This fall, Georgia Highlands College’s School of Business and Professional Studies will present a guest speaker series featuring entrepreneurs who have served in a variety of roles, including the design team for the 2018 Marvel Studios film “Black Panther,” the owner of the first Chick-fil-A in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a former Air Force Officer with global corporate marketing experience turned business founder.
This virtual event series is free and open to the public.
“This monthly series provides GHC students, alumni and the surrounding business community an opportunity to learn from successful entrepreneurs and prominent business and nonprofit leaders,” event moderator and Assistant Professor of Business Administration Shanika Wright-Turner said.
The Entrepreneur Speaker Series will connect successful entrepreneurs with students and the community to share stories and advice in a virtual format.
Speakers to be featured during the series include Carl Ulysses, a master tailor to the stars, who has worked on over 30 films and was part of the Oscar award-winning “Black Panther” design team and whose showroom is located in Buckhead; and Brandon Hurst, owner of the first Chick-fil-A in Brooklyn N.Y.
In addition, GHC’s School of Social Sciences and Education Curriculum Coordinator Pat Manna, an entrepreneur who has been involved in three startup companies with one culminating in an initial public offering, will be speaking during the series.
“Being an entrepreneur isn’t just about coming up with an idea, but being able to sell your idea to investors,” Manna said. “Unfortunately, because of technology we are losing the art of business communication.”
Manna will speak from his own experience as an entrepreneur while helping participants learn that entrepreneurship is a method for clearly creating and communicating one’s ideas throughout daily life.
“Entrepreneurship is a mindset not only for starting a business, but for improving an existing business and taking it to the next level,” Manna said. “You have to be an entrepreneur in everything you do.”
The series will run virtually from 12PM to 1PM on Sept. 16, Oct. 14 and Nov. 18. Please visit ess.highlands.edu today to register.