UWF Executive Mentor Program hosts war hero portrayed in ‘Black Hawk Down’

January 24, 2018

The University of West Florida College of Business Executive Mentor Program and Wells Fargo will present “Dedication, Pride and Commitment: Leadership Lessons from Black Hawk Down for Business and For Life,” by retired Army 1st Sgt. Matt Eversmann on Jan. 30. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place in the College of Business Education Center, Building 76A, Room 101, from 7-8 p.m. A dessert reception with Eversmann will follow from 8-9 p.m. Guests should plan to arrive at 6:30 p.m., as a large crowd is expected.

A decorated war hero and military leader, Eversmann was portrayed by actor Josh Hartnett in the 2001 American war film “Black Hawk Down.” Committed to sharing the lessons he learned during his military service, Eversmann draws parallels from his experience to highlight the important of leadership, courage and responsibility in the business world.

“The business world, regardless of industry, is filled with uncertainty, chaos and shaped by the unexpected,” Eversmann said. “Welcome to the urban battlefield. Strip away the drama of gun fights, and Murphy’s Law and the lessons learned from Black Hawk Down are directly applicable to leaders at all levels of business. There is no business plan to guide leaders through strategic shock, but this story of leadership, followership and teamwork will get the conversation started.”

For more information or to RSVP, visit the Executive Mentor Program website, or contact the Executive Mentor Program at or .474.3239.

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  • Reply Chris January 24, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Pensacola has another connection with the Blackhawk Down battle. Pensacola-native Todd Blackburn was the Ranger who fell from the helicopter while attempt to repel down the rope into the streets of Mogadishu. He was portrayed by Orlando Bloom in the movie and if the movie is accurate he was actually in the same helicopter as Eversmann and under his command. I’m not sure what he is doing now, but after he recovered from his injuries and left the Army he was an officer with the PPD and the school resource officer at Washington High while I was there.

    • Reply Rick Outzen January 24, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      We actually interviewed Todd when the movie came out.Great story.

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