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Impact Archive

Access all past Impact Speaker Series talks by the semester they occurred.

*Note: This page is working on being updated to include older Impact Speaker Series information. Please view our Youtube channel for more speakers. 
Spring 2021
Date Name Role Video
February 3 Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice President and Dean, Morehouse School of Medicine Link
February 17 Affordable Housing Panel PadSplit Founder, Atticus LeBlanc, and Housing Tonight Founder, Bill McGahan Link
March 3 Howard Behar Former President, Starbucks North America and Founding President, Starbucks International Link
March 17 Leah LaRue, Jay Bailey, Rachel Sprecher Panel on Meaningful Collaborations Link
March 31 Kevin Edwards Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Bechtel Link


Fall 2020
Date Name Role Video
September 2 Melanie Huet Chief Marketing Officer, Serta Simmons Bedding, LLC
September 9 Dr. Beverly Tatum Author "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria" and Former President, Spelman College Link
September 16 Archel Bernard Founder, The Bombchel Factory Link
September 23 Center for Civic Innovation Panel Sagdrina Jalal (CCI), Mamie Harper (Carrie's Closet), Akissi Stokes (Wundergrubs), Rachel Willis (Elevating Equity) Link
September 30 Georgia Justice Project Panel Senator Tonya Anderson (D), Representative Houston Gaines (R), Doug Ammar and Lisa McGahan (GJP) Link
October 14 Vivian Greentree Head Global Citizenship and President of Fiserv Cares Foundation Link
October 28 Lori George Bilingsley Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, The Coca-Cola Company N/A

 Fall 2020 Flyer

Spring 2020
Date Name Role Video
January 22 Sarah Higinbotham Founder, Common Good
January 29 Jamie Walker CEO, Elavon N/A
February 5 Larry Gluth Bobby Dodd Institute Link
February 12 Angel Cabrera President, Georgia Tech Link
February 19 Walt Ehmer CEO, Waffle House Link
February 26 Bob Crutchfield Managing Director, BridgetEdge Ventures-American Cancer Society Link
March 4 Katie Beacham Chief, Corporate Citizenship Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Link
March 11 Paul Lafata CEO, Lab 1886 - Incubator for Mercedes-Benz N/A

Spring 2020 Flyer

Fall 2019
Date Name Role Video
September 4 Millie Bradley General Auditor, Exxon Mobil Corporation (retired) Link
September 11 Fran Darmis  Author, Investor, Board Member, past SVP/CIO Link
September 18 Pete Correll Retired CEO, Georgia-Pacific and Chairman, Grady Memorial Hospital Link
September 25  Alex Gonzalez  Chief Innovation Officer, Metro Atlanta Chamber Link
October 2 Juan Perez Chief Information and Engineering Officer, UPS Link
October 16 India Hayes and Sourabh Jha  Co-founders, Mini City Link
October 23 Elaine Dinos  Founder, Kindred  Link
October 30 Bethaney Wilkinson Director of Programming, Plywood People Link
November 6 Rod McLean VP and GM for Air Mobility & Maritime Missions, Lockheed Martin Link
November 13 Meredith Moore  Founder and CEO, Moore and Associates Wealth Management Link

Fall 2019 Flyer

Spring 2019
Date Name Role Video
January 23 Bill McGahan Founder of GeorgiaWorks Link
January 30  Bill George  Former Medtronic CEO  Link
February 6 Beatriz Rodriguez Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Home Depot N/A
February 13 Matt Pfaltzgraf  Founder of Softgiving  Link
February 20 Polly Sattler Senior Sustainability and Resilience Planner at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Link
February 27 Keith Parker  President & CEO of Goodwill of North Georgia Link
March 6 Becky Blalock Former CIO of the Southern Company & Author of DARE  Link
March 13 Ryan Jones  CEO of Florence Healthcare  Link
March 27 Robby Espinosa Product Strategy Manager at Oracle N/A
April 3  John Hardman CEO & Director of WildArk Link

Spring 2019 Flyer

Fall 2018
Date Name Role Video
September 5 Kathy Walters President of Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products Group Link
September 19 Gareth Hedges President of The Redwoods Group Link
September 26 John Peak Co-founder and Managing Partner at Candid Partners Link
October 3 Lesley Grady Senior Vice President of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Link
October 10 Rick Lane CEO of Trading Technologies Link
October 17 Alex Ross VP and Chief Data Science Officer at Honeywell  N/A
October 24 Kathryn Finney Founder and Managing Director at digitalundivided  Link
October 13 Judith Winfrey President at PeachDish Link
November 7 Sarah Morrison CEO of Shepherd Center  Link

