Leaders, Executives, Entrepreneurs, and Directors Program

LEED is an annual program presented by the Central State University College of Business to promote a networking environment for the students. Leaders, Executives, Entrepreneurs, and Directors convey their practical and substantive knowledge with the schools most prized assets, our students.

The 2018 LEED event will be April 4-5, 2018.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


8:00 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

Introductions and Acknowledgements
Dr. Fidelis Ikem, Dean of COB

9:00 a.m.

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Case Competition

11:00 a.m.

Dr. Loretta J. Mester, Keynote Speaker President & CEO Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (Luncheon Invitation Only Will Follow)

12:15 p.m.

Fifth Third Bank “Keeping It Real”
(Students will have a working lunch)

1:15 p.m.

“Addressing Manpower Issues in Rural
Settings: Panel Discussion

2:15 p.m.

COB Business Plan Competition

4:00 p.m.

End of Program

Thursday, April 5, 2018


8:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

Opening and Welcome
Kristin Johnson (SGA)

9:10 a.m.

StockTrak Presentation

9:30 a.m.

Guest Speaker – Dr. Karen Townsend

10:30 a.m.

China Trip Presentation

11:00 a.m.

Entrepreneurial Challenge & Retail Pop-Up


Andre Sanders -Thurgood Marshall College Fund
(Students will have a working lunch)

1:00 p.m.

Ms. LaWanda Musgrove, Federal Reserve Board of Governors

1-2:00 p.m.

Thurgood Marshall Fund Nationwide Interviews

1:30 p.m.

Financial Jeopardy

2-4:00 p.m.

Simultaneous Workshop Schedules

Workshop Participants to date:
  • Synchrony Financial
  • KPMG
  • USA Jobs
  • Townsend Consultants
  • The Ohio State University – Fisher College of Business
  • Primerica
  • Risk Versity
  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Federal Reserve Board of Governors
  • The Ohio Society of CPAs

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Loretta J. Mester, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

The 2018 L.E.E.D keynote speaker, Loretta J. Mester, Ph.D., is president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Dr. Mester participates in the formulation of U.S. monetary policy, and oversees
950 employees in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh who conduct economic research, supervise banking institutions, and provide payment services to commercial banks and the U.S. government. She assumed her role as president and CEO in June, 2014.

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Mr. Andre Sanders
Director of Research and Evaluation
Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Andre Sanders is the Director of Research and Evaluation for Thurgood Marshall College Fund. He joined TMCF in August 2014 and is responsible for recruiting top talent from TMCF’s member schools for various TMCF programs, overall operational effectiveness of TMCF’s talent management systems as well as data collection and its impact on strategy for TMCF Programs

Andre attended Emory University where he received a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Sociology in August 2006.

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Karen M.R. Townsend, Ph.D.
President, CEO
KTownsend Consulting

Whether delivering keynote presentations to corporate executives who lead Fortune 500 companies, conducting seminars for educators who are impacting the lives of today’s diverse students, or encouraging busy working professionals to make themselves a priority, Karen M.R. Townsend, Ph.D. is an inspiring speaker whose messages are timely and relevant. As a person who believes in a holistic approach to professional development, her programs highlight the importance of technical expertise and interpersonal relationships.

Dr. Townsend holds degrees from Kentucky State University, The Ohio State University and the University of Dayton. She also received specialized training in diversity education and inclusion from the International MultiCultural Institute.

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Ms. LaWanda C. Musgrove
Diversity and Inclusion Specialist
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

LaWanda serves as the Federal Reserve Board’s (Board) Special Emphasis Program Specialist and is responsible for developing and implementing initiatives and programs that are in compliance with legislation, Board policies, and strategic objectives pertaining to diversity, EEO, and inclusion. In addition, she provides research, analytic, and administrative oversight of the delivery and execution of financial literacy programs that supports the Board’s compliance under Section 342(f)(5) of the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires partnering with inner-city high schools, girls’ high schools, and high schools with majority minority populations to establish or enhance financial literacy programs and provide mentoring.

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Mr. Laurence Jones

Laurence Jones is the President of RiskVersity and RiskVersity Surety Services, minority owned Risk Management and Insurance Agencies. He is responsible for day to day operations which includes risk consulting, insurance placement, business strategy, joint ventures, accounting and management of the agency.

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