Weekly Executive Speaker Series resumes Aug. 29

Friday, August 24, 2007

ORANGEBURG – The College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences at SC State will kick off the eleventh year of its Executive Speaker Series on Wednesday, August 29.

The weekly lectures, which are open to the public, are held each Wednesday at 12 p.m. in the fourth floor auditorium of Belcher Hall. For additional information, contact Dr. Ann S. Winstead at (803) 516-4864 or Debbie Morant (803) 536-7138.

The Aug. 29 speaker, retail entrepreneur Rachelle Jamerson-Holmes, will present a lecture entitled “Professional Image: How to Look the Part.” Jamerson-Holmes is owner of Rachelle’s Island Inc. in Orangeburg, SC.

The Executive Speaker Series is a partnership between participating companies and the business program. It supports the college’s mission to provide quality management education and leadership to produce competitive graduates for a global and diverse environment.

Since the series’ inception in 1996, key executives from major corporations and government have provided professional insight on various topics, and assist students in developing the soft skills needed to become successful leaders. Each Wednesday, executives spend the day interacting with students and faculty in roundtable discussions, a general lecture and a radio interview broadcast to the local community on WSSB 90.3 FM, the radio voice of SC State University.

Past participants have come from a wide array of companies and industries, including Pfizer Inc., Springs Industries, Bowater Inc., Ernst & Young, AT&T, Ameriprise Financial, Black Enterprise, Blue Cross Blue Shield, SCANA, Sonoco, Bank of America, Johnson Controls, Milliken & Company and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

Upcoming Fall 2007 Executive Speaker Series participants include:

August 29
Rachelle Jamerson-Holmes, Retail Entrepreneur
Owner, Rachelle’s Island Inc. – Orangeburg, S.C.
Topic: “Professional Image: How to Look the Part”

September 5
Tanya Bolton, Certified Licensed Counselor
Owner of Bolton Counseling LLC – Columbia, S.C.
Topic: “Conflict Resolution/Self-Management: Professional Behavior in the Workplace”

September 12
Mahaliah Levine-Sinclair, Former Senior Executive, Discover Financial
President, Consign & Design – Glendale, Ariz.
Topic: “Preparing for Today’s Marketplace: 10 Tipping Points”

September 19
Densel Fleming
Senior Vice President for Global Wealth & Investments, The Private Bank of Bank of America – Charlotte, N.C.
Topic: “Making the Transition to Corporate America: How to Do It Right”

September 26
Hugh Grant
Chairman, President and CEO, Monsanto Company – St. Louis, Mo.
Topic: “The Agriculture/Agribusiness Industry in a Global Context”

October 24
David Evans, Director of Food Services
Tamara Richardson, ‘05, Process Improvement Specialist
Milliken & Company – Spartanburg, S.C.
Topic: “Dining Etiquette Tutorial” and Presentation by the Recruiting Team Milliken

October 31
Dr. Bill McDonald
Professor/Administrator, Presbyterian College – Clinton, S.C.
Topic: “Ethics in the Workplace”

November 7
Isaac Bennett
Vice President of Capital Markets, Farm Credit Bank – Austin, Texas
Topic: “Management/Finance/Banking”

November 14
Dr. Peggy Torry
Deputy Secretary of Workforce Development, S.C. Department of Commerce – Columbia, S.C.
Topic: “Labor Market Analysis and Economic Development”

The Executive Speaker Series was implemented in the core curriculum of the School of Business in 1996 as a component of the Leadership and Professional development Program, which all business majors are required to complete. The series exposes students to various aspects of the workplace, including viewpoints of leaders who are on the cutting edge of business, industry and government.