Association for Information Systems' Student Chapters Welcome Survivor: Tocantins' "Coach" Benjamin Wade to October Conference

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The Student Chapters of the Association for Information Systems are pleased to feature controversial Survivor: Tocantins contestant "Coach" Benjamin Wade to their October Conference at Georgia State University, Saturday, October 9 at 9 a.m.

The Student Chapters of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), the premier association for information systems (I/S) academics, are delighted to welcome “Coach” Benjamin Wade, of CBS’ Survivor: Tocantins and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, as the featured speaker at the 2nd Annual Student Chapter Conference, Saturday, October 9 at 9 a.m. on the Georgia State University Campus. Coach, one of the most memorable—and polarizing—contestants to appear on the popular reality series in its ten-year history, plans to address the students about setting goals, teamwork and strategizing; themes with which the soccer coach, musician, athlete and ‘Dragonslayer’ is quite familiar. He will also participate in a hands-on goal setting workshop immediately following the address.

“Whatever you have accomplished in the past doesn’t matter anymore. The present is going by so fast that we can’t even judge it, and all we have is the future to focus on the goals we have set for ourselves,” said Coach. “Students getting ready to embark on their careers are at a critical stage. I’d like to encourage them to leave their stamp, their mark, their legacy on everything they touch, and turn their weaknesses into their new comfort zone.”

In addition to his two seasons on Survivor, Coach’s colorful resume includes an ongoing 13-year career as a collegiate women’s soccer coach and a lifelong dedication to music as a trumpet player, conductor and composer, which led him to co-found the Susanville Symphony Orchestra in 2003, for which he still serves as conductor today. He also continues to pursue his acting career, having just wrapped up filming for several leading movie roles.

“We are thrilled to have such a diverse and motivational speaker for our Student Chapter Conference,” AIS Executive Director Pete Tinsley said. “Coach’s life experiences and compelling story are the perfect complement to what our Student Chapters stand for—preparing for excellence in the future.”

AIS Student Chapters, founded in 2009, provide a forum for undergraduate and graduate I/S students to interact with one another, both on their individual campuses and with other student chapters from around the world. Through the growth of the Student Chapter community, the program is also designed to attract students to the discipline overall. Since the inception of the initiative, more than 60 institutions worldwide representing more than 1,500 students have chartered an AIS Student Chapter.

The Association for Information Systems (AIS), founded in 1994, and hosted by Georgia State University, is a professional organization whose purpose is to serve as the premier global organization for academics specializing in Information Systems. For more information about AIS or to become a member, please visit For more information about how to charter a student chapter, or to find out how to register for the 2nd Annual Student Chapter Conference, please visit


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