Speaker Date Topic
Jim Reed, CEO, YKK America Jan 26, 2021 11:45 AM
The Corporation as a Member of the Community - Steps to Building a Company with Purpose
The Corporation as a Member of the Community - Steps to Building a Company with Purpose

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Jim Reed serves as president of YKK Corporation of America, the parent company of YKK Corporation’s North and Central America Group. There, he is responsible for YKK’s businesses operating in North America and Central America, which consists of 12 dynamic operating companies spread across five time zones covering Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Central America and Colombia, South America. Since the company’s founding in Tokyo in 1934, YKK has continuously set industry standards for quality, service, value and innovation in the production of fastening products such as zippers, hook & loop fasteners, plastic buckles and notions, webbing, and snaps & buttons, and architectural products such as storefronts, curtain walls, entrances, sun controls, windows and doors.

Before becoming president, Jim served as YKK’s Chief Legal Counsel. Prior to joining YKK, Jim was in-house counsel for Georgia-Pacific, LLC and also served as managing director of intellectual property licensing for BellSouth (and later for AT&T).  He was also an associate at Troutman Sanders LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Jim graduated from the University of Virginia in 1989 and the University of Georgia School of Law in 1995.  He lives in Marietta with his wife, Sheri, and their three children.

INVOCATION: Jennifer Pearson
Michelle Nunn, Pres & CEO, CARE USA Feb 02, 2021 11:45 AM
No One Left Behind: Women’s Resilience and COVID-19
No One Left Behind: Women’s Resilience and COVID-19

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Since July 2015, Michelle Nunn has been president and CEO of CARE USA, a leading humanitarian organization that fights global poverty and provides lifesaving  assistance in emergencies. In the last fiscal year, CARE worked in 100 countries and directly reached nearly 70 million people.

Nunn took the helm of CARE in 2015 and is spearheading an ambitious strategy to support 200 million of the world’s most vulnerable people to overcome poverty and social injustice by 2030. Under Nunn’s leadership, CARE has invested in innovative new programs and partnerships with private corporations and other nonprofits to increase its impact. Since assuming leadership of CARE, Nunn has set a goal of increasing CARE’s micro-savings program from 7 million participants to 60 million participants by 2028.

Before joining CARE, Nunn had built an illustrious career of civic and public service as a social entrepreneur, a nonprofit CEO, and a candidate for the U.S. Senate. She co-founded the volunteer-mobilization organization Hands On Atlanta, and expanded it from a single entity to a national network of more than 50 affiliates. Nunn oversaw that group’s merger with Points of Light, creating the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, with affiliates across the globe engaging more than 70,000 corporations and nonprofit organizations. Nunn served as Points of Light CEO from 2007 to 2013.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia, Nunn majored in history with a minor in religion and earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She also received a Kellogg Fellowship to study faith and social justice in more than a dozen countries, from Peru to Namibia to Jordan.

Nunn currently lives in Atlanta with her husband, Ron Martin, and their two children, Vinson and Elizabeth.

MODERATOR: Mary Pat Crouch
Dr. Maurice Hobson, Assoc. Professor, GSU Feb 09, 2021 11:45 AM
"Between Martin and Maynard: Atlanta, Civil Rights, and the Power Of Economic Inclusion"
"Between Martin and Maynard: Atlanta, Civil Rights, and the Power Of Economic Inclusion"

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Dr. Maurice Hobson is an Associate Professor of African American Studies and Historian at Georgia State University. Raised in Selma, Alabama, he earned the Ph.D. degree in History, focusing in African American History and 20th Century U.S. History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of the award-winning manuscript The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta (University of North Carolina Press 2017) which was selected as the 2018 Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council’s Award for Excellence. Dr. Hobson engages the social sciences and has created a new paradigm called the Black New South For this, he has served as an expert witness in court cases and as a voice of insight documentaries, films, movies, public historical markers, monuments and museum exhibitions.  

