Speaker Date Topic
Milton Little Jr, Pres, United Way Greater Atlanta Feb 28, 2017
"112 Years of Successful Partnerships"
"112 Years of Successful Partnerships"


Milton J. Little, Jr. became the first African-American president of United Way of Greater Atlanta, the second-largest in the national system, in July 2007. Previously, he served as president of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. He joins a strong legacy of fundraising and collaborative leaders who bring together supportive partners in the for-profit, nonprofit, philanthropic and government sectors to identify challenges facing individuals and families and offer solutions. He has helped raise more than half a billion dollars for local community needs and priorities during his career.


In 2010, under Little’s leadership, nearly 17,000 Georgia families received $20.5 million in emergency financial assistance through the Georgia Fresh Start initiative, led by United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Georgia Department of Human Services. The funds were provided by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to provide relief on past due mortgage, rent and/or utilities expenses during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.  He has been at the forefront of shaping the role of United Way in responding to economic and natural disasters, from bringing together community leaders when a tornado struck downtown Atlanta to overseeing United Way’s efforts to stabilize North Georgia victims of record flooding in 2009.

With vast networks of community partners and volunteers, Little developed and is making strides in a strategic plan that connects the region around the achievement of six community goals — the benchmarks of a thriving community. They include: 1. Children enter school ready to learn and graduate prepared for careers. 2. People have access to primary health care. 3. Homeless people are housed within one year. 4. Babies are born healthy. 5. Families are self-sufficient. 6. Young people avoid risky behaviors.

Before joining United Way, he served as chief operating officer and interim president and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights and social service community-based movement. He also had a career in corporate philanthropy at AT&T and Lucent Technologies and served as vice president for Field Operations at MDRC, a non-partisan education and social policy research organization.  A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Little graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College with a B.A. degree in sociology. He earned an M.A. degree in urban sociology and social policy from Columbia University.

Little is on numerous boards and foundations, including chair for the Center for Assessment and Policy Development, chair of the Southern Education Foundation, and as vice chair of the board of directors for Ways to Work. He is a member of the Atlanta Mayoral Board of Service, the Commerce Club Operating Board, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, and more.

Little’s leadership has earned him numerous accolades such as the recipient of the prestigious Centurion Award by Travelers Aid, is recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International, and in 2006, was recognized by The White House with the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships Award. He is also featured as a 2017 Most Notable Georgian by Georgia Trend Magazine, a 2016 Most Admired CEO by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Magazine’s 55 Most Powerful, “Who’s Who in Black Atlanta” publication and more.

Little is a native New Yorker and is married to Traci Gibson Little. He has two sons, Milton and Taylor, and three grandchildren, Joi, Miles, and Langston.

INVOCATION:  David Moore
Lynn Smith, Host, Weekend Express, HLN Mar 07, 2017
"State of the Media"
"State of the Media"
Lynn Smith was named host of HLN’s Weekend Express in May 2014 and is based in the CNN Worldwide headquarters in Atlanta. She joined HLN in fall 2013 as an anchor/correspondent and had been filling in as host of the high-rated Weekend Express since December of that year. 
Before coming to HLN, Lynn Smith, the former Lynn Berry, served as the anchor of NBC-TV’s Early Today and MSNBC’s First Look since 2010. During that time, she was also a fill-in newsreader on Weekend Today and covered overnight breaking news at MSNBC.
The year prior, Smith had been a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor at WNBC’s local station “News 4 New York.”

Earlier, at NBC-owned station WCAU, Philadelphia, she served as general assignment reporter since June 2007. In January 2008, her role was expanded and she was promoted to co-anchor of "NBC 10 Weekend Today" on Saturday and Sunday mornings. 

Prior her work at WCAU, Smith worked behind the camera at NBC-TV’s Today as an associate producer and was later promoted to producer. In 2007, her role expanded to online correspondent for todayshow.com, with several of her pieces featured on Today. She was also a freelance general assignment reporter for NBC-owned station WVIT in Hartford, Connecticut. 

