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UNG to provide experts for speaker events at public libraries

MBA speakers 2016
Dr. Bryson Payne (pictured above) helps one of his students during a programming course. Payne is one of four experts from the Cottrell MBA program who will share their knowledge during presentations designed to aid aspiring and current business professionals.

Thanks to a partnership between the University of North Georgia's (UNG) Mike Cottrell College of Business and the Forsyth County Public Library, members of the north Georgia community will have the opportunity to learn valuable business skills from faculty in the Cottrell MBA program. Throughout the year, Forsyth County Public Libraries will host professors from the Cottrell MBA program to speak on a variety of subjects aimed at individuals, families, business owners, and aspiring professionals.

"We are excited about this new partnership with the Forsyth County Public Library," said Dr. Jeremy Bennett, director of the Cottrell MBA program. "Through this series of seminars, the Mike Cottrell College of Business can share the expertise of our faculty and staff throughout the region."

The events will bring to light the passion and expertise that UNG instructors hold in business, Bennett said. Dr. Ellen Best, assistant professor of accounting at UNG, will focus on family budgeting, taxes, and personal finance, during her session on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Sharon Forks Library.  

Combining occupational experience with academic passion, Best worked in corporate taxation at KPMG, has taught in the areas of managerial accounting and taxation, and maintained research interest in decision making within accounting, business ethics and tax education research. Best earned a doctorate in accountancy and a master's in taxation.

Dr. Bryson Payne, certified information systems security professional and professor of computer science, will be leading the "Information Management" section of the Cottrell MBA program. On March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Sharon Forks Library, Payne will host a discussion on trending topics in technology and data security, such as how to protect stored information.

The events will resume after the summer months at the Post Road Library on Sept. 13, 2016 at 7 p.m. with a presentation on Agile Marketing Planning from Nick Kastner, marketing manager and instructor of marketing.

Finally, Dr. Wendy Walker will round out the sequence of events to talk about "Leadership and Motivation," a subject she often discusses in a course highlighting transformational leadership with patrons and business leaders for second-year Cottrell MBA students. Walker's session will take place at the Post Road Library on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.

To register for these events or for more information, please visit the Forsyth County Public Library's site.

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