The Albany State University College of Business students and faculty are taking advantage of a partnership between the National Urban League, corporate sponsors, Cocoa Cola, UPS, Walmart, Johnson and Johnson and government agencies, the CIA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to tap into the wisdom of executives who understand organizational trends. The ASU College of Business held its annual Business Lecture Series Oct. 16-17 as a part of the Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP). Shirley M. Boone, a 1987 graduate of Albany State University served as the keynote speaker.
The Business Lecture Series is designed to give executives an opportunity to share with students their insights about the latest trends and developments in the world of commerce. In her talk, Boone challenged ASU students to discover and pursue career passions in order to have a successful occupation and a good life.
“Our students are always eager to listen and engage in discussions with corporate executives, but to have one of our own graduates share her wisdom with them is extra special,” said Maurice Elliard, professor of marketing in the ASU College of Business and Campus Liaison for BEEP.
Boone earned a degree in mathematics from Albany State University, a degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Currently, the Albany native is the Vice President of Manufacturing for the Northwest Region of Coca-Cola Refreshments and is responsible for all aspects of manufacturing operations.
Prior to joining Coca-Cola, she worked as plant manager at Procter and Gamble in Oxnard, Calif. The Oxnard plant supplied Bounty and Charmin paper products to the West Coast and North America business region.
Other BEEP executives participating in the lecture series include:
Sherry M. Reaves, Director of Budget and Financial Management, USDA Forest Service Southern Region, Lashawn Cartwright, Recruitment Manager Chick-fil-A and Jerry Heidelburg Jr. Area Manager, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
The Albany State University Marketing Club hosted the lecture series.