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Davis Leadership Forum

What is the Davis Leadership Forum?

The Davis Leadership Forum speaker series provides opportunities for discussion through business and life-enriching topics while creating networking opportunities for JU business students and the Jacksonville business community. Through a partnership with the Economic Roundtable of Jacksonville, the Davis College is able to offer more discussion of economic trends that impact the Jacksonville community.  These events are combined with a business lunch. Locations are listed with each event. 

Health - Thursday, January 24

JU Davis College of Business, 2800 University Blvd N, 32211

dementiaAs one of the largest segments of our population ages, medical researchers continue to focus on devastating diseases like cancer and dementia. Advancements in treatment and medical technologies are being made. But what is the economic impact? The Economic Roundtable of Jacksonville is pleased to present the fourth event in our Speaker Forum series for the 2018-2019 season, Dementia, Aging & Cancer Research, where we will explore the economic impact of our aging population, diseases that greater effect the elderly and the research and treatment efforts combating them. Please join our discussion featuring keynote speakers Neill R. Graff-Radford, MD (Mayo Clinic) and Joe B. Putnam, Jr., MD, FACS (Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center).

Join us on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 11:30am to 1:15pm. We will meet at the JU Davis College of Business. Lunch will be served.

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 Accelerating eCommerce - Friday, February 8

Omni Jacksonville Hotel Ballroom, 245 Water Street, 32202

soohooAnthony Soohoo, SVP & Group General Manager, eCommerce Home Group Walmart Inc.

Anthony Soohoo is responsible for accelerating Walmart’s U.S. eCommerce growth in the Home category across Walmart.com, Jet.com and Hayneedle. Prior to Walmart, Anthony founded and served as CEO at Dot & Bo, one of the fastest growing commerce companies from 2013 to 2015 with 8+mm members and 16x growth in revenue. The brand became the first home furnishings brand for the millennial generation. Through a story-centric curated experience that encourages product discovery and engagement, Dot & Bo transformed the way people decorate their homes. The company is now a part of Alibaba-backed OpenSky.
Previously, Soohoo served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Entertainment Division at CBS Interactive which included CBS.com, CBS Audience Network, TV.com, The Insider.com, Chow, Chowhound, UrbanBaby, and CBS Interactive Web Original Studio. During his tenure, Soohoo helped grow the CBS Interactive Entertainment Division into the largest online television network in the industry. He joined CBS with its acquisition of Dotspotter, one of the fastest growing online communities where he served as Co-Founder and CEO. Prior to Dotspotter, Soohoo held product and leadership roles at Yahoo!, Inktomi and Apple.
Soohoo earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has been featured in TechCrunch's Top 40 list and The Hollywood Reporter has selected him as one of the top 50 executives leading the charge in new media. He resides in Palo Alto with his wife and two kids.
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JU and Siena College Food Marketing Panel Discussion

Friday, March 8, 10:30am-12:00pm - JU Davis College of Business, 2800 University Blvd N, 32211

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Join us in exploring the vast world of food marketing as it relates to product, industry, customer, and leadership trends.  Representatitves from Clorox, Pepsico, Kellogg's and others will lead the discussion.
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AmazonFresh and Prime Now with April Lane

Friday, March 8, 12:15-1:30pm - JU Davis College of Business, 2800 University Blvd N, 32211

amazonApril Lane is the Perishables, Private Label and Pickup Category Leader for AmazonFresh and Prime Now.  Her team is responsible for the buying, supply chain, and marketing of Dairy, Deli, Bakery, Prepared Meals, Meal Kits, and Private Label products across Amazon’s grocery business, in addition to the day-to-day operations of Fresh Pickup.  Join us for lunch as we continue the discussion of food marketing and industry trends with our keynote speaker, April Lane.
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