Upcoming Speakers


Archie Manning


Due to unforeseen construction at Hanner Fieldhouse, the Leadership Speaker Series’ regular venue,  Mr. Manning’s lecture has been rescheduled for the Spring Semester and will be held on March 24, 2015

An Evening with Archie Manning

March 24, 2015
7:00 PM
Hanner Fieldhouse
Tickets will be required (ticket distribution information to be announced)

Arrive early – limited seating.
Doors to Hanner Fieldhouse will close at 6:45 PM.

Sponsored by: Student Leadership and Civic Engagement and the Office of the
Vice President of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

When people think of Archie Manning, they think football. But Archie’s appeal transcends his athletic achievements. People far and wide have been inspired by his warm personality, his drive and sense of humor. He was selected Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Council. He currently serves in public relations and consulting capacities for several local, regional and national companies, including Gatorade, Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year, Direct TV and Zurich. For 25 years he hosted four Archie Manning Cystic Fibrosis benefit golf tournaments in Louisiana and Mississippi and is active in a wide variety of charitable and civic causes.

While in pro football, he received the Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award, the Bart Starr Humanitarian Award, the Spirit of Good Sports Award from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, and the U.S. Jaycees named him one of 10 Outstanding Young Americans. In 2005 Archie received the Legends award from the Davey O’Brien Foundation and the Aspire award, a tribute to life’s coaches, from the Cal Ripken Foundation. Archie was honored by the United States Sports Academy with the 2006 Distinguished Service Award. Also, he received the Silver Buffalo, the Boy Scouts of America’s highest award. Archie received the Reds Bagnell Award from the Maxwell Football Club, he was the 51st winner of the Bert Bell Award, and was honored at the Super Bowl in New Orleans with the Pat Summerall Award. Archie and his wife Olivia were recipients of the National Pathfinder Award for their work in post-Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. Maura Cullen
Maura Cullen (2) You Are Not in Kansas Anymore:
10 Skills to Increase Your Diversity Competence
September 3, 2014
6:00 PM and again at 8:00 PM
Russell Union Ballroom

Sponsored by: Multicultural Student Center

Bring Eagle ID. Proof of attendance will be provided.

Many of our conversations around diversity have us walking on eggshells. This program offers practical ways to quickly transform the quality and effectiveness of our interactions. Students will learn ten very common statements that are often well intended but may be offensive. Knowing the actual statements is helpful, however, the real learning comes by implementing the ten core concepts that ultimately increase diversity skills and competency for you and those you work with.  For more information about Dr. Cullen, visit her website at http://www.mauracullen.com/

Adriana Bosch
Adriana Bosch Hispanic Heritage Month Keynote SpeakerSeptember 16, 2014
7:00 PM
Nessmith-Lane Auditorium

Sponsored by: Multicultural Student Center,

Bring Eagle ID. Proof of attendance will be provided.

Adriana Bosch, award winning producer of the three-part, six-hour documentary series LATINO AMERICANS will be the keynote speaker for Hispanic Heritage Month.  LATINO AMERICANS, which aired on PBS in fall 2013, is a landmark six-hour documentary featuring interviews with nearly 100 Latinos and more than 500 years of history.  It is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S.  Adriana Bosch has written, directed, and edited acclaimed political and social documentaries for over two decades.  Well known for her presidential biographies for PBS’s American Experience, her other films include The Great Fever (2006), a story about a Cuban doctor, Carlos Finlay and her two-hour special Fidel Castro (2005).

Patrick Combs
Patrick Combs Major in Success

September 24, 2014
2:30 PM and again at 7:00 PM
Performing Arts CenterSponsored by: Office of Career Services

Patrick Combs is the author of the national best-selling book Major in Success: Make College Easier, Fire Up Your Dreams and Get a Very Cool Job. His book is used in hundreds of colleges, schools and youth programs nationwide; was featured on national TV with Barbara Walters; and was given the “Best Book” Award by the New York Library.  Mr. Combs is also widely known as a motivational speaker, a humorous stage performer, and a television personality for PBS’ “Career Advantage”. For more than a decade he has done more than 1,000 speaking engagements as businesses and universities.  He has been interviewed on national television, had his story told in more than 200 newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today, been featured on ABC Nightly News, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America and CNN.

Reid Mihalko
Reid Mihalko Class Is In Session:  Sexual Study Guide September 25, 2014
3:30 PM
Williams Center Multipurpose Room

Sponsored by: Health Services


With the help of sexual educator Reid Mihalko, students will learn how to win at the game of love.

Marcus Engel
Marcus Engel In the Blink of an EyeOctober 13, 2014
6:00 PM
Nessmith-Lane Ballroom

Sponsored by: Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD), Campus Recreation & Intramural (CRI), University Wellness Program, Health Services, Henderson Library, Multicultural Student Center (MSC), Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC), University Housing.

Attendance verification will be available; Use hashtag #disAM

Marcus’ stunning and honest account of the fight of his life – from average college student one minute, to clinging to life in a hospital bed the next – Marcus takes audiences deep inside his recovery after being blinded by a drunk driver. Audiences will experience the pain, frustration and loss that can happen in an instant, all due to one preventable mistake. Beyond a typical alcohol awareness presentation, Marcus blends an unforgettable Prevention Message with significant amounts of humor, tips and insights for audiences to use to overcome adversity in their own lives.

Dr. Nandi A. Marshall
Nandi Marshall Take HEED: Engaging Communities for Health Equity October 27, 2014
6:30 PM
Russell Union Ballroom

Sponsored by: This “Be The Change” event is jointly sponsored by the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement and University Wellness

Bring Eagle ID. Proof of attendance will be provided.

What do you do when your education and passion intersect with a significant social challenge?  Dr. Nandi A. Marshall, a recent graduate of GSU’s College of Public Health and professor at Armstrong State University, will share her story of engaging rural communities in pursuit of health equity in the region.

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