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.”