Closing Bell Speaker Series 2018-2019

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. 

   
Date Location/Time Speaker Company Topic
September 20, 2018 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125    4:00 p.m. Mr. Leaton Harris 

Vice President, Career Development Teksystems, Inc.

October 18, 2018 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m. Ms. Rhonda S. Ferguson

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary Union Pacific

November 15, 2018 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m.

Mr. Ponce D. Tidwell, Jr. (COBE Alumnus)

Assistant General Counsel Eli Lilly and Company

February 21, 2019 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m.

Mr. Sterling Leaven

Executive Site Leader GE Aviation
March 21, 2019 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m.

Mr. Billy (Boss) Williams

Partner KPMG

April 18, 2019 The Fred and Janie Deese Auditorium, Merrick Hall 125 4:00 p.m.

Ms. Antonette Lockett Cromwell (COBE Alumna)

Partner PWC