2012-2013 Closing Bell Speakers

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.

Date Location/Time Speaker Company Topic
September 20, 2012 Merrick Hall Auditorium    4:00 p.m. Ms. Karen Collins Collins Collaboration, LLC Cracking the Corporate Code from a Female Perspective.
October 18, 2012 Merrick Hall Auditorium    4:00 p.m. Mr. Jim Captain Credit-Suisse Quarterly Financial Update.
November 5, 2012 Merrick Hall Auditorium    4:00 p.m. Dr. Ancella Livers Center for Creative Leadership Leadership Development-What does it really mean and is it Gender Neutral?
January 17, 2013 Merrick Hall Auditorium    4:00 p.m. Ms. Carla Harris Morgan Stanley Personal Finance Management-An Essential Building Block in Transitioning from the College Dorm Room to the C-Suite Executive Boardroom.
February 21, 2013 Merrick Hall Auditorium    4:00 p.m. Mr. Kevin Gray GFS Investments Transitioning from College Graduate to Successful Entrepreneur.
March 19, 2013 Merrick Hall Auditorium    4:00 p.m. Mr. Eric Watson Delhaize America Effective Communications and Networking: Are they still Appropriate Tools for Professional Advancement & Development.
April 18, 2013 Merrick Hall Auditorium    4:00 p.m. Mr. Michael Robinson Microsoft The Intersection of International Leadership with Global Opportunities. What could it mean for my Professional Career?
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