Training & Development

EntreCon Pensacola 2018 – Not Just for Entrepreneurs

Join the Movement

What began as a two-day conference for entrepreneurs has quickly shifted (by demand) to one for business owners, leaders and employees alike.

On November 14 and 15, Downtown Pensacola will be filled with the growing tribe of Studer Community Institute thought-leaders, wearing their red EntreCon lanyards, energized and ready to find their purpose, build their skillset, lead stronger teams, and foster better workplaces.

EntreCon 2018 will give you the tools you need to create an organization that inspires, outperforms and outlasts the competition.

Why? Improving the Quality of Life

At Studer Community Institute we believe deeply in and live for our mission to improve the quality of life for people. We believe in a bright future and our ability to build it together. We want to inspire others to take action and give them the skills to lead. EntreCon is a central part of that mission.

What? A Conference to Get Inspired, Build Skills and Lead Positively

A two-day conference that is a “must attend” for business owners, leaders and employees alike. Our SCI Tribe will be energized and ready to build on their purpose and skillset, ready to build and lead stronger teams, and ready to build better workplaces.

For 2018, we are focused on the Power of Positive Leadership and Having It All: How Linking Purpose and Profit Drives Your Business to the Next Level. To be successful in today’s competitive business world, companies must have more than just the right product at the right price. They must also be purpose-driven, people-focused, and community-minded.

Who? World Changing Keynote Speakers and Dynamic Local Talent

Each day at EntreCon you will get to hear dynamic keynotes, such as Wall Street Journal best-selling author and one on the most sought-after keynote speakers in the world today, Jon Gordon. Forbes says, “Gordon is a giant among business authors and speakers.”


Also, joining us, and back by popular demand is business woman and author Emily Ley. Emily has overseen huge growth in her company over recent years. Simplified® brand of planners and accessories is now carried in over 800 retail outlets across the United States and around the world. Emily has been featured in Forbes, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, and


Kris Ann Piazza will share her story of building a meaningful life and career after a childhood spinal cord injury and explores several tips you can apply immediately to move your own life and career forward. She refuses to allow circumstances to define what she can achieve, and that’s a message thousands of inspired leaders have brought back to empower their teams. Now you can bring it back to yours!

Stewart Vernon, will be giving the keynote  The Power of Positive Partnerships 1 + 1 = 3. How leading positively and leveraging key relationships can take you further in business and in life.

Stewart founded his company in 2002 and will tell the story of how he grew it to a franchise operation with 100 franchise partners who own and operate more than 257 franchise territories in 20 states.

ASP has become a leader in the swimming pool arena, while also rising in the ranks of the national franchise spotlight.  ASP’s success has been recognized by its inclusion in the rankings of Entrepreneur Magazine’s prestigious Top 500 Franchise List. Most recently, recognized again with the Entrepreneur 500 list ranking #101 for 2018.

Breakout Tracks: Better Jobs, Better Lives Better Communities

During our breakout sessions, you will take a deeper dive into some of the key issues and learn practical tools that will inspire you and your team to take action. The tracks for 2018 reflect our core belief that thriving business are catalysts for positive change.

Track 1: Better Jobs

Employee learning and development is critical not only to their success, but to business success. Research shows both companies and employees reap the benefits, including increased job satisfaction levels, internal promotion opportunities and better retention. The best employees, whether they are Boomers or Millenials, want to work for a company invested in their development and the best companies offer opportunities for employees to learn and grow.

This track will provide opportunities to help you build a culture of growth, trust, accountability and empowerment to attract the best and keep employees challenged, motivated, engaged and ready to work in a competitive world.

Track 2: Better Lives

Trying to balance our busy lives proves impossible for most of us. ‘Work-life balance’ just isn’t working anymore, if it ever worked at all. The reality for many of us these days is that our professional lives bleed into our personal lives. The boundaries are increasingly permeable and movable. When you’re at work, your personal life seeps in, and when you’re at home, your brain’s often still at work. Stressful work environments add to this.

This track will focus on how we can rethink the way we work as business owners, leaders and employees to reduce stress, improve our sense of well-being, and accomplish both our work goals and our personal goals. People thrive when they know their purpose and their work matters.

Track 3: Better Communities

Vibrant communities don’t just happen; they’re built. It takes engagement from residents, entrepreneurs and business owners. It takes civic engagement and smart planning to make a community a great place to live and work.

This track will focus on the factors that need to work together, strategies for managing change, what role governments and higher education institutes should play, why business owners are the catalysts and sustainers of change and why a vibrant downtown crucial for a town’s success.