INVOCATION: James Ottley
Susan Booth, Chris McCord, Dr. Candy Tate Feb 16, 2021 11:45 AM
Impact of the Pandemic on the Arts
Impact of the Pandemic on the Arts

Susan V. Booth is the  Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, Alliance Theatre, and joined the Alliance Theatre in 2001 and has initiated the Palefsky Collision Project for teens, the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, and the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab, as well as commercial partnerships on such projects as  The Prom;  Tuck Everlasting;  Ghost Brothers of Darkland County;  The Color Purple; Bring It On: The Musical; Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away;  Sister Act: The Musical;  Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk; and  Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL. She has directed nationally at The Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Stage and Film, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens, Court Theatre and many others. She holds degrees from Denison and Northwestern universities and was a fellow of the National Critics Institute and the Kemper Foundation. She has held teaching positions at Northwestern, DePaul and Emory universities and is a past president of the board of directors for the Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for the field. Booth’s leadership is underwritten by the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle, an initiative to support and promote women’s theater leadership funded by the Pussycat Foundation. She is married to Max Leventhal and is the proud mother of Moira Rose Leventhal.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University and a Georgia Peace Officer Certification, alumnus, Chris McCord, returned to Moving in the Spirit to found and direct the boy’s program, Men in Motion. With over a decade of groundbreaking youth development experience, Chris works with youth both locally and internationally. He is an accomplished orator who shares his childhood story of triumph over hardship with an array of audiences, including: Emory University, University of Georgia, Leadership Atlanta and the Georgia Healthcare Foundation and TEDx Peachtree. Chris’ story of perseverance has been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Dance Studio Life Magazine. As an artist, Chris has performed with several Atlanta-based companies and choreographers, including Beacon Dance, CityDance Ensemble-Atlanta and various Emory-based artists.  Chris is passionate about leadership and mentorship within his community. He motivates his students to discover their self-worth by creating a positive, safe environment.  

This session will be moderated by Dr. Rachanice Candy Tate, an Art Historian and Arts Administrator currently serving as Asst Dir of Emory University’s Center for Creativity & Arts. Dr. Tate is also an adjunct professor at Clark Atlanta Univ in the Art and Fashion Department. She is an alumna of Emory University (B.A.), Georgia State University (M.P.A.), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (M.A.), and Clark Atlanta University (D.A.H.). Her research interests include cultural politics of the Black Arts Movement, African American photographers, veterans’ history, and African Diaspora historic preservation. She has published in the Black Power Movement encyclopedia and her dissertation is on Atlanta’s Neighborhood Arts Center and the Black Arts Movement. Tate also leads the non-profit www.CultureCentersInternational.org and its efforts to catalyze historic preservation of African Diaspora corridors of memory through oral history and the creation of culture centersmuseums, art galleries, and special event spaces in historic bank vaults, fire stations, military bases and more. She has raised more than $2M in preservation funds for Wheat Street Baptist Church and Morris Brown College; serves on the Boards of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Historic Atlanta. 

INTRODUCTION: Margaret Reiser
INVOCATION: Michael Butkus
Janisse Ray, Author Feb 23, 2021 11:45 AM
Longleaf Pine: Investment in Our Future
Longleaf Pine: Investment in Our Future

Georgia author Janisse Ray will tell us about a fascinating Southern ecosystem that built America, one she wrote about in her award-winning memoir, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood. Ray will not only detail the natural history of the yellow pine, but will talk about its economics as well. Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (published in 1999) was a New York Times Notable Book. The Times said of the book, "The forests of the South find their Rachel Carson.”

Ray has since published five more books. She has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, the Georgia Writer’s Association Lifetime Achievement Award, an American Book Award, among many others.

She has received two honorary doctorates, and in 2015 she was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. She lives on a historic farm in Tattnall County, Georgia.

This will be an interview format by Laura McCarty!

INTRODUCTION: Norris Broyles
INVOCATION: Mike  Szalkowski
Carol Tome, CEO Mar 02, 2021 11:45 AM

Carol Tomé is the Chief Executive Officer of UPS. She is the 12th CEO in the 113-year history of the company.

Before joining UPS, Carol served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Home Depot, Inc., one of the world’s largest retailers. She joined the company in 1995 as Vice President and Treasurer.

