SC State Alumna Eager to Share Principles of Success During Upcoming Executive Speaker Series

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

SC State University’s upcoming executive speaker, Kendra Speed, ‘01, says she is excited about returning to her Alma Mater to speak with students about her educational and professional experiences. “I’m looking forward to sharing thoughts about how students can differentiate themselves in a tough economy and what they can do today when looking for a company to work for in the future,” she says.

On Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 at noon in Belcher Hall, fourth floor auditorium, Speed will talk to students on the topic, Project Management: Credentialing & Success in Business.”

“One of the things I’ve seen as an indicator of successful projects is efficient project management and being able to come up with a vision and then implement a plan,” notes Speed.  “A project is successful when others buy into it and you are able to keep things on schedule.  It’s about leveraging multiple projects using management principles.”

Speed currently serves as the director of development for Data Systems & Technology, Incorporated (DST), an information technology solutions firm headquartered in Reston, Va.  She leads the company’s largest contract division, test & evaluation, where she spearheads the division’s project management and client relationships.  In addition, Speed heads DST’s three to five year strategic planning, corporate marketing, process improvement and new business proposal management. As project manager, Speed is responsible for initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, and closing a given project. DST relies on Speed’s leadership ability to develop, implement, and manage project objectives, goals, budgets, resources and schedules to completion of a project.

Previously, Speed worked for Procter & Gamble (P&G), a Fortune 500 company.  While at P&G, she was responsible for driving consumer insights into the company’s global Olay Definity, Regenerist and Total Effects businesses. She led the development of next generation ideas to fuel P&G’s $2 billion skin care business growth over the next three to five years.  Speed was also a company leader in diversity as she led efforts within both retention and recruitment of diverse talent. At P&G, Speed was viewed as an expert in ethnic research, as well as in the field of shopper research. This expertise resulted from her experiences in working on Hispanic and African American targeted businesses, as well as partnering with Family Dollar’s executive leadership as the P&G team’s shopper expert.

Speed received her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from SC State University in May 2001. In 2003, she earned the Master of Business Administration degree from Purdue University. While at Purdue, she concentrated in marketing strategy and e-business.

For more information on the Executive Speaker Series, contact Dr. Ann S. Winstead at (803) 516-4864.