Speaker Date Topic
Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele, Co-Exec Dr, Highlander May 21, 2019 12:00 PM
Dangerous Listening: Highlander’s Story & Methodologies for Social Change
Dangerous Listening: Highlander’s Story & Methodologies for Social Change

Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele grew up in Texas, Germany, and North Carolina. He once had the opportunity to live and learn alongside human rights organizers and community leaders from the Assembly of the Poor in Northeast Thailand. That experience transformed Allyn’s understanding of the power and purpose of education. Since 2002, Allyn has worked as a school teacher, a college educator, a neighborhood organizer, and a pastor, although he still cannot always tell the difference between all of those roles.


Allyn’s first visit to the Highlander Research and Education Center was in 2007 for Highlander’s 75th Anniversary weekend. In 2010, Allyn received an invitation to participate in Highlander’s leadership programming. The staff and board invited him to join Highlander’s Board of Directors, where he worked closely with Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, who in 2016 invited him to join her in applying to be Highlander’s most recent Co-Executive Directors.


Allyn is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and he has served congregations in Alaska and Tennessee. His interests include pastoral care, institutional change, dystopian science fiction, the problems of historical memory, and sculpture. Allyn earned degrees from Wofford College and Vanderbilt Divinity School, where he met his spouse, Erin, an Episcopal priest. They live in Western North Carolina with their enormous dog, Johann.




Jack Barsky, Former Russian Spy May 28, 2019 12:00 PM
Consular Corps Luncheon - "Once Upon a Spy"
Consular Corps Luncheon - "Once Upon a Spy"

Jack Barsky’s life marks him as one of a kind.  He was born in Germany, became a chemistry professor, was recruited by the KGB, spent 10 years in the United States spying for the Russians, and ended up a United States citizen and information technology executive.

Jack’s story was featured in May of 2015 on CBS 60 Minutes.  His memoir “Deep Undercover” was released in March of 2017.  The book has been translated into German, Swedish and Polish.  Jack has appeared frequently on US cable stations such as CNN, FOX and MSNBC as well as on foreign TV including such countries as Germany, Poland, Japan, Turkey and France.  In his 6th career as a public speaker Jack has had appearances across the United States as well as in Germany, Ireland and Poland.  His book has been optioned to produce a TV series under the working title “An American Citizen”.  Jack lives with his wife Shawna and daughter Trinity in Atlanta Georgia.

INVOCATION: George Wieder
Pamela S. Whitten, President, KSU Jun 04, 2019 12:00 PM
Kennesaw State University

Pamela S. Whitten was named Kennesaw State University’s 5th president on June 12, 2018, following a nationwide search. Whitten began her tenure on July 16, 2018, bringing with her a strong emphasis on expanding successful outcomes and meaningful learning experiences for students, boosting faculty research, and providing greater outreach services to the community.

Previously, Whitten served as SVP for academic affairs and provost at the University of Georgia (UGA). As the chief academic officer, she was responsible for overseeing instruction, research, public service and outreach, student affairs, and information technology.  During her tenure at UGA, Whitten worked with campus leadership to implement a number of enhancements and innovations to the learning environment, including reducing class sizes, enhancing advising services, and ensuring that all undergraduate students engaged in hands-on learning through internships, research, and other forms of experiential learning opportunities. Her office also identified three Signature Research Themes – improving human health, creating a more secure future, and strengthening communities – and spearheaded enhancements to grants administration and supported faculty hiring initiatives that dramatically increased UGA’s research activity. Through her leadership, the university also deepened its commitment to public service and outreach with new programs related to economic development, community revitalization, and cybersecurity.

Prior to serving as provost at UGA, Whitten was director for telemedicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center before she joined Michigan State University, where she worked her way through the faculty ranks and eventually served as dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

An internationally recognized expert in the field of telemedicine – the remote delivery of health care services and information – Whitten has conducted research with funding from multiple state and federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Commerce. She has published two books and more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters.

Whitten holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Tulane University.