Fall 2018 Flyer

Spring 2018
Date Name Role Video
January 24  Kerry Schrader & Ashlee Ammons Co-Founders of Mixtroz Link
January 31 Jill Morrisey CEO of Camp Twin Lakes  N/A
February 7 Nadia Bilchik President of Greater Impact Communications and Editorial Producer at CNN Link
February 14 (The Valentine Edition)  Sarah Kathryn Walmsley & Kam Throckmorton Founder of One on One Matchmaking & Chief Creative Officer of Glam Kam N/A
February 21 Jenny Levison Founder at Souper Jenny Link
February 28 Frank Blake Non-Executive Chairman of Delta Airlines Board of Directors & Distinguished Executive in Residence for the Scheller College of Business  Link
March 7 Paul Langenbahn EVP of Global Software at NCR  Link
March 14 Zachary First  Executive Director at Drucker Institute  Link
March 28 Earl Lewis President at Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Link
April 4 Alex Gregory Chairman and CEO of YKK Corporation of America Link

Spring 2018 Flyer

Fall 2017
Date Name Role Video
September 20 Jay Cranman President and CEO of Hands On Atlanta Link
September 27 Adam Zimmerman VP of Marketing for the Atlanta Braves  N/A
October 4 Kevin Scott Co-founder of Addo  Link
October 11 Jimmy Love CEO of Printpack Link
October 18 Stan Chia COO of Grubhub N/A
October 25 Angela Nahikian Director of Global Sustainability at Steelcase Inc.  Link
November 1 Randy Lewis Author of No Greatness Without Goodness & Former Senior VP of Walgreens Link
November 8 Daniel Shoy Jr.  President of East Lake Foundation Link
November 15 Mary Laschinger  CEO of Veritiv Corporation  Link

Fall 2017 Flyer

Spring 2017
Date Name Role Video
January 25 Shan Cooper Chief Transformaiton Officer at WestRock N/A
February 1 Derreck Kayongo CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Link
February 8 Paedia Mixon CEO at New American Pathways Link
February 15 Jay Cranman President and CEO of Hands On Atlanta Link
February 22 Mark Rountree  Former Football Student-Athlete at Louisiana Tech Link
March 1 Chad Paris CEO of ParisLeaf  Link
March 8 Terry Maple Elizabeth S. Watts Professor Emeritus at Georgia Tech Link
March 29 Avishay Braverman Former President of Ben-Gurion University and Former Member of the Knesset Link
April 12 (Neil Asks Program) Hala Moddelmog / Larry Gellerstedt / John Brock / Steve Salbu  President and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber / President and CEO of Cousins Properties / Former CEO and Chairman of Coca-Cola / Chair of Cecil B. Day in Business Ethics  Link

Spring 2017 Flyer

Fall 2016
Date Name Role Video
August 31 David Levin President and CEO, McGraw-Hill Education Link
September 7 Sam Williams  Former CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Link
September 14 Teresa Finley Chief Marketing and Global Business Services Officer, UPS Link
September 19 Tom Falk  Chairman & CEO, Kimberly-Clark Link
September 26 Moira Vetter  Founder and CEO, Modo Modo Agency Link
October 5 Gary Smith  President and CEO, Ciena Link
October 12 Scott Light President, GP PRO and Communication Papers businesses Georgia-Pacific LLC N/A 
October 19 Steve Voskuil  Senior Vice President and CFO, Halyard Health Link
October 26 Steven Carse  Founder and CEO, King of Pops Link
November 2 Bill Nuti Chairman and CEO, NCR N/A

Fall 2016 Flyer

Spring 2016
Date Name Role Video
January 20 Lalit Dhingra President of Americas Operations, NIIT Technologies Link
January 27 Rebecca Curzon Senior Program Manager, IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Link
February 3 Jennifer Van Buskirk President, Cricket Wireless, Former Senior VP, AT&T Mobility Link
February 10 Jon Winsett  CEO, NPI Financial Link
February 17 Carlos Amesquita CIO, The Hershey Company Link
February 24 Bill McGahan Founder and Chairman, Georgia Works! Link
March 2 Randy Lewis Author, No Greatness Without Goodness Former Senior VP, Walgreens Link
March 9 Julia Davis CIO Information Technology, AFLAC Link
March 16 Dan Myers President and CEO, Alimera Sciences, Inc. Link
March 28 Michael Mussallem CEO and Chairman, Edwards Lifesciences Link

Spring 2016 Flyer

Fall 2015
Date Name Role Video
August 26 Raymond King President and CEO, Zoo Atlanta Link
September 2 Hank Halter President and CEO, Delta Community Credit Union Link
September 9 Leslie Zinn CEO, Arden's Garden Link
September 16 Katie Huie  Senior Manager New Product Innovation, Elavon Link
September 23 Monty Hamilton CEO, Rural Sourcing, Inc. Link
September 30 John Jackson Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Southwest Airlines Link
October 7 Randy Sloan Author, "Discover Your True North"
October 15 Bill George  CIO Information Technology, AFLAC Link
October 21 Jim McClelland CEO (retired) Goodwill Industries Link
October 28 Lisa Borders  Chair, Coca-Cola Foundation N/A

