SC State alumna Erica Ross Qualls to speak at Executive Speaker Series

Monday, January 26, 2009

Erica Qualls Orangeburg, S.C. - SC State will host executive speaker Erica Ross Qualls. Qualls’ discussion topic will be, “The MBA: Pathway to a Successful Career in Business” on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 at 12 p.m. in Belcher Hall fourth floor auditorium.


While a student at SC State, Qualls was involved in student government, serving as business manager of her class for two years and vice president for one year. She was also a student orientation leader, and constructed newspaper articles in the University’s student newspaper, The Collegian, and was treasurer of the SC State chapter of the American Marketing Association.


Qualls participated in a co-op opportunity with SCANA Corporation during her junior year in 1999, and interned with the Army Corps of Engineers. During her senior year as an undergraduate, she yielded to an entrepreneurial spirit by working as an independent contractor as a marketing consultant.


Upon graduating, Qualls accepted a position in pharmaceutical sales with Pfizer in Chicago, Illinois. Pfizer is the world's largest research-based biomedical and pharmaceutical company.


Over the years, she honed her sales skills in other industries, to include real estate and advertising.


In September 2007, as a full-time student, Qualls entered the MBA program at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, a top- ranked MBA program (formally the Graduate School of Business). She will complete the MBA in June 2009 with concentrations in marketing management, strategic management, and entrepreneurship.


After the first year at Chicago Booth, Qualls completed a marketing summer internship with the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, which is a recognized leader in sweet foods, with a wide range of product offerings, which includes gum, mints, hard and chewy candies, lollipops, and chocolate.


Upon graduation, Qualls will return to the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company as an assistant marketing manager.


“The spring 2009 executive speakers series seeks to capture the essence of how corporate cultures function, so that students are prepared to enter a global market place,” said Dr. Ann Winstead, leadership and professional coordinator. “We are fortunate that the cadre of speakers who will present to students represent a diversity of backgrounds and experiences that will facilitate this goal,” she continued


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