Ellen Macht, Executive Director, Clean Air Campaign speaks at Terry Third Thursday

“Productivity, Money, Smog: The Real Cost of Congestion”

Because of her skill in managing the employer service program and the leadership exhibited throughout all facets of The Clean Air Campaign in her first year with the organization, Ellen Macht was appointed Executive Director in August 2003.

With 20-plus years of corporate experience, Ellen brings a powerful skill set to The Clean Air Campaign. In less than a year she spearheaded a superb era of growth in employer Partners that now includes more than 700 of metro Atlanta's largest employers. She manages The Clean Air Campaign's relationships with the region's transportation management associations (TMAs) and was instrumental in implementing incentive programs that have been successful in generating greater participation in commute options programs among businesses and individuals across metro Atlanta.

Ellen's background is in banking and corporate finance. She was a managing director and shareholder in Pilot Partners, LLC, a consulting partnership that worked with businesses to raise capital, revamp business models and advance product development. She also served in senior management capacities for Arthur Andersen's Global Corporate Finance Group; NationsBanc Montgomery Securities in both Atlanta and Dallas, and Manufacturer's Hanover Trust Company in New York.

In addition to her professional experience, Ellen is active in the community, currently serving on the board of GOAL (Girls Outdoor Adventure for Leadership). GOAL is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting self-esteem, self-awareness and a respect for individual differences in girls and young women that result in an enhanced capacity for leadership. As board chair she has worked to restructure and expand the organization through the establishment of a new budget and development of a strategic plan.

Ellen holds a BBA in Finance from Emory University and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Panelists

Leigh Ann Launius
Foundations and Operations Manager, Cox Enterprises, Inc.

Leigh Ann Launius is foundations and operations manager for Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation's leading media companies and providers of automotive services. She is responsible for managing the company foundations and corporate giving program, as well as assisting with the administration and investment analysis for company partnerships and non-operating businesses.

She began her career at Cox in 1984 and over the years has been responsible for purchasing the newsprint for the Cox newspapers across the nation and working with materials management to standardize company purchasing practices. She was promoted to her current position in 2001.

Active in the community, Launius currently serves on the board of directors for the Perimeter Transportation Coalition and is the board chair of the Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. She is also a member of the Southeast Council of Foundations, the Atlanta Corporate Donors Group and the Metro Atlanta Community Volunteer Council, as well as a member of the selection committee for Habitat for Humanity of North Central Georgia.

A 1998 magna cum laude graduate of Georgia State University, Launius holds a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Grace Perry
Human Resources Director, Lathem Time Corporation

Grace Perry is the Human Resources Director at Lathem Time Corporation and has established herself as a strategic partner pursuant with the goals of her organization. She consistently reaches out to the business community by keeping the organization involved with such programs as the March of Dimes, Habitat for Humanity, Hosea Feed the Hungry, The Boys Scouts mentoring program, American Red Cross and The Clean Air Campaign.

Grace has over 20 years experience in the profession of Human Resources. She has worked in all disciplines of HR, such as training and development, benefits, compensation, recruiting, and employee relations. Her varied experience includes working for companies in retail, not-for-profit, manufacturing, private, public, health care, etc. Perry has a Masters of Science Degree in Administration in Human Services. She is also a member of the National Society of Human Resources Management.

Lisa Tobias
Director of Corporate Responsibility, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Lisa Tobias is director of corporate responsibility for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. In this capacity, Tobias serves as the company's community liaison, overseeing the development and implementation of all community relations and employee volunteer projects. She also oversees the review, selection and funding of community non-profit organizations through TBS, Inc.'s corporate charitable donations program. She is based in Atlanta.

Tobias joined TBS, Inc. in 1994 as licensing assistant for Turner Publishing. In 1997, she joined TBS Superstation as publicist for original programming, including National Geographic's Wild!life Adventure series and Turner Original Productions' documentary series. In 1999, she joined TBS Corporate Affairs as senior publicist, handling all publicity strategy for Turner Properties' assets, including CNN Center, the Omni Hotel, CNN Studio Tour and the Turner Store.

Tobias earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism at the University of Georgia. She serves on the board of directors of the Clean Air Campaign and is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming to the basic cable industry.

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