 Fall 2015 Flyer

Spring 2015
Date Name Role Video
January 14 Paul J. Brown CEO, Arby's Restaurant Group  N/A
January 21 Rohit Malhotra ED Civic Center for Innovation  Link
January 28 Faruq Hunter President, Genius Corps  Link
February 4 Scott Jenkins General Manager, New Atlanta Falcons Stadium Link
February 11 Katharine Kelley President, Green Street Properties Link
February 18 Ai-jen Poo Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance Link
February 25 Katie Huie  Senior Manager New Product Innovation, Elavon Link
March 4 Lara Hodgson President and CEO, NOWaccount Link
March 11 Willie Tillery Director Nuance Communications  Link
March 25 Robert Pozen Former Chair MSF Investment Management  Link

 Spring 2015 Flyer

Fall 2014
Date Name Role Video
September 3 Denise Holloman VP, Continuous Improvement and Project Management, General Mills Link
September 10 Cheryl Bachelder CEO, Popeye's Link
September 17 Charles Redding CEO, MedShare Link
September 24 Hala Moddlemog President, Metro Atlanta Chamber Link
October 1 Opher Aviran Consul General of Israel to The Southeast USA Link
October 8 John B Hayes Chairman, NOWAccount Link
October 15 Scott Coning Sr. Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing Better World Books Link
October 22 Eric Robbins Executive Director, Camp Twin Lakes Link
October 29 Allen Ecker Executive Vice President (retired), Scientific Atlanta Link
November 5 David Kobia Co-Founder, Ushahidi Link
November 12 Marc Olivie President and CEO, W.C. Bradley Co. Link

 Fall 2014 Flyer

Spring 2014
Date Name Role Video
January 22 Derek Smith  Founder and Chairman, GivingPoint and The Game of Golf Institute Link
January 29 Elisabeth Marchant Founder, Womenetics  Link
February 5 Bre DiGiammarino Education Vertical Director and Vertical Team Operations, Indiegogo Link
February 12 Lisa Morden Senior Director, Global Sustainability at Kimberly-Clark Corporation Link
February 19 David Langstaff Former President and CEO, TASC Link
February 26 Richard Harwood Founder, Harwood Institute for Public Innovation Link
March 5 David Kappos Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the US Patent and Trade Office, Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Link
March 12 Grace Fricks CEO, Ace Loans Link
March 26 Carol Godfrey  VP Marketing and Development, Southwire N/A
April 2 Jeff Beech Founder, Beech Foundation and Social Enterprise in Kenya Link

 Spring 2014 Flyer

Fall 2013
Date Name Role Video
August 26 Bill Frerking Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer, Georgia-Pacific LLC  Link
September 4 Omar Janjua President, Sonic Restaurants Link
September 11 Alexander Rossides President, Growth Philanthropy Network Link
September 18 Philip Martens CEO, Novelis Link
September 25 Sarah Caldicott CEO, Power Patterns of Innovation Link
October 2 Robert Frohwein CEO, Kabbage Link
October 9 Charles W. "Wick" Moorman Chairman, CEO and President Norfolk Southern Link
October 16 Jill Vialet Founder, Playworks Link
October 23 Darrell Glasco Social Mission Architects Link
October 30 Chad Strickland VP Aaron's Link
November 6 Bruce Byington VP, America Center for Creative Leadership Link

 Fall 2013 Flyer

Spring 2013
Date  Name Role Video
January 23 Andy Perlmutter CEO of Better World Books Link
January 23 Les McKeown President and CEO, Predictable Success Link
February 7 Walt Ehmer President of Waffle House Link
February 13 Chris Curtis CEO of Schneider Electric, North America Link
February 20 Lynn Clark CEO of MetroKitchen Link
February 27 Mary Rockette Brock Co-owner of the WMBA Atlanta Dream Basketball Team Link
March 6 John Lenczowski Founder and President of the Institute of World Politics Link
March 13 Matt McFayden Polar Adventurer, Peak Teams N/A
April 4 Connie Kirk and Susan Reed President and CEO of Tommy Nobis Works, Founder of EdgeDweller Link
April 26 Teya Ryan President and Executive Director of Georgia Public Broadcasting Link

 Spring 2013 Flyer

Fall 2012
Date Name Role Video
September 3 Gailynn Gluth Founder and CEO, Wynsum Arts Link
September 12 Jeff Spence President and COO, InnovoIt Link
September 19 E. Neville Isdell Former Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company Link
September 26 Mark Herrington Executive VP of Global Product Management and Innovation, First Data Link
October 3 Aaron Beam Co-Founder and Former CFO, HealthSouth N/A
October 8 John Bennett CEO, Welsh Social Enterprise Coalition Link
October 17 Greg Sullivan Senior Vice President of Southeast Operations, Walmart Link
October 24 Vivian Hunt Director, McKinsey & Company N/A
October 31 Mitch Free Founder and CEO, MFG.COM Link
November 7 Alex Gregory Chairman and President, YKK Corporation of America Link
November 14 Robin Blenfalt CIO, Blackberry N/A

