Speaker Date Topic
Dr. Wallace Taylor, Founder, Taylor Foundation Mar 05, 2024 11:45 AM
Unleashing Guyana's Potential: The Economic, Social, and Global Implications of its Oil Discovery
Unleashing Guyana's Potential: The Economic, Social, and Global Implications of its Oil Discovery

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Dr. Wallace Taylor is a distinguished keynote speaker who brings a unique blend of expertise and passion to the stage. Born in Guyana, South America, Dr. Taylor was raised and educated in both the United States and the Caribbean, giving him a diverse perspective that influences his work.

As the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of the Taylor Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, Dr. Taylor has dedicated himself to helping underprivileged children experience the transformative power of Participatory Arts. Through this foundation, he not only fosters artistic talent but also utilizes participatory arts to heal trauma and treat individuals suffering from PTSD.

In addition to his philanthropic endeavors, Dr. Taylor is an esteemed academic professional. He holds the position of Professor of Graduate Studies at Gannon University, where he imparts his knowledge on the disciplines of Entrepreneurship, Organizational Behavior, and Management. Specifically focused on Business Analytics within their MBA program.

Furthermore, Dr. Taylor serves as a Professor of Business at Georgia State University—a testament to his expertise in the field. Professor Taylor has an impressive educational background consisting of a Bachelor's degree in Science from Georgia State University, an MBA from Troy State University, a Master's degree in Internet Technology from the University of Georgia, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business where Leadership, Globalization, and Business/Social issues formed the focus pillars of his Doctoral study.

Aside from academia and philanthropy commitments, Professor Taylor’s talents extend beyond business-related pursuits. As a Seventh Degree black belt holder in Korean Taekwondo and an internationally certified master of this martial art form, he has achieved great success both as a practitioner and as a judge within the World Taekwondo Federation’s Olympic competition form system.

When not engaged in these endeavors or inspiring others through speaking engagements, Professor Taylor can be found indulging in his love for Latin dancing or pursuing his hobbies such as reading and playing the classical guitar. His thirst for knowledge and diverse interests are a reflection of his well-rounded personality.

Dr. Taylor’s experiences, achievements, and dedication to making a positive impact have shaped his academic and practical worldview. Utilizing the principles of engaged scholarship, he has consistently sought ways to positively influence his community. As a keynote speaker Dr. Taylor is sure to captivate audiences with his wealth of knowledge, commitment to education, passion for the arts, and unique life experiences.

INTRODUCTION: Kathy Kite
INVOCATION: George Wieder
John Buckovich, Vice President, SCAD Mar 12, 2024 11:45 AM
SCAD Atlanta: What's New, What's Next
SCAD Atlanta:  What's New, What's Next

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John Buckovich is the Vice President for SCAD Atlanta and University Operations for the Savannah College of Art and Design.

John is responsible for the oversight and leadership of the university’s Atlanta location. He manages the daily operations which includes overseeing operational departments, guiding change and growth, enhancing admission, academic quality, collaborative sponsored projects, and alumni placement. In addition, he has oversight of security and transportation operations at SCAD’s locations in Savannah, Atlanta, and Lacoste, France. 

Prior to coming to SCAD in 2013, John lived in Richmond, Virginia and held a variety of positions with the Richmond Police Department during his 26 year career.  He served as the Chief of Staff, Operations Major and Assistant Chief.    

After retiring from the Richmond Police Department he was appointed by Governor Robert McDonnell to serve as the Deputy Secretary of Public Safety for Virginia.  As the Deputy Secretary of Public Safety for the Commonwealth of Virginia he developed and implemented community based public safety initiatives including the Virginia Gang Intervention and Prevention Strategy.  In addition, he was responsible for the daily oversight of eleven state agencies and a number of Boards that make up the Public Safety Secretariat. 

He is a graduate of the University of Richmond. He attended the 201st Session of the FBI National Academy. 

INTRODUCTION: Dick Stephens
INVOCATION: Kathy Kite
Dimitrios Efstathiou, VP, Atlanta United Mar 19, 2024 11:45 AM
"The Other Football: How Soccer is Taking Atlanta by Storm"
"The Other Football:  How Soccer is Taking Atlanta by Storm"

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Dimitrios Efstathiou has been Vice President of Soccer Operations & Strategy for Atlanta United since 2021. Efstathiou oversees the soccer operations team for the club including leading strategy across Atlanta United and the club’s soccer properties.

Efstathiou came to Atlanta United from Major League Soccer (MLS), where he previously served as Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs for MLS and Soccer United Marketing (SUM) and most recently as Senior Vice President of Player Relations & Competition, where he led the department that managed the player acquisition process for each of the league’s 27 clubs. Among other duties on the commercial side, Efstathiou helped negotiate sponsorship agreements with several key partners for MLS and SUM, including Target, AT&T, Audi and Coca-Cola.

Efstathiou worked at MLS since 2011 when he joined as Senior Counsel.

He spent the previous decade working in law, including serving as the Head of Legal for EFG Bank in London and serving as an associate at Allen and Overy, an international law firm based in London. He is a graduate of Vassar College where he majored in International Studies and Italian. He received a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts and his law degree from Harvard Law School.

