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Mississippi College Flowood Center Launches Speakers Bureau

February 15, 2013

Mississippi College business professor Nancy Anderson loves to talk to people about finance and investments.

So it’s no surprise that the author, small business owner and accomplished educator is part of MC Flowood Center’s new Speakers Bureau.

Speaking to businesses and civic clubs “allows me to climb on my soapbox and shout to the heavens and anyone in ear’s reach about my favorite topic,’’ Anderson says. “I try to encourage folks to learn basic money management and debt management skills. I really believe it’s the key to wealth accumulation.’’

Business people, members of civic clubs and other organizations that want to hear fresh insights from award-winning Mississippi College professors should contact the Flowood Center and sign up. There’s no charge for the community service.

Anderson is happy to do it. “It’s a way to give back to the community, spread a little knowledge, meet some interesting people and put a face on MC,’’ the Clinton resident says.

 As a regular panelist on the statewide Mississippi Public Broadcasting radio program “Money Talks,’’ Anderson offers free advice to the show’s listeners every week.

Business professor Sara Kimmel, who launched the Speakers Bureau in February, is excited about the new way of delivering MC experts to the workplace or putting them in front of civic groups. She encourages people to come to the modern 9,000-square-foot facility off Lakeland Drive to book speaking events on site.

Opened in August 2010, the Flowood Center is located next-door to the Flowood Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center and is ideal for corporate training. The facility offers state-of-the art audio and visual equipment and three classrooms each serving up to 50 people. The director of the Flowood Center, Kimmel is one of the members of the Speakers Bureau.

Last fall, Kimmel was honored as the recipient of the Mississippi World Trade Center’s international education partnership award. With a doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi, she brings expertise on international trade and management principles related to the global economy.

MC Graduate School Dean Debbie Norris applauds the creation of the Flowood Center’s Speakers Bureau.

“Mississippi College seeks to be involved in its communities,’’ Norris said.  “This is just one of the ways our faculty do that. MC faculty have expertise in many areas that may be helpful.’’

Other members of the Speakers Bureau include Karen Lindsey-Lloyd, associate vice president for student success and a Mississippi College leader who’s worked closely with students for six years as director of the Office of Career Services. Gary Mayfield, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, is among other educators booked to give speeches.

The Speakers Bureau is just one more avenue for the Flowood Center to heighten its visibility in metro Jackson.

 At a convenient spot near the Dogwood Festival mall, the center offers undergraduate Accelerated Degree Program classes geared to working adults two evenings per week. The  courses include accounting, business administration, finance, marketing, public relations and sociology. Recently, the center in Rankin County began offering Saturday morning classes.

For more information on the Flowood Center Speakers Bureau, contact Sara Kimmel at 601-925-7775 or kimmel@mc.edu

Photo: Dr. Sara Kimmel