Carol began her career as a commercial lender with United Bank of Denver (now Wells Fargo) and then spent several years as Director of Banking for Johns-Mansville Corporation.  Prior to joining The Home Depot, Carol was Vice President and Treasurer of Riverwood International Corporation.

Carol serves as a trustee or board member for a number of organizations including Grady Hospital, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Sovos Brands, Catalyst, and GIA Partners.  She is also a member of The Committee of 200, The Buckhead Coalition, The Business Roundtable and The Business Council.

A native of Jackson, Wyoming, Carol holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Wyoming and an MBA in finance from the University of Denver.

INTRODUCTION: Mason Stephenson
Danny Wuerffel, ED, Desire Street Ministries Mar 09, 2021 11:45 AM
Heisman Trophy Winner; Tales from the Gator Swamp: Reflections of Faith and Football
Heisman Trophy Winner; Tales from the Gator Swamp: Reflections of Faith and Football
Danny Wuerffel is the Executive Director of Desire Street Ministries, headquartered Atlanta.  Following his career in football, Danny felt called to serve those in under‐resourced neighborhoods, which continues to be his focus.
In 1996, Danny won the highly acclaimed Heisman Trophy. Wuerffel played college football at the University of Florida, where he quarterbacked the Gators to four SEC Championships and UF’s first National Football Title. While at UF, Wuerffel set 17 NCAA and UF records, and won several other awards, including the William V. Campbell Award, given to the nation’s top scholar‐athlete. Danny graduated with high honors earning a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations.
The New Orleans Saints drafted Danny in 1997 where he played three seasons. He transferred to the NFL’s European league, winning the World Bowl Championship and being selected by the European media as the League’s MVP. Wuerffel went on to play for the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, and Washington Redskins before retiring in 2004.
Danny is the namesake of the Wuerffel Trophy, the premier college football award for community service. And in 2013, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
After retiring from the NFL, Danny joined Desire Street Ministries and was named Executive Director in 2006. The ministry helps under‐resourced areas across the Southeast by partnering with leaders to create thriving and sustainable neighborhoods. When ministry leaders thrive, they can reach hundreds of kids and families.
Occasionally, Danny will speak to corporate and non‐profit groups, sharing inspirational talks drawn from his decorated college and professional career. He weaves his life‐shaping football experiences into a challenge to serve others. You might also enjoy his book, Danny Wuerffel’s Tales from the Gator Swamp: Reflections of Faith and Football
Danny and his wife, Jessica, have three active kids. He enjoys coaching them and playing flag football when he can.
James Flannery, Professor, Emory; Singer/Producer Mar 16, 2021 11:45 AM
The Meaning of St. Patrick’s Day
The Meaning of St. Patrick’s Day

James’s mother grew up in an Irish-speaking family in West Clare and her father was a revered seanachie, sean nós singer and traditional musician. Jim’s father was raised on the banks of the River Shannon near the legendary 6th century monastic community of Clonmacnoise. A deeply committed nationalist, Jim’s father fought in the Irish War of Independence. As a singer, he was steeped in the republican ballad tradition that inspired Ireland’s struggle for freedom. Jim traces his lifelong interest in Irish culture and the arts generally to the influence of his parents.

A producer, stage director, singer, scholar and teacher, Jim has an international reputation as a specialist in the dramatic work of the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats. His book, W.B. Yeats and the Idea of a Theatre: The Early Abbey Theatre in Theory and Practice, is considered the definitive study of Yeats’s aesthetic of and practical work in the theater. As a director, his imaginative stagings of the challenging plays of Yeats have won critical acclaim. From 1989 to 1993 he was the ED of a Yeats International Theatre Festival at the world-famous Abbey Theatre, the National Theatre of Ireland.

Jim has also achieved distinction as a singer, particularly as one of the foremost interpreters of the beautiful art songs of Thomas Moore. His book/recording, Dear Harp of My Country: The Irish Melodies of Thomas Moore, in which he is accompanied by the distinguished harper Janet Harbison, is a combined critical and artistic examination of this seminal figure in the history of Irish literature and music. Bill Whelan, the composer of Riverdance, has described Jim’s contribution as a singer as follows:

Blessed with a beautiful tenor voice and a remarkable feeling for the subtleties of poetic
language, James Flannery also has the gift of knowing how to reach into what the Irish call uaigneas en chroi – the secret places of the heart.

