DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 21, 2016) – Former NBA executive, author and motivational speaker Lucas Boyce will be the featured speaker on Tuesday, Oct. 18, during the fall 2016 Lucas Boyce, featured speaker on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 9:30 a.m.installment of the L. Gale Lemerand Entrepreneurial Speaker Series hosted by the Small Business Development Center and Daytona State College.

The event, free and open to the public, kicks off at 9:30 a.m. in the Mori Hosseini Center on the college's Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.

Up to three promising students interested in entrepreneurship will each earn a $1,000 L. Gale Lemerand Entrepreneurial Speaker Series Scholarship. DSC students, DSC Adult Education students and Volusia or Flagler county high school students who plan to attend DSC are encouraged to apply. To submit scholarship applications, visit DaytonaState.edu/scholarships. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Oct. 11.

Boyce, 36, was born into a life of poverty in Independence, Mo., and was placed into foster care. However, his pathway has led to executive careers in presidential politics and professional sports. His book, Living Proof: From Foster Care to the White House and the NBA, published in 2011, is a testament that when hard work, determination and grace meet opportunity, anything can happen.

Boyce travels the country delivering speeches focused on leadership, team work, overcoming obstacles and making a positive impact on the lives of others.

Prior to becoming a strategist and political consultant, Boyce served as director of business development and legislative affairs for the Orlando Magic, responsible for strategic business planning, with a focus on developing a new sports and entertainment district in downtown Orlando. He also has served the Magic as director of community relations, multicultural insights, cause-marketing and government affairs.

Before he joined the Magic, Boyce served at the White House in the Office of Political Affairs. There, he monitored political activity and coordinated proactive communication, public relations and education outreach on behalf of President George W. Bush.

Boyce earned his bachelor's degree in political science and speech communication from the University of Central Missouri and graduated with his Executive MBA from Rollins College in May 2013.

He is a former trustee of Valencia College, and has served on many state and local civic and advisory boards.

For additional information, call (386) 506-4723 or email SBDC@DaytonaState.edu.

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