Speaker Date Topic
Edward J "Jack" Hardin, Partner, Rogers & Hardin Jun 19, 2018 12:00 PM
Update on Homelessness in Atlanta
Update on Homelessness in Atlanta
Jack Hardin is a co-founding partner of Rogers & Hardin LLP and is a member of its Executive Committee.  His practice concentrates on business transactions and corporate governance. Hardin also serves as Chairman of the board of directors of Invesco Mortgage Capital, Inc.
Hardin is Co-Chair of the Atlanta Regional Commission on Homelessness; a member of the Board of Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation; Chairman and founder of Gateway, LLC, a homeless services center; President of the Georgia Legal Services Foundation; and Vice Chairman of the board of Georgia Works, Inc. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Health, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former Chair of the board of directors of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, former Chairman of the Harvard Center for the Study of World Relations, and former Chair of the Board of the Paideia School, Inc.
Hardin earned a BA degree from Wesleyan University and a JD from Vanderbilt University.
​INVOCATION: Heidy Brusitus
Dr. John H. Morrow Jr., Emeritus Prof., UGA Jun 26, 2018 12:00 PM
World War I Series
World War I Series

Dr. John H. Morrow, Jr. was invited to join the faculty of the University of Georgia in 1988 as Franklin Professor, and in 1991 was elected History Department Chairman. He served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1993 to 1995 before returning to fulltime teaching and research. Twice selected an Honors Professor for superior teaching, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of Modern Europe and of warfare and society.

He taught German history as a visiting professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point spring semester 2005, for which the Department of the Army awarded him its Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. In 1988-89 Morrow was the Charles A. Lindbergh Visiting Professor at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), where he consulted on the design of the present gallery on World War I aviation.

Morrow is a frequently invited lecturer at such institutions as the National War College, the Air War College, and the U.S. Military Academy,and he has chaired the History Advisory Committee to the Secretary of the Air Force, the Research Advisory Committee of the National Museum of American History (NMAH), and the Search Committee for the Director of the NMAH. He has most recently served on the History Advisory Committee of the Department of the Army, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s Legacy Committee, and the First Flight Centennial Federal Advisory Board. He is presently a member of the Presidential Counselors of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, LA, and of the Advisory Board of the Center for Oral History at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY.

The author of the books German Airpower in World War I (1982) and Building German Airpower (1976), Professor Morrow's book, The Great War in the Air (1993), is considered a classic and the definitive study of air power in the First World War. His edited volume, A Yankee Ace in the RAFThe World War I Letters of Captain Bogart Rogers appeared in 1996. He authored the chapter on the air war in the Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War (1998). His comprehensive history of the First World War, The Great War: An Imperial History, appeared from Routledge Press in 2004. He has recently written the chapter on the World Wars for the American Historical Association’s forthcoming volume on the twentieth century. Morrow is presently revising a co-authored manuscript on the 369th Regiment of African-American soldiers who fought with the French Army during the First World War and writing a history of the Second World War under contract to Longman Press of London.

His honors include Outstanding Teacher, National Alumni Association, 1985; Macebearer, University of Tennessee, Highest honor a faculty member can receive, 1985; and Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, Department of the Army, 2005.

INVOCATION: Elizabeth Fullerton
Happy 4th of July!
Happy 4th of July!
Dr. Allan Levey, Dir., Dept. of Neurology Jul 10, 2018 12:00 PM
Emory University


April Christler, Owner, Atlanta Phoenix Jul 17, 2018 12:00 PM
Atlanta Women's Football Franchise
Atlanta Women's Football Franchise
April Christler has grown awareness of women’s football and gained mass media exposure as the owner of the Atlanta Phoenix football franchise – one of the Women’s Football Alliance’s most respected brands. Impressive, she has developed her franchise to be one of the strongest of women’s full-contact tackle football in the world since founding the team in 2011. Christler, a former professional player, has distinct project management experience most recently as a project manager for the Turner Broadcasting System Inc., which has positioned her to tackle the franchise’s business operations.
As the team’s owner, general manager and spokeswoman, Christler has had exclusive interviews as a feature on national media outlets, including Lifetime TV, CNN, CBS News’ “Close Ups,” Georgia Public Broadcasting and The AIB Network. An integral part of the team is its nonprofit organization, Phoenix Rising Awareness Foundation. The foundation coordinates workshops, seminars and exhibitions to showcase and encourage strength on the field and in life through total wellness awareness.
Fifth Third Stadium on the campus of Kennesaw State University is where the Atlanta Phoenix plays and calls home. There, players and fans catch and exhibit enthusiasm from the playing field out into the stands. Christler has exhibited a great deal of support to her players and has championed women’s football for decades. She looks to grow the women’s game in 2018.

