Speaker Date Topic
Governor Brian Kemp Jan 28, 2020 12:00 PM
State of Georgia
State of Georgia
Brian Kemp is a husband, father, businessman, and public servant. On November 6, 2018, he was elected as Georgia's 83rd Governor, earning more votes than any gubernatorial candidate in state history.
Governor Kemp built his first business – Kemp Development and Construction Company – with a pick-up truck and a shovel. Over thirty years later, he is a successful entrepreneur with businesses and investments in banking, farming, timber, manufacturing, and real estate. Kemp served on the Board of Suncrest Stone in Tifton as a Founding Director of First Madison Bank and St. Mary’s Hospital Board in Athens. From the backhoe to the board room, Governor Kemp understands how to successfully create jobs, grow companies, recruit start-ups, and make deals on the international stage while also providing opportunities for hundreds of hardworking Georgians.
Out of frustration with government, Brian Kemp ran for public office in the early 2000s. In the State Senate, Kemp was instrumental in fighting to cut fees, taxes, and mandates on job creators and Georgia families. As Secretary of State, Kemp utilized technology and innovation to cut bureaucratic red tape, slash spending, and streamline government. As Governor, Brian Kemp is fighting to make Georgia #1 for small business through regulatory reform. He will ensure that all parts of our state - including rural Georgia - have opportunities to grow and thrive. Kemp is fundamentally reforming state government, keeping our families safe, and always putting hardworking Georgians first.
Kemp, 55, is married to the former Marty Argo of Athens. They are the proud parents of three daughters – Jarrett, Lucy, and Amy Porter – and active members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
INVOCATION: Raphael Holloway
Kathy Colbenson, LMFT, President & CEO Feb 04, 2020 12:00 PM

Kathy Colbenson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 40 years of experience. She has been the Chief Executive Officer of CHRIS 180 since 1987. Under her leadership, CHRIS 180 has grown to include eight group homes, a permanent supportive housing program, a counseling center, a comprehensive community program designed to strengthen families, a drop-in center for homeless youth and young adults, an adoption program, a homeless outreach and community housing program, the At-Promise Center in partnership with the Atlanta Police Foundation, an Integrated Health Clinic and a training institute – all of which focus on behavioral health, recovering from the impact of childhood trauma, and helping people develop the skills necessary for self-sufficiency.

 Over the years, Kathy has provided consistent leadership through innovation and initiatives that break down barriers and result in outreach and help for underserved, invisible populations.  Programs include operating the state’s first program (1986) for youth aging out of foster care, creating the Southeast’s first program for homeless youth with targeted outreach to LGBTQ youth (2000), creating the first supportive housing program in the state for homeless youth and youth aging out of foster care (2010), creating new trauma-informed models for service delivery and adoption(2013), developing a trauma training program (2014), and many other positive changes in services for children and families throughout the state.

 In 2003, Kathy was humbled to receive the Dan Bradley Humanitarian Award from the Human Rights Campaign; in 2010 Kathy was recognized with the Evelyn Ullman Innovative Leadership Award; in 2013, Kathy was honored to receive the Turknett Leadership Character Award; in 2019, Kathy was named one of Atlanta’s Most Admired CEOs and in 2020 Kathy was named one of Atlanta’s 500 Most Influential Leaders.  Kathy is particularly proud that CHRIS 180 programs, services, and staff have been recognized for expertise and leadership in trauma-informed care and innovation. Recent recognitions include the TeleHealth Facility of the Year Award from the Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth for the CHRIS Counseling Center, and the National Innovation and the Excellence Program Award from the National Center for Excellence and Innovation for our Keeping Families Together Program.  Additionally, CHRIS 180 is the two-time winner of the Managing for Excellence Award (1998 & 2011) from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Kathy’s passions include volunteerism and donating to many social and environmental causes. In addition to CHRIS 180, Kathy is a former Board member and supporter of the East Atlanta Kids Club, an advisor for Bearing Bikes, was appointed by Governor Deal to serve on the Board of the Georgia Commission on Service and Volunteerism and the serves on the Advisory Board for Susan G. Komen of Greater Atlanta.  Kathy is married, has two grown daughters, three dogs, three cats and enjoys hiking, gardening, traveling and photography. 

