SC State’s weekly Executive Speaker Series resumes Jan. 30

Thursday, January 24, 2008


ORANGEBURG – The College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences at SC State will kick off spring its 2008 Executive Speaker Series Wednesday, Jan. 30.

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 Jan. 30 speaker, grants administrator and SC State University assistant professor Deborah Blacknall, will present a lecture entitled “Your Professional Image.

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).

The Headliners for the Spring 2008 Executive Speaker Series are:

January 30
Deborah Blacknall
Grants Administrator and SC State Assistant Professor, Orangeburg, S.C.
Topic: “Your Professional Image”

February 6
Anthony T. Grant
CEO; Grant Business Strategies, Inc.; Columbia, S.C.
Topic: “Owning Your Business – the Essentials”

February 13
F. A. Lowrey
CEO; Ag First Farm Credit Bank; Columbia, S.C.
Topic: “Agri-Business and the Banking Industry”

February 20
Charlene Keys
Vice President of Operations and the Voice of…; Time Warner Cable; Columbia, S.C.
Topic: “Essential Toolkit for the 21 Century Executive”

February 27
Pamela Pace Lackey
President; AT & T; Columbia, S.C.
Topic: “Leading in Today’s Corporate Environment”

March 26
Carolyn Sawyer
Creative Strategist; Tom Sawyer Company; Columbia, S.C.
Topic: “Wealth Creation – Links to Business Startups”

April 9
Betty Parker
CEO; Sharper Development Solutions; Columbia, S.C.
Topic: “Major Professional Developments of Business”

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.