Speaker Date Topic
Alicia Philipp, Pres, Community Foundation Atlanta Jun 09, 2020 12:00 PM
"COVID, Community and Conversation: Reflections with Alicia Philipp"
"COVID, Community and Conversation: Reflections with Alicia Philipp"

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ALICIA PHILIPP is president of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, a philanthropic anchor institution dedicated to strengthening the Atlanta region. In 2020 she celebrates her 43rd year with the Foundation, which in its history has given away more than $1.7 billion to nonprofit organizations in the Atlanta region, throughout the U.S. and across the globe.

She leads a team of experts that strengthen the 23-county Atlanta region by inspiring philanthropy to increase the vitality of our region and the well-being of all residents. The Foundation grants out more than $110 million annually to thousands of nonprofit organizations.

Philipp has served on the board of the Council on Foundations, the Southeastern Council of Foundations, Independent Sector and the National Center on Family Philanthropy. Accolades are too many to mention, though this year she was honored by the YWCA as the “Woman of Achievement” and by Atlanta magazine’s Atlanta 500 as its superlative.

Philipp received a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and an MBA from Georgia State University. She lives in Decatur and has two adult children and one grandson, all of whom live in Europe. Philipp has announced that she plans to retire in 2020 and the Board of the Community Foundation will choose a successor.

INVOCATION: Kathy Colbenson
Virtual Club Meeting Jun 16, 2020 12:00 PM
Networking and Social Meeting for Kiwanis Club Members

Dear Fellow Kiwanians!

This will be a virtual Zoom Networking Meeting.

In response to the recent recommendation of ‘Social Distancing’  due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the KCA Board of directors have cancelled all in person meetings through June 30th.  We will continue to follow the guidance from the State of Georgia and the CDC, and will keep you updated should there be any changes for Kiwanis Club of Atlanta.  

The decision to not meet in person was not easy, however our KCA member’s health and safety are paramount during these challenging times.  Thank you for understanding as we do our part to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

We will continue to keep you updated over the next few weeks

INVOCATION: Melissa Ehrhardt

Dr. Tom Cunningham, SVP/Chief Economist, MAC Jun 23, 2020 12:00 PM
“The Economic Outlook and its Risks”
“The Economic Outlook and its Risks”

Thomas J. Cunningham, PhD, is Senior Vice President and the Chief Economist for the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC).  Tom joined the MAC in July 2015 following a 30-year career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He is a specialist in open economy macroeconomic policy and regional analysis. At the MAC, he manages an internal team that supports the research and advocacy roles of the economic development and public policy departments.  

After starting his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as an economist in the Macropolicy group, Tom served at various times as associate director of research, interim director of research, vice president for the Regional group where he was also responsible for the Latin American group, and acting head of the Finance group. He served on the Bank's Personnel, Information Technology, and Risk Management Committees and as a member of the Federal Reserve System's Information Security Group and Technology Services Council. He also was the acting director of, and helped establish, the Bank's Center for Real Estate Analytics. When Dr. Cunningham retired from the Fed, his title was Vice President, Senior Economist and Regional Executive.

A native of Reedley, California, he received a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, in economics from California State University, Fresno. He earned a master's degree, a master of philosophy, and a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University. He previously worked as an economics instructor at Barnard College at Columbia University and as an adjunct instructor at Iona College, Agnes Scott College, and Emory University.  He attended the executive development program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and is a member of Leadership Atlanta’s class of 2018.  He is a board member of Atlanta’s Neighborhood Nexus as well as the Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance.  Dr. Cunningham has published numerous professional articles and is a member of the American Economic Association, the Western Economic Association, and the Southern Economic Association.

INVOCATION:  Susan Adams
Rear Adm. Wendi Carpenter, (Retired), US Navy Jun 30, 2020 12:00 PM
Independence Day Program
Independence Day Program
Rear Admiral Carpenter is a frequent speaker and panelist on the topic of leadership in crisis and particularly enjoys participating in programs designed to positively motivate and influence the youth of the Nation.  Following retirement from the U.S. Navy, Rear Admiral Carpenter became the 10th and first woman president of the State of New York Maritime College, successfully guiding the college through the rigorous 10 year reaccreditation process with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the 5 year USCG certification process.  She also set new benchmarks in graduation rates and in fund raising for the college, and began the strategic effort, which eventually led to the funding of a new training ship. She is most proud of the support and relief provided to surrounding communities in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  Wendi B. Carpenter is a retired United States Navy flag officer, retiring in 2011 after a distinguished 34 year career with significant operational experience and key roles in organizational transformation, technology development, and innovation that spanned the U.S. Navy, joint and coalition arenas.
Rear Admiral Carpenter was a pioneer of women in Naval Aviation (designated in July 1979), and was the first woman aviator to be promoted to flag rank in the U.S. Navy.   In many other career assignments, she also​ was a leading pioneer, including several key assignments to United States Second Fleet (as an expert in air warfare command and control and as Deputy Commander).  In her final assignment as the Commander of the Navy’s Warfare Development Command, she was the Navy’s lead in the development and integration of unmanned systems from seabed to space and launching innovative new information systems and cyber warfare concepts, which impact decision making and operational employment of resources.
Rear Admiral Carpenter is the recipient of numerous civilian and military leadership awards, including the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Lifetime Community Service Award.   She was recently inducted into the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame, Class 2019.    Rear Admiral Carpenter holds a BS degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia, a Masters of Arts in International Relations from Salve Regina University, and is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, with a Strategic Studies concentration.   She has also completed numerous executive programs at Babson College, the University of North Carolina Business School and the NATO School in Germany.
Rear Admiral Carpenter is the founder of Gold Star Strategies, LLC and operates as an international business consultant with a focus on leadership development and executive functions.  She serves as a member of numerous advisory and nonprofit boards, including the Affordable Housing Advisory Council of the Atlanta Federal Home Loan Bank and the Board of the Navy League’s Atlanta Council.  She is also the Executive Director of the Captain Richard Phillips Lane Kirkland Maritime Trust with the mission devoted to strengthening the U.S. Maritime Industry and providing scholarships to students pursuing a career in the industry.  
Virtual Club Meeting Jul 07, 2020 12:00 PM
Social and Networking Meeting for Kiwanis Club of Atlanta

Dear Fellow Kiwanians!

In response to the recent recommendation of ‘Social Distancing’  due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the KCA Board of directors have cancelled all in person meetings through at least mid July, 2020.  We will continue to follow the guidance from the State of Georgia and the CDC, and will keep you updated should there be any changes for Kiwanis Club of Atlanta.  

The decision to not meet in person was not easy, however our KCA members' health and safety are paramount during these challenging times.  Thank you for understanding as we do our part to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

We will continue to keep you updated over the next few weeks

INVOCATION: Peggy Johnson

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

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
INVOCATION: Theresa Prestwood
Carolyn Curry, Author Aug 18, 2020 12:00 PM
100 Years on the 19th Amendment
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.