Speaker Date Topic
NO MEETING TODAY Jul 07, 2020 12:00 PM
Happy Independence Day Holiday!
Happy Independence Day Holiday!

This meeting has been cancelled due to the 4th of July holidays.

Janice R Blumberg, Author and Historian Jul 14, 2020 12:00 PM
Reflections from the Civil Rights Struggle
Reflections from the Civil Rights Struggle

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Janice Rothschild Blumberg is an author and historian. A native of Atlanta, she has lectured at universities, museums, synagogues, and academic conferences across the country.  Janice watched history unfold and then wrote about the human side of history through her perspective as an insider.

She started college at the age of 15 and graduated from the University of Georgia during World War II when she was 18. During World War II, Janice worked for the Army Corps of Engineers in the Panama Canal Zone, where they were combating malaria, and in Washington, D.C. for the Signal Corps among other jobs.  During that time, she also spent some time in Mexico attending the Experiment in International Living. 

When she returned to Atlanta in 1946, she met and married Jacob Rothschild, spiritual leader of The Temple when it was bombed in 1958. Janice became friends of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King and chaired landmark the Atlanta dinner honoring Nobel Peace Prize recipient Martin Luther King, Jr.,1965. During the civil rights era, Janice worked on behalf of the National Conference of Christians and Jews and served as a panelist with Coretta Scott King and others speaking to groups about “Raising Children of Good Will.”

In addition to authoring four books and contributing to numerous additional books, she has written articles for the Encyclopedia Judaica, Southern Jewish History, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Sunday Magazine, and many other publications.

After the leading the congregation through a time of transition, growth and controversy, Rabbi Rothschild died suddenly of a heart attack on New Year’s Eve in 1973.  In 1975, Janice married insurance executive David Blumberg of Knoxville, Tennessee a civic leader, who served as president of B’nai B’rith International.  They lived in Washington, D.C.  After her second husband passed away, Janice remained in Washington, D.C. until she returned to Atlanta in 2009.

This will be an interview format, hosted by Jill Thornton!

INVOCATION: Peggy Johnson
Will Harris, Owner, White Oak Pastures Jul 21, 2020 12:00 PM
Radically Traditional: White Oak Pastures and Regenerative Food Production
Radically Traditional: White Oak Pastures and Regenerative Food Production

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Will Harris is a fourth-generation cattleman, who tends the same land that his great-grandfather settled in 1866. Born and raised at White Oak Pastures, Will left home to attend the University of Georgia's School of Agriculture, where he was trained in the industrial farming methods that had taken hold after World War II. Will graduated in 1976 and returned to Bluffton where he and his father continued to raise cattle using pesticides, herbicides, hormones, and antibiotics. They also fed their herd a high-carbohydrate diet of corn and soy.

These tools did a fantastic job of taking the cost out of the system, but in the mid-1990s Will became disenchanted with the excesses of these industrialized methods. They had created a monoculture for their cattle, and, as Will says, "nature abhors a monoculture." In 1995, Will made the audacious decision to return to the farming methods his great-grandfather had used 130 years before.

Since Will has successfully implemented these changes, he has been recognized all over the world as a leader in humane animal husbandry and environmental sustainability. Will is the immediate past President of the Board of Directors of Georgia Organics. He is the Beef Director of the American Grassfed Association and was selected 2011 Business Person of the year for Georgia by the Small Business Administration. 

The White Oak story has been featured in Forbes, the Huffington Post, the New York Times, Popular Science, Garden and Gun and the Washington Post, as well as a host of other print and broadcast sources.

Will lives in his family home on the property with his wife Yvonne. He is the proud father of three daughters, Jessi, Jenni, and Jodi. His favorite place in the world to be is out in pastures, where he likes to have a big coffee at sunrise and a 750ml glass of wine at sunset.

Shane Stephens, Consul General of Ireland Jul 28, 2020 12:00 PM
Consular Corps Day
Consular Corps Day

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Consul General Stephens assumed his post in Atlanta in July 2015 as the second Irish Consul General for the US Southeastern region, responsible for Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Since joining Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2001, Mr. Stephens has served at Ireland’s Embassies to Tanzania, the Holy See, the European Union, Nigeria and Malaysia. Immediately prior to his current post, while working as Assistant Chief of Protocol for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin, he was responsible for arranging many of President Michael D. Higgins’ visits abroad and incoming Presidential visits to Ireland.

Consul General Stephens received his BA in History from Trinity College Dublin, and holds an MSc in Political Economy of Transition in Europe from the London School of Economics. He hails from Dublin and is married with four children.

INTRODUCTION:  Angela Cassidy
Amir Kazmi, CIO, WestRock Aug 04, 2020 12:00 PM
Now. Future. Next. Digital For Everyone.
Now. Future. Next. Digital For Everyone.

Amir Kazmi is chief information and digital officer for WestRock, responsible for developing and executing the global information systems and technology strategy. In addition, Amir leads the company’s digital transformation, working to further differentiate WestRock. WestRock is a global company providing packaging, display and machinery solutions with >$18B in sales, more than 50K employees and >320 locations operating in 30 countries. His team has enabled integration of several global public and private acquisitions by leading systems integration.

