Wille Deese-Closing Bell Speaker

Closing Bell Speaker Series 2016-2017 Academic Year

The College 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 College of Business and Economics. We appreciate his vision and passion that sprouted into the CBSS.

DateLocation/TimeSpeakerCompanyTopic
September 15, 2016 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125    4:00 p.m. Mr. Curtis Howse

Synchrony Financial

October 20, 2016 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m. Mr. Forest Harper

INROADS, Inc.

November 17, 2016 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m. Ms. Kendra Gaither (COBE Alumnus) U.S. Chamber of Commerce
February 16, 2017 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m. Ms. Natalie Robinson (COBE Alumnus)

CBS Incorporated

March 16, 2017 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m. Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope (COBE Alumnus) DePaul University
April 20, 2017 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m. Mr. Rodney Hood

JP Morgan Chase