Wille Deese-Closing Bell Speaker

Closing Bell Speaker Series 2015-2016 Academic Year

The School of Business and Economics sponsors the Closing Bell Speaker Series (CBSS), which began in September 2008. The program brings successful scholarly professionals to the campus to engage with students in topical discussions that reflect the changing global environment. The primary objectives of the CBSS are:


1) To provide insight on the current trends facing businesses today.
2) To inspire students and provide additional encouragement for quality person and career development.
3) To enrich the students’ lives by providing them with role models in the careers for which they are preparing.

Many thanks to Mr. Curt “CT’ Tomlin who initiated The Closing Bell Speaker Series in 2008 as a result of the 2007 opening of the Financial Trading Room in the School of Business and Economics. We appreciate his vision and passion that sprouted into the CBSS.

DateLocation/TimeSpeakerCompanyTopic
September 17, 2015 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125    4:00 p.m. Mr. DaRayl Davis

Financial Assurance Corporation and

Founder of Smart Money Academy

October 15, 2015 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m. Dr. Cynthia Williams Turner & Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten

Fisher College of Business Ohio State University

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University of Michigan Ross School of Business

November 19, 2015 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m. Mr. Derrick Pitts Buckley Sandler, LLP
February 18, 2016 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m. Mr. Curtis Ellis

TriSept Corporation

March 17, 2016 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m. Mr. Charles Mitchell All About People
April 21, 2016 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m. Ms. Akilah C. Thompson, Mr. Julian Love & Mr. Christopher Robinson

ACT Inspires, Inc.

Strategy at Leadership for Educational Equity

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Arnie Duncan- Secretary of Education