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Greater Vidalia Chamber to Hold Business Summit September 22

The Greater Vidalia Chamber will be hosting its annual Summit on Thursday, September 22, at First Baptist Church Vidalia, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The event will feature a series of speakers, including keynote speaker Rennie Curran and career potential speaker Dr. Melissa Furman.

Curran has seen success throughout his careers in both athletics and business. The Brockwood High School alumnus played for the University of Georgia (UGA) Bulldogs as a linebacker from 20072009, before entering the National Football League (NFL) draft in 2010. As a Bulldog, Curran received many awards and acclamations, including three All-American Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards, Butkus Award finalist, and a permanent team captain. His legacy at UGA has been memorialized in the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame, Georgia vs. Florida Hall of Fame, and the UGA 40 Under 40 Class of 2020. Once entering the NFL draft, Curran went on to play for the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, until transitioning into the Canadian Football League with the Edmonton Eskimos (now the Edmonton Elk) and the BC Lions. The former athlete now uses his business knowledge, gained through his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and coaching certification from the Life Purpose Institute, to speak to Fortune 500 companies, associations, sports teams, schools, and nonprofit organizations on topics, such as leadership, team building, overcoming adversity, and high performance. He has been featured on several national platforms, such as ESPN, The Huffington Post, USA Today, and Fox Sports.

Dr. Melissa Furman

Dr. Melissa Furman will also speak to the Summit attendees about unlocking potential in General Diversity and Unconscious Bias. She earned her Doctorate of Business Administration and Master’s of Science in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. She served as the Assistant Dean and Professor at the Hull College of Business at Augusta University for over 10 years before following her passion for career, leadership, and organizational development, which inspired her to create her own business, Career Potential.

Furman’s business serves as a consulting, training, and coaching organization. She works actively in research about generational diversity, unconscious bias, career and leadership development, emotional intelligence, and assisting technical professionals transition into managerial roles.

Ticket Information

To secure a spot at the Summit, or to learn more, visit the Greater Vidalia Chamber website, or call Amber O’Connor at (912) 537-4466.

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