Department of Business and Economics
Dr. Michael Engdahl
Pictured above, featured speaker Julia Hearthway, Secretary of the Pa. Department of Labor and Industry, is flanked by round-table panelists, Gene Cornell (left), Deputy Secretary of Compensation and Insurance, and Michelle Staton (right), Deputy Secretary of Workforce Development.
The Xavier D. Williams Distinguished Speaker Series was endowed by Edinboro alumnus Xavier D. Williams, ’89, to provide Edinboro students with opportunities to meet outstanding business leaders, while exploring issues affecting business today. This generous endowment from Mr. Williams provides our Business and Economics students with rewarding educational experiences.
Xavier D. Williams is currently the Senior Vice President of GEM Markets of AT&T Operations, Inc. Williams is responsible for state and local government, education and medical sales across the country. He was appointed to his current position in March 2008. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Business Communications Services for AT&T Southwest, where he was responsible for enterprise market sales and customer service in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. He also served as Federal Sales Vice President for AT&T Government Solutions and as Vice President for Human Resources Training, where he led the company’s Global Learning Strategy.
Williams began his career with AT&T in 1990 and has held a variety of positions in business planning, corporate staff, finance, human resources, product management and sales. He received numerous honors and accolades for his contributions both inside and outside of the company.
The next speaker in the Xavier D. Williams Business Speaker Series is yet to be determined. Typically, speakers present at least once a year. More information will be made available when the next speaker is scheduled.
The series, which began in 2004, has brought 22 business professionals to our campus to network with our students. Edinboro University has been honored to hear the wisdom and experience of the following individuals, among many others, as they held forums and discussions on topic ranging from branding to leadership to economic conditions.