The Emerging Leaders Network is a special program for up and coming business leaders in their 20′s and 30′s. This exclusive group, meets every other month for lunch. During this time, guest speakers will present various topics of interest. Leaders from this region will also be invited to dine and mingle with the group. These Young Emerging Leaders will also be given a number of opportunities throughout the year to take on various leadership roles within the Chamber and positively represent your company at events and programs.
Topic: Social Responsibility/Social Entrepreneurship
Tuesday, February 19th
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
207 West 5th Street
Featuring Special Guest Speaker:
Laquita C. Blockson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management at Saint Leo University
Laquita C. Blockson, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Management at Saint Leo University’s North Charleston (S.C.) Center. Laquita earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Strategy, Environment, and Organizations from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business, and both her baccalaureate and master degrees in Business Administration from Florida A&M University’s School of Business & Industry. Before coming to Saint Leo, Laquita served on the faculties of Florida International University, the University of Northern Iowa, and the College of Charleston. Before pursuing the doctorate, Laquita worked for Taco Bell Corporation, AT&T, and LG&E Energy Corporation.
Dr. Blockson is a business/organizational effectiveness expert and scholar who conducts research on minority-owned businesses, women in business/management, entrepreneurial ethics, and urban economic development. Her research has appeared in Business & Society, The Case Journal, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the Journal of the Center for Research on African American Women. Laquita also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Ethics and Entrepreneurship and the Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion. Dr. Blockson is a member of the Academy of Management, the Southern Management Association, the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society for Management Educators, and the Management Faculty of Color Association, among others. She is also a former member of the Board of Examiners for the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award program. Laquita is one of Diverse (Issues in Higher Education) magazine’s 2009 Emerging Scholars, a Simmons College’s Center for Gender in Organizations Scholar, and the recipient of the 2005 Academy of Management Best Mentoring Practices Award.