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Bob Wright Symposium to feature “world-class” business leaders

ROBIN TRIMARCHI rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.comDan Amos, Aflac chairman and CEO, addresses the Bob Wright Symposium on Business Empowerment at the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development on the Columbus State University campus in 2015. About 300 people attended the inaugural event, which is named for Columbus businessmand and philantropist Dr. Robert L. Wright. 08.20.15
ROBIN TRIMARCHI rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.comDan Amos, Aflac chairman and CEO, addresses the Bob Wright Symposium on Business Empowerment at the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development on the Columbus State University campus in 2015. About 300 people attended the inaugural event, which is named for Columbus businessmand and philantropist Dr. Robert L. Wright. 08.20.15 rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com

World-class business leaders and executives will serve as panelists for the second Bob Wright Symposium on Business Empowerment, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

The event will be held Aug. 18, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center, and hundreds are expected to attend.

Last year's symposium drew 300 people, with Aflac CEO  Dan Amos as keynote speaker.

“We are excited to again bring this level of successful entrepreneurs, industry trailblazers and respected thought-leaders to Columbus and the Chattahoochee region,” said Dr. Robert L. Wright, a successful Columbus philanthropist and businessman who launched the program a year ago. “We are also looking forward to building on the legacy of the symposium and the opportunity to contribute to the future success of local students who are pursuing their goal of higher education.”

The conference will be moderated by ABC News Anchor/Reporter, Byron Pitts, for the second year in a row. The 2016 panelists will include:

 Nathaniel Goldston, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Gourmet Services Inc.

 Judge Glenda Hatchett, Founding Partner of the national law firm, The Hatchett Firm, PC.

 Sylvester Hester, Chief Executive Officer and President of Global Automotive Alliance

 Stephen Hightower, Chief Executive Officer and President of Hightowers Petroleum Co.

 Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments and CBS News Financial Analyst

 Jo Ann Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer of AARP

 Michael McCoy, President of Z Systems

 Dr. Reginald Parker, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and President of 510nano Inc.

To register for the conference, go to www.bwsbe.com. Early bird special tickets are now available for $150.00 each until July 18. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Douglas Bryant at 706-566-5875 or douglasbryant1@icloud.com.

Alva James-Johnson: 706-571-8521, @amjreporter

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