed each quadrant’s objective. Participants sat at different tables midway through the session, thereby interacting with other members.

Following the discussions, UFLN members networked while enjoying a delicious catered lunch.

January 27, 2015 Panel Discussion: Perspectives on Strategy, Change, Culture and Accountability
The panel discussion featured College of Nursing Dean Anna McDaniel, Vice President for Research David P. Norton, and Vice President for Business Affairs Curtis Reynolds. These three distinguished UF leaders presented their views on identifying and addressing strategic priorities; initiating and supporting change; observing and affecting culture; and developing relationships and influence to nurture accountability. UFLN members were invited to ask questions following the presentations. Finally, an hors d’oeuvres reception offered panelists and UFLN members an opportunity to interact informally and network professionally.

The event was featured in the February InfoGator.

March 17, 2014 Kick-Off
The UF Leadership Network kick-off session was held on March 17, 2014. Attendance was to capacity with 50 members present.Participants watched two TED Talks, each lasting approximately 15 minutes, after each of which they discussed a list of questions to pursue reactions and experiences related to the topics both in small clusters and with the group at large. The TED Talks were: Kathryn Schultz: On being wrong and Shawn Anchor: The happy secret to better work. The formal discussions were followed by an opportunity to informally network and socialize during a cocktail hour.
July 2014 Book Group Discussions
Two book group sessions were held in the summer of 2014 to discuss the title Leadership Without Excuses: How to Create Accountability and High-Performance (Instead of Just Talking About It) by Jeff Grimshaw and Gregg Baron. These sessions were limited to 15 participants which allowed for rich conversations also guided by facilitated questions on some of the main concepts of the book and how they applied to leading at UF.

Upcoming Events

Ideas into Practice
The UFLN announces Ideas into Practice as its spring 2016 event. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm at the IFAS Straughn Center.

UFLN members will receive an invitation prior to the event.

Submit UFLN Event Ideas

Is there something you would like the UFLN to provide that would support your growth as a UF leader and our university’s quest for excellence? Let us know! Contact Irma Alvarez at imalvarez@ufl.edu.

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