Inspire! Forum on Leadership

The Inspire! Forum on Leadership series invites seasoned leaders to Georgia College to share leadership lessons with our students and the community.

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Stories. Expertise. Advice. 

The Inspire! Leadership Forum series invites seasoned leaders to Georgia College to share leadership lessons with our students and the community. The forum is designed to be engaging and to allow for exchange between the presenters and guests. All GC students and members of the community are invited to attend. 

Inspire! Forums are intentionally designed to be engaging, insightful, and enjoyable. Interaction and networking are encouraged.

2020-21: Upcoming

Usery Forum: The Hon. Gunther Krichbaum, MdB

Member of Parliament, Federal Republic of Germany

Chairman, Committee on the Affairs of the European Union

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

1 p.m.

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Gunther Krichbaum

Jane Kim Coloseus

Executive Director 

Her Term 

Monday, 8 February 2021 

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

Speaker Biographical Sketch

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Speaker

Since 2013, the Inspire! Forum on Leadership has welcomed innovative and insightful leaders to share their experiences with the Georgia College community. Inspire! presenters share the university’s commitment to leadership for the collective good, whether in business, the non-profit sector, or public affairs, and are typically C-suite executives in private enterprise or hold leadership roles in the public sector. 

Inspire! presenters discuss:

  • Leadership lessons they have learned through their life and work.
  • A particular leadership philosophy, model, or concept that interests them.
  • A particular cause or issue that motivates them.
  • Leadership challenges that we face in the world.
  • How to engage effectively with our communities and government.

 

The Usery Forum on Leadership

The Usery Forum on Leadership is part of the Inspire! Forum series and is supported by a generous gift from the Kim Usery Foundation. The goal of the series, named for former U.S. Secretary of Labor Bill Usery, is to focus on leadership that: 

  • Brings people together, bridging divides and spanning boundaries,
  • Finds value in diverse new perspectives, and
  • Showcases innovations in leadership and service, particularly related to creating mutual benefit in civic life.

 

Nominate a Presenter

Do you know someone who should facilitate an Inspire! Forum? Please nominate a future presenter. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. May I nominate a speaker I know personally? 

A. Yes. Many of our Inspire! presenters share some previous relationship to Georgia College and the community. If you would help to arrange an introduction, the Leadership Programs staff will gladly reach out to potential speakers. 

Q. May I suggest someone I don't know? 

A. Sure. Is there someone you would like to hear from and engage in a discussion of leadership? The Leadership Programs staff welcomes such nominations and will work to bring insightful leaders to Georgia College for a discussion with our students. Please tell us how you learned about this person, and we will reach out. 

Q. When is the nomination deadline? 

A. There is no deadline, and we accept rolling nominations. The Leadership Programs staff plans Inspire! forums six to twelve months in advance, so the sooner you make your nomination, the sooner we can research potential presenters and reach out. 

Q. Does Inspire! partner with other organizations? 

A. Yes. The Office of Leadership Programs frequently co-sponsors Inspire! forums with other university offices and student organizations, as well as external groups. To solicit such a sponsorship, please contact the Leadership Programs staff

Past Inspire! Presenters

2019-20
dekmar_lou

Louis M. Dekmar '90

Chief of Police, City of LaGrange
17 September 2019
Magnolia Ballroom

Alumni Panel: Learning to Lead Creatively

24 October 2019 ∙ Magnolia Ballroom

fisher_mckenzie

MCKENZIE FISHER '16
Consultant, Management Consulting 
GovStrive

harrill_sarah_rose

SARAH ROSE HARRILL '14, '18
Program Manager
Emory Healthcare

rauschenberg_sam

SAM RAUSCHENBERG '07
Vice President for Data Strategy
Achieve Atlanta

kolodziej_a

ABBEY KOLODZIEJ '17
Paid Social Specialist
Imagine Media Consulting

davis_walt

Walter W. Davis

Partner, Jones Day 
11 November 2019
Magnolia Ballroom

anderson_amena

Dr. Amena O. Anderson

West Virginia University
28 January 2020
Magnolia Ballroom 

cox_cathy

The Honorable Cathy Cox

Dean and Professor of Law, Mercer University
Georgia's 25th Secretary of State
10 February 2020
Magnolia Ballroom

pamela booker

Pamela Y. Booker

Alex Gregory Leader in Residence, Georgia College
Assistant Vice President (ret.), AT&T
9 March 2020

