Worthington Industries CEO to speak at Entrepreneurship Fireside Chat

Anna Masters

The Entrepreneurship Fireside Chat will take place Wednesday in the Eastway Center first floor lounge.

John P. McConnell, chairman and chief executive officer of Worthington Industries, will be speaking.

Worthington Industries is a global company that processes steel used in the construction, hardware, aerospace, automotive and other industries. It’s the United States’ leading intermediate steel processor, and it is also a leading manufacturer of metal-related products.

“What better way to learn from the most experienced and well-regarded business leader,” said Julie Messing, the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation.

The company’s annual sales are approximately $3 billion, and it employs more than 8,000 people in 10 countries. Worthington Industries was named one of the top 100 companies to work for in the United States, according to its Web site.

McConnell is also a majority owner of the National Hockey League team the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Messing said students can learn how to be successful and network for opportunities within the organization, which is a chance most people don’t get.

The Fireside Chat is presented by the Kent Entrepreneurial Association and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation. The event is funded by the Undergraduate Student Senate with additional funding from the Michael D. Solomon Lecture Series in Entrepreneurship.

The Fireside Chat is free and will be from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Appetizers and refreshments will be served to the attendants. People who want to attend must RSVP by Monday at http://business.kent.edu/cebi/fce.

Contact College of Business Administration reporter Anna Masters at [email protected].