Speaker Date Topic
Frank Blake, Non-Executive Chair, Delta Air Lines Jan 23, 2018 12:00 PM
Unexpected Leadership Lessons
Unexpected Leadership Lessons
Frank Blake served as Chairman and CEO of The Home Depot from January 2007 through November 2014, and then as chairman through January 2015. Frank joined The Home Depot in 2002 as executive vice president, business development and corporate operations.
 
Frank previously served as deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to that, he served in a variety of executive roles at General Electric, including senior vice president, Corporate Business Development. 

Frank’s public sector experience also includes having served as general counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, deputy counsel to Vice President George Bush and law clerk to Justice Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Frank serves on the board of directors for the Georgia Aquarium, Proctor & Gamble, Macy’s, and is currently serving as Chairman of the Delta and Grady Hospital boards. Additionally, he sits on the Board of Trustees at Agnes Scott College.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a jurisprudence degree from Columbia University School of Law. 
 
INTRODUCTION: Marbury Rainer
INVOCATION:  Laura McCarty
Dr. Ken Harmon, Provost & VP Academic Affairs Jan 30, 2018
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw State University

Dr. Ken Harmon is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kennesaw State University.  Prior to this appointment, he served as dean of KSU’s Coles College of Business.  Harmon also has served on the faculty of seven business schools across the United States and has held administrative appointments at five of those institutions. He was an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers, was president of his own software company, and has served as a consultant to numerous companies and universities. 

 

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Harmon holds bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in accounting from the University of Tennessee.  His areas of expertise include accounting, leadership, and corporate culture. Harmon has been a journal editor, authored numerous publications, and served on 10 editorial boards.

 

Ken’s passion is writing and delivering keynote addresses, domestically and internationally, on the subject of happiness.  He explores the research about what makes us happy and relates that research to everyday life and especially the workplace.

 

Ken is a member of governing or advisory boards for Henssler Financial Group, Horizons Atlanta, Town Center Community Alliance, KSU CARE Center, Cobb Superior Court’s Accountability Court, Cobb DUI Court, Marietta Country Club, and Alliance University in Bangalore, India.  He also is a member of Marietta Kiwanis. He resides in Cobb County with his wife, Mary Harmon, and has three daughters: Ashley, Ava, and Norah.  He enjoys riding motorcycles, playing guitar, writing music, and playing golf and tennis.

INTRODUCTION: Karen Carlisle
INVOCATION: Veronica Squires
Allie Kelly, Executive Director, The Ray Feb 06, 2018 12:00 PM
The Ray - Georgia's Highway of the Future
The Ray - Georgia's Highway of the Future

A Georgia native, Allie Kelly earned a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Georgia. She has worked in public policy for over 15 years, first as a lobbyist for UPS in Washington, D.C., then returning to Atlanta and founding Georgia Watch in 2002, which is the state’s only consumer watchdog organization. In 2009, she left Georgia Watch to join former Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard at the Georgia Conservancy as its senior vice president.

 

Working with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, in 2015 Allie helped found and now directs an affiliated foundation called The Ray, which is the world’s first regenerative highway project. The Ray is a global proving ground for the evolving ideas and technologies that will shape the transportation infrastructure of the future, paving the way to zero-impact roadways for all. Visit TheRay.org to join the movement.

 

Joining Ms. Kelly is Harriet Langford is the Founder and President of The Ray. Harriet is also a Trustee of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, a Georgia-based private family foundation honoring the legacy of her father, the late Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011), Founder and Chairman of Interface, Inc., the world’s largest modular carpet manufacturer, and a global leader in sustainability.

Prior to assuming her current roles with The Ray and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, Harriet owned a specialty printing business in LaGrange, Georgia.  Her entrepreneurial leadership skills, her servant spirit and her passion for team sports led her to a natural transition into nonprofit leadership in 2011, when she assumed her current role with the family foundation.

Over the past 30+ years, Harriet has served in numerous nonprofit leadership roles in her local community.  She was president of the Junior Service League, and a board member for the Junior Women’s Club and the Laurel Garden Club.  She also served 10 years on Explorer’s Bible Study Leadership Committee in LaGrange, Georgia, where she is an active member of LaGrange First Baptist Church.

Harriet is a graduate of the University of West Georgia, and she resides in LaGrange, Georgia with her husband Phil Langford, who is the retired owner of Langford Construction Company.  Harriet and Phil have two daughters, Melissa Langford who resides in LaGrange, Georgia and McCall Langford who resides in Atlanta.  They also have three grandchildren, Bailey, Brooks and Banks.

INTRODUCTION:  Dan Gerding

INVOCATION: 
Karen Bremer, CAE, CEO, GA Restaurant Association Feb 13, 2018 12:00 PM
STAR Student Day - Obtaining the American Dream in the Foodservice Industry
STAR Student Day - Obtaining the American Dream in the Foodservice Industry
With over 35 years in the hospitality industry, Karen Bremer is the CEO of the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA), representing one of the largest industries in the state. The GRA serves as the unified voice for over 17,900 foodservice and drinking places in the state of Georgia with total sales in excess of $19.6 billion which provides more than 446,600 jobs.

Bremer was the former owner of Dailey’s and City Grill restaurants and was a top executive with the Peasant Restaurant Group, starting out as a manager and ultimately being named its president. Bremer is a founding member of the GRA and the past president of the GRA Board. She serves on the board of directors for the National Restaurant Association, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB), and board secretary and treasurer for the Council of State Restaurant Associations. She also sits on the Industry Advisory Board of Georgia State University's Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration and is a trustee of the Arby’s Foundation. She is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier International and the International Women's Forum. In 2015, she was inducted in the ACVB Hospitality Hall of Fame.
 
