Speaker Date Topic
Ray Carter, VP/Gen Manager, WSB TV Aug 11, 2020 12:00 PM
The State of Media in the Midst of a Storm
The State of Media in the Midst of a Storm

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Ray Carter is Vice President and General Manager of WSB-TV, the ABC affiliated station in Atlanta. Before being named to the position at Channel 2, he held a corporate role, as Regional Vice President, overseeing five of the Cox Media Group television markets. Prior to that, he spent 16 years as the VP/General Manager of WPXI-TV, the Cox-owned station In Pittsburgh. Before becoming a general manager, he served as the executive in charge of several television news operations across the country.  

Ray has been involved in the leadership of television stations since 1986. Prior to his move to management, he worked in several small-market T.V. newsrooms as a photographer, editor, writer, producer, reporter and anchor. He readily admits that his poor performance as a news anchor and his rapidly receding hairline sped up his move into management.

He is active in the leadership of the television industry. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the ABC Network Affiliate Association, and is a former member of the NBC Television Affiliate Advisory Board. He is a board member of the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, and before moving back to Georgia, served as the Television Chairman of the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters.

Ray is also active in his community and church. He has served on the boards of the Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania, the Woodlands Foundation, the Pennsylvania Economy League, and the Pittsburgh chapter of the NAACP. He has also served as lay clergy for his church, with responsibility at one time for more than a dozen congregations.    

Ray and his wife Cathy are originally from California, but are proud to call Georgia home. They have four grown children.   He enjoys travel and photography. Late at night and every chance he gets, he works on unfinished writing projects, including a novel and a screenplay. 

INVOCATION: Kimberly Baker
Carolyn Newton Curry, Founder/Women Alone Together Aug 18, 2020 12:00 PM
The 100 Year Anniversary Celebration of the Vote for Women in the U.S.
The 100 Year Anniversary Celebration of the Vote for Women in the U.S.

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Carolyn Newton Curry, Ph.D., is the Founder and Director of Women Alone Together, a non-profit foundation that addresses the special needs of women. Supported through grants and contributions and partnering with Agnes Scott College Alumnae Association, the foundation works to build confidence and community among the growing number of women who are alone in our culture. Although the group works to encourage women who are alone because of death of spouse, divorce, single by choice or alone in a marriage because of separation or estrangement, all women are invited.

Compelled by women’s stories shared with her during years of research and teaching, Curry founded WAT in 2002.  She has led the organization to become the dynamic, viable entity it is today. In addition to writing papers on significant women’s issues, she often speaks to various groups around the country on women’s issues and about WAT.

Curry has taught at the University of Kentucky and the Westminster Schools in Atlanta.  She has served on numerous boards and is cuurently on the Board of Directors of the Agnes Scott Alumnae Association and The Atlanta Women’s Network for Care International, among others.

She has received numerous awards including the Georgia State University Distinguished Alumni Community Service Award, the Agnes Scott College Distinguished Alumna Award – Service to the Community and the Outstanding Alumni Award in College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University.

In March 2014, Mercer University Press in Macon, Georgia, published her book, Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas 1834-1907. It received the 2014 Award for Excellence Using the Holdings of an Archive from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council, University System or Georgia. Curry also received Georgia Author of the Year in Biography in 2015 from The Georgia Writers Association. The Georgia Center for the Book selected her book as one of the 2015 Ten Books All Georgians Should Read. In 2018 she received Author of the Year from the Atlanta Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. In 2019 an expanded edition was published by Mercer University Press.

She received a B. A. degree in English from Agnes Scott, and both her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Georgia State.  She and her husband, Bill, the former head football coach at Georgia Tech, have been married 55 years and have a daughter, Kristin Hunter, a son Bill Curry, Jr., and seven grandchildren.

INVOCATION: Melody Watson
Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, Pres, Morehouse Med Aug 25, 2020 12:00 PM
“Healthy Families, Healthy Communities – A Real Look at Advancing Health Equity"
“Healthy Families, Healthy Communities – A Real Look at Advancing Health Equity"

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Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG, is the sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the first woman to lead the freestanding medical institution., Montgomery Rice serves as both the president and dean. A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, she most recently served as dean and executive vice president of MSM, where she has served since 2011.

Prior to joining MSM, Montgomery Rice held faculty positions and leadership roles at various health centers, including academic health centers.  Most notably, she was the founding director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College, one of the nation’s first research centers devoted to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color.