INVOCATION:  Jeffrey Smythe
Harriet Shaffer, Respite Care Atlanta Feb 11, 2020 1:01 PM
Providing Activities for Adults with Cognitive Issues and Relief for Their Caregivers
Providing Activities for Adults with Cognitive Issues and Relief for Their Caregivers
Harriet Shaffer is a long time community volunteer and currently a passionate advocate
for Alzheimer’s disease research and support for caregivers dealing with adults with
cognitive challenges.  She was instrumental in organizing eight multi-denominational
congregations to create Respite Care Atlanta, a non-profit, tax exempt organization
which provides spiritually integrated activities for adults with cognitive difficulties
and welcomed respite and support for their caregivers.  Harriet is a member of the
Board of Directors of Respite Care Atlanta and also serves on the Executive Advisory
Council of the Emory Brain Health Center.
INTRODUCTION: Charlie Battle
Walter W. Davis, Judge Feb 18, 2020 12:00 PM
Introduction to the New Georgia Statewide Business Court
Introduction to the New Georgia Statewide Business Court

Walt Davis is the incoming judge for the newly-created Georgia Statewide Business Court. Appointed by Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp in July, and unanimously confirmed in a Joint Session of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees of the Georgia General Assembly, Walt will formally begin his term on January 1, 2020. The Court will thereafter begin accepting cases on August 1, 2020. 

Prior to his appointment, Walt led the Securities and SEC Enforcement practice in the Atlanta office of Jones Day, where his practice focused on complex business litigation, corporate governance matters, and internal and governmental investigations. Prior to joining Jones Day, Walt served as law clerk to The Honorable Beverly B. Martin of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. 

Walt is also active in the Atlanta civic and legal communities, where he previously served as President of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and Past-Chair of the Securities and Corporate Litigation Subcommittee of the Atlanta Bar Association.  Walt currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Georgia School of Law, teaching Securities Law.

INTRODUCTION: Marbury Rainer
Chrishaunda Lee Perez, Author Feb 25, 2020 12:00 PM
STAR Student Day: "We Come as Girls, We Leave as Women"
STAR Student Day: "We Come as Girls, We Leave as Women"

Chrishaunda Lee Perez is a writer, producer, creator, and orator most known for her best-selling debut novel, "We Come as Girls, We Leave as Women", about teen girls overcoming personal challenges as they embark upon womanhood. This work has been endorsed by many, including Paula Wallace, President and Founder of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and heralded by Oprah Winfrey. Ms. Perez serves as an advocate for women and teen girls, engaging groups around the world, enlightening audiences about bridging gaps between teen girls and women, encouraging adults to fully consider a teenaged girl's point of view, and elevating empathetic communication as a source of relieving certain traumas and strengthening human connection. Chrishaunda Lee Perez has for decades centered her work around women and teen girls, and they often serve as a key focus in her written works, including acclaimed historical fantasy/magical realism short film, "The Forever Tree" and powerful true story of miracles, "Share The Dream: Building Noah's Ark One Prayer at a Time". Currently, Ms. Perez is in pre-production for her first narrative film about two mothers and their sons and the debilitating effects of addiction, as well as in development for the full length feature version of "The Forever Tree".

INTRODUCTION: Karen Carlisle
Dr. Matt Harper, Assoc Prof, Mercer University Mar 03, 2020 12:00 PM
The Slave Trade in Georgia: Understanding Its Global Origins and Long-term Effects
The Slave Trade in Georgia: Understanding Its Global Origins and Long-term Effects
Matt Harper Ph.D. – Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at Mercer University. He holds an MA and PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is the author of The End of Days (UNC Press, 2016), a book on African American religion and politics in the decades after emancipation. He has contributed to essay collections on African American religion and politics, established an ongoing university research partnership with a state historic site about black life and labor in middle Georgia, and written numerous conference papers and book reviews in the areas of southern and Atlantic religious and political history. He teaches courses on African American history, Latin America and the Caribbean, the international slave trade, research methodology, and civil rights.
Bill McGahan Mar 10, 2020 12:00 PM
Georgia Works!


Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, President Mar 17, 2020 12:00 PM
Morehouse School of Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine

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. 

5th Tuesday Social and Networking Meeting Mar 31, 2020 6:00 PM
Easter/Passover Program Apr 07, 2020 12:00 PM
Amir Kazmi, CIO Apr 21, 2020 12:00 PM


INTRODUCTION:  Sandy Welfare


Law Day May 05, 2020 12:00 PM
Consular Corps Day May 12, 2020 12:00 PM
Angel Cabrera, President May 19, 2020 12:00 PM
GA Tech
5th Tuesday Social and Networking Meeting Jun 23, 2020
Kiwanis Kids Day with Boys and Girls Clubs
Adm. Wendi Carpenter, (Retired), US Navy Jun 30, 2020 12:00 PM
Independence Day Program