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Ppluris-talk.jpgluris Talks is a series of insightful sessions where our students have the opportunity to listen to successful entrepreneurs and professionals. These speakers will share their journeys, challenges, and experiences from both the entrepreneurial and corporate worlds. We hope that these stories will inspire, educate, and provide our students with a broader perspective of what’s possible in their future careers.

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Josh Bhagratie is the founder of 9450 Global, a multi-hyphenated sports brand based in Orlando, Florida. Originally from Queens, New York, his love of basketball was inspired by family members and playing the sport at parks around the city. It grew further when he moved to Orlando and used basketball to connect with friends in his neighborhood. That connection sparked the interest in building a sports centric brand which has become 9450 Global. After graduating from UCF in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Mr. Bhagratie has grown his 9450 Global brand step by step through the use of social media networking and in-person networking by attending various events in the sports industry.
Jakobe Petitdo was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and raised in Sanford, Florida. I grew up in a single parent-hold, now currently being the oldest of six siblings. Graduating from Lake Mary High School. In my senior year of high school, losing my mother at the age of 17 to cancer led me to a relationship with Jesus Christ and, in 2019, motivated me to go into entrepreneurship and create a business for myself where I do photography and videography. I’ve been able to shoot people like Patrick Bet, David Nick Briz, Jorge Masvidal & many more. Being blessed enough travel to various and numerous countries to film and have my content seen by 80+ million viewers. It’s been a journey and I’m excited to see where things are going because we are just getting started, All Glory to God, The future is bright!

After graduating from Brigham Young University, Carlos embarked on an entrepreneurial path that led him to establish Wizard Language Schools, the largest chain of language schools globally, boasting 3,000 locations, serving 1 million students annually, and generating 50,000 jobs. Currently, Carlos oversees the Brazilian operations of international franchises such as Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell.

With an extensive educational background, including a Master in Arts, TESOL– Teaching English for Students of Other Languages, from UCF's Department of Modern Languages, and a Certificate in Academic English from UCF Global, Claudia has cemented her reputation as an authority in language and cultural studies. Her academic pursuits didn't stop there; she further explored her passion for the arts and human sciences by obtaining a bachelor’s degree in both Museology and Philosophy, followed by a Master's in Art History and Brazilian Architecture.