Panelist Announced for 2016 Wright Symposium on Business Empowerment

Staff Report From Columbus CEO

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

The Bob Wright Symposium on Business Empowerment announced the panelist that will highlight the conference scheduled for Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. The conference will feature world class business leaders and executives sharing invaluable business insight, knowledge and experience, in addition to providing networking opportunities for attendees.

“We are excited to again bring this level of successful entrepreneurs, industry trailblazers and respected thought-leaders to Columbus and the Chattahoochee region.” said Bob Wright. “We are also looking forward to building on the legacy of the symposium and the opportunity to contribute to the future success of local students who are pursuing their goal of higher education.”

The conference will again be moderated by ABC News Anchor/Reporter, Byron Pitts. The business, legal, and community leaders scheduled for this year’s symposium include:

  • Nathaniel Goldston, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Gourmet Services Inc.

  • Judge Glenda Hatchett, Founding Partner of the national law firm, The Hatchett Firm, PC.

  • Sylvester Hester, Chief Executive Officer and President of Global Automotive Alliance

  • Stephen Hightower, Chief Executive Officer and President of Hightowers Petroleum Co.

  • Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments and CBS News Financial Analyst

  • Jo Ann Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer of AARP

  • Michael McCoy, President of Z Systems

  • Dr. Reginald Parker, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and President of 510nano Inc.

To register for the conference, visit Early bird special tickets are now available for $150.00 each until July 18. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Douglas Bryant at 706-566-5875 or