Mamie McCullough, Ph.D.
McCullough, one of the country's most popular motivational speakers whose message is "it's not what happens to you, but what you make out of what happens that counts," was the homilist for the Baccalaureate Service.
McCullough, the "I Can" lady, worked with Zig Ziglar for 10 years as a speaker and author before forming her company, Mamie McCullough and Associates of Dallas, Texas, in 1989. She shared life-changing principles instrumental in providing others with ideas, suggestions and facts on how to "get life together."
McCullough's professional background is widely varied and peppered with personal triumphs. She has overcome poverty and other adversities, including cancer. She started her business career as a secretary and became vice president of 13 corporations by age 28. Later, she became a sales director for a direct sales organization and during one year was among the top 10 in recruiting. She has also worked as an educator, teaching every level from eighth grade through college, and has served as a principal of a large Georgia high school.