Speaker Date Topic
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"

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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.

INTRODUCTION: Kim Nolte
INVOCATION: Barbara Hill
Rob Brawner, Exec. Dir., ATL BeltLine Partnership Apr 27, 2021 11:45 AM
Atlanta BeltLine: Advancing the Vision
Atlanta BeltLine: Advancing the Vision

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Rob Brawner is the Executive Director for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. Leveraging the Partnership’s staff and consultants, and working closely with the Board of Directors and other stakeholders, Rob leads the Partnership in its broad-based, collaborative focus on ensuring the promise of stronger communities and equitable, sustainable benefit to the 45 Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods and beyond. His responsibilities include the development and implementation of the Partnership’s strategic plan, as well as capital and operational fundraising – and stewardship of the private and philanthropic funds that support of the construction of the project.

Prior to joining the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Rob built his operations and management expertise during an eight year career at McMaster-Carr, which included roles as Director of Sales and Marketing and Director of Physical Distribution. He graduated with honors from Princeton University in 1996 with a degree in Economics and two NCAA National Championships in lacrosse. He received his MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in 2006.

Rob has been actively engaged with many local non-profit organizations since moving to Atlanta in 1996. He enjoys living, working, exercising, and playing on the Atlanta BeltLine.

INTRODUCTION: Michael Butkus
INVOCATION: Dr. Wallace Taylor
Steve Gottlieb, Exec. Dir., Atlanta Legal Aid May 04, 2021 11:45 AM
Law Day: Atlanta Legal Aid - 97 Years and Counting
Law Day: Atlanta Legal Aid - 97 Years and Counting

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Steve Gottlieb was part of Atlanta Legal Aid’s first summer student class in 1968.  After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969, he received a Reginald Heber Smith fellowship to work at Legal Aid as a new lawyer.  In the next five years, he handled a wide range of cases, developing expertise in consumer protection issues, and managed three of Atlanta Legal Aid’s offices.  He then managed the Savannah Office of the Georgia Legal Services Program. In 1977, he returned to Atlanta as the Deputy Direct of Atlanta Legal Aid. He became its Executive Director three years later in 1980 and is among the longest serving legal aid directors in the country. 

Steve has weathered at least three major funding storms during his tenure and has overseen a diversification of revenue sources that has permitted Atlanta Legal Aid to continue its core functions in good times and bad.  In addition to its five core areas of practice—family law, housing, healthcare, consumer finance and government benefits—Steve has presided over the development of numerous special programs.  He inherited the still-thriving Senior Citizens Law Project and encouraged the institution and growth of other new programs including the Disability Integration Project (which litigated the seminal Olmstead case), the Home Defense Program, the Health Law Unit (formerly the AIDS/ALS & Cancer Initiative), the Hispanic Outreach Project, the Grandparent/Relative Caregiver Project, the Georgia Senior Legal Hotline, and the Health Law Partnership (a medical-legal collaborative with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Georgia State’s College of Law). For his leadership, Steve has received numerous state and local awards and has been recognized by the American Bar Association and the National Legal Aid and Defender Program for his work.

INTRODUCTION: Mason Stephenson
INVOCATION: Irene Wong
Laura Turner Seydel, Chair, Captain Planet May 11, 2021 11:45 AM
Taking Action for a Sustainable and Healthy Future
Taking Action for a Sustainable and Healthy Future

Laura Turner Seydel works with and supports organizations that address urgent challenges affecting the health, functionality and vitality of our life support system: our air, water, land, food, biodiversity and climate.

As chair of the Captain Planet Foundation, Laura guides the organization in its mission to empower and engage youth to become environmental stewards through hands-on experiential projects. She is a passionate board member of the Children & Nature Network, which helps children grow up realizing the many benefits that exposure to nature provides. 

She fights for the health of our children as co-founder and chair of Mothers and Others for Clean Air, working to improve air quality for at-risk populations.

She serves on the board of Project Drawdown, which focuses on measuring the top scalable solutions to address global warming. Laura also works to address the extinction crisis as a Patron of Nature with the International Union for Conservation of Nature.   

Laura co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper to help protect the drinking water of more than 5 million Georgians. Laura works to achieve the same safe-water mission internationally as a board trustee for Waterkeeper Alliance (the consortium of over 300 waterkeeper groups worldwide).

