February 17, 2016

Spring Speaker Series at NJCU to Feature American Business Leader Kat Cole on February 23

American businesswoman Kat Cole, group president at FOCUS Brands, will speak on “Impact: The Art of Change, Trust and Influence,” at the free Spring Speaker Series at New Jersey City University on Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Margaret Williams Theatre of Hepburn Hall, 2039 Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City.
 
Recognized as a successful business woman and role model for women, especially those pursuing careers in engineering or business, Ms. Cole dropped out of her undergraduate engineering program to focus on her career at Hooters restaurant chain, but later returned to school to earn an MBA from Georgia State University. 
 
Ms. Cole, who builds FOCUS Brands revenues and profits through global licensing, manufacturing, and ecommerce, became the vice president of training and development for Hooters and then became president of Cinnabon in 2011.  While president, she became the youngest CEO to appear on the television program “Undercover Boss.”  Ms. Cole was selected by Fortune Magazine for its “40 Under 40” list.
 
Ms. Cole sits on the advisory boards of Project Pie, a QSR Pizza Chain, and Orpheus Brewing, an Atlanta-based Craft Brewery.  She is the incoming Board Chair of the Women’s Foodservice Forum.
 
The series is presented by the National Society of Leadership and Success and NJCU. To reserve a free ticket, visit http://katcoleliveatnjcu.eventbrite.com.
 
The series will also feature:
 
Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m., Margaret Williams Theatre, NJCU (Free)
Four members of the Clark family, the first family of track and field, will speak: four-time Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs, five-time Olympian Jearl Miles-Clark, three-time Olympian Hazel Clark, and world-renowned Olympic coach J.J. Clark.
 
Tuesday, March 15, 6:30 p.m., NJCU School of Business, 160 Harborside Plaza 2, Jersey City (Free)
Janice Bryant Howroyd is an African-American entrepreneur who is the founder and chief executive officer of ACT•1 Group, the largest privately-held, woman- and minority-owned workforce management company in the United States.


Tuesday, March 29, 6:30 p.m., Margaret Williams Theatre, NJCU (Free)                                    Michael Moschen, one of the world's leading jugglers, has performed throughout the world on stage, film, and television. A MacArthur Foundation Fellow, he is deeply involved in understanding and sharing the physical and mathematical principles that underlie his work.
 
Monday, April 4, 6:30 p.m., IMAX Theatre, Liberty Science Center ($25)
Carolyn Porco is the leader of the imaging science team on the Cassini mission presently in orbit around Saturn and an imaging scientist on the New Horizons mission on its way to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.
 
Reservations are required for all lectures.
 
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ABOUT New Jersey City University (NJCU)
The mission at New Jersey City University (NJCU) is to provide a diverse population with an excellent education. The University is committed to the improvement of the educational, intellectual, cultural, socioeconomic, and physical environment of the surrounding urban region and beyond.  Established in 1927 as a training school for teachers, today NJCU is among the most comprehensive universities in the state.  Located in Jersey City, NJ, and minutes from New York City, NJCU's fully accredited College of Arts and Sciences, Education, Professional Studies, and School of Business offer 43 undergraduate degree programs and 27 master’s programs and 2 doctoral programs, including emerging and interdisciplinary fields.
 
NJCU students engage in rigorous applied-learning experiences that include opportunities to study abroad, and cooperative education internships.  NJCU operates two additional campus sites—NJCU School of Business at Harborside Plaza 2 in Jersey City’s financial district and NJCU at Brookdale in Wall Township in Monmouth County. 
 
 
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