Speaker Date Topic
ED Bastian, CEO, Delta Air Lines Sep 21, 2021 11:45 AM
The Future of Travel
The Future of Travel


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As CEO of Delta Air Lines, Ed Bastian leads a team of 75,000 global professionals that is building the world’s premier international airline, powered by a people-driven, customer-focused culture and spirit of innovation.  Under Ed’s leadership, Delta is transforming the air travel experience with generational investments in technology, aircraft, airport facilities and, most importantly, Delta’s employees worldwide. A 22-year Delta veteran, Ed has been a critical leader in Delta’s long-term strategy and champion of putting Delta’s shared values of honesty, integrity, respect, perseverance and servant leadership at the core of every decision.

Since being named Delta’s CEO in May 2016, Ed has expanded Delta’s leading position as the world’s most reliable airline while growing its global footprint and enhancing the customer experience in the air and on the ground. During his tenure as CEO, Delta has become the world’s most awarded airline, having been named the No. 1 airline by J.D. Power; Wall Street Journal’s top U.S. airline; Fortune’s most admired airline worldwide; the most on-time global airline by FlightGlobal; among TIME100’s Most Influential Companies, a Glassdoor Best Place to Work and more. In 2018, Fortune magazine named Ed among “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” and in 2019, he was elected to the membership of the Council on Foreign Relations. Most recently, Ed was named among the Top 10 CEOs of 2021 in Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards as a leader who excelled at supporting their people throughout a global pandemic.

Ed’s values-based leadership propelled the airline to become the industry leader and a trusted global brand, guided by empathy, humanity and devotion to service, which has served Delta well in good times and bad. He has served as a Delta leader and steered the company through the most challenging periods of the company’s history, including 9/11, bankruptcy and COVID-19.

Ed joined Delta in 1998 as Vice President – Finance and Controller and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2000. He left Delta in 2005 and became Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Acuity Brands. He returned to Delta six months later to become Chief Financial Officer, and in 2007 was appointed to serve as Delta’s President.

Before joining Delta, Ed held senior finance positions at Frito-Lay International and Pepsi-Cola International. Ed started his career with Price Waterhouse, where he became an audit partner in its New York practice.

Ed grew up in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. He lives in Atlanta and is deeply involved in his faith, family and community.

Fabiola Charles Stokes, Global Sites Strategy Lead Sep 28, 2021 11:45 AM
Growing With Google
Growing With Google

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As the Global Sites Strategy Lead, Fabiola plays a key role in driving Google’s $7 billion commitment to expansion in response to industry challenges in tech equity, representation, and pipeline diversity. Her scope of leadership reaches across real estate workplace solutions, staffing & HR, product area leadership, internal culture and employee resource groups, and internal and external community engagement. Previously, Fabiola led government and community affairs for the Google Fiber brand, where she was responsible for the company’s community impact and government relations strategy execution across business integration, community investments and employee engagement.

Prior to joining Google, Fabiola served as Vice President of Communications & External Affairs for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, where she led the marketing, communications and community relations functions for one of America’s top 10 nonprofit brands. She also held previous leadership roles with the American Red Cross and Points of Light. While with Points of Light, Fabiola served on the management team that led the merger between Hands On Network and The Points of Light Foundation, creating the largest non-profit organization in the world, dedicated to volunteer service.

In addition to her Board service with the Metro Atlanta Chamber  of Commerce and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Fabiola serves on the Board of Directors of several nonprofit organizations, including Year Up Greater Atlanta and 48in48. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Junior League of Atlanta and The Links, Inc.

Fabiola has been honored with numerous awards for her contributions in building inclusive and resilient  communities,  including  the  Google  Diversity  Core  Award  in  2018.  Futhermore, she has been recognized with the 40 Under 40 distinction by Georgia State University, Georgia Trend, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Fabiola  holds  an  Executive  Education  Cetificate  from  Oxford  University,  a  Master  of  Public Administration from Central Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University. She resides in Smyrna, GA with her husband and two daughters.