Lynnette T Riley, Commissioner, Jul 24, 2018 12:00 PM
Georgia Dept of Revenue
Georgia Dept of Revenue

Lynne Riley was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to serve as the State Revenue Commissioner in January of 2015. Lynne comes to the Department of Revenue most recently from the Georgia General Assembly, where she served four years in office as the House District 50 (Johns Creek) Representative. She served as one of Governor Deal’s floor leaders in 2014, and as a member of the Ways and Means, Natural Resources and Environment, Retirement and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Oversight committees. Riley served as the Fulton County House Delegation Chair during the 2013- 2014 session, and as a Governor’s Floor Leader in 2014.

Commissioner Riley served as the Fulton County Commissioner for District 3 from July 2004 to December 2010. In service to the citizens of North Fulton, Lynne collaborated with the Fulton Legislative Delegation in the creation of the new cities of Sandy Springs, Johns Creek and Milton.


Commissioner Riley currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Federation of Tax Administrators, the Southeast Association of Tax Administrators, and the Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Information Sharing & Analysis Center Senior Executive Board.


Commissioner Riley has long been involved with an extensive group of community and civic organizations. Riley is a member of the Class of 2005 of the Atlanta Regional Commission's Regional Leadership Institute and an alumnus of the Coverdell Leadership Institute.  Riley is currently the Board Chair of the Johns Creek Advantage, and a member of the Emory Johns Creek Hospital Board of Trustees. Lynne is also a proud member of the Rotary Club of Johns Creek-North Fulton.


Lynne Riley was Principal of Riley Accounting Services for over 30 years. Lynne is married to Mike Riley, who recently retired after 26 years of service with The Coca-Cola Company. They have three adult children and one grand-daughter. The Riley family has enjoyed living in the Johns Creek community since 1988.

INTRODUCTION: Richard Maddox
Fifth Tuesday Social Jul 31, 2018 6:00 PM
Dr. Pamela J. W. Gore, Professor, GSU Aug 07, 2018 12:00 PM
Geology of Stone Mountain and Metro Atlanta

Dr. Pamela J.W. Gore is the Pfofessor of Life & Earth Sciences at Georgia State University Perimeter College.




Alana Shepherd, Co-Founder and Director Aug 14, 2018 12:00 PM
The Shepherd Center




John Weatherford, Pres, Weatherford Communications Aug 21, 2018 12:00 PM
German Submarine Activity on Georgia Coast During WWII


John Ahmann, Exec Dir, Westside Future Fund Aug 28, 2018 12:00 PM
Westside Project Update
Westside Project Update

For more than 25 years, John Ahmann has been driven by the determination to improve the way communities and institutions function in Atlanta. From his early days working in Washington, D.C. to his positions with private, governmental, and organizational entities in the Atlanta area — including his eight years as an elected school board official in Decatur — he has focused his energy on solving the big problems whose resolutions can ultimately change Atlanta’s trajectory. He has worked primarily behind the scenes, bringing together diverse stakeholders and managing initiatives through to fruition, and has had a hand in some of the region’s most important public policy initiatives and cross-sector collaborations. Along the way, John has built a vast network of individuals who are impacting Atlanta and its future.

John is a native son. He was born at Grady Hospital in Atlanta in 1965, was one of Paideia School’s first graduates in 1983, and earned his BA in Political Science from Emory University in 1987. After having moved to Washington, D.C. and worked for Representative Pat Williams of Montana and then Congressman Ben Jones of Georgia, he entered Yale School of Public Private Management in 1991 and graduated with seven letters of recognition in 1993.

