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By Jennifer Leigh

Quint Studer, of Studer Group and Studer Institute, author of six books, philanthropist and much more, is willing to spend a whole day with you sharing his secrets of success.

You’re just a donation away from learning them.

Brought to you by Studer Institute—and in partnership with the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, the Gulf Coast African American Chamber of Commerce and the Pensacola Young Professionals—“Leadership in the Workplace,” is an all-day seminar hosted by Studer, a nationally-recognized speaker, healthcare consultant and entrepreneur.

What was originally a one day only event was expanded to two after tickets sold out to the August 20 date in just a couple of weeks. There are still spots left for the August 21 seminar.

“Filling the first Leadership in the Workplace seminar was a great feeling, but I think it is a testament to the brand that Quint and Rishy have built for quality, meaningful experiences that improve the community,” said Randy Hammer, CEO and President of the Studer Instiute.

Since admission to the event is a $100 donation to the non-profit of your choice, the seminar is a win-win for the community, which is “a great opportunity to help more organizations and create even more donations for nonprofits,” Hammer said. Each day has a maximum amount of 200 tickets, which means there’s the potential of $40,000 to be donated to charities.

This seminar is not necessarily a first of its kind since the Studer Group used to host similar events on a regular basis several years back. One of the goals of the Studer Institute is to bring back the community resource.

“This is the first of several community discussions, lectures and workshops,” said Travis Peterson, spokesman for Studer Institute. “It’s an awesome opportunity for organizations to learn from the best in business development. It’s basically six hours with Quint Studer.”

The Studer Institute was founded earlier this year by Quint and his wife, Rishy, to identify critical issues a community, like Pensacola, needs to address in order to move forward. The “Leadership in the Workplace” seminar is a part of that puzzle.

“These seminars are really just a tactic for us to realize our strategy of improving the quality of life for everyone,” Hammer said.  “We believe if we can help businesses and nonprofits improve, or if we can help local institutions measure their success, or if we can help citizens understand important issues like wages, education, or crime, then we can make the community a better place.  We want to empower citizens to improve Pensacola organically—we call it Citizen-Powered Change.”

Studer had 10 years of teaching under his belt before he entered the healthcare industry in 1984 as a community relations representative. From there, he held many positions such as department director, vice president and senior vice president at several organizations. He was also president of Baptist Hospital before he founded Studer Group.

Don’t be fooled—even if you’re not a healthcare professional, there is still a lot you can learn from Studer’s career experience. The seminar will touch upon broad business scenarios such as: employee engagement, customer loyalty and how to give critical feedback, just to name a few.

“Quint has spent decades helping organizations improve their hiring practices, employee engagement, and customer service,” Hammer said.  “He’s going to bring those same techniques to our community organizations in a way that is accessible and relevant for the community.”

Applying skills learned at the seminar will create an effective workforce for the local area.

“We hope that the entire community will benefit from this seminar because if we can help dozens of organizations be more effective, that means more sales, more clients, better services, higher wages, successful nonprofits all making our community better,” said Hammer.
Hammer, former Pensacola News Journal executive director, said working with the Studer Institute is an “amazing experience.”

“To be a part of an organization that is focused on helping citizens understand their community, evaluate their community, and hopefully help the community improve itself, is the opportunity of a lifetime,” he said.

“We have big plans for the future,” Hammer said.  “But I’m not going to ruin the surprise.”

LEADERSHIP IN THE 
WORKPLACE
WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 21 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Aug. 20 date is sold out)
WHERE: Crowne Plaza, 200 E. Gregory St.
COST: Admission is a $100 check to the charity of your choice
DETAILS: studerinstitute.com