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So what happens after that walk across the stage? Our alumni are making positive impacts in their careers and communities. Here, we shine the Alumni Spotlight on Owls’ success.

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Named one of the friendliest cities in America in 2011, Cartersville, Georgia is ever friendly – even during the hustle and bustle of downtime lunchtime on an early sultry, summer afternoon. From smiles and greetings to helping hands, there is no doubt Cartersville earned this ranking because of its citizens.

Kennesaw State alumna Leslie McMillan (Sport Management ’05) captures the friendly sentiment of Cartersville exactly. As vice president of government and community development for the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce, Leslie is deeply connected to the community. 

In her professional role, Leslie coordinates Leadership Bartow, both the adult and youth programs.  She shared about the program, “We highlight a different aspect of the community throughout the nine months participants are involved. We try to educate the community and foster leadership within the community.” 

An eye-opening experience that builds camaraderie, thirty professionals and 40 tenth and eleventh-grade students from five local high schools receive an in-depth view of their community’s history and government among other civic aspects of Bartow County while becoming better leaders. 

Additionally, Leslie plans business showcases for the Chamber of Commerce’s 880 members, visits with members to ensure they take advantage of all the Chamber has to offer, and facilitates the Chamber’s governmental affairs meetings. Amazingly, Leslie also lends her talents to the Bartow County Department of Parks and Recreation as a coach for soccer and basketball. From there she hits the trails, hiking as a hobby during her downtime.

How did Kennesaw State influence this civically engaged alumna? According to Leslie, who is a past recipient of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey Award, “the sport management major created its own sense of community when I was there.” She also values her elective classes such as professional selling and consumer behavior that “helped tremendously with [her] jobs.”


Kennesaw State University

1000 Chastain Road, MD #5600
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Alumni House Phone: 770-423-6333
Alumni House Fax: 770-499-3639
MAIN CAMPUS LINE: 770-423-6000