Author: Matt Waldman
Contact: Matt Tompkins


Athens, Ga. — The Professional Entertainment & Sports Association (PESA) at the Terry College of Business is hosting PESA Summit 2012 on Saturday, March 31 on campus at Sanford Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. The student conference will include panels, workshops, seminars, and professional networking opportunities related to the industries of television, film, fashion, music, and sports. Speakers and panelists will include industry professionals from BET, Atlantic Records, Turner, Cox Communications, Grand Hustle, CNN, Team Clermont, Warner Brothers, and SEA Apparel.

Event topics will include “Entrepreneurship and Innovation,” “The Future of Network Television,” “Evolution of Entertainment and Sports Marketing,” and “Careers in Music.” Following a luncheon will be “Networking Power Hour Fueled by Red Bull.” In addition to the summit, PESA’s philanthropic sister organization, PESA Cares, will be sponsoring the attendance of top-performing high school seniors from the Athens-Clarke County area.

“The objective of PESA Cares is to give young adults exposure to a professional environment outside their everyday lives,” said Kamilah H. Gray, the founder and president of PESA, who noted that Athens-Clarke County is home to the highest poverty rate in the United States for a county with more than 100,000 people. “We hope to stimulate young adults to pursue career goals beyond what they may have imagined.”

The event is open to the public and free to PESA members. The cost is $10 for UGA students and $15 for non-UGA students. Business casual attire is encouraged.