Speaker Date Topic
Dr. Matt Harper, Assoc Prof, Mercer University Mar 03, 2020 12:00 PM
The Slave Trade in Georgia: Understanding Its Global Origins and Long-term Effects
The Slave Trade in Georgia: Understanding Its Global Origins and Long-term Effects
Matt Harper Ph.D. – Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at Mercer University. He holds an MA and PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is the author of The End of Days (UNC Press, 2016), a book on African American religion and politics in the decades after emancipation. He has contributed to essay collections on African American religion and politics, established an ongoing university research partnership with a state historic site about black life and labor in middle Georgia, and written numerous conference papers and book reviews in the areas of southern and Atlantic religious and political history. He teaches courses on African American history, Latin America and the Caribbean, the international slave trade, research methodology, and civil rights.
Bill McGahan, Chair/Founder, Georgia Works! Mar 10, 2020 12:00 PM
Ending Homelessness in Atlanta
Ending Homelessness in Atlanta

Bill McGahan founded Georgia Works! because he believes every life has value, and virtually every person can be given the tools and habits to make their lives better.  Many men simply have horrible habits, role models and environments.


Bill has been involved in many community organizations and non-profit boards including: Co-Chair Task Force to Re-Purpose the Atlanta City Detention Center, The State of Georgia Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless Commission; Atlanta Area Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Governors Office of Transition, Support and Reentry; From Houses to Homes; Atlanta Academy; The Howard School, The Paces Civic Association; and The National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction. Bill earned a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Southern Methodist University, and an MBA from the University of Virginia, and is a graduate of The Westminster Schools.


He and his wife Lisa have four children. They reside in Atlanta.

INVOCATION: David Childers


Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, Pres, Morehouse Med Mar 17, 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. 

James "Jay" Bailey, Pres/CEO Mar 24, 2020 12:00 PM
Russell Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Russell Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Committed to living by his personal motto, “Build As We Climb”, change agent, thought leader, entrepreneur and emerging philanthropist, James M. Bailey has dedicated his life to serving others.

James was recently named President and CEO of the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RCIE). Honoring the great legacy and visionary business leadership of Herman J. Russell, he will lead the development of the largest center in America, driven by community impact, devoted to empowering African American entrepreneurs and small business owners; over 50,000 square feet designed to inspire ideas, create jobs, grow companies, and increase wealth in the community.
An Atlanta native and die-hard Georgia Bulldog, James has a proven track record of success, recognized by 3 U.S. Presidents for his leadership and community efforts. In 2012, James was one of eight Americans honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change: Following in the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”.
A graduate of Leadership Georgia, Leadership Atlanta, and the Regional Leadership Institute, James was also named to both the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Georgia Trend Magazine’s “40 Under 40 Best and Brightest Leaders of the Future”. He is a recipient of the coveted Whitney M. Young National Community Service Medallion, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Service Award, a New Leaders Council Fellow, member of Alpha Phi Alpha and the 100 Black Men of Atlanta.
James has served on numerous boards including The Historic Wren’s Nest in Atlanta’s West End, the Metro Atlanta Chamber Board of Advisors, the Atlanta Beltline TAD Advisory Committee, and Chairman of Citizens Trust Bank’s, Next Generation Advisory Board.
James and his wife, NBC news correspondent Blayne Alexander live between Atlanta, Georgia and Washington D.C.
INVOCATION: Lisa Maulding
5th Tuesday Social and Networking Meeting Mar 31, 2020 6:00 PM

Kiwanis 5th Tuesday Meeting!

Tuesday, March 31st from 6 til 8 PM


1030 Fayetteville Road, SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

A special evening for our club where we will “Speed Date” with our member Kathy Colbenson and her staff,

tour and CHRIS 180 building and enjoy appetizers and adult beverages.

6 pm Reception Begins (Arrive any time after 5:45 pm)

6:30 pm “Speed Dating” Begins

7:15 pm Tour and more Reception Fun!

This will be in place of our regular luncheon this Tuesday so mark your calendars to come to CHRIS 180 at 6 PM instead of Loudermilk at noon.

Free for Regular/Corp Members      $15 for Associate/Satellite/Emeritus/Hon Members

~RSVP Deadline Thursday, March 26th~

Sign up on the Event Board or email Karen Losin – kiwanisclubatlanta@gmail.com


Cornelius Scott, Pastor, Macedonia A.M.E. Church Apr 07, 2020 12:00 PM
Easter/Passover Program
Easter/Passover Program

The Reverend Cornelius B. Scott is an ordained Itinerant Elder and current pastor of Macedonia A.M.E. Church. He has pastored several AME churches throughout Georgia in the Sixth Episcopal District (SED). He has served on the Board of Examiners, the Finance Committee, the Ministerial Efficiency Committee, Chairperson of the Judicial Committee, and the Board of Trustees for the Sixth Episcopal District. The SED awarded him an honorary Lifetime Legends award.


