Coles College of Business brings top business executives to Kennesaw State

Slate of speakers set for annual Tetley Distinguished Leader Lecture Series

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Aug. 29, 2013) —The Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University will kick off its annual Tetley Distinguished Leader Lecture Series on Wednesday, Sept. 11 with John Dewberry, chairman and CEO of Dewberry Capital.

Dewberry, a former Georgia Tech quarterback, cancer survivor and an entrepreneur, will share insight on how his athletic prowess and entrepreneurial drive have shaped his career and life.

The lecture series offers free monthly talks from top business executives on a variety of business and industry topics. All of the lectures, which are free and open to the public, will be held at 2 p.m. in Prillaman Hall on the Kennesaw State campus.

“The Tetley lecture series offers prime opportunities for our students, as well as our faculty and the community, to engage and network with business and industry executives in a casual forum,” said Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Coles College of Business. “The Coles College is committed to bringing leaders of this caliber to campus to share their thought leadership.”

Other speakers scheduled for the monthly series include:
Oct. 10 – Genevieve Bos, technology entrepreneur and CEO of Idea String
Nov. 14 – Steve Gross, founder and CEO of Gross Capital Advisors and Trusted CFO Solutions
Jan. 23 – Mark Wilson, founder of Ryla Teleservices
Feb. 18 – Virginia Hepner, president and CEO of Woodruff Arts Center
March 19 – Keith Schroeder, founder and CEO of High Road Craft Ice Cream

For nearly 20 years, the Tetley Distinguished Leader Lecture Series has brought more than 60 opinion leaders from private and public sectors to share their experiences and knowledge with the future generation of global leaders.

The series is made possible through an endowment from Hank McInerney, former CEO of Tetley, Inc. For more information or to RSVP for any of the lectures, visit

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- Tiffany Capuano