Philip Shirley, GodwinGroup CEO, was the keynote speaker at the 18th Annual Alabama Writers Symposium in May. Each year, the reception features a speaker who talks about his or her work. He also signed copies of his recent books, The White Lie and Oh, Don’t You Cry For Me. Shirley has published many works of fiction, poetry, speeches and business articles on various platforms. His works include a book on the history of professional baseball, Sweet Spot: 125 Years of Baseball and the Louisville Slugger (Triumph, 2009) (which he co-authored with David Magee).
John McKie is the inaugural chairman of Mississippi State University’s College of Business Advisory Board for its MBA program. McKie presided at the initial board meeting on May 1. The purpose of the Board is to assist in fundraising, help graduates network and provide real-world insights into curriculum development. John also learned that his test scores and grades from 1977 would not get him admitted into graduate school today!
Lauren Mozingo serves on the board of directors for Goodwill Industries of Mississippi, an organization dedicated to assisting people with disabilities and other barriers obtain employment.
Karen Johnson will be coordinating MERGE, an all-day student conference for graphic designers and advertising-related curriculums. The event will be held February 6, 2016. This will be the 14th year that AAF Jackson has put together this event. If you would like to volunteer or would like more information, contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students from Gulfport High School visited GodwinGroup and gained valuable experience working with NEON Marketing President and Founder, Todd White, and Marketing Consultant, Lauren Neighbors, on video editing for the Gulfport School District. GodwinGroup and NEON both received awards from the Gulfport School District as Community Partners of the Year. The awards were for committee work with Gulfport High’s Academics Institute, advertising efforts for the District, and production of district videos and television spots by NEON President Todd White, who also assisted with student engagement in the production process.