Career Connections Speaker Series

Part of both the undergraduate and graduate experience, Career Connections helps students in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics master four functions critical to career success: 

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Emotional Control

Presentations are scheduled in all required core business courses - Organization and Management, Business Communication, Critical Thinking/Project Management, and Principles of Marketing. Guest speakers share some of their own personal experiences relating to one of the four functions listed above. Such first-hand examples coming from successful business professionals help students better understand the value of these concepts and how they apply in real world situations.

Are you a business professional interested in being a part of this program? Please contact Marja Martin-Carruth to discuss our current program needs.

For more information, email professional@memphis.edu or visit the Avron B. Fogelman Professional Development Center, FCBE 274. 

Guest Speakers
Shelley Page BaurShelley Page Baur
Shelley Baur is a Distinguished Toastmaster, entrepreneur and author of the book and leadership program Integrity-Based Communications. With a passion for leadership, learning and inspiring people to realize their potential, Shelley has designed materials and conducted workshops for all levels of employees, emphasizing personal analysis and skill development. This proud UofM alum (B.A. in psychology) is a founding member and past president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Memphis chapter; graduate and former board member of Leadership Memphis; and founding facilitator for Common Ground: Conversations on Race, Communities in Action. Shelley has also served as mentor-coach for students in the Fogelman College MILE program.
To learn more about Shelley visit www.shelleybaur.com.
Jen FrankJen Frank
Jen Frank is a Certified Professional Coach whose passion is to help people become the greatest version of themselves: using their gifts and talents while honoring their deepest desires. She uses her training and the experience from her personal and professional transitions to help others as they move to the next great thing in their own lives - whether it’s changing careers, creating work-life balance, adopting new habits, or adjusting to a new life stage.
Megan KleinMegan Klein
Megan Klein is a University of Missouri graduate who has put her journalism degree to work accumulating 16+ years of experience in public relations, crisis management and non-profit development, while working with the Arthritis Foundation, Community Foundation, Memphis Farmers Market, Dorothy Day House, Boys & Girls Club, and STREETS Ministries. She currently serves as director of operations for My City Rides, a non-profit dedicated to empowering Memphis residents with limited means to reach their full potential by providing affordable and reliable transportation. While her main role is to lead the company’s communications strategy, this mother of two says she also sees herself as “a thought partner in a small team of innovators.”
Mac McLainMac McLain
This proud Fogelman College alum (B.A. in Marketing Management), began his seventeen year career with CH Robinson on the carrier side of the business, where he spent eight years as an Account Manager before transitioning into leadership as supervisor of that team. In 2017, Mac was promoted to Manager of Talent Development, a role created for him to focus on recruiting, people development, employee retention, project management and the Memphis Strategic Plan. Mac also oversees CH Robinson’s World Class Internship Program, here in the Memphis office.
Joel NicholsJoel Nichols
A visionary leader, creative thinker, and owner of LifeSpeak, Inc, a professional services consultation firm, Joel Nichols began his professional career in advertising and marketing in the promotions department of WMC-TV5, writing and producing commercials. He went on to work in advertising, marketing, & PR at a local ad agency, as well as for the Memphis Rockers. In 1991, Nichols went to work for global medical device manufacturer Smith & Nephew, Inc., where he held roles in marketing, communications, and advertising during his 20+ years with the company. Most recently, Nichols has been on staff at the University of Memphis – first, as an adjunct instructor, then an Assistant Director for the Avron B. Fogelman Professional Development Center, serving for two years before accepting a full-time professorship in the Meeman College of Journalism.
Lori Spicer-RobertsonLori Spicer-Robertson
Lori Spicer-Robertson has a passion for people development through leadership development, change management and developing a strategy around diversity and inclusion, and takes each day as an opportunity to advance the city she calls home – Memphis. As Chief Communications and Engagement Officer for United Way of the Mid-South, Lori oversees the design, direction and execution of marketing and promotions, communications, engagement, education, public relations, and special events. Before joining the United Way team, she held roles as Manager of Change Leadership for First Horizon National Corp. and as Manager of Community Affairs and Engagement for Regional Medical Center, where she played a vital role in developing cooperative outreach programs and activities for the hospital.
Dalton SaundersDalton Saunders
As founder, President & CEO of Paladin Freight Solutions, PFS Transportation, and Truxio, Dalton Saunders leads his team to provide innovative logistics solutions that inspire the confidence of his customers. He holds a B.S. in Political Science from Pepperdine University and an M.A. in International Policy from Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Dalton says he loves working with and providing career advice to passionate people who want to be impactful.
Terry SwatleyTerry Swatley
As President, Terry Swatley is responsible for all day to day operations at Developmental Disability Management Services, an organization that manages programs for people with intellectual disabilities across nine states. In his nearly thirty years there, Terry has guided DDMS through growth and acquisitions, the development of new opportunities and the expansion of existing programs. He holds a B.A. from the University of Memphis, and is CPA certified in the State of Tennessee.
Mark ThompsonMark Thompson
Mark is Owner/Partner of V2 Media. His company provides professional high quality HD video production to the Memphis corporate base as well as a client base from all over the world. They also provide all aspects of web design, Logo design and Mobile App designs.