Inspire! Forum on Leadership

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

Since 2013, the Inspire! Forum on Leadership has welcomed innovative and insightful leaders to share their experiences with the Georgia College & State University community.

Inspire! presenters share the university’s commitment to leadership for the public 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. 

The Hon. Peggy WalkerSenior JudgeDouglas County, Georgia19 Sept. 2023
The Hon. Jane KiddAlex Gregory Distinguished Fellow and Leader in ResidenceGeorgia College16 Oct. 2023
Rachel GallowayHis Majesty's Consul General to the United StatesBritish Consulate General Atlanta22 Jan. 2024
The Hon. Deke CopenhaverMayorAugusta-Richmond County19 Feb. 2024
Panel: "The Power of the Public Square"Dr. Kelley Ditzel
Dr. Jan Hoffmann 
Vivian Cassaniti
 20 Sept. 2022
Gen. Philip M. Breedlove17th Supreme Allied Commander EuropeNATO24 Jan. 2023
T. Dallas SmithFounder and CEOT. Dallas Smith & Company20 Feb. 2023


Panel: "Media Literacy and the Future of Democracy"

Richard T. Griffiths
Greg Bluestein
Rose Scott

  21 Sept. 2021
Dr. Dana Winters Executive Director Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning & Children's Media 19 Oct. 2021
Jim Link Chief Human Resources Officer Randstad 25 Jan. 2022
Dr. Genie Snyder Chamberlin Founder and Principal SnyderRemarks | Genieus Team 14 Feb. 2022
Sam Rauschenberg '07 Vice President for Data Strategy Achieve Atlanta 22 Sept. 2020
The Hon. Gunther Krichbaum, MdB Member of Parliament
Chairman, Committee on the Affairs of the European Union
Federal Republic of Germany 28 Oct. 2020
Jane Kim Coloseus Executive Director Her Term 8 Feb. 2021
Rae André Professor Emeritus, D'Amore-McKim School of Business Northeastern University 23 March 2021



Louis M. Dekmar '90

Chief of Police

City of LaGrange

17 Sept. 2019

Alumni Panel: "Learning to Lead Creatively"

McKenzie Fisher '16
Sarah Rose Harrill '14, '18
Sam Rauschenberg '07
Abbey Kolodziej '17


24 Oct. 2019
Walter W. Davis Partner Jones Day 11 Nov. 2019
Dr. Amena O. Anderson

Assistant Director, WVU Advance
Assistant Professor of Practice

West Virginia University 28 Jan. 2020
The Hon. Cathy Cox Dean and Professor of Law
Georgia's 25th Secretary of State
Mercer University 10 Feb. 2020
Pamela Y. Booker Alex Gregory Leader in Residence Georgia College 9 March 2020



Dr. Faye McIntyre

Dean and Sewell Chair in Private Enterprise

University of West Georgia

18 Sept. 2018

Terry Virts NASA Astronaut
Commander, International Space Station
NASA 10 Oct. 2018
Alex Gregory Inaugural Leader in Residence Georgia College 5 Nov. 2018
Rory Anne Hepner General Manager, Strategic Retail Development Mercedes-Benz USA 4 Feb. 2019
Mike McCurdy 
and Gil Rowland
Vice President for Human Resources, Safety, and Health
and Director of Mining
KaMin Performance Minerals 12 March 2019
The Hon. Takashi Shinozuka Consul General of Japan Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta 2 April 2019


Kimberly Ryan, FACHESenior Vice President
President, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center
WellStar Health System29 Nov. 2017
Lt. Gen. William Burke Garrett, IIIDeputy CommanderU.S. European Command7 March 2018
Betty CantrellMiss America 2016Miss America10 April 2018

Ed Wilson

Senior Enterprise Architect

Southwest Airlines

15 Sept. 2016

Patricia M. Falotico CEO Robert M. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership 8 Nov. 2016
Michael Warrick News Anchor and Reporter 41 NBC/WMGT Macon 23 Feb. 2017
Will Curry President The Curry Companies 14 March 2017
Johnelle Simpson Great Promise Partnership
& Work-Based Learning Coordinator
Clarke County School District 4 April 2017



Pierre Clements

Global Business Development Leader


12 Nov. 2015

Dr. Allene Magill Executive Director Professional Association of Georgia Educators 7 Oct. 2015

Ann Cramer

Senior Consultant

Cox Curry & Associates

28 Oct. 2015

James Sasser

Founder and President


8 Feb. 2016


Alan D. Rabb

Vice President
Sparkling Soft Drinks & Integrated Marketing

The Coca-Cola Company

2 Oct. 2014

April M. Bragg, IOM

President and CEO

Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce

3 Nov. 2014

Alex Gregory

Chairman, President, and CEO

YKK Corporation of America

11 Feb. 2015

Karen Handel


The Handel Strategy Group

3 March 2015

Tina Hollcroft

President and Owner

Hollcroft & Associates, Inc
Barefoot Mountain Farms

9 April 2015


Jane Hutterly

Executive Vice President 
Worldwide Corporate and Environmental Affairs

S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

10 Sept. 2013

Gary Strack

Executive in Residence
J. Whitney Bunting College of Business

Georgia College

9 Oct. 2013

Ed Bullard


Greene County Board of Commissioners

6 Nov. 2013

Dr. Steve M. Dorman


Georgia College

4 Feb. 2014

Mylle Mangum

CEO and Owner

IBT Enterprises, Inc.

4 March 2014

Ric Crane

Executive Vice President
and Chief Marketing Officer

Windstream Communications

2 April 2014