A magna cum laude graduate from Miami University in Ohio, who majored in mass communications, Smith got her start in broadcasting as a reporter for the university newspaper, and anchor/reporter at its television station.
Following graduation, Smith was awarded a prestigious internship with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles. In 2001, she joined NBC’s Page Program in Los Angeles before moving East to pursue her passion for news.
INTRODUCTION:  Mason Stephenson
David Moore Mar 14, 2017
INTRODUCTION:  Ernie Prickett


Dennis P. Lockhart, President and CEO Mar 21, 2017
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Dennis P. Lockhart took office March 1, 2007, as the 14th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In this role, Lockhart is responsible for all the Bank's activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services. In addition, he serves on the Federal Reserve's chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).

From 2003 to 2007, Lockhart served on the faculty of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He also was an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.

From 2002 to 2007, he served as chairman of the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds, a sponsor and operator of emerging markets venture capital and private equity funds. From 2001 to 2003, Lockhart was managing partner at the private equity firm Zephyr Management LP, based in New York with activity in Africa and Latin America.

Prior to joining Zephyr, Lockhart worked for 13 years at Heller Financial, where he served as president of Heller International Group, which had activities in commercial finance and investment in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. In 2000, he served as chairman of the advisory committee of the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

From 1971 to 1988, Lockhart held various positions, both international and domestic, with Citicorp/Citibank (now Citigroup). Early in his career with Citibank, he worked in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Iran. From 1978 to 1986, he served in Atlanta as Citicorp's senior corporate officer and head of corporate banking for the Southeast. From 1987 to 1988, he headed the firm's Latin American debt-to-equity swap investment program, designed to restructure sovereign debt.

Lockhart serves as a director of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Commerce Club and is past chair of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, the Midtown Alliance, and the Carter Center's Board of Councilors. He is a trustee of the Georgia Research Alliance and serves on the advisory board of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

Lockhart was born in 1947 in Bakersfield, California. He earned a bachelor of arts in political science and economics from Stanford University in 1968 and a master's in international economics and American foreign policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 1971. He also attended the Senior Executive Program at MIT, Sloan School of Management, in 1994. In 2012, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by Georgia State University. He served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1968 to 1974.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta serves the Sixth Federal Reserve District, which covers Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The Bank has branches in Birmingham, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville, and New Orleans.

INTRODUCTION:  Jill Thornton
Mayor Kasim Reed, City of Atlanta Mar 28, 2017
State of the City Address


INVOCATION:  Angela Cassidy
Ambassador Mary Ann Peters, CEO, Carter Center Apr 04, 2017
CONSUL GENERAL LUNCHEON - "Waging Peace, Fighting Disease: Carter Center Mission and Programs"
CONSUL GENERAL LUNCHEON - "Waging Peace, Fighting Disease: Carter Center Mission and Programs"

Ambassador Mary Ann Peters joined The Carter Center on Sept. 1, 2014. As CEO, Ambassador Peters provides vision and leadership for The Carter Center and oversees program implementation and operations.

Ambassador Peters was Provost of the U.S. Naval War College from September 2008 to July 2014. Previously, she served as Dean of Academics at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.  She spent more than 30 years as a career diplomat.  From 2000 to 2003, she served as U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, leading the Embassy response to the September 11 attack. Prior to her posting in Dhaka, Ambassador Peters was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Ottawa, Canada, responsible for managing the embassy and supervising six U.S. consulates general. From 1995 to 1997, Ambassador Peters served as Director for European and Canadian affairs on the National Security Council staff, where she worked on Northern Ireland peace process. Ambassador Peters’ earlier postings include Sofia, Bulgaria, Moscow during the Soviet era, Rangoon and Mandalay in Burma and Frankfurt, Germany.

Ambassador Peters is a graduate of Santa Clara University and holds an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Women in International Security and serves of the Boards of the Cetana Educational Foundation and the Task Force for Global Health.

Passover/Easter Program Apr 11, 2017
Passover/Easter Program