Pastor Scott completed an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and later graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Temple University.  He continued his education and obtained a Master of Science Degree in Educational Administration from Georgia State University.  


After accepting his calling to the ministry, Pastor Scott attended the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) where he graduated as the valedictorian with a Master of Divinity Degree.   He enrolled in the Chaplain Officer’s Candidate School and became a U.S. Army Chaplain attaining the rank of Captain. Pastor Scott served as a reserve Army Chaplain at Fort Benning and Fort Gordon.


Pastor Scott continued his secular education and earned a Specialist Degree in Educational Administration from Georgia State University. He has worked as a part-time Draftsman at Pennsylvania State University and an elementary school teacher in Philadelphia and Atlanta.  After serving as teacher, Pastor Scott was promoted to Principal and served admirably as an Elementary School Principal for over twelve years. He was the Principal of a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence; named by Georgia State University as Principal of the Year, and awarded a Danforth Foundation Fellowship for School leaders


Upon leaving the education arena, Pastor Scott earned a Juris Doctorate Degree and now practices as a full-time Attorney with the Law Firm of Scott, Scott & Scott in Decatur, GA. He has been practicing Law for over 20 years.


Pastor Scott is married to Dr. Carmella Scott and they have two children and five grandchildren. He enjoys reading, classic cars, fishing, hunting and exercising. Pastor Scott is devoted to the church and his church members and loves to study his Bible regularly and diligently. His motto is: Always busy, never too busy. 

INVOCATION: Tonja Holder
Mariela Romero, Journalist and Culturologist Apr 14, 2020 12:00 PM
"Cultural Mastery: A Necessary Skill for the 21st Century"
"Cultural Mastery: A Necessary Skill for the 21st Century"
Mariela Romero is Univision Communications Regional Community Empowerment Director. She implements the corporate responsibility platforms of the company under the Social Corporate Responsibility property “Contigo”. Romero also develops content for special programs and is the anchor, writer and producer of regional news magazine Conexión Fin de Semana in Philadelphia, Atlanta and North Carolina.

In 2019 she obtained The Cultural Mastery ™ Certification for Diversity & Inclusion leaders and became a Senior Consultant for bilingual America.
Romero has interviewed former President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jimmy Carter, Civil Rights leader and Presidential Medal of Freedom Award, Reverend C.T. Vivian and American labor leader Dolores Huerta among other distinguished public figures. Mariela has received 23 Emmy Awards from the Academy of Television Arts – South East region. The Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named her one of the most influential Latinos in the state and The Latin American Association recognized her with the prestigious Olga C. de Goizueta award in 2019.

Romero is an Emeritus board member of the Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia, and serves on the boards of the Hispanic Organization Promoting Education, The American Heart Association - Metro Atlanta, The Boys Scouts of America - Metro Atlanta, The New Media Education Foundation of Georgia, Corners Outreach and was the first Latina to serve as President of the League of Women Voters of Gwinnett County. In 2020 Mariela Romero joined the board of the National Juvenile Defender Center in Washington D.C.

Mariela Romero holds a degree in Journalism from Universidad Católica Argentina as well as a degree in Social Communications from Universidad de Belgrano. She also studied TV Broadcasting and Production at Buenos Aires “Centro de Estudios de la Comunicación”. Prior to joining Univision, she worked for CNN en español radio and Georgia Public Broadcasting. She is a native of Caracas, Venezuela.
Amir Kazmi, CIO Apr 21, 2020 12:00 PM


INTRODUCTION:  Sandy Welfare
INVOCATION: Theresa Prestwood
Michael J. Coles, Entrepreneur Apr 28, 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.

Law Day May 05, 2020 12:00 PM
Consular Corps Day May 12, 2020 12:00 PM
Angel Cabrera, President May 19, 2020 12:00 PM
GA Tech
5th Tuesday Social and Networking Meeting Jun 23, 2020
Kiwanis Kids Day with Boys and Girls Clubs
Adm. Wendi Carpenter, (Retired), US Navy Jun 30, 2020 12:00 PM
Independence Day Program
Carolyn Curry, Author Aug 18, 2020 12:00 PM
100 Years on the 19th Amendment