Bremer has garnered numerous awards including the ACVB Member of the Year Award in 2002 for her role in founding Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week. In 2009, Bremer received the Lifetime Achievement GRACE (Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence) Award for her outstanding contributions to Georgia's restaurant industry. In 2016 and 2017 Bremer was named one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Georgians of the Year” in addition to being listed as a notable Georgian by Georgia Trend Magazine in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
 
INTRODUCTION: Karen Losin
INVOCATION:
Sheffield Hale, Pres & CEO Feb 20, 2018 12:00 PM
Atlanta History Center
Atlanta History Center
F. Sheffield Hale is President and CEO of the Atlanta History Center.  Prior to joining the Atlanta History Center in 2012 he served as Chief Counsel of the American Cancer Society, Inc. and was a Partner practicing corporate law in the firm of Kilpatrick Townsend LLP.
 
Mr. Hale serves as a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Robert W. Woodruff Library of Atlanta University Center, Fox Theatre, Inc., Buckhead Coalition, and the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is a Past Chair of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Atlanta History Center, St. Jude’s Recovery Center, Inc., and the State of Georgia’s Judicial Nominating Commission.
 
Mr. Hale received his B.A. in History from the University of Georgia summa cum laude in 1982, and received his J.D. in 1985 from the University of Virginia School of Law.  He is a member of the American Law Institute. 
 
INTRODUCTION: Bo Spalding
INVOCATION:
John Brock, Board Chair Feb 27, 2018 12:00 PM
Horizons Atlanta

 

INTRODUCTION: Irene Johnson
INVOCATION:
Amb Charles Shapiro, Pres, World Affairs Council Mar 06, 2018 12:00 PM
"Renegotiating NAFTA – The most important development you’re not paying attention to"
"Renegotiating NAFTA – The most important development you’re not paying attention to"

Charles Shapiro is president of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and a senior lecturer at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. From 2011-2013 Shapiro was the president of the Institute of the Americas, a think tank at the University of California San Diego. Previously, he held numerous senior positions at the U.S. Department of State, including Ambassador to Venezuela, principal deputy assistant secretary for the Western Hemisphere, and Coordinator for Cuban Affairs.

At the World Affairs Council, he has organized and led five trips to Cuba, including with former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Shapiro’s op-eds have been published most recently the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Latin America Advisor, the Huffington Post, the Miami Herald, the San Diego Union Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.

Shapiro earned a B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.Ed. from Georgia State University.  He serves on the Board of Trustees of Agnes Scott College.  

INTRODUCTION:  Jill  Thornton
INVOCATION: 
 
Alan Harrison, CEO, ToolBank USA Mar 13, 2018 12:00 PM
ToolBank USA: Tools for Building Better Communities
ToolBank USA: Tools for Building Better Communities
Alan Harrison is a nonprofit executive with over 25 years of for-profit and nonprofit experience in a diverse set of roles.  Born in Pennsylvania, Harrison holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Geneva College and an M.S. degree in Biology (specializing in Ecology) from Lehigh University.
 
He started his career in the for-profit water treatment industry specializing in industrial water disinfection.  In this role he led various groups and traveled to over 25 countries doing technical training and technical sales support.  His last role before switching to the non-profit world was with BioLab, (at the time a wholly owned subsidiary of Great Lakes Chemical Corporation), as Director of Technology for a water treatment business specializing in process and drinking water with an annual revenue of approximately $75M.
 
In 2003 Harrison left the for-profit world and joined The Nature Conservancy as the Director of Operations for the GA Chapter.  There he oversaw finance, HR, IT, facilities and general business operations. 
 
Alan Harrison joined the CDC Foundation in January 2009 as the Vice President for Administration.  In this role, he was responsible for the implementation and administration of organizational policies and procedures during a period of rapid growth. He oversaw strategic planning for the CDC Foundation and monitored progress toward attainment of long and short-term strategic objectives.  He had overall responsibility for HR, IT, Risk Management, Facilities Management and annual budgeting.  Harrison also assisted the president with board development, staffed select board committees and managed day-to-day operations of the organization in the president’s absence.
 
In December of 2016 Harrison accepted the position as CEO of ToolBank USA. ToolBank USA is the parent organization of the ToolBank network and is charged with supporting existing ToolBanks and growing new ones. Local ToolBanks lend high quality tools for a small handling fee to local volunteer organizations working to improve their communities. In 2017 ToolBank is on target to equip over 300,000 volunteers and support over 1.2 million volunteer hours nationwide. Currently there are ToolBanks in Atlanta, Charlotte, Baltimore, Richmond, Cincinnati, Houston, Phoenix, Portland, Chicago, and a mobile unit, ToolBank Disaster Services.
 
Harrison currently resides in Douglasville, GA just outside of Atlanta.  He and his wife Jennifer have been married for 30 years.  He has two children. Anna is a 5th year studying electrical engineering at The Georgia Institute of Technology, and Ethan is a freshman also at Georgia Tech studying Mechanical Engineering.
 
INTRODUCTION: Bo Spalding
INVOCATION:
Kevin Riley, Editor Mar 20, 2018 12:00 PM
Atlanta Journal Constitution

 

INTRODUCTION:  Jennie Blake
INVOCATION:
Rev. Tony Sundermeier & Lauren Lapidus Mar 27, 2018 12:00 PM
Easter - Passover Program
 
INTRODUCTION:  Blake Young
INVOCATION:
Lain Shakespeare, Corp. Citizenship Director Apr 03, 2018 12:00 PM
MailChimp

 

INTRODUCTION: Laura McCarty
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