Previously Amir was the chief executive officer for a nanomaterials startup in San Francisco bay area. He has also held various leadership positions at Lockheed Martin in product development P&L, Information Technology, research and development (R&D) and strategic business growth. He currently serves on the innovation & entrepreneurship council to Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and on the board for Sight Machine, an artificial intelligence company. Previously, on behalf of Lockheed Martin, he served as board observer of Rocket Lab, a rocket company delivering small satellites in space.

With experience in accelerating innovations from R&D to product, Amir believes working in partnership with academia, venture capitalists, start-ups, public and private sectors is essential. Amir earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Mount Saint Mary's University and a Master of Science degree in systems engineering from Johns Hopkins University as well as the Strategic Leadership of Technology and Innovation course from Harvard Business School.

INTRODUCTION:  Sandy Welfare
Dr. Carolyn Curry, Founder, Women Alone Together Aug 18, 2020 12:00 PM
The 100 Year Anniversary Celebration of the Vote for Women in the U.S.
The 100 Year Anniversary Celebration of the Vote for Women in the U.S.

Carolyn Newton Curry, Ph.D., is the Founder and Director of Women Alone Together, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit foundation that addresses the special needs of women. Supported through grants and other contributions and partnering with Agnes Scott College Alumnae Association, the foundation works to build confidence and community among the growing number of women who are alone in our culture. Although the group works to encourage women who are alone because of death of spouse, divorce, single by choice or alone in a marriage because of separation or estrangement, all women are invited.

Compelled by women’s stories shared with her during years of research and teaching, Curry founded Women Alone Together in Atlanta in 2002.  Since then, she has led the organization to become the dynamic, viable entity it is today. In addition to writing papers on significant women’s issues, she often speaks to various groups around the country on women’s issues and about Women Alone Together.

Curry has taught at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, and the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia.  She has served on numerous boards and is cuurently on the Board of Directors of the Agnes Scott Alumnae Association and The Atlanta Women’s Network for Care International, among others.

In 1993, Curry received the Smith-Breckenridge YWCA Distinguished Woman of Achievement Award in Kentucky. In 2011, she received the Georgia State University Distinguished Alumni Community Service Award. In April 2014, she received the Agnes Scott College Distinguished Alumna Award – Service to the Community. In 2015 she received the Outstanding Alumni Award in College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University.

In March 2014, Mercer University Press in Macon, Georgia, published her book, Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas 1834-1907. It received the 2014 Award for Excellence Using the Holdings of an Archive from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council, University System or Georgia. Curry also received Georgia Author of the Year in Biography in 2015 from The Georgia Writers Association. The Georgia Center for the Book selected her book as one of the 2015 Ten Books All Georgians Should Read. In 2018 she received Author of the Year from the Atlanta Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. In 2019 an expanded edition was published by Mercer University Press.

She received a B. A. degree in English from Agnes Scott, and both her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Georgia State.  She and her husband, Bill, the former head football coach at Georgia Tech, have been married 55 years and have a daughter, Kristin Hunter, a son Bill Curry, Jr., and seven grandchildren.

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, Pres, Morehouse Med Aug 25, 2020 12:00 PM
“Healthy Families, Healthy Communities – A Real Look at Advancing Health Equity"
“Healthy Families, Healthy Communities – A Real Look at Advancing Health Equity"

Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG, is the sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the first woman to lead the freestanding medical institution., Montgomery Rice serves as both the president and dean. A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, she most recently served as dean and executive vice president of MSM, where she has served since 2011.

Prior to joining MSM, Montgomery Rice held faculty positions and leadership roles at various health centers, including academic health centers.  Most notably, she was the founding director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College, one of the nation’s first research centers devoted to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color.

Dedicated to the creation and advancement of health equity, Montgomery Rice lends her vast experience and talents to programs that enhance pipeline opportunities for academically diverse learners, diversifies the physician and scientific workforce, and fosters equity in health care access and health outcomes. To this end, she holds memberships in various organizations and participates on a number of boards, such as the following: member, National Academy of Medicine, and board of directors for National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, The Metro Atlanta Chamber, Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, The Nemours Foundation, UnitedHealth Group, Westside Future Fund, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans, and Horatio Alger Association.

Montgomery Rice has received numerous accolades and honors. She was named to the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans and received the 2017 Horatio Alger Award. For three consecutive years (2016-2018) Georgia Trend Magazine selected Montgomery Rice as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians. Other honors include the following: Girls Inc. 2019 Smart Award, The National Medical Association OB/GYN 2019 Legend of the Section Award, The Turknett Leadership Character Award (2018), Visions of Excellence Award, Atlanta Business League (2018), Links Incorporated Co-Founders Award (2018), Trumpet Vanguard Award (2015), The Dorothy I. Height Crystal Stair Award (2014), National Coalition of 100 Black Women - Women of Impact (2014), YWCA – Women of Achievement of Atlanta-(2014) and Nashville(2007), American Medical Women’s Association Elizabeth Blackwell Medal (2011) and Working Mother Media Multicultural Women’s Legacy Award (2011).

A Georgia native, Montgomery Rice holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and an honorary degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree from Rush University.  All reflect her lifetime commitment to education, service, and the advancement of health equity.  She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine and her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Hutzel Hospital. 

Montgomery Rice is married to her fellow Georgia Institute of Technology alumnus, Melvin Rice Jr., and they have two children: Jayne and Melvin III. 

2020-21 Installation of Officers and Directors Oct 06, 2020 12:00 PM
David Moore, President
Michael J. Coles, Entrepreneur Nov 17, 2020 12:00 PM
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.