Two Georgia entrepreneurs will be featured in this fall's Cottrell Speaker Series, titled "From Ideas to Reality: Leaders in Entrepreneurship and Innovation." The series, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia.
"This year we wanted to do something different than we have in previous years," said Dr. Ruben Boling, professor of management and director of the Center for the Future of North Georgia. "We're very excited about the entrepreneurial theme of this year's series and the experience our speakers bring to our students and community."
Dr. Donna Mayo, dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business, added that staff has done an excellent job in seeking out and confirming speakers who are on the cutting edge of entrepreneurship and innovation.
On Sept. 18, Michael Cohn, co-founder and senior vice president of marketing for Cloud Sherpas, will speak on UNG's Dahlonega Campus. Cloud Sherpas has grown to become one of the world's leading cloud-service brokerages and is a two-time Google Enterprise Partner of the Year. In 2013, Cloud Sherpas was named the fourth-fastest growing company in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and was listed as a top workplace by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for the second year in a row.
On Nov. 4 on UNG's Gainesville Campus, Melanie Few-Harrison, founder of the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, will speak. The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is the first and only gospel event sanctioned by the NFL. Now in its 14th year, the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration brings NFL players and Grammy Award-winning artists together on one stage during Super Bowl Weekend. The event is also the only place to see the NFL Players Choir, the only inspirational music concert to be aired on ESPN.
The 2013 Cottrell Speaker Series will feature four speakers, with two speakers presenting in the fall and two speakers in the spring. Spring speakers will be announced later in the year, and Boling said he is very excited about plans to bring a nationally-known entrepreneur to the university.
The Sept. 18 session on the Dahlonega Campus will be held in the Dining Hall Banquet Room at 402 College Circle, Dahlonega. The Nov. 4 session on the Gainesville Campus will be held in the auditorium of the Continuing Education/Performing Arts Center, building 10, at 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. Sessions will begin at noon and conclude at 12:45. Live simulcasts of the events will be available on every campus for students, faculty and staff to participate.