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          Department of Business and Economics
          Hendricks Hall, Room 215A
          235 Scotland Road
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2407

          Dr. Michael Engdahl
          Department Chair
          Phone: (814) 732-2412

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          Xavier D. Williams Distinguished Speaker Series

          The Xavier D. Williams Distinguished Speaker Series was established in 2004 by an honored alumnus of the EU Business and Economics Department to introduce students to the wisdom of professionals in the business world and has included over 20 speakers.

          Secretary Hearthway

          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.

          Previous Speakers

          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.

          • Julia K. Hearthway, Secretary of PA Department of Labor & Industry
            Round Table Discussion
            October 2013
          • Dr. Ken White, Associate Dean of MBA & MS Programs at the Robert H. Smith School of Business
            Personal Branding; Creating the Brand "YOU"
            November 2012
          • Xavier D. Williams
            "Focusing on the importance and the development of leadership skills while in college"
            September 2012
          • William Adams, Senior International Economist at PNC Bank Financial Services Group
            "Stop Worrying and Love the Euro? The Currency Crisis and Its Implications for the U.S."
            February 2012
          • William Corry, Founder and Managing Partner of Corry Capital Advisors
            "Opportunities in the Wealth Management Industry"
            April 2011
          • Catherine Mott, CEO/President of BlueTrue Capital Group
            "Angel Capital 101"
            March 2011
          • Raymond Yeager, CEO of DMI Companies
            "Business - The Team Approach"
            April 2010
          • Jerry Greenfield, Co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
            "The History of Ben & Jerry's and Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility"
            March 2010