Speaker Series: Michael Coles

Co-founder of Great American Cookie Company and former CEO of Caribou Coffee, Michael J. Coles is a business expert, serial entrepreneur, education advocate, and well-known public speaker. From starting three businesses, setting transcontinental world cycling records, making two bids for U.S. Congress and writing legislation for Georgia film tax credit that changed an industry, Coles’ story is one of true grit and perseverance. In his recently-released memoir, Time to Get Tough: How Cookies, Coffee, and a Crash Led to Success in Business in Life, Coles’ reflects on his notable life and shares a wealth of knowledge and tips that he has gathered over the years as a business leader. In the memoir, he recounts the failures and successes that led him from poverty and a near-fatal motorcycle accident to founding a $100-million company and becoming the namesake of the business school at Georgia’s third largest university—despite never having attended college himself.

There will be free Chick-fil-A.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Studio 225
225 W Broad St, Athens, GA 30601

Event Type

Lectures and Discussions


Current Students, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Community


Career and Professional Development





Entrepreneurship Program

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Event Contact Name

Christina Kurian

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