2012 Cottrell Speaker Series shaping up to be best ever

Beginning on Sept. 6, a top-notch roster of executives will be coming to North Georgia to talk about success in business. From the construction of a business to the attitude and skills necessary to land a job, these business leaders will share the skills, mindset, and experience needed to succeed in today’s market.

Speakers for this year’s series, hosted by the Mike Cottrell School of Business, include:

Shirley Powell Shirley Powell, executive vice president, The Weather Channel Cos. (on Thursday, Sept. 6)
Doug Keith Doug Keith, president of Drive Technologies Division, Siemens (on Thursday, Sept. 20)
David McNeill David McNeill, president and managing partner, 4th Strand (on Thursday, Oct. 4)
Penny McIntyre Penny McIntyre, president, Newell Consumer Group, Newell Rubbermaid (on Thursday, Oct. 18)
Rich McKay Rich McKay, president and CEO, The Atlanta Falcons (on Thursday, Nov. 1)

“I have been so impressed with the quality and variety of executives that have visited our campus to share their experiences with our students as part of this program,” North Georgia President Bonita Jacobs said.

Each presenter will bring years of knowledge and experience to the audience, and will discuss the traits and tactics that have aided them in building successful careers.

Shirley Powell will discuss the importance of P.I.E. – performance, image, exposure – and the impact of other lessons learned through her career navigating the media industry.

Doug Keith will share his thoughts on the critical skill of being future-focused, and how to prepare and execute for what lies ahead. He will outline the process of planning for the future, and how he applies that process personally, professionally, and corporately at Siemens.

David McNeill will discuss entrepreneurship and key lessons learned from successfully starting, building, and selling two companies.  He will also provide insights on realizing a top-decile business return while maintaining a top-decile lifestyle balance.

Penny McIntyre will discuss how businesses and their brands can thrive in the international arena. She will use a blend of personal experience and Newell case studies to identify the easy and not-so-easy elements of working and winning in international business.

Rich McKay will provide an examination of the NFL’s structures, both economic and competitive, to show how the NFL has become the dominant sports league and brand in America.

“We are very pleased with the caliber of this year’s speakers,” Dr. Donna T. Mayo, dean of the Mike Cottrell School of Business, said. “This will be an excellent opportunity for students and community members to learn business strategies and tactics from some of the best in the field.”

Presentations are open to the public and free of charge. Each session will be held in the second floor auditorium (room 232) of the university’s Health & Natural Sciences Building at 159 Sunset Drive, Dahlonega. Sessions will begin at 12:55 p.m. and conclude at 1:50 p.m.

To view the Cottrell Speaker Series webpage, visit www.northgeorgia.edu/cottrellspeakerseries/.

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