Within months after returning to Atlanta, John was hired by the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games as the Program Coordinator of Government Relations. He was soon promoted to Manager of Federal and State Government Relations where he worked with officials from four federal government offices, including the White House. Following the 1996 Olympic Games, John worked at Edington & Wade, a public affairs firm, and then Georgia’s Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism (GDITT, now the Department of Economic Development), where he led and managed strategic planning teams. From there he moved into GDITT’s newly created position of Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Research.

In 2000, John was hired by the Metro Atlanta Chamber to serve as its Senior Vice President of Community Development. There he oversaw the Chamber’s initiatives regarding transportation, education, arts and culture, the environment, and legislative affairs. In 2003, John bought the majority interest in a local public affairs firm, and in 2006 he established Ahmann, Inc. While in private practice in 2004, John began his engagement as the outsourced Executive Director of the Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP), a group of top CEOs and university presidents that advises and supports the mayor on priorities critical to Atlanta’s economic vitality.

While with ACP, he was heavily involved in launching the Atlanta Beltline, the acquisition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Personal Collection, the 2015 Renew Atlanta Bond Program, and ACP’s Westside Redevelopment Task Force that lead to the launch of the Westside Future Fund. John is currently the Executive Director of the Westside Future Fund.

John has also been an elected public servant. He won his race for the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education in 2003, was re-elected in 2007 without opposition, and served until 2011. John was the first Paideia School alumni invited to join the Paideia School’s Board of Trustees where he served for four years.

John’s unwavering commitment to Atlanta and deep knowledge of specific areas such as education, economic development, infrastructure and local fiscal policy make him a unique presence in Atlanta’s change landscape. He is honored to serve the board of Westside Future Fund as its Executive Director.

INTRODUCTION:  Mitchell King
Virginia S. Pryor, MSW, Director Sep 04, 2018 12:00 PM
Georgia Division of Family and Children Services
Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

Virginia Pryor has approximately 30 years of experience in child welfare and social policy with a focus on bringing tangible hope to organizations and communities through human service innovation, leadership development, and strategic system and policy reform. She is currently the Director of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services -- providing vision, leadership and strategic direction for all programmatic and administrative operations responsible for serving individuals, children and families across the state. This includes leading a staff of almost 8,000 and overseeing an annual budget of more than $1 billion dollars. In her role she is responsible for leading the state’s reform effort -- The Blueprint for Change -- which focuses on three key platforms: Robust Workforce Development, a Practice Model and Constituent Engagement. As a change agent, she is now also championing the next evolution of the reform effort, which is Georgia’s journey toward a State of Hope. Prior to assuming her current role as Director she served as both the Division’s Chief of Staff and Deputy Director of Child Welfare.

Prior to her work in Georgia she served for over 11 years with Casey Family Programs (CFP), a national child welfare foundation based in Seattle, Washington. During her tenure at CFP she continued her commitment to children and families in several capacities, including as the Senior Director of Strategic Consulting, launching and implementing Family Group Conferencing throughout the Casey Field Offices, serving as the Chair of National Foster Care Month, supporting state child welfare jurisdictions, and leading several key national relationships.

Her commitment to hope and inspiration also extends to her volunteer work as a mentor for youth in the foster care system, as well as her service as past Board Member and President of the Black Administrators in Child Welfare (BACW) – an organization whose mission is to advocate for culturally appropriate services for African American children and families in the child welfare system. She has also served as Adjunct Faculty for the Schools of Social Work at Howard University and Virginia Commonwealth University, working to prepare the next generation of child welfare advocates. Ms. Pryor is also the Principal of Immersion Consulting which allows her to demonstrate purposeful inspiration by building the capacity of individuals, groups and organizations to both lead and serve.

Brad Carver, Attorney Sep 11, 2018 12:00 PM



James E. Stephenson, Chair & CEO Sep 18, 2018 12:00 PM
Yancey Bros Co., Vice Chair, US Chamber of Commerce



Brian Hooker, Exec Dir, Fort Mac LRA Sep 25, 2018 12:00 PM
Fort Mac LRA



INTRODUCTION:  Peggy Johnson
Installation of 2018-19 Officers and Directors Oct 02, 2018 12:00 PM
Beth Finnerty, CEO & Dr. Ray Kotwicki, CMO Oct 09, 2018 12:00 PM
Skyland Trail