Recent Past Speakers

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2024 Luncheon Guest Speakers

Melanie Stevens, WayMaker

Colonel Dion Flynn, Commander of the 94th Mission Support Group, Dobbins Air Reserve Baase

Jhazzmyn Joiner, QuotedbyJhane Poetry

Chris McCain, ED Atlanta Pride

Lawrence Henderson, Chief Learning Officer – Business Operational Support Services, LLC

Stephanie Nelson

Amanda Dyson, Thornton GaCVB

2023 Luncheon Guest Speakers

Heather Herrig, Every Last Detail

Keith Izydore, Parc Communities

Jacquel Tucker, My Purpose on Fire

Kent Walker, Walker Estate Planning

Elise Roth Tedeschi, Advocate

Heather Hemmens, Realtor, Director, Executive Producer

2022 Luncheon Guest Speakers

Megan VandeBogert, Hope thru Soap

Sharon Gay, Responsibility of Women in Leadership

Lauren Radman, Project Manager, Midtown Alliance

Jhazzmyn Joiner, Alzheimer’s Association

John Driskell Hopkins, Zac Brown Band and Hop on a Cure Foundation

Charles Mayfield, Mayfield Pastures

Mark Ferguson, President of PAALM Executive Business Coaching

2021 Luncheon Guest Speakers

Patrick Labat, Fulton County Sheriff

Kim Sumlin, Intuitive Clarity Coach

Kerry Kohnen, Former President of Kaiser Permanente, Georgia

Angelika Kausche, Georgia State Rep, District 50

Cynthia Coles, Pets for Vets

Charles Mayfield, Mayfield Pastures

Mark Ferguson, President of PAALM Executive Business Coaching

2020 Luncheon Guest Speakers

Kent Alexander, Co-Author of The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media,
and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle

Reverend Natosha Reid-Rice, Ebenezer Baptist Church

Ann Cramer, Coxe-Curry & Associates

Nanette K. Wenger, Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)
Emory University School of Medicine

Reverend Dr. Joanna Adams, Morningside Presbyterian Church

Martha Farmer, Founding/Executive Director
Leadership America

2019 Luncheon Guest Speakers

John Portman, Portman Holdings

Susan Norris. Rescuing Hope

Lee Thomas, GA Film Commission

Wilma Sothern and George Chidi, Central Atlanta Progress

Amber Berry, Westside Yoga

Steve Gibson, Mimosa Hall and Gardens

Laura Comacho, Communications Coach

Terri Lonowski, Soulful Listening

Wendy Babchin

2018 Luncheon Guest Speakers

AJ Robinson, President. Central Atlanta Progress

Keith Mask, Vice President, Environmental Sustainability
COX Enterprises, Inc.

John Ahmann, West Side Future Fund

Ed Munster, President & CEO, YMCA of Metro Atlanta

Brad Smith, Independent Film Location Agent

Dr. Teresa Hargrett, Principal, Floyd Middle School

Susanna Greer, PH.D, Director of Clinical Research and Immunology
American Cancer Society

Dr. Beverly Tatum, Former President, Spelman College

Kevin Green, President & CEO, Midtown Alliance

Georgia First Lady, Sandra Deal

2017 Luncheon Guest Speakers

Dr. Tim Mullican, DVM, Chief Zoological Officer, Georgia Aquarium
“Bringing the Ocean to Atlanta – 10 Years After”

Keith Bailey, Interpretive Ranger, Etowah Indian Mounds
“Mississippian Culture in Georgia”

Larry Gellerstedt, Chairman & CEO, Cousins Properties

Mrs. Barbara Dooley, Author and Georgia Personality

Bert Burns, Gold Medalist, Paralympian and Entreprenuer

Ryland McClendon, Assistant General Manager, MARTA

Jennifer Grant Warner, President and CEO, Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Paedia Mixon, CEO, New American Pathways

2016 Luncheon Guest Speakers

Dr. Corey Keyes, Professor of Sociology at Emory University
“Mental Illness and Mental Wellness – Learn How You Can Flourish”

Carmen Westbrook, Image Consultant, “Pull Yourself Together!”

Wendy Watkins, PPC, Wendy Watkins LLC – Coaching & Training
“Jump In!” – Learning how to use the Pace Cetters’ Theme to Live a Delicious Life

Linda Harris, “Hat, Humor & Home – The Story of Joel Chandler Harris and
The Wren’s Nest House Museum”

Derreck Kayongo, CEO, Center for Civil and Human Rights

Nathan Nowak, “Women, Fitness & Nutrition”

Gayle Skelton, President of Les Dames d’Escoffier

Kirkland A. McGhee, VP and Regional Counsel, Kaiser Permanente Georgia

June Cline, CSP, A Southern, Sassy and Savvy Harley Riding Humorist

2015 Luncheon Guest Speakers

William T. Baker, “Designing Great American Homes”

Jared S. Faellaci, Deloitte, Director Business Development

Commissioner Tim Echols, District 2, Georgia Public Service Commission

Craig Dominey. Georgia Dept of Economic Development, GA Film Industry

Kay Stevenson, Trees Atlanta

Debby Stone, “The Art of Shameless Self-Promotion: Tell Your Story; Transform Your Career”

Doug Barron, Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance

Donald Hackett, Certified Sommelier, Sherlock’s Wine Merchant

Parisa Khosravi, Former SVP of Global Relations for CNN Worldwide

2014 Luncheon Guest Speakers

Lisa Schiffer, HA&W Wealth Management, Financial Sanity Seminar

Wendy Watkins, Recipes for Success and Happiness

Carmie McDonald, Fox Theatre Institute

Doug Shipman, CEO, National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Nicole Guerrero, Department Manager, Personal Stylist Team at Nordstrom

Ciannat M. Howett, Director of Sustainability Initiatives, Emory University

Katharine Pike, Lighter Body Solutions

Susan Casella, Coordinator, Northside Hospital Breast Care Program

Kevin Green, President & CEO, Midtown Alliance


Annual dues are $100.00 payable by January 15 each year. Dues for members joining during the year are prorated. Dues can be paid personally or by company sponsorship. The Monthly Member Luncheons are $35.00 per lunch and can be paid in full for the year (11 months*) or one at a time. *December's luncheon is typically at a higher price and is always paid separately.