Spring 2013 Global Speaker Series

Tennessee State University's Cultural Appreciation Week

Gerald D. Curry

Gerald Curry, serves as the Defense Security Services’ Chief of Staff for Industrial Security Field Office . Curry serves as the Defense Security Services’ Chief of Staff for Industrial Security Field Office. He is responsible for creating and sustaining people programs that foster professionalism and wellbeing within his directorate. In 2010, he retired from the Air Force after twenty seven years of honorable service at the rank of Colonel, where he served as the Director of Security Forces for Headquarters Air Force Space Command. In this capacity he led an organization responsible for the entire spectrum of security policy and guidance for Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) forces worldwide, to include supporting five space wings operating at nine main bases, 10 stations and 621 sites worldwide. Currently, he is pursuing a doctorate degree in Management, with a focus in Global Leadership from Colorado Technical University, and has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Troy State University, and bachelor’s degree in Health Education from Tennessee State University, and graduate of the prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. He wrote the critically acclaimed Striving for Perfection, Developing Professional Black Officers, a book designed to inspire minority military officers towards success, which was endorsed by President Barrack Obama and General (retired) Colin Powell, and many others.


Gerald D. Curry

Monday, April 8th 2013 at 1pm

Poag Auditorium, Tennessee State University, John A Merritt Boulevard, Nashville, TN

Melanie Lawler

Dr. Lawler earned a Doctorate of Management from Colorado Technical University. and an International Masters in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Lawler pursues research that explores the intersection of the social and the technical and how they relate and impact each other within domestic and global environments, including entrepreneurship and higher education. She is currently the Coordinator of Logistics Management/Entrepreneurship at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. She has traveled through Europe, Asia and Latin America and appreciates the food and cultural differences that are offered through world travel. Her most popular presentations include Expanding the Supply Chain Integration Model Internally, and Looking in the leadership Mirror: Building reflexivity.

Melanie Lawler

Tuesday, April 9th 2013 at 9:30am

330 10th Avenue North

Nashville, TN

Avon Williams Campus