Michael Strahan to Headline Annual Bob Wright Symposium on Business Empowerment

May 21, 2019

For Immediate Release



Danita Gibson Lloyd

BWSBE PR Director



Michael Strahan to Headline Annual Bob Wright Symposium on Business Empowerment

Pro Football Hall of Famer, Television Host and Entrepreneur to Speak on Successfully Transitioning “From A to B: Leveraging Power Brands from Athletics to Business”


Columbus, Ga., May 21, 2019 -- Two-time Emmy winner and Super Bowl Champion Michael Strahan will headline the 2019 Bob Wright Symposium on Business Empowerment (BWSBE) on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at the Columbus, Ga Convention & Trade Center from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The co-host of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “Strahan and Sara,” Strahan will discuss how he has successfully transitioned his power brand as a former professional athlete into a successful career in business.  Michael Strahan will head up a world-class line up of sports stars who have become successful business men and women in “From A to B: Leveraging Power Brands from Athletics to Business” - 2019 Bob Wright Symposium on Business Empowerment. More exciting names will be announced soon.


The conference will be moderated by Byron Pitts, renowned ABC News Chief Correspondent and Night-line Co-Anchor, and it will feature several Fireside Chats with extraordinary former athletes now business leaders and executives who will share invaluable business insight, knowledge and stories of their personal and professional experience.  In addition, lunch and networking opportunities are provided for all attendees during the day. The BWSBE brings together entrepreneurs who strive toward the common goal of community empowerment and educational advancement. Past conference audiences have exceeded more than 500 participants to include individuals, students, small businesses and corporations.


“Program participants will benefit greatly from hearing from Michael Strahan who is uniquely qualified to serve as this year’s Symposium headliner,” said BWSBE founder, philanthropist and business leader, Dr. Bob Wright.


Since Strahan joined “Good Morning America,” the morning show has won the Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Morning Program” two years in a row. Strahan hosts the top-rated primetime game show favorite “$100,000 Pyramid” and serves as an analyst of “Fox NFL Sunday.” Strahan headlined the new Thursday Night Football Pregame Show live from New York City for the 2018 NFL season. 


Now partnered with longtime friend Constance Schwartz to form SMAC Entertainment, Strahan brings his skills, determination, leadership, experience and humor to the multi-dimensional talent management, music, branding, and production company. Strahan released his best-selling book, “Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life,” which includes personal stories and motivational advice to inspire readers to turn up the heat and go from good to great in pursuit of their personal ambitions.  Acting on his entrepreneurial spirit, Strahan introduced COLLECTION by MICHAEL STRAHAN and MSX by Michael Strahan, a men’s Athleisure line, which is now also available for kids and has expanded into additional categories.


To register for the conference, participants may visit  Individual tickets are now available for the “Early Bird” special price of $150 each until June 30. After that date, tickets will be $175 each. For sponsorship opportunities, contact SirMichael Jones at 706-330-8051, Shonalee Gamble at 706.570.5959 or any member of the steering committee.


Proceeds from the symposium benefit the Alpha Onward & Upward Foundation, a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to college bound students. BWSBE has provided tuition and scholarship to more than 100 students in Georgia and Alabama. Over the last three years, almost 200 high school students and teachers have benefitted by attending the Bob Wright Symposium through generous corporate sponsorships.


About Bob Wright Symposium on Business Empowerment:

In 2014 Dr. Robert Wright had the vision and inspiration to bring together some of the most respected business leaders in the country for an empowerment symposium to benefit the local residents and business community of his hometown, Columbus, Georgia.  From there, The Bob Wright Symposium On Business Empowerment (BWSBE) was born.  It was designed to expose members of the minority community to successful entrepreneurs who are industry trailblazers and respected thought-leaders within their fields. In addition, it has become one of the first events of its kind to take place in Columbus - proud home to several influential minority business and community leaders.