 Fall 2012 Flyer

Spring 2012 
Date  Name Role Video
January 25 Tom Tierney Chairman and Co-founder, The Bridgespan Group, Co-author, Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results Link
February 1 Veronica Biggins Managing Director, Diversified Search LLC, Board Member, Southwest Airlines Link
February 8 Steven Labovitz Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP former Chief of Staff, City of Atlanta Link
February 15 Randy Olson Author, Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style Link
February 20 Joy Howard VP of Marketing, North America, Converse N/A
February 29 Daryl Dulaney President and CEO, Siemens Industry Link
March 7 Michael Schrage Research Fellow MIT, Sloan School and Security Studies Program Link
March 14 Raymond Baker Director, Global Financial Integrity, Author, Capitalism’s Achilles Heel Link
March 28 John Hayes Chairman, NOWaccount Link
April 4 Blake Canterbury Founder and CEO, beremedy N/A
April 11 Meridith Rentz CEO and President, MedShare N/A

 Spring 2012 Flyer

Fall 2011
Date Name Role Video
September 7 Diana Rivenburgh CEO and President, Strategic Imperatives, Inc. Link
September 14 Georgia Israel President, Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, Inc. Link
September 21 Donna Hyland President and CEO, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Link
September 26 Keith Bergelt Open Invention Network N/A
October 3 Kevin Trapani President and CEO, The Redwoods Group Link
October 8 Brett Schklar The Market Creation Group N/A
October 19 Dennis Lockhart President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Link
October 26 Bill Rogers President and CEO, Suntrust Banks, Inc. Link
November 2 J. Paul Raines CEO, Gamestop Link
November 9 Andrew Wolk Founder and CEO, Root Cause Link
November 16 Carl Nordgren Founder, Link

 Fall 2011 Flyer

Spring 2011 
Date  Name Role Video
January 26 David Jernigan Executive Director, KIPP Metro Atlanta Link
February 2 Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr. President and CEO, INPO Link
February 9 Brian Cayce Principal, Gray Ghost Ventures Link
February 16 Frank Blake Chairman and CEO, The Home Depot Link
February 23 Joanne Bauer President and CEO, The Redwoods Group Link
March 2 Tom Linton CEO, Linton Advisors Link
March 9 Bill Bolling Founder and Executive Director, Atlanta Community Food Bank Link
March 30 Stephen Hill Author, "Europe's Promise" Link
April 4 Joseph Nye Distinguished Service professor, Harvard University Link
April 11 Let's Talk Business Live! Hosted by Mitch Schlimer Link

 Spring 2011 Flyer

Fall 2010
Date  Name  Role Video
August 26 Muhammad Yunus Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Link
September 1 Donna Callejon Chief Business Officer, GlobalGiving Link
September 8 Joe Bankoff President and CEO, The Woodruff Arts Center Link
September 15 Penelope McPhee President, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Link
September 22 Bill Nuti Chairman and CEO, NCR Corporation Link
September 29 Kathleen Kurre CEO, TechBridge Link
October 6 Mike Duke President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Link
October 13 Michael A. Young CEO, Grady Health Systems Link
October 13 Patrick F. Loughlin Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety, and Quality Link
November 3 Kevin Heineman Vice President of Engineering & CTO, Damballa Inc. Link
November 10 Daryle Higginbotham President, Marietta Nondestructive Testing, Inc. Link

 Fall 2010 Flyer

Spring 2010
Date  Name  Role Video
January 10  Captain Alan W. Price  Founder, Falcon Leadership, LLC.  Link
January 22 Rosabeth Moss Kanter  Professor, Harvard Business School N/A
January 27 Lew Moorman President, Cloud Business Rackspace N/A
February 3 Derreck Kayongo  Founder and Chairman, Global Soap Project  N/A
February 10  Kent M. Keith CEO, Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership  N/A
February 17  Dan Reardon President and CEO, North Highland Company  Link
February 24 Mary Mazzio Founder and CEO, 50 Eggs, LLC. N/A
March 3 Madelyn Adams  Executive Director, East Lake Foundation  N/A
March 10 Students who IMPACT Ideas 2 Serve Finals  N/A
March 15  Ray C. Anderson Founder and Chairman, Interface  N/A
March 31 Greg Papadoulos Chief Technology Officer, Sun Microsystems  N/A
April 5 Claudia Fan Munce  Managing Director, IBM Venture Capital Group  N/A

 Spring 2010 Flyer