Speaker Date Topic
Derek Schiller, Pres/CEO, Atlanta Braves Sep 29, 2020 12:00 PM
Baseball During a Pandemic
Baseball During a Pandemic

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In his 17th season with the Atlanta Braves, president and CEO Derek Schiller manages all busi­ness functions of the front office such as corporate partnerships, ticket sales, broadcast­ing, licensing and merchandising, and concessions; service-driven departments including client services, guest services, ticketing, special events, alumni rela­tions, ballpark tours, baseball and corporate commu­nications, community relations, and all other ballpark operations departments. As part of his role, Schiller sets the strategic vision for the Atlanta Braves business, guides the Braves brand, champions innovation across all areas of the business and manages the wide array of Braves talented employees.

As part of the Braves’ executive leadership team, Schiller was instrumental in securing plans for Truist Park and The Battery Atlanta, and played a pivotal role throughout the design and execution phases of the project. Collaborating with Truist Park planners and architects, Schiller and the executive team tailored the ballpark to authentically represent the organization and its rich history, while creating unique gameday experiences for fans and visitors. Schiller’s emphasis on innovation was the driving force behind many of these enhancements, along with technology partner­ships that made Truist Park the most technologically advanced venue in all of sports.

Outside of the ballpark, Schiller and the executive team have guided the philosophy behind The Battery Atlanta to ensure a seamless integration with Truist Park, in both an aesthetic and strategic capacity. Schiller’s focus on design strategy as well as pursuing and cultivating relationships with tenants who align with the Braves’ and The Battery Atlanta’s mission has led to a robust landscape of tenants, including Comcast, Omni Hotels and Resorts, Live Nation’s Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre, and a multitude of restaurant and retail tenants.

Under Schiller’s direction, the Braves have intro­duced many technical developments including dig­ital ticketing, variable and dynamic pricing, and a Customer Relationship Management system that has enhanced customer service and data management for both corporate partners and ticket holders.   Additionally, he oversees all broadcasting relationships, which include Braves television partner FOX Sports South and FOX Sports Southeast, as well as the team’s radio partner, Dickey Broadcasting, and the Braves Radio Network of affiliates across the Southeast.

Schiller joined the Braves in November 2003 as SVP of sales and marketing and was promoted to executive vice president of sales and marketing in August 2007. He came to the Braves after serving as VP of sales and marketing for the Atlanta Thrashers hockey team since 1998.  Before joining the Thrashers, Schiller served as VP of business development for the New York Yankees and the executive director of Atlanta’s International Sports Plaza.

Schiller graduated from Vanderbilt University. He is a board member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Atlanta Sports Council, and the Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation, and is serving on the Truist Atlanta Advisory Council. Schiller is an alumnus of Leadership Atlanta and supports a number of metro Atlanta chari­ties. He also currently serves on various MLB commit­tees. Schiller and his wife, Kristin, live in Atlanta with their two children, Luke and Carson.

INTRODUCTION:  Gloria Tippin
2020-21 Installation of Officers and Directors Oct 06, 2020 12:00 PM
David Moore, President
David Moore, President
David S. Moore
Co-Executive Director
The Historic Oakland Foundation
David Moore joined The Historic Oakland Foundation as its Executive Director in May of 2006 after 30 years as a trust officer in the financial services industry.  The transition from financial consultant to non-profit development work was easy for David. “I spent years advising clients on estate planning matters, and now I am talking to our citizens about making a difference in their city by investing in a part of its historical legacy.”

Today, David’s roll as Co Executive director is to garner support for Historic Oakland Foundation’s mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Historic Oakland Cemetery from donors, foundations, community leaders, public officials and policy makers. His role also focuses on consistent branding and messaging to strengthen the awareness and image of Oakland Cemetery and its critical role in our community in preserving our city’s rich history and culture.  

David attended Vanderbilt University and the Woodrow Wilson School of Law in Atlanta.

David is a member of the Georgia Museum and Galleries Association, The Georgia Municipal Cemetery Association, The National Memorial Day Association of Marietta, The Georgia Planned Giving Council, the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Atlanta, the Central Atlanta Progress Marketing Committee, the Atlanta Coffee House Club, The Atlanta Breakfast Club, and Saint Catherine’s Episcopal Church of Marietta, Ga.

David and his wife, Mary, have two adult daughters and live in Marietta.       

Steven Hochman, Ph.D., The Carter Center Oct 13, 2020 12:00 PM
Thomas Jefferson: Worthy of Honor?
Thomas Jefferson: Worthy of Honor?

Steven H. Hochman, Ph.D. is Assistant to President Jimmy Carter and Director of Research at The Carter Center.  In July 1981, Dr. Hochman became assistant to President Carter, helping him with the research and editing of Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President (1982). He has continued to support President Carter with subsequent publications and other scholarly activities as well as with projects of The Carter Center. He was appointed senior research associate at the newly founded Center in September 1982.

Dr. Hochman received his doctorate in history from the University of Virginia, where from 1968 to 1981 he assisted Dumas Malone with his Pulitzer Prize-winning six-volume biography of Thomas Jefferson. He is an adjunct professor in the Emory University Department of History and also has taught in the Department of Political Science. In his research and writings, he has focused on the history of the United States and the American presidency. A special interest of his is the role of nongovernmental organizations in public policy.

He is a member of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Advisory Commission and served as an advisor for the renovation of the Museum of the Jimmy Carter Library.

Jonah McDonald, Author, Storyteller, Park Ranger Oct 20, 2020 12:00 PM
Secret Atlanta
Secret Atlanta

When Jonah McDonald announced that he was going to walk from Maine to his new home in Atlanta, his parents scratched their heads. “But think of the stories I’ll have to tell!” Jonah said. He proceeded to hike all 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail and hasn’t stopped moving or telling stories since. 

As a professional storyteller, author, and park ranger, Jonah enchants audiences with tales from around the world, as well as stories of adventure, nature, and history. Jonah’s stories and infectious energy delight groups of all ages and sizes. Filled with enthusiasm and humor, Jonah’s stories make you feel like you are on an adventure. 

Jonah has been selected to be a repeat performer at the Peach State Storytelling Festival and Tellabration! Atlanta. Jonah is an author and seasoned entertainer whose storytelling has been featured on Atlanta’s NPR affiliate station, WABE 90.1 FM. He now serves as the host of the show, "Living History," on AIB TV. He does all of this while serving as the DeKalb County naturalist at Mason Mill Park and writing guidebooks about Atlanta, including Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests: Intown and Out and Secret Atlanta: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

Jonah loves exploring his city via bicycle, canoe, or foot, and believes that there is a new story to learn and tell around every bend. When he’s not already on an adventure,Jonah loves finding a new one. 

INTRODUCTION:  Mary Pat Crouch
Join us Thursday, Oct. 29th for National Philanthropy Day

All Members are encouraged to attend National Philanthropy Day on Thursday, Oct. 29th, 11:45 am - 1:30 pm.

Contact the office for registration information.

National Philanthropy Day Oct 29, 2020 11:45 AM
Pat Mitchell, Author, Co-Founder, TedWomen Nov 03, 2020 12:00 PM
"Becoming a Dangerous Woman- Embracing Risk to Change the World"

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.

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