Speaker Date Topic
Kevin Riley, Ed., The Atlanta Journal Constitution Mar 20, 2018 12:00 PM
Local News: What's Really Going On
Local News: What's Really Going On

Kevin Riley is the Editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a position he was named to in January 2011.


Kevin is a long-time employee of Cox Enterprises, which owns the Journal-Constitution. He started his career in 1983 at the Dayton Daily News in Ohio while a student at the University of Dayton. He also writes a column in Sunday editions of the Journal-Constitution.


During his time in Atlanta, he has led a rejuvenation of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution with an emphasis on investigative and watchdog journalism. The newspaper was named a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting in 2017. The AJC won the Scripps Howard Foundation Award for Investigative Reporting in 2017, the 2012 Hillman Prize for Newspaper Journalism, and was a finalist for the 2013 and 2017 Goldsmith Investigative Reporting Prize, awarded by Harvard University. It also won the 2017 Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Award.


Kevin has emphasized the AJC’s “digital audience-first” approach to coverage, including hyper-local content focused on communities, and he has maintained the largest reporting staff covering Georgia’s governor, legislature and state government. He was named one of “Atlanta’s 55 Most Powerful” people by Atlanta Magazine.


He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and is married to Tracy, his wife of 31 years. They have three children.


INVOCATION: Heidy Brusitus
Rev. Tony Sundermeier & Rabbi Loren Lapidus Mar 27, 2018 12:00 PM
Easter - Passover Program
Rabbi Loren Filson Lapidus joined the clergy team at The Temple in July 2008 and currently serves as an Associate Rabbi. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 2008 where she also received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters. Additionally, she completed a Master of Education in Administration through a joint program with Xavier University in 2007. While at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Lapidus served congregations in Arkansas, Texas, South Dakota, Alaska, and Michigan.

Rabbi Lapidus serves on the boards of several organizations: MACoM: Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah, Atlanta Rabbinical Association, Anti-Defamation League-Southeast Region, American Jewish Committee-Atlanta, Jewish Women's Fund of Atlanta, and Women's Rabbinic Network.


She was raised in Pittsburgh and after completing her undergraduate studies in science from Pennsylvania State University, she decided to pursue a career in the rabbinate. Here at The Temple, Rabbi Lapidus brings her experiences as the child of an interfaith family and the parent of young children to her work in providing opportunities for people of all backgrounds to feel more welcome and become involved in the congregation. She is married to Rabbi Micah Lapidus, who is the Director of Judaic and Hebrew Studies at The Alfred and Adele Davis Academy. They have two children, Hadara and Caleb.


Rev. Tony Sundermeier has served as the Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian since August of 2014. In his role, Tony’s ministry focuses on three specific areas: he serves as the lead preacher for Sunday worship, he moderates the Session, and he leads and equips the senior level staff of the church.


Before coming to First Pres Atlanta, he was the senior pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Eastern University (1997, B.A., Theology), Princeton Theological Seminary (2003, M.Div.), and Biblical Theological Seminary (2011, D.Min.).

He is married to Katie, who is also an ordained Presbyterian minister on the staff at First Presbyterian and they have two sons.  Tony is a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan and is still celebrating their Super Bowl win!

INTRODUCTION:  Blake Young and Jackie Montag
Lain Shakespeare, Corp. Citizenship Director Apr 03, 2018 12:00 PM
MailChimp Community College and the Expectation of Purpose
MailChimp Community College and the Expectation of Purpose

Lain Shakespeare is the director of corporate citizenship at MailChimp. He's a native of Decatur and a graduate of Pace Academy and Kenyon College.


From 2006 until 2011, he was the executive director of the Wren's Nest House Museum in Atlanta's West End neighborhood.


Lain joined MailChimp in 2011 and has been a nonprofit manager and a brand marketing manager. He oversaw MailChimp's sponsorship program before starting their corporate citizenship initiative, which has since been recognized by Adweek, Atlanta Magazine, and the Nexus Awards.

Kevin Green, Pres/CEO, Midtown Alliance Apr 10, 2018 12:00 PM
Midtown Momentum - Keys to Creating an Exceptional Urban Place
Midtown Momentum - Keys to Creating an Exceptional Urban Place

Today, more than 40 development projects are underway or proposed in a 1.2 square mile area of Midtown Atlanta’s central business district. Join the Midtown Alliance’s Kevin Green for a discussion on the initiatives that have influenced Midtown Atlanta’s transformation from a disinvested area to a thriving center for commerce and culture, and learn about the efforts happening on the ground every day to guide Midtown’s future as an exceptional urban place.


