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UGa, NFL Standout Mohamed Massaquoi to be Featured Speaker at Greenville’s 2020 Venture Pitch

Updated: Aug 24, 2020

A pro career led to work in finance, then a pivot after losing his left hand in a 2017 accident; learn how Massaquoi brings a lifetime of on- and off-field learning to his change-management practice

Greenville, SC (August 12, 2020)NEXT announced today that University of Georgia and pro football standout Mohamed Massaquoi, who now advises corporate leaders on change management, will be a featured speaker at its virtual annual conference in September. The online event spans 3 half-days from September 15th-17th, 2020.

Massaquoi holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia, where he was first-team All-Southeastern Conference as a wide receiver and an Academic All-SEC selection. Chosen in the second round of the 2009 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns, he played professionally for five seasons.

A 2017 ATV accident left Massaquoi near death and eventually required amputation of his left hand. That experience motivated Massaquoi to shift from a career as a wealth adviser and found Vessol, an Atlanta-based change management consultancy.

“As a fan, I was in the stands cheering Mohamed in the early 2000s, when he was a star on the Independence High program that won a national-record 109 straight games,” said CXN Advisory founder Tim Whitmire, who will interview Massaquoi in a “fireside chat”-style setting. “Twenty years later, we work in similar fields, helping executives and entrepreneurs build teams that are as powerful as that Independence juggernaut. I’m excited to help him share his story, insights, and experience with NEXT participants.”

Massaquoi is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development. His practice at Vessol encompasses inspirational and motivational presentations, change- and action-focused workshops, and executive coaching. Vessol’s offerings are directed toward improving mindset, team culture, and the cultivation of lifelong learning that spurs desired change outcomes.

Whitmire is a former Associated Press journalist and co-founder of the F3 Nation movement of free workouts for men. Through his CXN Advisory practice, he consults to leaders of growth organizations on high-impact goal-setting, team alignment, and execution.

NEXT Venture Pitch is produced in partnership with Clemson University and presented by SCRA – two strategic allies in the Greenville/Upstate S.C. entrepreneur ecosystem.

About NEXT

NEXT attracts and grows high-impact, knowledge-based companies by developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem and connecting entrepreneurs to it. NEXT is a production of the Greenville Chamber and currently supports over 120 knowledge-based companies in Upstate South Carolina.

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Christy Ashkettle

Director of Communications & Culture

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