Florida College will host guest speaker Dana Perino at the eighth annual Florida College Leadership Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 24, 2015, at the A La Carte Event Pavilion.

The Florida College Leadership Dinner is an event designed to promote ethical leadership and build relationships with members of the Tampa Bay business community. David Curry, Florida College’s chief advancement officer and the event’s coordinator, said the event also provides an opportunity for the college’s upper-division business students to learn from experienced guest speakers and network with local business leaders.

“One of our goals is to expose local leaders to our business students in order to cultivate internship possibilities,” Curry said. “We have a tremendous group of students at Florida College, and we want to connect them with local business leaders.”

The Leadership Dinner combines Florida College’s spiritually-based values with mainstream leadership principles in order to appeal to professionals from a variety of backgrounds.

“We try to focus on a different demographic each year. Ethical leadership is important in any organization whether it be the military, the fast-food industry or the medical field,” Curry said.

Perino has ties to both politics and journalism. She is a Fox News contributor and co-host of the top-rated cable news program, “The Five.” She also served seven years during the administration of former President George W. Bush and became the White House press secretary, representing the leader of the free world during a tumultuous time in America’s history.

Perino’s work for the president provides a unique perspective on leadership and has produced valuable insight on how to train leaders. On Sept. 24, she will share three critical elements of good leadership: access, principles and loyalty, as she speaks from a follower’s point of view.

“Because of her experience in politics and journalism, I believe Perino will have a broad appeal to the community,” Curry said. “I’m looking forward to hearing what she has to say.”

Purchase your tickets to the Florida College Leadership Dinner at floridacollege.edu/leadership.