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Dallas Mavericks CEO to speak at UNC Pembroke

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PEMBROKE — Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynthia Marshall will be the next featured guest in UNC Pembroke’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

The talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Givens Performing Arts Center on Jan. 22. The event will be hosted by Newy Scruggs, a seven-time Emmy winner, sports personality and UNCP alumnus. 

Marshall became the NBA’s first female CEO when she was hired in 2018. During her 36-year career with AT&T, Marshall earned national recognition, having been recognized as one of the top 50 most powerful women in corporate America by Black Enterprise Magazine. 

She began her career at AT&T in 1981, shortly after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in business administration and human resources management. She was also the first African American cheerleader at UC Berkeley.

Additionally, she has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees by Livingstone College and Bennett College. 

She left AT&T in 2017 to start her own consulting firm in Dallas.

“We are excited to welcome Cynthia Marshall to BraveNation and to learn about her successful academic and professional career. With such an incredible journey, we know this will be a conversation relevant to all members of our community,” stated Abdul Ghaffar, director of Campus Engagement and Leadership at UNC Pembroke. 

Marshall will be joined on stage by Scruggs during a fireside chat. Scruggs is the sports director at KXAS-TV (NBC 5) in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas and hosts "Voices of the Game" with Newy Scruggs, on NBC Sports Radio.

On Sundays during the NFL season, Scruggs hosts the Emmy Award-winning "Out of Bounds" with retired Dallas Cowboys star Drew Pearson. Scruggs is a former member of UNCP Board of Trustees.

The Distinguished Speaker Series is presented by the Office of Campus Engagement and Leadership at Givens Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for faculty/staff/children and free for UNCP students with a valid ID.

Marshall’s appearance is co-sponsored by the UNC Pembroke School of Business and Department of Mass Communication.

Following Marshall’s event will be the final distinguished speaker for the 2019-20 series, United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo on March 26, 2020. For additional details about the series, visit

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