MAGNOLIA – Erik Qualman, technology and social media expert, will be the guest speaker at the upcoming Murphy USA Lecture at Southern Arkansas University Thursday, Sept. 22, at 10:30 a.m. in Harton Theatre.
Qualman, who has been called the Dale Carnegie and the Tony Robbins of tech, is the author of Socialnomics, which made Amazon’s No. 1 best-selling list for the U.S., Japan, United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, China, Korea and Germany. His book Digital Leader helped him be voted the second most-Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
Qualman’s recent book What Happens in Vegas Stays on Youtube is being adopted by top universities and global brands and was nominated for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. He has spoken in 44 countries with companies such as Coach, Chase, Sony Playstation, IBM, Facebook, ADP, Starbucks, Raytheon, Chrysler, TEDx, Nokia and Google. He has shared the stage with such prominent speakers as Al Gore, Peyton Manning, Julie Andrews, Magic Johnson, Malcolm Gladwell and Bill O’Reilly.
“We’re very excited to have Erik Qualman as our guest speaker for this year’s Murphy USA Lecture at the Rankin College of Business,” said Dr. Lisa Toms, dean of the Rankin College of Business at SAU. “Erik is one of the youngest speakers we’ve had for our lecture series, and he’s talking on a subject that is of interest to our students those in business. I think our students and members of the community will really enjoy our speaker this year.”
Qualman’s work has been featured on “60 Minutes,” The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, “ABC News,” Financial Times, Forbes and The Huffington Post.
The lecture series, now in its 33rd year, is sponsored by Murphy USA with headquarters in El Dorado, and by SAU’s Rankin College of Business.
The Murphy USA Lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 870-235-4300.