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Jim Wood Speaker Series

The Jim Wood Speaker Series is named after James “Jim” Wood, Jr. who financially supported the efforts of the College of Business to seek and obtain guest lecturers who are some of Georgia’s most celebrated business personalities. The series is a means of ensuring Clayton State students gain insights into current business trends and corporate strategies.

The Jim Wood Speaker Series is a means to forge bonds between Georgia’s business leaders and Clayton State students, while ensuring students gain insights into current business trends and corporate strategies.

The Wood family has a long history with Clayton State University. Jim Wood was a great leader, community advocate, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and mentor. Over his career, he worked as a news reporter, trade industry reporter, feature writer, medical science writer, editor and publisher. He founded the News Daily in Jonesboro, GA, and ATL, the Atlanta airport newspaper, which he owned and operated for more than 30 years.

Politics and public service milestones abound: a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1976 to 1982, and a charter member of the Board of Trustees of Clayton State University. His last honor from the Georgia Press Association was his induction into the industry’s “Gold” society of newspaper professionals with 50 or more years of experience. Jim Wood passed away in April 2018; the College of Business is grateful for his ongoing legacy.





JWSS Alumni Panel

Listen to the Alumni Panel

Topic Speaker Date
Knowledge of Finance is Important Stantisha Kemp, CPA, CEO Kemp Accounting Spring 2018
Gender Equality in the Workplace Elba Pareja-Gallagher, Founder, and Director of Financial Global Retail and e-Commerce Strategy, UPS Spring 2018
Autonomous Automobiles Are Coming Suzanne Murtha, Project Director, Atkins Fall 2017
Value of procurement and networking Ken Baker, Director of Procurement Operations, Georgia Pacific. Fall 2017
Operational Excellence: Outperforming Yourself Dr. Normal L. Firchau, President and Chief Executive Officer, Porsche Consulting Spring 2016
Branding Yourself Nakita Pope, Founder and Chief Chick, Designing Chicks Spring 2016
COB Alumni Panel Lydia Hall, GP; Marcia Greer, Delta; Kim Boozman and Grady McQuade, Kuehne & Nagel Fall 2015
Building Confidence in Meeting People Lon Langston, President & CEO, Significance Ideation Fall 2015

Lessons Learned in Building a Family Own Business

Marcia G. Taylor, Bennett International Group, LLC Spring 2015
Technology and Your Future Henrik Christensen, Georgia Institute of Technology Spring 2015
How To Build A Career On A Global Scale Juergen Gentzke, Kuehne & Nagel Spring 2015
How To Be An Effective Employee Joyclan Sumpter, Turner Broadcasting Systems Fall 2014
Lessons Learned When Starting Your Career: CSU Alumni Panel Sherrie Miller, Jacobson Industries, Corey Wagner, Samuel Shapiro, and Glenda McCool, Eaton Cooper Lighting Fall 2014
Be Confident in Yourself when Building a Career Walter W. Jackson II, Vice President of Finance, Operation Hope Spring 2014
The Dangers of Social Media Roosevelt Giles, Founder, EndPoint Consulting Group, LLC Spring 2014
Networking to Your Advantage John Mascaritolo, Director Supply Chain Management, Clayton State University Spring 2014
Life Is What Happens When You Are Not Ready Ann Wilson Cramer, Senior Consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates Spring 2014
Lessons Learned in Starting Our Careers: CSU Alumni Panel Jeffery Martin, RockTenn, Marcia Greer, Delta Air Lines, Dominique Grant, Caduceus Occupational Medicine, Martin Sanz, Griffin-Spalding Airport Fall 2013
Starting a business unprepared is hard Lisa Williams, Founder, On-Site Computer Training, LLC. Fall 2013
Performance Leadership Erica Qualls, General Manager, Atlanta Marriott Marquis Spring 2013
How To Approach Running A Business Tom Money, Executive Vice President & COO, Kauffman Tire Company Spring 2013
Lessons Life Throws At Us George Andrews, President and Chief Executive Officer, Capitol City Bank & Trust Spring 2013
Things Someone Should Have Told Me in My 20s (Not That I'd Have Listened) Ed Riggins, Senior Vice President, Cresa Spring 2013
The State of U.S. and Global Economy: Where Do We Go From Here? Peter deSilva, President and Chief Operating Officer, UMB Financial Corporation, President, UMB Bank, n.a.
Dean's Lecture Series
Fall 2012
How to position yourself for getting a job in today's market Kim Wallace, Executive Vice President, Hire Dynamics

