The Altria Executive Seminar Series is an important component of the MMR curriculum. Throughout the program, marketing research practitioners take time from busy schedules to visit the UGA campus and share their industry insight with MMR students. The series offers a valuable supplement to the traditional program coursework and provides a medium for introducing MMR students to the latest industry trends and practices.

All seminars are scheduled for 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Seminars are are only open to students in the MMR program.

2014-2015 Series

Date Speaker + Company Topic
September 2, 2014 Barbara Connors & Dan Meinwald
dunnhumby USA
Putting the Customer First to Drive Loyalty & Long-term Growth
September 11, 2014 Lindsay Zaltman
Olson Zaltman Assoc.
Tapping into the Consumer Unconsciousness
September 16, 2014 Paul Rubenstein
Accelerant Research
Online Qualitative Research
September 25, 2014 Mike Kessling
Kids II, Inc.
Mktg. Rsch. in the Product Development Lifecycle
October 17, 2014 Niels Schillewaert
InSites Consulting
Social Media and Market Research
October 21, 2014 Tom LaForge
Coca-Cola Company
Macroforces and Cultural Trends
October 23, 2014 Tim Norvell
Elon University
Interviewing and Careers in Marketing Research
October 24, 2014 Bruce Olson
MMR Research
Report Writing Workshop (all-day event; begins at 8am)
October 28, 2014 Christopher Elsbury
Lieberman Research
Brands as Stereotypes
November 6, 2014 Chris Murphy and Salim Sitafalwalla
Millward Brown
Equity Measurement
January 21, 2015 Laura Dahlgren
Consumer Research & New Product Development
January 28, 2015 Kim Jauch
Directions Research
Presentation Design
February 3, 2015 Tom Morder
Insights at Chick-fil-A
February 11, 2015 Mike Courtney
Aperio Insights
The Cliff Notes Guide to Being A Futurist
February 18, 2015 Chris Miller
Lynx Research
The MR Process
March 4, 2015 Dan Womack
Insights at Aflac
March 25, 2015 Charles Guilbeau
Ad Testing
March 26, 2015 Jamie Baker-Prewitt
Burke, Inc.
Mobile Research
April 2, 2015 Sonya Shen, Amy Alfieri, and Vikram Hosur
Project Management 
April 27, 2015 David Sackin
Report Writing

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