- Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Steve Voorhees serves as CEO of WestRock, one of the world's largest packaging companies with 39,500 employees in 30 countries. Previously, he was CEO of RockTenn. He has served in several executive leadership roles, including president, chief operating officer, chief financial officer and executive vice president. Before joining RockTenn, he served…
- Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Troy Woods serves as the chairman of the board and CEO of TSYS. He has been the champion of the company's goal to be the leading global payments solutions provider, and its commitment to improve lives and businesses around the world. Under his leadership, TSYS has become the No. 1 third-party…
- Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Mary Laschinger serves as chairman of the board and CEO of Veritiv Corporation, a leading North American distribution solutions company. She is Georgia's first Fortune 500 female CEO. Previously, she served as senior vice president of International Paper Company, and as president of the xpedx distribution business. She was also president…
- Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Alex Taylor serves as executive vice president for Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company. He oversees the company's long-term investment and growth strategies, and sits on Cox Enterprises' board of directors. Taylor previously served as senior vice president of field operations for Cox Communications, the…
- Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Bonneau Ansley III (BBA '99), a fifth-generation Atlantan, serves as the president and broker with Ansley Atlanta Real Estate and managing partner of Ansley Hewett Custom Homes. Ansley has long been a leader in luxury real estate sales and construction in Atlanta. He has developed, built and sold more than $1…
- Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Will Harris runs White Oak Pastures, the Georgia farm his family has operated since 1866 (five generations). Under his leadership, the farm has returned to an environmentally sustainable and high animal welfare farming system.
After receiving an animal science degree from UGA, Harris returned home and began to implement a number of sustainable farming practices. Today his cattle, sheep, hogs, goats and poultry are rotated through White Oak Pastures in the Serengeti Plains rotational grazing model. The farm now utilizes solar panels and its beef, goat and lamb are grass-fed. White Oaks also holds the distinction of being the only farm in the U.S. to have both a red meat plant and poultry processing that have been approved by the USDA.
- Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Warren Shiver is the founder and managing partner of Symmetrics Group, which is dedicated to driving sustainable revenue improvements by transforming sales organizations. With more than 20 years of sales, management, and consulting experience working for firms such as Accenture, OnTarget and North Highland, Warren has helped establish Symmetrics Group as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies. He holds an MBA from Duke and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech.
Michael Perla is a principal with Symmetrics Group, where he helps to lead, scope and execute sales transformation efforts. He brings to the table more than 20 years of sales effectiveness consulting and strategic marketing experience, having worked for such firms as CA Technologies, Siebel Systems, Sales Performance International and North Highland. Perla holds two graduate degrees in psychology from UGA and an MBA from Georgia State.
- Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7:00am – 9:00am
David Cummings is a lifelong entrepreneur. In 2007, he co-founded Pardot, which was recognized by Inc. magazine as the 172nd fastest growing company in 2012, and shortly thereafter was acquired by ExactTarget and then Salesforce.com. He was subsequently named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the deal category. Most recently, he founded Atlanta Tech Village, which at 103,000 square feet, is the largest technology entrepreneur center in the Southeast.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle named Cummings one of the 100 most influential Atlantans, and Atlanta Magazine named him one of the 55 Most Powerful Atlantans. He is a member the Atlanta Rotary, and serves on the boards of the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Buckhead Coalition. A native of Tallahassee, FL, he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University and holds an honorary doctorate from Mercer.
- Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Charles Stokes joined the CDC Foundation as executive director when it began operating in 1995. Under his leadership, the foundation has grown from a two-person team to a staff of more than 100 professionals managing approximately 250 public health programs. Prior to joining the CDC Foundation, he worked for 22 years with the Missouri Department of Health.
- Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Tony Maddox is executive vice president and managing director of CNN International, which reaches more than 286 million households and hotel rooms worldwide. Based at CNN’s Atlanta headquarters, he is responsible for an international news and information portfolio that includes five CNN services in English; CNN en Español; the joint ventures CNN-IBN, CNN Turk, CNN Chile and forthcoming CNN Philippines and CNN Indonesia, as well as international newsgathering, editorial and programming oversight.
- Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Ben Ayers is Dean of the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business and holds the Earl Davis Chair in Taxation. He came to UGA in 1996 and previously served as director of the college's highly regarded Tull School of Accounting for nine years prior to his appointment as Dean in 2014. Under his leadership, the college recently closed a successful Building Terry campaign, raising $121 million to support faculty, programs and facilities.
Dean Ayers has received eleven teaching awards at the school, college, and university levels. He was recently recognized as being in the top 5% of the most productive accounting researchers over the past fifty years. He has been actively involved in the American Taxation Association and American Accounting Association and has received national research awards from both.
Dean Ayers earned his bachelor's degree in accounting and Masters in Taxation from the University of Alabama, and his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., he worked for KPMG in Atlanta and Tampa and Complete Health, Inc. in Birmingham.
- Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Ed Heys (BBA '83) is the Atlanta Managing Partner of Deloitte LLP. Deloitte works with a wide variety of Fortune 500 clients. Heys manages a 2,300-employee operation that spans audit, tax, consulting and advisory services across a range of industries, including consumer and industrial products, financial services, healthcare and technology.
- Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Saxby Chambliss served in the U.S. Senate for two terms and in the U.S. House of Representatives for four terms. Georgia Trend magazine, which regularly named him one of its Most Influential Georgians, called him "a highly visible and well-respected presence in Washington," and noted that he earned "a reputation as an affable but straight-talking lawmaker." Chambliss was first elected to Congress to represent Georgia's 8th District in 1994. Throughout his legislative career, he has been recognized numerous times by the public and private sectors for his work on agriculture, defense, budget and national security issues. During his tenure in the Senate, he served as a member of the Armed Services Committee; the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; the Rules Committee; and his leadership and experience on homeland security and intelligence matters earned him an appointment to the Senate Committee on Intelligence, where he served as vice chairman from 2011 to 2014.
- Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Kevin Riley is the Editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a position he has held since January 2011. Riley is a long-time employee of Cox Enterprises, which owns the Journal-Constitution. He started his career in 1983 at the Dayton Daily News in Ohio while a student at the University of Dayton. During…
- Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:00am – 9:00am
Topic: "The Difference: Lessons from Unexpected Places"
Kat Cole serves as Group President at FOCUS Brands, having previously been president of Cinnabon Inc. for four years.
In her role, she oversees the more than 4,000 ice cream shops, bakeries, restaurants and cafés in the United States and 60 countries that FOCUS runs under the Moe’s, Shlotzsky’s, Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, McAllister’s Deli, Seattle’s Best Coffee and Cinnabon brands.
In addition, Cole is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and is starting a foundation to fund creative, sustainable approaches to education and self-sufficiency. She holds the distinction of being of only two foodservice company leaders listed on CNBC’s Next 25 List Innovators, Leaders and Disruptors for 2014, which is dominated by tech start-ups and a few financial groups and Fortune 50 companies. She is also co-founder of Changers of Commerce, a leading social movements agency.