SC State kicks off the spring 2009 Executive Speaker Series

Monday, January 12, 2009

Orangeburg, S.C. – The College of Business and Applied Professional Sciences, Business Program, will officially kick off its spring 2009 Executive Speaker Series on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 in Belcher Hall, 4th floor auditorium at 12:00 p.m.

The Executive Speaker Series (ESS) is a partnership between participating companies, government, professional organizations, private and public community sectors, and the business program. It supports the university’s mission to offer quality management education and leadership to produce competitive graduates for a global and diverse atmosphere.

Past participants have come from a wide array of companies and industries, including Pfizer, Inc., Ernest and Young, AT&T, Black Enterprise, SCANA, Bank of America, Time Warner Cable, Monsanto Company, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

Student orientation begins January 28 and will include a session facilitated by Ms. Erica Ross Qualls, ‘2000, an MBA student at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. The topic of Ms. Qualls presentation is “The MBA: A Pathway to a Successful Career in Business”.

The first executive speaker for spring 2009 Executive Speaker Series will be Mr. Jonathan Speed, ’70, president and COO of Data Systems and Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Reston, Virginia.

The complete schedule of speakers and topics is listed below:

January 28          Ms. Erica Ross Qualls,’2000, MBA Student

                              University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, Chicago, IL

                              “The MBA: A Pathway to a Successful Career in Business”

February 4            Mr. Johnathan Speed, ’70, President/COO

                                Data Systems and Technologies, Inc., Reston, VA

                                “Program Management Solutions”

February 11            Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, President

                                  National Partnerships for Community Leadership

                                  “Governance & the Administration of Nonprofits”

February 18           Mr. M. Edward Sellers, Chairman and CEO

                                 BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

                                 “The Health Care Industry: Present and Future”

February 25             Mr. Kevin D. Johnson, ‘91, Vice President of Business Development

                                   Research Triangle Foundation, Research Triangle Park, NC

                                  “Land Sales and Capital Investments: Marketing Strategies”


April 1                         Mr. Clyde Jones, ’75, Chief Diversity Officer

                                     Automatic Data Processing, Inc., Roseland, NJ
                                     "Global Leadership Programs to Achieve Diversity"

April 8                         Ms. Dana Tucker, President and Publisher
                                     How We Live Magazine, Columbia, SC

                                    “How to Gain National Market Share for Your Business”

For additional information about the Executive Speaker Series please contact Dr. Ann S. Winstead, leadership and professional coordinator at 803-516-4864.