INVOCATION: Marbury Rainer
President Marbury Rainer Oct 05, 2021 11:45 AM
Installation of 2021-22 Officers and Directors

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Installation of 2021-22 Officers and Directors

Marbury Rainer, President                              
Karen Carlisle, President-Elect
David Moore, Immediate Past President
Thornton Kennedy, Vice President
Carlye Dooley, Treasurer
Kathy Colbenson, Secretary


Term Ending September 30, 2022
Susan Adams
Susan Anderson
Elizabeth Pearce
Mike Skrynecki
Mason Stephenson
Term Ending September 30, 2023
Hank Fellows
Dan Gerding
Raphael Holloway
Scott Sikes
Gloria Tippin
Ralph Stokes, Director, PGA TOUR Superstore Oct 12, 2021 12:00 PM
One of the First: Lessons I Learned While Overcoming the Challenges of Integration
One of the First: Lessons I Learned While Overcoming the Challenges of Integration

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Ralph Stokes was a key player on the southern football scene during the time of integration. After becoming one of the first five Black football players at the University of Alabama, Ralph was a pioneer for integration in the business arena and later on, in the world of golf. He is currently the Director of Partnership Marketing for PGA TOUR Superstore and President-Elect of the Georgia State Golf Association. Ralph is very passionate about partnering with and supporting different charities across the United States. Ralph lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife Debra. They have two daughters and two granddaughters.

INTRODUCTION:  Michael Butkus
Michael J. Coles, Entrepreneur Oct 19, 2021 11:45 AM
Taking on Goliath
Taking on Goliath

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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.

Mary Pat Matheson, Pres/CEO, Atl Botanical Garden Oct 26, 2021 12:00 PM
The Atlanta Botanical Garden, 20 years of transformation
The Atlanta Botanical Garden, 20 years of transformation

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Mary Pat Matheson is the Anna and Hays Mershon President and CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Garden.                                               

Career Highlights

  • Serves as President and CEO of the Atlanta Botanical Garden since 2002, including a satellite garden in Gainesville, Georgia, added in 2015.
  • Responsible for raising the Garden’s national profile to what the industry considers one of the top 10 public gardens in the United States.
  • Dedicated to diversifying audiences, staff and volunteers, ensuring inclusivity and access.
  • Known for innovative strategies for attracting new audiences and encouraging repeat visits by guests by offering cutting-edge programs, including exhibitions by some of the world’s leading artists, popular outdoor concerts and a high-tech holiday light show.
  • Led efforts to develop the foremost collection of species orchids in North America, on permanent display in the Fuqua Orchid Center.
  • Spearheaded the development of the Southeastern Center for Conservation, a venue for collaboration with partner institutions for executing their work throughout the region.

Since 2002, Matheson has directed all operations for the 30-acre public garden, and under her leadership, the nonprofit organization has actively expanded fund-raising, education, marketing, business administration, horticulture and conservation efforts with a rapidly growing membership base of more than 42,000. Additionally, she is responsible for the development of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville, a 185-acre public garden in Gainesville, Georgia.

She also was the driving force behind two $50 million-plus capital campaigns that enabled the Garden to expand, doubling its size to 30 acres with new gardens and facilities.  The meteoric growth in Garden attendance over her 20 years has enabled it to reach larger and broader audiences for its mission in educating the public about its plant and animal conservation efforts.

Matheson is a past president of the American Public Gardens Association and has served on the board of directors for the Midtown Alliance and the Food Well Alliance. She is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta.

Before joining the Garden, Matheson was Executive Director of the Red Butte Garden and Arboretum in Salt Lake City. Originally a horticulturist, she earned a B.S. in Resource Management & Park Planning and an Executive Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah.

INTRODUCTION: Mason Stephenson
Meisa Salaita, Founder, Science ATL Nov 02, 2021 12:00 PM
Science ATL - Bringing People Together Through the Wonder of Science
Science ATL - Bringing People Together Through the Wonder of Science

Meisa Salaita has made it her mission to help others see and appreciate the beauty of science by making it a part of everyday cultural experiences. Through her work founding and directing Science ATL, she spends her days convincing everyone else to fall in love with science as well.  To that end, Meisa also writes, has produced radio stories, and hosted TV shows — all in the name of science.

In addition to her work with Science ATL, Meisa is a producer for The Story Collider, a science storytelling podcast. Meisa has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern, and has been named by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of their "Women Who Mean Business" and by Atlanta Magazine as one of their "Women Making a Mark".

INTRODUCTION: Norris Broyles