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A view from the balcony of the UGA chapel during Tope Awotona's leadership lecture.

ILA Speaker Series

Terry Leadership Speaker Series

The Terry Leadership Speaker Series (TLSS) brings well-known leaders to share their unique leadership styles and experiences with students.

*Sponsored by a grant from Keith Mason. The Mason Public Leadership Lecture is part of TLSS and the UGA Signature Lecture Series.

TLSS Speakers


February 16Arthur Blank, Entrepreneur 
April 11: Tope Awotona, Founder and CEO, Calendly
September 21: Julie Schertell, President and CEO, Mativ
*October 5: Shan Cooper, Founder and CEO, Journey Forward Strategies, LLC



February 12: James C. Jackson, former Senior Financials Executive
March 3: Lisa G. Laube, President, Floor & Decor
April 12: Tope Awotona, Founder and CEO, Calendly
*October 6: Dr. Raphael W. Bostic,  President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta


February 12: James C. Jackson, former Senior Financial Services Executive
March 27: John Turner, CEO, Regions Financial Corporation



February 13: Mark Spain, CEO, Mark Spain Real Estate
*February 19: Alana Shepherd, Cofounder, The Shepherd Center
*September 20: John Crowley, Chairman and CEO, Amicus Therapeutics
October 9: Senator David Perdue



January 19: E. Howard Young, Partner, General Wholesale Company
February 9: Scott Colosi, President, Texas Roadhouse
October 17: Maria Taylor, ESPN Sports Analyst and Host



March 24: Benjamin Watson, Pro Football Player and Author
September 29: Dan T. Cathy, Chairman and CEO, Chick-fil-A



November 3: Billy Payne, CEO, 1996 Atlanta Olympics


Diversity and Inclusion Lecture Series 

The Diversity and Inclusion Lecture Series (DILS) invites leaders from leading organizations to share insights on their leadership styles and career experiences, focusing on how the speaker addresses challenges around diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and life.

DILS Speakers

March 14, 2022
Vecus Miller, Executive Vice President, Waffle House, Inc.

September 29, 2021
Chuck Kinnebrew, retired VP of DE&I, Floor & Décor and Aisha Avery, VP of DE&I, Floor and Décor

September 16, 2020
Elizabeth Deeley, Partner, Latham & Watkins, LLP and Global Vice Chair, Complex Commercial Litigation Practice

February 5, 2020
Chapelle Dabney Davis, VP and Chief Diversity Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion

January 16, 2019
Mohamed Massaquoi, Founder, VESSOL

November 27, 2018
Rodney Bullard, VP of Community Affairs, Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director, Chick-fil-A Foundation

April 9, 2018
Sloane Evans, VP of Human Resources, Georgia Power Company

November 2, 2017
Kali Franklin, Director of Human Resources, First Data