INTRODUCTION: Karen Carlisle
INVOCATION: Norris Broyles
Ambassador Andrew Young, Chair, AJY Foundations Jun 11, 2019 12:00 PM
2019 International Relations Award
2019 International Relations Award
Andrew J. Young has earned worldwide recognition as a pioneer in and champion of civil and human rights. Ambassador Young’s lifelong dedication to service is illustrated by his extensive leadership experience of over sixty-five years, serving as a member of Congress, African American U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Mayor of Atlanta, and ordained minister, among other positions.
During the 1960s, Young was a key strategist and negotiator during civil rights campaigns that led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Appointed as an Ambassador to the United Nations in 1977, Young negotiated an end to white-minority rule in Namibia and Zimbabwe and brought President Carter's emphasis on human rights to international diplomacy efforts. As two-term Mayor of Atlanta, Young brought in over 1,100 businesses, over 70 billion in foreign direct investments and generated over a million jobs.
Ambassador Young has received honorary degrees from more than 100 universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad and has received various awards, including an Emmy Lifetime Achievement award in 2011 and the Dan Sweat Award in 2017.  His portrait also became part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
Ambassador Young also serves on a number of boards, including, but not limited to, the Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Social Change, Morehouse College, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State and Americas Mart. In 2003, he and his wife Carolyn McClain Young founded the Andrew J. Young Foundation to support and promote education, health, leadership and human rights in the U.S., Africa, and the Caribbean.  Young currently serves as the Chairman of the Andrew J. Young Foundation.
In 2012, Young retired from GoodWorks International, LLC, after well over a decade of facilitating sustainable economic development in the business sectors of the Caribbean and Africa. Young was born in 1932 in New Orleans, and he currently lives in Atlanta with his wife, Carolyn McClain. He is also a father of three daughters and one son, and a grandfather of eight.
Janet Barnard, Chief People Officer Jun 18, 2019 12:00 PM
Cox Automotive
Cox Automotive
Janet Barnard is chief people officer for Cox Automotive, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises. She is responsible for developing the global organization’s high-performance culture and talent management program to support its vision to transform the automotive industry. Barnard leads all Human Resources functions, including Corporate and Field Operations, Total Rewards, Employee and Leadership Development and Organizational Effectiveness.
Previously, Barnard was president of Cox Automotive Inventory Solutions. In that role, she directed several groups at Manheim engaged in transforming the company’s core auction business to incorporate an expanding digital, mobile and inventory solutions strategy. Barnard led the industry’s largest wholesale auction network in North America consisting of nearly 130 traditional and mobile sites. Groups reporting to Barnard included Sales, Inventory Services, Vehicle Solutions, Logistics Solutions and Client Experience. Before assuming the Inventory Solutions role, Barnard served as president, Manheim North America.
Prior to joining Manheim, Barnard served as senior vice president and general manager for Cox Communications’ (CCI) Central Region. Her responsibilities included growing the $1.2 billion region’s voice, data and video services across its residential and commercial base of more than 700,000 customers. Prior to that role, Barnard was senior vice president and general manager for other Cox Communications regional business areas including Northern Virginia, Middle America and Omaha.
Barnard received the 2016 Leadership Character Award in the Large Company category by Turknett Leadership Group and Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, and during the same year, was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as a Women Who Mean Business honoree. In 2015, Barnard was added to Automotive News’ list of 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry. Also, recognized by Women in Technology (WIT) as one of Georgia’s top women leaders, she was the winner of the 2014 Woman of the Year in Technology Award in the Large/Enterprise Organization category. In 2010, Barnard was named as a Betsy Magness Leadership Institute Fellow, which honors the most successful female leaders in the cable and telecommunications industry. She was also selected by CableFAX as a
Top 25 Regional Player and as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Cable.

Barnard gives back to her community by representing Cox Enterprises on the Board of Governors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and through her role as the Executive Sponsor for Cox Automotive’s Corporate Responsibility Council which ensures the implementation of responsible practices that deliver environmental and social benefits. She is also Executive Sponsor for Cox Automotive’s partnership with the American Red Cross and participates in the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America (KPCRAA) to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction and other charities supporting chronically ill children.  Barnard resides in Atlanta with her husband Bryan, and has two children and four grandchildren. She enjoys golf, travel and motorcycling.
Dean Erika James, Emory University Jun 25, 2019 12:00 PM
4th of July Program
INVOCATION: Richard Childers
Happy 4th of July!
Happy 4th of July!
Mark Butler, Labor Commissioner, Georgia Jul 16, 2019 12:00 PM
Jake Stewart Jul 23, 2019 12:00 PM
5th Tuesday Social and Networking Meeting Jul 30, 2019 6:00 PM
Monday Night Brewery Garage, Westside