Winship Professor Emeritus of the Arts and Humanities at Emory, Jim came to Atlanta in 1982 to found the theater program at Emory. In 1989 he founded the W.B. Yeats Foundation, which has produced a regular series of lectures, concerts, poetry readings, symposiums and exhibitions designed to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Irish culture. His film of A Southern Celtic Christmas Concert won the 2012 Southeastern Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Entertainment and has been featured as a Holiday special on PBS stations across the country for 8 years.

Among his many honors, Jim is the recipient of a Georgia Governor’s Award in the Humanities for his promotion of the contributions of Ireland to the distinctive culture of the American South. Jim has had a particular commitment to promoting peace and reconciliation among the different communities of Ireland through the arts, in recognition of which the University of Ulster granted him an honorary doctorate. The citation noted that “the quality that informs all of Jim’s academic, creative and performance work is that he translates ideas into action and thereby shows how thrilling an idea can be when it is realized physically.”

In 2020 he received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award of the Government of Ireland for his lifetime achievement as an artist and scholar as well as his efforts as a producer fostering a deeper appreciation of Irish literature, culture and song both in Ireland and the United States.

Jim Durrett, President, Buckhead Coalition Mar 23, 2021 11:45 AM
Buckhead: Who, What and Where Are We?
Buckhead: Who, What and Where Are We?

Jim Durrett is President and CEO of The Buckhead Coalition and Executive Director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District (CID). The mission of The Buckhead Coalition, a non-profit membership organization, is to advocate on behalf of the community within the city of Atlanta and metropolitan region; to support the well-being of Buckhead’s residents, businesses and visitors; to convene public and private sector leaders and partner organizations; and to connect Buckhead to other areas of the city and region. The mission of the Buckhead CID is to create and maintain a safe, accessible and livable urban environment in the heart of the Buckhead commercial area in Atlanta. They meet the challenges of growth by investing tax dollars collected from commercial property owners within the district, as well as other funds they leverage from outside the district, to make meaningful improvements in the transportation network and public realm that connect people and places.

Prior to heading up The Buckhead Coalition and the Buckhead CID, Durrett was founding executive director of the Livable Communities Coalition, a not-for-profit organization formed in 2005 to promote smart growth development in the Atlanta region. Prior to that, Durrett served for five years with the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the largest network of cross-disciplinary real estate and land use experts in the world, as the first executive director of ULI's Atlanta District Council, and the second district council executive director in the U.S.

In addition, Durrett was with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce as the vice president of environmental affairs and was the senior vice president and chief operating officer of The Georgia Conservancy. Durrett began his professional career as a hydrogeologist in the Atlanta office of Golder Associates, an international geotechnical and environmental engineering consulting firm.

Durrett is actively involved in the community and currently serves on the following boards and councils: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) board of directors (which he chaired in 2011); Biophilic Institute executive board (which he chaired from 2016 through 2019); HUB404 Conservancy board of directors and treasurer; and the Responsible Property Investment Council of ULI (current chairman.)

From 1998 to 2005, Durrett was a member of the Georgia Environmental Advisory Council, appointed by the Governor to advise the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and the Governor on environmental policy matters. He is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, and the Regional Leadership Institute. He chaired the advisory committee for Georgia For a Lifetime, an initiative of the Georgia Council on Aging. He also has served on numerous collaborative committees and task forces working on growth management, affordable housing and environmental issues in the state of Georgia.  Previous non-profit board experience includes 3KEYS; Georgians for Passenger Rail; the Georgia Conservancy; PEDS; the Hambidge Center; and VSA Arts of Georgia.

Durrett attended the Westminster Schools in Atlanta and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in geology from the University of Georgia. He completed post-graduate work in hydrogeology at the University of Texas. He is an Atlanta native and lives in DeKalb County with his wife, Pat. They have two grown sons, James and Ryan.

