Nov 5, 2020 | 6:30 PM ET | ONLINE


The Cufflinks and Pearls Networking Mixer is a community-sponsored event with a goal to bridge the gap between the leaders of today and tomorrow. This event is tailored to encourage networking and building professional, political and entrepreneurial relationships, and was initiated by the Fountain City Classic Committee and its Chairman, The Honorable Calvin Smyre. The mixer has served as the kickoff to the Fountain City Classic Weekend.  The event features live entertainment heavy hors d’oeuvres, giveaways, and a cash bar.


THIS YEAR, the networking mixer will be VIRTUAL, with on-screen video networking. The Cufflinks and Pearls event reaches an extensive audience of young professionals, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and individuals who are interested in getting their ideas off the ground and in to motion.  Admission is free with the submission of your email credentials.


About Cufflinks & Pearls Mixer

Each year the Cufflinks and Pearls Mixer features a special guest who addresses the importance of building and cultivating relationships, and how that has contributed to their success.  Past guests include Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta, Georgia, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson of Columbus, Georgia, Keshia Knight-Pulliam (“Rudy from the Cosby Show), Jeff Johnson, Ed Gordon, David Banner, and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.  The special guest for this year is Pinky Cole, CEO and Founder of The Slutty Vegan Restaurant.

Cufflinks & Pearls Networking Schedule

November 5, 2020 

6:30 PM 
Welcome & Networking


Guests login and begin networking and visiting the VIP Host Rooms 

7:00 PM
Cufflinks & Pearls Program Begins

DJ Chip and Felicia Hamilton

  • Host Welcome
  • State Representative Calvin Smyre
  • Jerald Mitchell, CEO, Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce
  • FVSU President remarks
  • ASU President Remarks 
  • Special Guest Speaker: Pinky Cole
  • Closing with State Representative Calvin Smyre, Crystal Shahid, and Debra Porch
Networking Continues

With DJ Chip on Mainstage

Time to continue networking, visiting the VIP Host Rooms and listening to the DJ on the Mainstage


Meet Our Speakers

Pinky Cole
Pinky Cole

Founder & Owner, Slutty Vegan

Calvin Smyre
Calvin Smyre

Fountain City Classic Chairman, State Representative

Dr. Marion Ross Fedrick
Dr. Marion Ross Fedrick

President of Albany State University

Jerald Mitchell
Jerald Mitchell

Greater Columbus Chamber CEO

Dr. Paul Jones
Dr. Paul Jones

President, Fort Valley State University


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