Speaker Date Topic
Dr. J. Lamar Veatch, Jr., GA WWI Commission May 29, 2018 12:00 PM
Memorial Day Celebration: “Georgia’s Role in the First World War"
Memorial Day Celebration: “Georgia’s Role in the First World War"

Dr. Lamar Veatch has a background in library administration, serving as Acting Director for the Jefferson County Library in Louisville, GA, then moved on the be the Director of the Ohoopee Regional Library in Vidalia, the High Plains Regional Library System in Greeley, CO, the Irving Public Library System in Irving, TX, and the Alabama Public Library Service in Montgomery, AL. He retired as the State Librarian at the GA Public Library Service in Atlanta.  He has also served the GA State Archives in Communications and Outreach in Morrow, GA and the Heritage Associate at the GA World War 1 Centennial Commission in Atlanta.

 

Veatch graduated from Young Harris College and UGA, received his Masters from Emory and his PH.D from Florida State.  Born in Atlanta, he and  his wife Carol have two children and four grandchildren.

 

INTRODUCTION: Sam Friedman

INVOCATION: Laura McCarty

 

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

Doug Shipman is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Woodruff Arts Center, home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art.  He became the Arts Center CEO in July 2017, after serving as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of BrightHouse, a stand-alone business unit of the Boston Consulting Group since 2015.  BrightHouse is a purpose-driven consulting firm that helps its clients define their true purpose to accelerate their transformation and value creation.

 

Prior to that role, Shipman was the founding Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta from 2007 through 2015.   Starting from the ground up, he developed the Center’s business strategy, its fundraising strategy and its public engagement plan that led the $100 million museum to become a reality.  From 2001 until 2007, Shipman was a principal with the Boston Consulting Group at its offices in New York, Atlanta and Mumbai.  He led project teams on several continents in a variety of industries and functional areas, including financial services, travel and tourism, medical devices, airlines and consumer foods. 

 

Shipman, an Arkansas native, is a magna cum laude graduate of Emory University, with B.A. degrees in Economics and Political Science.  He received a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, both in 2001.

 

Shipman is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Carter Center and a member of the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Midtown Alliance, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.  He is active with the Harvard Alumni Association and the Emory Alumni Association where he is a past President.  He was named one of the 100 Most Influential Atlantans by the Atlanta Business Chronicle from 2011 – 2013.

INTRODUCTION: Dan Israel
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Peter Rooney, President Jun 12, 2018 12:00 PM
Atlanta Youth Academy
Atlanta Youth Academy

Peter Rooney came to Atlanta Youth Academy in 2012 after serving as the vice president for development and alumni relations at Oglethorpe University. He earned his bachelor of arts from Rhodes College and his master’s degree in educational leadership at Kennesaw State University’s Bagwell College. Rooney has spent the majority of his career in development at private, educational institutions. Prior to Oglethorpe, Rooney served as the director of development and director of principal gifts at The Westminster Schools and as the planned giving director and director of development at Rhodes College. He is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and has served on the boards of Camp Glisson, Trinity Community Ministries, and Buckhead Business Association. Formerly, he served on the International Board of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the operating board of The Commerce Club. His educational leadership and support are further exhibited by his board service for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation and the Student Aid Foundation. He and his family are active members of Northside United Methodist Church.

 

INTRODUCTION: Rodgers Lunsford
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Edward J "Jack" Hardin, Partner, Rogers & Hardin Jun 19, 2018 12:00 PM
Update on Homelessness in Atlanta
Update on Homelessness in Atlanta
Jack Hardin is a co-founding partner of Rogers & Hardin LLP and is a member of its Executive Committee.  His practice concentrates on business transactions and corporate governance. Hardin also serves as Chairman of the board of directors of Invesco Mortgage Capital, Inc.
 
Hardin is Co-Chair of the Atlanta Regional Commission on Homelessness; a member of the Board of Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation; Chairman and founder of Gateway, LLC, a homeless services center; President of the Georgia Legal Services Foundation; and Vice Chairman of the board of Georgia Works, Inc. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Health, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former Chair of the board of directors of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, former Chairman of the Harvard Center for the Study of World Relations, and former Chair of the Board of the Paideia School, Inc.
 
