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Florida Institute of Government Hosts "The Hero Within" Conference at Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa

FORT MYERS, FL - The Florida Institute of Government at Florida Gulf Coast University invites the public to "The Hero Within," a one day conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 3 at the Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa to explore the idea that each of us has the capacity to make extraordinary contributions in our ordinary, day-to-day lives. Registration for the day is $99 and includes lunch.

Keynote speaker Lou Heckler heads the conference. Heckler's career spans years as a news anchorman, a management training director, a Certified Speaking Professional, and coach for other professional speakers and executives. His keynote address, "The Hero Within," defines a hero through the traits and characteristics necessary for accessing courage, bravery and professional risk taking in the workplace. With a unique blend of knowledge, integrity and humor, Heckler weaves in stories about every day heroes in our midst.

Inspired by New York's subway hero, Wesley Autrey, the conference also offers four concurrent sessions in which attendees gain specific skills, strategies and techniques for making a positive difference in the workplace. The sessions include "Assessing Your Hero Capacity" with David Kelley; "Thinking and Acting Like a Hero" with Anne Schroeder; "Being a Hero for Your Team" with Ava Fluty; and "Creating a Hero's Journey" with Lou Heckler.

Local heroes selected from within partnering organizations are recognized and celebrated during the conference. Partnering organizations include Florida Gulf Coast University, Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, Wilson Miller Engineering, Lee Memorial Health System, Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa, Select Real Estate by Stephanie Miller, Inc., Matanzas Inn & The Beach Pierside Grill, and Home Safe Environmental, LLC.

For more information, contact Joanne Hartke at (239) 590-7815 or Anne Schroeder at (352) 326-8826 or

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