Rabbi Peter S. Berg, The Temple Mar 30, 2021 11:45 AM
Easter - Passover Program
Peter Berg became the fifth senior rabbi of The Temple  in July of 2008, serving a  diverse and multi-generational congregation as  spiritual leader. Prior to coming to The Temple, he served as rabbi of Temple Beth Or in Washington Township, New Jersey and as the Associate Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, he served Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, New York as a rabbinic intern and at Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, as its Youth Director. 
A native of Ocean Township, New Jersey, Rabbi Berg holds a degree in Education and Human Development and Judaic Studies from George Washington University. He earned his M.A. in Hebrew Literature and his rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and Jerusalem, where he was a Steinhardt Fellow. Rabbi Berg also holds a certificate in Chemical Dependency and Spiritual Counseling and is a trained Disaster, Fire, and Police Chaplain.  He serves as a Chaplain for The Georgia State Patrol. 
In 2009, Rabbi Berg was inducted into the College of Preachers at Morehouse College.  Rabbi Berg was a member of the 2012 Leadership Atlanta class and is an active member of the Downtown Atlanta Rotary Club.  He was recently appointed to the Georgia Holocaust Commission by the Governor. 
In 2013, Rabbi Berg was named by Newsweek and The Daily Beast as one of the top 50 most influential rabbis in the United States of America.  In 2016, he was named by Georgia Trend as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians and in 2019 and 2020 as one of Atlanta’s Most Powerful Leaders. 
Rabbi Berg has worked on many social issues  and currently serves on the boards of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Anti-Defamation League, Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS), Faith In Public Life, OUTCRY: Faith Voices Against Gun Violence, Three Star, Home First, Georgia Interfaith Public Policy Center, and the Commission On  Social Action for Reform Judaism. He is Immediate Past President of the Atlanta Rabbinical Association. 
Rabbi Berg lives in Atlanta with his wife Karen, a teacher and tutor, and their three children. 


Pat Mitchell, Author, Co-Founder, TedWomen Apr 20, 2021 11:45 AM
“Risk and Opportunity: Lessons from Leadership in Crisis"
“Risk and Opportunity: Lessons from Leadership in Crisis"

Pat Mitchell is a lifelong advocate for women and girls. At every step of her career, Mitchell has broken new ground for women, leveraging the power of media as a journalist, an Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated producer to tell women’s stories and increase the representation of women onscreen and off. Transitioning to an executive role, she became the president of CNN Productions, and the first woman president and CEO of PBS and the Paley Center for Media. Today, her commitment to connect and strengthen a global community of women leaders continues as a conference curator, advisor and mentor.

In partnership with TED, Mitchell launched TEDWomen in 2010 and is its editorial director, curator and host. She is also a speaker and curator for the annual Women Working for the World forum in Bogota, Colombia, the Her Village conference in Beijing, and co-chairs the US board of Women of the World (WOW). She partners with the Rockefeller Foundation to curate, convene and host Connected Women Leaders (CWL) forums, focused on collective problem solving among women leaders in government and civil society.

In 2014, the Women’s Media Center honored Mitchell with its first-annual Lifetime Achievement Award, now named in her honor to commend other women whose media careers advance the representation of women. Recognized by Hollywood Reporter as one of the most powerful women in media, Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women” and Huffington Post’s list of “Powerful Women Over 50,” Mitchell also received the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Leadership. She was a contributor to Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Practice of Leadership, and wrote the introduction to the book and museum exhibition, 130 Women of Impact in 30 Countries. In 2016, she received a Congressional appointment to The American Museum of Women’s History Advisory Council, and in 2019 was named to the Gender Equality Top 100 list of women leaders by Apolitical.

Mitchell is active with many nonprofit organizations, serving as the chair of the boards of the Sundance Institute and the Women’s Media Center. She is a founding member of the VDAY movement and on the boards of the Skoll Foundation and the Woodruff Arts Center. She is also an advisor to Participant Media and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mitchell is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a master's degree in English literature and several honorary doctorate degrees. She is the author of Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World. She and her husband, Scott Seydel, live in Atlanta and have six children and 13 grandchildren.

Michael J. Coles, Entrepreneur Apr 27, 2021 11:45 AM
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.

TBD May 04, 2021 11:45 AM
Law Day