Launch into IA



Gigi Butler

Branding Powerhouse, Motivational Speaker & Founder of Gigi's Cupcakes.

When Gigi Butler arrived in Music City to pursue her dream, it wasn’t to become the culinary queen of cupcakes. The young entrepreneur and talented singer moved to Nashville to be the next country music star and the journey that followed to get her name in lights is full of sweet irony. Gigi’s story will inspire you while her lighthearted and witty personality will make you laugh along the way. Featured in national media outlets such as Entrepreneur, Forbes and Business Insider, Gigi Butler has been crowned as the Queen of Sweet Success. Her Entrepreneurial powerhouse of a spirit and incredible journey inspires everyone from young entrepreneurs in the classroom to the biggest of international business moguls.

"Gigi Butler was fantastic. She was able to craft a message for our students that combined her story, expertise, and success that translated into principals of dos and don’ts for any innovator. Her delivery was exemplary. By combining humor, examples, singing and an informal but highly focused presentation, she demonstrated her command of delivering a Keynote speech and gave our students immediately useful takeaways. True inspiration took place. The students left feeling excited and motivated and ready to tackle their first year at UF."  -Jeff Citty, Ed.D., Director, University of Florida Innovation Academy

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Attendance Confirmation

Attendance at Launch Into IA is required for all incoming first-year IA students. The Innovation Academy also encourages family members of new students who are interested in attending Launch Into IA to do so. Seating arrangements will be provided.

Launch into IA 2020 was on January 4. The event was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Reitz Union.

Key moments...

  • Along with the Keynote Speaker - We heard from UF President Fuchs
  • We met your Student Government Vice President, Sarah Abraham
  • We heard from your IA sophomore class speaker, Makhi Marbra
  • and so much more!

The IA office calls every student personally to confirm attendance at UF, their major and their t-shirt size. For more information about Launch into IA, please get in touch with us via our Contact us page. Go IA Gators!