To leverage and protect important environmental policies that protect the air, water, land and especially climate, Laura serves as vice chair of the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.

Additional organizations she serves include the Turner Foundation, United Nations Foundation, Nuclear Threat Initiative, JST Foundation and the Turner Endangered Species Fund. She is a member of Atlanta Rotary, and she serves on the Carter Center Board of Councilors and on the advisory board for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.  

She lives with her husband, Rutherford, in Atlanta in the first LEED-certified gold residence in the United States. They have three children.

INTRODUCTION: Kim Nolte
INTERVIEWED BY: Kim Nolte
INVOCATION: Laura McCarty
Dr. Gregory Fenves, , Emory University May 18, 2021 11:45 AM
"The Future of Emory and Our Connection to the City of Atlanta"
"The Future of Emory and Our Connection to the City of Atlanta"

Gregory L. Fenves was named Emory’s president in 2020. During his first year, he has led the university through the challenges of a global pandemic by setting priorities and establishing policies to unite the community, bolster public health and advance learning, teaching, research and creative expression, all while charting a course for Emory’s future. He has also focused on diversity, equity and inclusion, launching a series of university initiatives aimed at strengthening Emory’s commitment to social justice.

Fenves was drawn to Emory by its strengths as an academic community charged with providing a life-changing undergraduate liberal arts education and dynamic graduate and professional programs all at a world-class research university. He is deeply inspired by the university’s mission to create, preserve, teach and apply knowledge in the service of humanity.

With a 36-year career in higher education, Fenves has experience at top-tier research universities as a renowned academic researcher and professor, as well as an executive leader.  He’s demonstrated a strong commitment to advancing faculty development, interdisciplinary research, diversity and inclusion, and access and affordability—creating greater educational opportunity for talented students of all backgrounds.

Before arriving at Emory in August of 2020, Fenves was president of The University of Texas at Austin from 2015 to 2020.  Under his leadership, the university recruited world-class faculty, broadened cross-disciplinary research, raised four-year graduation rates to record levels, built the Dell Medical School, and significantly increased extramural research funding. As president of one of the largest doctoral-granting universities in  the nation, Fenves also elevated graduate education and increased support for graduate students. Prior to becoming president of UT, he was provost of the university and dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering.

Fenves was a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley for 20 years and served as chair of its No. 1 ranked Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  For his groundbreaking research in earthquake engineering and academic leadership, he was elected in 2014 to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest recognition for an engineer in the United States. He earned his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and graduate degrees at UC Berkeley.

Fenves is married to Carmel Martinez Fenves, a textile artist. They have two adult daughters, a son-in-law and two grandchildren, all of whom live in Austin, Texas.

INTRODUCTION: Mary Pat Crouch
INVOCATION: Mary Lou Austin
Tony Kimbrough, CEO, Veterans Empowerment Org May 25, 2021 11:45 AM
"Empowering Our Veterans to Thrive"
"Empowering Our Veterans to Thrive"

Tony Kimbrough joined Veterans Empowerment Organization as CEO earlier this year.  Part of a family with a long military heritage, he joined the South Carolina Army National Guard during his junior year at The Citadel.  His subsequent eight years of service as a military intelligence officer included a year with the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan, where he led an embedded training team.

A native of Kentucky, Kimbrough grew up in Metro Atlanta, where his father was an executive with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and his mother a development officer with the YMCA.  After college, Kimbrough spent four years  with Mannheim Auto Auctions in Georgia, North Carolina and Arizona before moving to the nonprofit sector, first with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and then with the YMCA.  “Tony combines the discipline you’d expect from a former military officer with an operating style that is humble, positive and collaborative,” according to one of his board members. 

Since its founding in2008, VEO has helped thousands of veterans build better lives for themselves and their families by providing a range of essential services—transitional housing, family housing (the only such program in Georgia), wellness programs and workforce initiatives—designed to empower individuals who have given so much to their country.  “Heroes deserve a second chance” is more than a slogan at VEO; it is the organization’s driving ethos.

INTRODUCTION: Heidy Brusitus
INVOCATION: Margaret Reiser
Tori Gorman Jun 08, 2021 11:45 AM
Concord Coalition