Fall 2012

Career Strategies for Non-Profit Companies Alicia Philipp, President, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Fall 2012
Entrepreneurism: Restaurants are businesses too Chef Alain Bouzoubaa, 5 Star Chef and Owner, Seven Gables Restaurant Spring 2012
Overview of the Healthcare Industry John Quinn, CEO, Spalding Regional Medical Center Spring 2012
What’s new at the Atlanta Airport Louis Miller, General Manager, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Spring 2012
Entrepreneurial Dream Kathy Betty, Former Owner & CEO, Atlanta Dream Spring 2012
Delta: Building a better air line Hank Halter, CFO, Delta Air Lines Fall 2011
Changing of an Icon - NCR William (Bill) Nuti, Chairman, CEO, and President, NCR Corporation

Dean's Lecture Series
Fall 2011
Managing Brand YOU Jerry S. Wilson, Senior Vice President, Chief Customer and Commercial Officer, The Coca-Cola Company Fall 2011
The Coca-Cola North American Network - DO&IP Overview Rob Haddock, Director of Planning, Coca-Cola Company Spring 2011
Entrepreneurship Insights from the Decades Ann Elliott, CEO and Founder Solertis Logistics Solutions Spring 2011
The Atlantic Capital Story Doug Williams, CEO Atlantic Capital Spring 2011
The Rise of Entrepreneurialism - The bubble that will not burst

W. Cliff Oxford, CEO Entrepreneur Advisors
Dean's Lecture Series

Spring 2011
Positioning Brazil to be Strategic Global Economy Ambassador Adalnio Senna Ganem

Consul General of Brazil

Spring 2011
Building Business Software Solutions - What You Should know Ruth Menter President & COO

Blytheco LLC

Fall 2010
Are You Hungary: Eat International Mr. John E. Parkerson Jr. Director International Programs, Clayton State University Fall 2010
Thinking Strategically About Your Life and Business Mr. Chuck Lewis, CEO, One Georgia Bank Spring 2010
Assessing the Strategic Developments at Delta Air Lines: A Case Study Mr. Hank Halter, CFO, Delta Air Lines Spring


Tackling Healthcare Reform Mr. Michael Cotton, President, Wellcare Fall 2009
Understanding How the Media Industry is Changing Business Mr. Jim McCaffrey, CSO, Turner Broadcasting Systems Fall 2009
Effective Leadership and Management in a "Difficult World" Mr. Frank McCloskey, VP, Georgia Power Fall 2009
Discussing Business in the New Ms. Crystal Edmonson, Broadcast Editor, ABC Spring 2009
Building Businesses to Last Mr. Dan Cathy, President, Chick-fil-A Spring 2009
Ethics in Today's Banking Industry Mr. James Young, CEO, Citizens Trust Bank Spring 2009
Five Fundamentals of Small Business Mr. Joe Ruggles, President, Eleven Realty Fall 2008
The American Financial Crisis and Today's College Student Mr. Milton Jones, President, Bank Of America, Georgia Fall 2008
Learning the Lesson of Entrepreneurship Mr. Frank A. Argenbright, Chairman, AirServ Fall 2008
Blue Ocean Strategy Mr. Jim Messina, VP, Spring 2008
Personal Branding for Today’s College Grads Mr. Ercell Charles, VP, Dale Carnegie Spring 2008
The Pulse of American Business Mr. Ed Baker, Publisher, ABC Spring 2008
Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Mr. Lee Hardeman and Mr. Harold Hagans Fall 2007
Globalization Comes to Georgia Mr. Dan Chapman Fall 2007
Behind the Scenes Look at the 1996 Olympic Games Through the Use of Logistics Management John Mascaritolo, Professor Supply Chain Management and Logistics Practices

Clayton State University
Fall 2007