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.
Our first Jim Wood speaker for the fall 2022 semester will be Mr. Richard J. Sylvia, Jr.
The lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 pm, with a light reception to follow.
Location: Arbor Hall Auditorium, Clayton State East.
If you'd like you attend in person, the event will take place in the Arbor Hall auditorium located on the Clayton State east campus. The east campus is located at:
5823 Trammell Road Morrow, GA 30260
If you'd prefer to attend virtually, a link will be provided upon registration for the event.
Have any questions, please contact us at 678-466-4517 or email at email@example.com
See below an archive of our Spring 2022 speakers!
|Knowledge of Finance is Important||Stantisha Kemp, CPA, CEO Kemp Accounting||Spring 2018|
|Gender Equality in the Workplace||Elba Pareja-Gallagher, Founder, ShowMe50.org 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
|How to position yourself for getting a job in today's market||Kim Wallace, Executive Vice President, Hire Dynamics||
|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
|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
|Positioning Brazil to be Strategic Global Economy||Ambassador Adalnio Senna Ganem
Consul General of Brazil
|Building Business Software Solutions - What You Should know||Ruth Menter President & COO
|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