Business leader speaks at Tetley Distinguished Leader Lecture Series

The future for students graduating with business degrees in the next few years is bright as baby boomers retire in droves‚ leaving new opportunities for change and leadership‚ a top business leader said Monday at Kennesaw State University.“Graduating business majors will be a precious commodity‚” said William P. Kupper Jr.‚ president and CEO of BusinessWeek Group‚ a leading multimedia business news enterprise that includes BusinessWeek magazine‚ as well as business news available on television‚ online and on mobile devices.

Georgia (Feb 14, 2007) — The future for students graduating with business degrees in the next few years is bright as baby boomers retire in droves‚ leaving new opportunities for change and leadership‚ a top business leader said Monday at Kennesaw State University.

“Graduating business majors will be a precious commodity‚” said William P. Kupper Jr.‚ president and CEO of BusinessWeek Group‚ a leading multimedia business news enterprise that includes BusinessWeek magazine‚ as well as business news available on television‚ online and on mobile devices.

Kupper delivered his remarks as part of the Tetley Distinguished Leader Lecture Series of the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State.

Since 1990‚ the lecture series has attracted some of the nation’s great leaders to the Kennesaw State campus‚ giving undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to interact with great role models from business and industry.

Kupper‚ who was named publisher of the magazine in 1999 and president in 2000‚ said the retirements of the baby boomer generation will start hitting the business world around 2010‚ giving today’s students a great opportunity.

“There will be a huge gap in leadership when boomers retire‚” Kupper said to an audience of students‚ faculty and staff at KSU’s James V. Carmichael Student Center. “You have a tremendous opportunity to really achieve and excel.”

Kupper gave pointers to students in building careers‚ urging them to be confident‚ questioning and creative during job interviews‚ giving themselves the chance to stand out during the process.

Kupper‚ whose business group is part of the McGraw−Hill Companies‚ also spoke about media transformation‚ as Internet and mobile news formats have posed challenges to traditional print news media companies.

“As much as it is a challenge for some people‚ it’s an opportunity‚” Kupper said. “Today‚ you want information when you want it‚ and how you want it.”

He also advised the audience to embrace change‚ follow their passions and be firm in making decisions.

“Don’t wobble. Don’t waffle. Make it‚” he said.

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