Goodwill CEO Seckinger to address students at CSU speaker series

Jane Seckinger, president and CEO of Goodwill Southern Rivers in Columbus, will speak to Columbus State University’s Turner College of Business students Thursday as part of the college’s Fall 2016 Executive Speaker Series.

The event will take place 11 a.m. at the business school’s Center for Commerce & Technology Auditorium, Room 237, 4225 University Ave.

Seckinger, who has been at the helm of the local Goodwill organization since 1999, has led it from $3.8 million in gross revenue to $27 million. She will focus on how nurturing leadership within the organization has fueled that growth.

“Inviting executives and entrepreneurs to share their experiences with our students and faculty brings the boardroom into the classroom,” said Linda Hadley, dean of Turner College. “... Our goal is to enlighten and inspire our students and complement the college’s curriculum.”

Goodwill Southern Rivers serves 50 counties in west Georgia and east Alabama, with free services such as job coaching, access to computers, money management and skills classes to help with job placement and advancement. The programs are funded through the donation of gently used clothing and household goods that are sold at Goodwill retail stores. In 2015, the local Goodwill operation served more than 34,000 people with free career services, making more than 4,500 job connections.