On September 6, 2012, Shirley Powell of The Weather Channel Companies spoke on the Dahlonega campus as part of the Mike Cottrell College of Business Cottrell Speaker Series.
As executive vice president of corporate communications, Powell has oversight of all internal and external public relations and communications strategies for The Weather Channel network and its digital properties. Powell, a member of the senior executive team, provides communications counsel on a broad range of business issues and initiatives while also serving as chief spokesperson for the company. With more than 20 years in the media industry, Powell's knowledge and extensive experience plays a critical role in delivering the company's message to key constituencies. She has also served in senior roles for Turner Broadcasting System, NBC, Disney, and Nickelodeon.