Hardin earned a BA degree from Wesleyan University and a JD from Vanderbilt University.
 
​INTRODUCTION:  TRACY CRUMP
​INVOCATION:
Dr. John H. Morrow Jr., Emeritus Prof., UGA Jun 26, 2018 12:00 PM
World War I Series
INTRODUCTION: Sam Friedman
INVOCATION:
NO MEETING TODAY Jul 03, 2018
Happy 4th of July!
Happy 4th of July!
Dr. Allan Levey, Dir., Dept. of Neurology Jul 10, 2018 12:00 PM
Emory University
 
 
INTRODUCTION: Tracy Crump
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April Christler, Owner, Atlanta Phoenix Jul 17, 2018 12:00 PM
Atlanta Women's Football Franchise
Atlanta Women's Football Franchise
April Christler has grown awareness of women’s football and gained mass media exposure as the owner of the Atlanta Phoenix football franchise – one of the Women’s Football Alliance’s most respected brands. Impressive, she has developed her franchise to be one of the strongest of women’s full-contact tackle football in the world since founding the team in 2011. Christler, a former professional player, has distinct project management experience most recently as a project manager for the Turner Broadcasting System Inc., which has positioned her to tackle the franchise’s business operations.
As the team’s owner, general manager and spokeswoman, Christler has had exclusive interviews as a feature on national media outlets, including Lifetime TV, CNN, CBS News’ “Close Ups,” Georgia Public Broadcasting and The AIB Network. An integral part of the team is its nonprofit organization, Phoenix Rising Awareness Foundation. The foundation coordinates workshops, seminars and exhibitions to showcase and encourage strength on the field and in life through total wellness awareness.
Fifth Third Stadium on the campus of Kennesaw State University is where the Atlanta Phoenix plays and calls home. There, players and fans catch and exhibit enthusiasm from the playing field out into the stands. Christler has exhibited a great deal of support to her players and has championed women’s football for decades. She looks to grow the women’s game in 2018.
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Lynnette T Riley, Commissioner, Jul 24, 2018 12:00 PM
Georgia Dept of Revenue
Georgia Dept of Revenue

Lynne Riley was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to serve as the State Revenue Commissioner in January of 2015. Lynne comes to the Department of Revenue most recently from the Georgia General Assembly, where she served four years in office as the House District 50 (Johns Creek) Representative. She served as one of Governor Deal’s floor leaders in 2014, and as a member of the Ways and Means, Natural Resources and Environment, Retirement and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Oversight committees. Riley served as the Fulton County House Delegation Chair during the 2013- 2014 session, and as a Governor’s Floor Leader in 2014.

Commissioner Riley served as the Fulton County Commissioner for District 3 from July 2004 to December 2010. In service to the citizens of North Fulton, Lynne collaborated with the Fulton Legislative Delegation in the creation of the new cities of Sandy Springs, Johns Creek and Milton.

 

Commissioner Riley currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Federation of Tax Administrators, the Southeast Association of Tax Administrators, and the Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Information Sharing & Analysis Center Senior Executive Board.

 

Commissioner Riley has long been involved with an extensive group of community and civic organizations. Riley is a member of the Class of 2005 of the Atlanta Regional Commission's Regional Leadership Institute and an alumnus of the Coverdell Leadership Institute.  Riley is currently the Board Chair of the Johns Creek Advantage, and a member of the Emory Johns Creek Hospital Board of Trustees. Lynne is also a proud member of the Rotary Club of Johns Creek-North Fulton.

 

Lynne Riley was Principal of Riley Accounting Services for over 30 years. Lynne is married to Mike Riley, who recently retired after 26 years of service with The Coca-Cola Company. They have three adult children and one grand-daughter. The Riley family has enjoyed living in the Johns Creek community since 1988.

INTRODUCTION: Richard Maddox
INVOCATION:
Fifth Tuesday Social Jul 31, 2018 6:00 PM