Tetley Lecture Series History
The Tetley Distinguished Leader Lecture Series has attracted more than sixty leaders from the private and public sectors all honored to speak to our students and all simply for the opportunity to share past experience and wisdom for the future to the next generation of global leaders at the Coles College of Business. The series has also created the opportunity for great liaisons with senior business leadership often leading to career opportunities for graduates, master’s candidates and undergraduate students.
Over the years, Tetley speakers have adopted various themes for their lectures.
- Bernie Marcus presented "Kick Up Some Dust: Lessons on Thinking Big, Giving Back,
and Doing it Yourself"
- Mark, Lauren, and Ryan Wilson hosted our first panel discussion on "Generational Perspectives
- Michelle Gethers presented "The NEXT Level: Perspectives on Leadership Now and into
- Shane Jackson shared his insights on "Healthcare During COVID: Lessons from a Leadership Crucible"
- H.P. Rama spoke on "Journey of Realizing the American Dream and Lessons Learned"
- Lee Rhyant taught us that "You're Not Failing, You're Soaring: Turning Challenges
- J. Larry Stevens spoke on "Building Relationships and Becoming Extraordinary"
- Michael A. Leven discussed "Can't Do It Yourself: How Commitment to Others Leads to
- Andy Puzder shared his thoughts on "The American Dream Must Be Alive and Well - Or
I Wouldn't Be Here"
- Pat Flood gave us his perspective on what he calls "Destination: BEST"
- John Stossel explained his thoughts on "Work Hard or You’ll Freeze in the Dark”
- Brian Pendley told us about “Setting the Tone: How to Be a Leader Others Want to Follow”
- Hector Padilla presented "Know Where You’re Going: Career Planning for Leaders & Individuals"
- Rob Hale explained to use that "Now is the Time"
- Michael J. Coles shared his experience with "Taking on Goliath"
- Debbie Pike discussed "Beyond Marketing: Why Purpose-Driven Brands are Thriving!"
- Steve Koonin gave us his thoughts on "Connecting with the Next Generation Atlanta"
- Bob Kilinski presented on "Turning a Service into a Business"
- Will Alexander spoke on "The One Constant on the Road to Becoming a Leader"
- Scott Pederson told us "How I Turned My Love for Sports into A Career"
- Carol B. Tomé presented "The Power of a Values Based Business"
- Mark Kaplan taught us about "Creating your Personal Brand"
- Jennifer Van Buskirk gave us her best advice - "Ban the Word Can’t"
- Ralph Stokes shared his "The Success of Your Dreams"
- Life Lessons from the "Gridiron to the Boardroom"
- Shan Cooper discussed "I Was Going to Be a Doctor, But Decided to Build Airplanes
- Tony Charaf presented on "The Servant Leader"
- Eric Wilhelm shared his thoughts on "Day to Day Innovation"
- Brad Kehm spoke on "Leading the Nike Way"
- Mitzi Moore shared her story and keys of success
- Keith Schroeder took us on "A Journey From Idea to Reality"
- Virginia Hepner examined "The Art of Leading a Nonprofit"
- Mark Wilson spoke on "The Confidence to Succeed"
- Steve Gross discussed the "Language of Business"
- Genevieve Bos spoke on Networking and Your Net Worth
- John Dewberry shared his vision for a greater Atlanta
- Jim Jacoby discussed past and future developments in Atlanta, Marine Studios, and
the apprenticeship program at the Jacoby Group
- Daymond John shared the Secrets of His Success
- Governor Sonny Perdue networked with attendees and shared insights on global business
- Frank Belatti focused on turnaround strategies
- Arthur Blank examined the trauma of downsizing and starting a new venture
- Ronald Bruno looked at the dynamics of a family held business
- Tom Cousins shared insights from a family held business
- Jerry Dempsey talked about refocusing a 100 year old enterprise
- Donald Hess concentrated on customer service and competitive positioning
- Irwin Lowenstein examined managing through a leveraged buyout
- Mary Madden looked at starting a niche technology-based venture
- Harry Maziar commented on the importance of sales and marketing
- Peter Spirer talked about the history of the tufted carpet industry
- Carolyn Stradley shared her vision of the 'Great American Dream'
- Erwin Zaban talked about family mergers and acquisitions
Topics varied dramatically and some speakers employed videos, slides, overheads, handouts
or samples. All brought a passion to the Series that has made them distinguished leaders.