Past Speakers

  • Bernie Marcus

    Chairman, The Marcus Foundation
    Co-Founder, The Home Depot
    Oct 16, 2014
    Bernie Marcus is chairman of the board of The Marcus Foundation, which focuses on Jewish causes, children, medical research, free enterprise and the community. Mr. Marcus co-founded The Home Depot, Inc., the world's largest home improvement retailer, and served as chairman of the board until his retirement in 2002.  His…
  • Jere W. Morehead

    President, The University of Georgia
    Sep 18, 2014
    Jere W. Morehead became the University of Georgia's 22nd president on July 1, 2013, having previously served as UGA's senior vice president for academic affairs and provost since 2010. President Morehead's career covers a wide range of faculty and administrative roles. Prior to 2010, he served UGA in several key administrative assignments, including vice…
  • Jack Harris

    President, Junior Achievement of Georgia
    Aug 21, 2014
    Jack Harris is the President of Junior Achievement of Georgia, an organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy.  He has been with Junior Achievement since 2002, beginning as the International organization as Director – International Operations, and was promoted to VP-International Operations for JA…
  • Andy Lipman

    Motivational Speaker, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    Jul 17, 2014
    Author and motivational speaker Andy Lipman has built an extraordinary life while living with cystic fibrosis. The director of purchasing at DiversiTech, Lipman has defied all odds to become a college graduate, Olympic-torch bearer, community advocate, husband and father. His experiences dealing with the genetic disorder inspired him to write…
  • John R. Patterson

    Founder & President, Progressive Insights, Inc.
    Jun 19, 2014
    John is a sought after speaker on the topics of creating consistently great customer experiences that drive customer loyalty and growing business by creating, leading and sustaining remarkable service. He is the co-author of three books with Chip Bell including the award winning international best seller Wired and Dangerous; How…
  • Kessel D. Stelling, Jr., BBA 1978

    Chairman & CEO, Synovus
    May 15, 2014
    As President and CEO of Synovus, Kessel Stelling provides leadership in establishing the overall business objectives, policies and strategic plans to accomplish profitability, efficiency and growth for Synovus and its divisions. A 1978 Terry College graduate, Stelling leads the company's strategy for creating long-term shareholder return on investment, managing risk, facilitating…
  • Allison Karl O’Kelly

    Founder, Mom Corps
    Apr 17, 2014
    Allison Karl O'Kelly is the founder of Mom Corps and an award-winning entrepreneur. Mom Corps is a WBENC certified professional talent acquisition and career development firm. Since founding the company in 2005, O'Kelly has become a sought-after expert in workplace flexibility. She has been recognized in national media outlets and…
  • Pete Van Wieren

    Former Broadcaster, Atlanta Braves Radio Network
    Mar 20, 2014
    Former sports broadcaster Pete Van Wieren called Atlanta Braves games for 33 years, from 1976–2008. A 10-time winner of the Georgia Sportscaster of the Year Award, Van Wieren worked in Binghamton, NY, Toledo, Ohio, and Norfolk, VA, before arriving in Atlanta.  Known to fans as "The Professor" for his extensive preparedness…
  • Gregory J. Harbaugh

    Former Astronaut, NASA
    President & CEO, Sigma Chi Foundation
    Feb 20, 2014
    Former NASA astronaut Gregory J. Harbaugh became the president and CEO of the Sigma Chi Foundation in 2006, taking the helm of one of the country’s preeminent collegiate leadership development organizations. Prior to helming the Sigma Chi Foundation, he served as museum director of the Florida Air Museum and COO…
  • John Heyman

    Founder & Partner, Actuate Partners
    Jan 16, 2014
    John Heyman oversaw Radiant Systems' growth from the emergence of a start-up company to its sale to Atlanta-based NCR Corp for $1.3 billion. Since its sale, John formed Actuate Partners, an investment firm focused on the technology sector. He also is the Chairman of MEDSEEK, Inc. a provider of technology to…
  • John Schuerholz

    President, The Atlanta Braves
    Nov 21, 2013
    John Schuerholz was named president of the Atlanta Braves in 2007, having served for 26 years as a general manager in major league baseball (including 17 with Atlanta). Under his leadership, the Braves have reached unprecedented levels of success by winning 14 consecutive division titles, five National League pennants and one World Series as…