Wednesday, September 15, 2010
William Stanley, president of Creating Clarity, Inc., a consultancy company in Atlanta, Ga., will speak to business students during the Executive Speaker Series (ESS) on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010 at noon in the Belcher Hall fourth floor auditorium. Stanley’s topic will be “A Successful Career in Sales: What Does It Take?”
Stanley’s corporation, Creating Clarity, Inc., specializes in managing consumer product businesses, introducing new products into resale markets, developing strategic plans, designing presentations and meetings and training sales people. Prior to establishing Creating Clarity, Inc., Stanley managed the military business for The Clorox Company. He was responsible for the company's worldwide military business for all products. Twenty-six of the 30 years with Clorox were in military sales. Stanley has been a sales manager for 37 years, five of which were with Procter and Gamble.
A native of Durham, N.C., Stanley graduated from Hillside High School and is a graduate of North Carolina Central University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. Additionally, he received a certificate from the University of Maryland through its Leadership Development Program. Stanley served as the 28th international president of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., an organization of over 125,000 members. He is one of the three chairmen for the fraternity’s Centennial Celebration. He is also very active in the military resale industry’s trade association, the American Logistics Association (ALA), where he served as the former chairman of the Board of Directors, and CEO. Stanley testified before Congress on behalf of the ALA on March 3, 2004.
As a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., Stanley is active on the Board of Deacons, plays in the adult handbell choir, sings in the men's ensemble, and is a member of the Friendship Theatre Guild. He is involved in many activities to promote community enrichment, such as the Kellogg Foundation's (national) Task Force on African American Men and Boys. He was the first president of the Woods of Briarlake Homeowners' Association.
Stanley has received numerous awards and recognition, including six Phi Beta Sigma Presidential Citations, Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities, Who's Who Among Greek-lettered Organizations, Kentucky Colonel Award, Phi Beta Sigma Executive Director's Award, Phi Beta Sigma Southern Region's Outstanding Sigmas and Social Action Award, Friendship Baptist Church Outstanding and Dedicated Service Award and National Alliance of Business Award. He also received the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) Outstanding Alumni Award, and was listed on Ebony Magazine's "100 Most Influential Blacks in America" list in 1993 and 1994. In July 1997, he was awarded the highest honor in Phi Beta Sigma, the Distinguished Service Key. He currently serves as president of the Distinguished Service Chapter.
Stanley is the father of four children: Elisa, Erica, Elenda and Garrett. His wife Emily is a manager for AT&T.
For additional information on ESS, contact Dr. Ann Shepard Winstead, Executive Speaker Series program director, at 803-516-4864.