ESPN analyst Smith to give Bell conference keynote talk

April 6, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith will give the keynote talk April 13 for the third annual Dr. Cornell A. Bell Business Opportunity Program Leadership Conference at Purdue University.

Smith will speak on "The Road to Great Leadership" at 7 p.m. in Mackey Arena. The talk is open to the public. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at or starting Monday (April 9) in the Krannert Drawing Room. Any tickets still available will be sold at the door.

Smith is a veteran sports journalist whose career has allowed him to get to know leaders up close. He'll discuss goal-setting, motivation, decision-making and inspiration. He also will apply insights into sports to society at large, drawing parallels to such issues as politics and race relations in America.

The conference will continue April 14 with two panel discussions on "Building Your Legacy."

The first panel will discuss "Going Global: Understanding the Global Economy." Panelists will be Tarrus Richardson, CEO of IMB Development Corp.; Linda Clement-Holmes, senior vice president and chief diversity officer for Proctor & Gamble; and John Bolden, Caterpillar human resources director.

The second panel will focus on "Management Leadership for Tomorrow." Panelists will be Rochelle Dorn-Hayes, internal control with Ford Motor Co.; Lillian Hunt, General Electric vice president; and Ted McElroy, SC Johnson finance manager.

The panels will run from 2 to 5:30 p.m. in Krannert Auditorium. Tickets are $5. A ticket to the Smith speech also will gain admittance to the panel discussions.

Bell founded the Business Opportunity Program at Krannert and was its director for 37 years until his retirement in 2006. The program is designed to create a more diverse student body and launch business and community leaders. Although Bell died in 2009, his legacy continues through hundreds of alumni throughout the world.

Sponsors of the conference are General Electric, Boston Scientific, the Society of Minority Managers and the Purdue Student Organization Grant Allocation Board.

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432,  

Source: Byron Young, Society of Minority Managers,