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The Leadership and Excellence by Tuskegee University Students — or LET US — Academy continues its motivational “Life Series” speakers program this fall with a lineup of alumni speakers who will help students envision professional success. The speaker series is open to students of all majors and classifications.
“Bringing alumni back to campus to share their experiences helps students visualize what they are capable of becoming,” said Walter P. Cooper Sr., who coordinates the LET US Academy program. “The program also helps the university deepen its relationship with alumni by involving them in our student development efforts.”
All presentations are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Henderson Hall Auditorium. This semester’s speakers include the following:
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25
Keshia White ‘10
Keshia M. White Designs LLC, Atlanta, Georgia
"Say What You Mean and Do What You Say"
After nearly a decade in corporate America — working in business-to-business sales, from the telecommunications industry to the software industry — Keshia White made a pivot to take her business full-time in 2018. Her agency, Keshia M. White Designs LLC, provides strategic, yet beautiful, brand strategy, brand identity, and website design for coaches, consultants and other service providers. She brings a unique outlook to the design world, which helps her develop brands and websites that actually support her clients’ business goals and objectives — and that have garnered recognition by the leader in design software, Adobe. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sales and marketing from Tuskegee, which she earned in 2010.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23
Patrick Henderson ‘99
Managing Partner and Co-Founder
JMP Start Development Partners, Decatur, Georgia
“Living My Best Life”
Entrepreneur Patrick Henderson employs the motto “design with the end in mind” to just about any endeavor he undertakes — and those endeavors are many. He focuses his expertise in real estate development and procurement, IT and business consulting, and investing — expertise he has shared with Fortune 500 companies, government entities and prominent financial institutions — into his work as managing partner and co-founder of JMP Start Development Partners. He prides himself as a mentor, and his efforts to leave a lasting impression on future generations has included developing credit management, real estate investing and wealth management training programs for college students to help them think more strategically about their financial potential. Henderson is a 1999 Tuskegee alumnus who holds a bachelor’s degree in business management information systems.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20
Tori McLeod ‘94
Co-Lead, Global Learning and Development’s People Leadership Project
The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, Georgia
“The Struggle is Real, But So Am I”
As a seasoned strategic human resources professional, Tori McLeod has garnered more than 20 years of experience in talent and performance management, training and development, recruiting, change and process management, culture development and organizational design and effectiveness. In her current role leading The Coca-Cola Company’s People Leadership Project, she partners with the Global Learning and Development team on facilitation, curriculum design and communication of end-to-end integrated learning and development for the company’s global leadership and workforce. In addition to her bachelor’s degree in political science from Tuskegee, she holds a master’s degree in urban studies with a concentration in human resources from Georgia State University.
Based in the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences, the LET US Academy assists first-year STEM students with developing the “soft skills” required of today’s job market. Cooper noted that it helps students develop the communications and interpersonal skills they must combine with the technical classroom knowledge required of their chosen career fields.
“Introducing these skills at an early stage affords our students the opportunity of securing internships so that they can continue to work on these skills. This will make their transition easier when they graduate and go into the real-world,” he emphasized.
Although the Life Series speakers program is open to all students, the LET US Academy is only open to freshman students and provides them with an experiential learning experience that comes in the form of shadowing professionals in a variety of industries. The program assists students with receiving more experience in their chosen career fields through a holistic approach to student development and service partnerships with local schools throughout Macon County.
Visit the LET US Academy website for more information.
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