INTRODUCTION: Mary Pat Crouch
INVOCATION: John Barge
Dr. Sam Candler and Rabbi Lydia Medwin Mar 26, 2024 11:45 AM
Easter-Passover Program

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Rabbi Lydia Medwin joined the clergy team at The Temple in 2014 and currently serves as Associate Rabbi. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Lydia attended the University of Texas in Austin (hook 'em) and Hebrew University for undergraduate studies, earning degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and Honors Humanities. She was ordained on the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College in May of 2010.  While there, she received a Masters of Hebrew Letters and a Masters in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School. Lydia has served synagogue Beth Israel in Jackson, MS, B’nai David in Visalia, CA, Or Ami in Calabasas, CA, the Hillel at UCLA, and as a teacher’s assistant at USC in Jewish history.  She later served for four years as a pulpit rabbi at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles.

Rabbi Medwin is a certified Jewish Meditation Teacher. She is a co-author with Dr. Ron Wolfson and Rabbi Nicole Auerbach of The Relational Judaism Handbook: How to Create a Relational Engagement Campaign to Build and Deepen Relationships in Your Community (Kripke Institute). Lydia also proudly serves as co-chair of the board for the Multifaith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration. While in rabbinic school, Lydia met her husband, Dan Medwin, and they and their three children are thrilled to be a part of The Temple community.

INTRODUCTION: Thornton Kennedy
INVOCATION: Bake Young
Jacob Elsas, Founder, The Patch Works Apr 02, 2024 11:45 AM
"The Legacy of Jacob Elsas: A Man’s Commitment to Atlanta”
"The Legacy of Jacob Elsas: A Man’s Commitment to Atlanta”

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Jacob Elsas is the great-great-grandson of Jacob Elsas, the German-Speaking-Jewish immigrant who left his European birthplace in the 19th century and came to adopt Atlanta as his home. In 1970s Atlanta, today’s Jacob witnessed a nascent but steadily growing grassroots movement in historic preservation and community-building. Preservation-minded neighborhood civic associations began forming to counter development that threatened the city’s historical treasures.

Most importantly, Jacob took his cues from his own family, especially his father – Dr. Louis J. “Skip” Elsas – who firmly believed that to be successful in one’s own life, one must pursue endeavors intended to improve the lives of others. Namely, it was his father’s work in the 1970s and 1980s with The Patch, Inc. in Cabbagetown and the founding of the Historic Oakland Foundation that laid the groundwork for Jacob’s actions today. 

Jacob’s decision to co-create – along with his wife Nina – The Patch Works Art & History Center was guided by several generations of family ideology, which, in its purest essence, has been to give back to the city they have loved since 1867.

INTRODUCTION: Alan Elsas

Javier Diaz de Leon, Consul General, Mexico Apr 09, 2024 11:45 AM
Consular Corps Day

 

INTRODUCTION:  Kathy Kite

Frank Blake Apr 16, 2024 11:45 AM
Crazy Good Turns Podcast

 

INTRODUCTION: Marbury Rainer

Richard Clark, Exec Dir, Undergrad Admiss, GA Tech Apr 23, 2024 11:45 AM
College Admissions- Myths, Lies, Gossip, Slander and Data!
College Admissions- Myths, Lies, Gossip, Slander and Data!

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Rick Clark is Georgia Tech’s inaugural Executive Director for Strategic Student Access. In this role, he directs the Institute’s efforts to establish and advance relationships with educational leaders, schools and school systems, government agencies, and community organizations in pursuit of the Institute’s strategic vision for growing enrollment, expanding access, and ensuring affordability. Additionally, he partners with Tech’s development team to engage corporate sponsors, philanthropies, alumni, and donors to fund scholarships and advance student success initiatives.

For 15 years Rick led Tech’s undergraduate admission team serving as AVP and Executive Director. Under his leadership, the Institute dramatically increased brand awareness, improved overall academic class profile, and exceeded strategic enrollment goals.

Rick has served on regional and national councils and boards. He is currently a member NACAC’s Committee on Leadership in College Admission, and Past Chair of both the national Government Relations Committee and Georgia Tech’s Staff Council. He travels annually to U.S. embassies through the Department of State to discuss the admission process and landscape of higher education. Rick is part of Leadership Georgia, an organization that seeks to cultivate and connect leaders across the state.

Over the last eight years he has written a regular blog on the college admission process. He is the co-author of the book and workbook The Truth about College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together, and co-hosts a podcast under the same name.

A native of Atlanta, he earned a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.Ed. from Georgia State University. Prior to coming to Tech, Rick served at Georgia State, The McCallie School and Wake Forest University.

INTRODUCTION: Karen Sheldon
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KCA 5th Tuesday Social and Networking Apr 30, 2024 5:30 PM
Center for Puppetry Arts
Sara Warren, Justice, Georgia Supreme Court May 07, 2024 11:45 AM

 

INTRODUCTION: Marbury Rainer

KCA 5th Tuesday Social and Networking Jul 30, 2024 5:30 PM
Shepherd Center
AJ Robinson, Atlanta Downtown Aug 27, 2024 11:45 AM

 

INTRODUCTION: Tim Wright