Kevin Green joined Midtown Alliance in July 2011. Kevin has been a resident of the City of Atlanta for over 25 years and has been working for much of that time to advance livability and economic opportunity in the Atlanta region.


Kevin was previously Executive Director of The Clean Air Campaign, a Georgia non-profit working in partnership with transportation management associations and more than 2,000 public and private employers, schools and universities to implement programs to improve air quality and reduce traffic. Prior to that, Kevin was Vice President of Environmental Affairs with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, where he worked to implement initiatives to improve water resource stewardship, air quality, transportation and land use and development. During his tenure with the Chamber, Kevin managed public-private initiatives that resulted in the creation of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District – now managing water resources for a region of more than 5 million, and the Livable Communities Coalition, now a council of the Urban Land Institute, where leaders work collaboratively to advance smart growth in Atlanta. Kevin also practiced law in Atlanta for 10 years, most recently as a partner with Andre, Blaustein & Green, LLP. His litigation experience includes state and federal trial and appellate courts across the Southeast.


Kevin was named one of the “100 Most Influential Atlantans” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2017.  He currently serves on the Leadership Atlanta Board of Trustees; the Board of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Emory University Board of Visitors and is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta.


Kevin graduated from James Madison University in 1986 and holds a law degree from Emory University. He is married to Karen and has two daughters.




Dr. Robert Kennedy, Pres, Atl Council on Int'l Rel Apr 17, 2018 12:00 PM
Consular Corps Day: A Brief Look at American Foreign Policy
Consular Corps Day: A Brief Look at American Foreign Policy

A former senior government official, Robert Kennedy is president of the Atlanta Council on International Relations. After serving more than 20 years as Professor of International Affairs at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, he was elected professor emeritus and continues his relationship with the School following retirement.  His prior positions include serving as director of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (1997-2002); Deputy Commandant, NATO Defense College, Rome, Italy (1985-1988); Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of National Security Studies, U.S. Army War College 1983-1985); Senior Researcher, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College (1974-1983); Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (1974); an enlisted man in the U.S. Army (1958-59); and command pilot on active duty with the U.S. Air Force and later with the reserve forces (1963-1986).

Bob has been a Fulbright Scholar in Peru and a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States.  He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Georgetown University and a B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy.  He is recipient of the Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award from the Chairman, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and a Doctorate Honoris Cause from the Bulgarian National Defense College.  For his efforts to assist Romania in the post-Ceauşescu period, the President of Romania awarded him the title of Commander. He has been elected a permanent member of the Academy of Security, Defense, and Law Enforcement, Russian Federation with the title of Professor.

Professor Kennedy has served on the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Executive Committee for the accrediting of joint military education, as an Academic Associate of the Atlantic Council of the U.S., and General Editor of The Atlanta Papers.  He has lectured and published widely and has served as a consultant in the fields of international security and defense affairs. His most recent books are Of Knowledge and Power: the Complexities of National Intelligence (2008) and The Road to War: Congress’ Historic Abdication of Responsibility (2010).

Professor Kennedy is married to Vevonna Marie Clark.  They have two married sons, Shaun and Teague and seven grandchildren.





Hon Larry D. Thompson, Counsel, Finch McCranie LLP May 01, 2018 12:00 PM
Law Day
INTRODUCTION:  Marbury Rainer



George Dusenberry, Director, Trust for Public Land May 08, 2018 12:00 PM
Public Space Entrepreneurs - MLK National Historic Site, The Chattahoochee & the Atlanta BeltLine
Ryan Gravel, Urban Planner and Author May 15, 2018 12:00 PM
SixPitch, An Urban Design Consultancy

KI and Georgia District Officials May 22, 2018 12:00 PM
Kiwanis Club of Atlanta - A Centennial Celebration
Dr. J. Lamar Veatch, Jr., GA WWI Commission May 29, 2018 12:00 PM
Memorial Day Celebration: World War I and Georgia WWI Commission




Doug Shipman Pres & CEO Jun 05, 2018 12:00 PM
Woodruff Arts Center



Peter Rooney, President Jun 12, 2018 12:00 PM
Atlanta Youth Academy
INTRODUCTION: Rodgers Lunsford


Edward J "Jack" Hardin, Partner, Rogers & Hardin Jun 19, 2018 12:00 PM
Update on Homelessness in Atlanta