Dedicated to the creation and advancement of health equity, Montgomery Rice lends her vast experience and talents to programs that enhance pipeline opportunities for academically diverse learners, diversifies the physician and scientific workforce, and fosters equity in health care access and health outcomes. To this end, she holds memberships in various organizations and participates on a number of boards, such as the following: member, National Academy of Medicine, and board of directors for National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, The Metro Atlanta Chamber, Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, The Nemours Foundation, UnitedHealth Group, Westside Future Fund, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans, and Horatio Alger Association.

Montgomery Rice has received numerous accolades and honors. She was named to the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans and received the 2017 Horatio Alger Award. For three consecutive years (2016-2018) Georgia Trend Magazine selected Montgomery Rice as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians. Other honors include the following: Girls Inc. 2019 Smart Award, The National Medical Association OB/GYN 2019 Legend of the Section Award, The Turknett Leadership Character Award (2018), Visions of Excellence Award, Atlanta Business League (2018), Links Incorporated Co-Founders Award (2018), Trumpet Vanguard Award (2015), The Dorothy I. Height Crystal Stair Award (2014), National Coalition of 100 Black Women - Women of Impact (2014), YWCA – Women of Achievement of Atlanta-(2014) and Nashville(2007), American Medical Women’s Association Elizabeth Blackwell Medal (2011) and Working Mother Media Multicultural Women’s Legacy Award (2011).

A Georgia native, Montgomery Rice holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and an honorary degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree from Rush University.  All reflect her lifetime commitment to education, service, and the advancement of health equity.  She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine and her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Hutzel Hospital. 

Montgomery Rice is married to her fellow Georgia Institute of Technology alumnus, Melvin Rice Jr., and they have two children: Jayne and Melvin III. 

Judge Richard Robinson Sep 01, 2020 12:00 PM
Kyle Waide, Pres/CEO, Atl Community Food Bank Sep 08, 2020 12:00 PM
"The Food Bank's Response to the Pandemic"
"The Food Bank's Response to the Pandemic"

As President and CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Kyle Waide oversees the distribution of nearly 70 million pounds of food and grocery products each year through a network of 600 local and regional partner non-profit organizations that feed those in need across 29 Georgia counties. Prior to being named CEO in June of 2015, Kyle served for three years as the Food Bank’s Vice President of Partner Operations, leading the organization to record-breaking years of food distribution to the hungry.

Through Kyle’s collaborative efforts to improve distribution best practices, the Food Bank dramatically increased the nutritional quality of its product offerings, including fresh produce. Currently, the Food Bank distributes more than 16 million pounds of produce each year. Prior to joining the Food Bank, Kyle held several management roles at The Home Depot Inc. in disaster relief, corporate responsibility, community affairs and store operations. He also previously served as part of the management team that created and launched Charity Navigator, the nation's premier charity evaluation service.

Kyle is a graduate of Harvard University. He currently is serving as the Chair of the Southeast Regional Cooperative and the Vice Chair of the Georgia Food Bank Association. Kyle also is a member of the Ending Hunger Advisory Committee and the Policy, Education and Advocacy Committee for Feeding America. He is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2015, the Rotary Club of Atlanta, the Community Advisory Board for The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc., the Super Bowl LIII Host Committee Advisory Board, the Committee For A Better Atlanta, and the board of directors for Goodwill Industries International Inc.

Kyle resides in Decatur, GA with his wife, Christina, and their three children.

Walter Reeves Sep 22, 2020 12:00 PM
When Bad Things Happen to Good Gardens
2020-21 Installation of Officers and Directors Oct 06, 2020 12:00 PM
David Moore, President
Michael J. Coles, Entrepreneur Nov 17, 2020 12:00 PM
Taking on Goliath
Taking on Goliath

Deeply involved in the community, Cofounder of Great American Cookie Company and former CEO of Caribou Coffee, Michael J. Coles is a transformational leader, accomplished entrepreneur, education advocate and motivational speaker. From starting three businesses, setting transcontinental world cycling records, making two bids for U.S. Congress, and writing legislation for Georgia film tax credit that changed an industry, Coles’ story is one of true grit and perseverance. He is living proof that there are no limits to what we as individuals can accomplish. He brings his story to life in his presentation which is entitled Taking on Goliath.