2018-19

Spring 2019

rory anne hepner

Rory Anne Hepner

General Manager, Strategic Retail Development, MBUSA, LLC
4 February 2019
Magnolia Ballroom

mccurdy_rowland

Mike McCurdy and Gil Rowland

Vice President for Human Resources, Safety, & Health and Director of Mining, KaMin Performance Minerals
12 March 2019
Magnolia Ballroom

takashi_shinozuka

Takashi Shinozuka

Consul General of Japan
2 April 2019
Peterson Room, Russell Library

Fall 2018

alex gregory

E. Alexander Gregory, Jr.

Inaugural Leader in Residence, Georgia College
Chairman, CEO, and President, YKK Corporation of America (retired)
5 November 2018
Magnolia Ballroom

terry virts

Terry Virts

NASA Astronaut
Commander, International Space Station
10 October 2018
Magnolia Ballroom

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faye mcintyre

Dr. Faye McIntyre

Dean and Sewell Chair of Private Enterprise
Richards College of Business, University of West Georgia
18 September 2018
Magnolia Ballroom

2017-18

Spring 2018

garrett_burke

Lt. Gen. William Burke Garrett, III

Deputy Commander, U.S. European Command (ret.)
7 March 2018
University Banquet Room, Maxwell Student Union

betty cantrell

Betty Cantrell

Miss America 2016
10 April 2018 
University Banquet Room, Maxwell Student Union

Fall 2017

kimberly ryan, fache

Kimberly Ryan, FACHE

Senior Vice President, WellStar Health System
President, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center
Wed., November 29, 2017

2016-17

Spring 2017 Inspire! Forums

michael-warrick

Michael Warrick

News Anchor & Reporter
41 NBC/WMGT Macon

Thurs., February 23, 2017

FULL BIO

will_curry

Will Curry

President
The Curry Companies

Tues., March 14, 2017

FULL BIO

johnelle_simpson

Johnelle Simpson

Great Promise Partnership & Work-Based Learning Coordinator
Clarke County School District

Tues., April 4, 2017

FULL BIO

ed_wilson

Ed Wilson

Senior Enterprise Architect
Southwest Airlines

Thurs., Sept. 15, 2016

FULL BIO

pat_falotico

Patricia M. Falotico

CEO
Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

Tues., Nov. 8, 2016

FULL BIO

2015-16

Fall 2015 Speakers

pierre_clements

Pierre Clements

Global Business Development Leader
Thurs., Nov. 12, 2015

FULL BIO

ann_cramer

Ann Cramer

Senior Consultant
Coxe Curry & Associates
Wed., Oct. 28, 2015

FULL BIO

allene_magill

Dr. Allene Magill

Executive Director
Professional Association of Georgia Educators
Wed., Oct. 7, 2015

FULL BIO

Spring 2016 Speakers

james_sasser

James Sasser

Founder & President
GovStrive
Monday, February 8, 2016

FULL BIO

2014-15

Fall 2014 Speakers

steve_dorman

Dr. Steve Dorman

President
Georgia College
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

FULL BIO

alan_rabb

Alan D. Rabb

VP, Sparkling Soft Drinks& Integrated Marketing
The Coca-Cola Company
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

FULL BIO

april_bragg

April M. Bragg, IOM

President and CEO
Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

FULL BIO

Spring 2015 Speakers

alex gregory

Alex Gregory

Chairman, President and CEO
YKK Corporation of America
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

FULL BIO

karen_handel

Karen Handel

President
The Handel Strategy Group
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

FULL BIO

tina_hollcroft

Tina Hollcroft

President and Owner
Hollcroft & Associates Inc.
and Barefoot Mountain Farms
Thursday, April 9, 2015

FULL BIO

2013-14

Fall 2013 Speakers

jane_hutterly

Jane Hutterly

Former Executive Vice President
Worldwide Corporate and Environmental Affairs of S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013

FULL BIO

gary_strack

Gary Strack

Executive in Residence
GC College of Business
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

FULL BIO

ed_bullard

Ed Bullard

Chairman
Greene County Board of Commissioners
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

FULL BIO

Spring 2014 Speakers

steve_dorman

Dr. Steve Dorman

President
Georgia College
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

FULL BIO

mylle_mangum

Mylle Mangum

CEO and Owner
IBT Enterprises, LLC
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

FULL BIO

ric_crane

Ric Crane

Former Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Windstream Communications
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

FULL BIO