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Dean's DE&I Speaker Series: Shan Cooper, Atlanta Committee for Progress

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Thursday, September 9





Join Dean Maryam Alavi as she hosts a conversation with Shan Cooper, Executive Director for the Atlanta Committee for Progress. Dean Alavi and Ms. Cooper will discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion and the role of the Atlanta Committee for Progress in our local community and beyond. Ms. Cooper will lead off the discussion with a talk titled, "Creating a Community Where We All Excel."

Shan Cooper is the Executive Director for the Atlanta Committee for Progress. The ACP was founded in 2003 and their mission is to provide leadership on key issues important to economic growth and inclusion for all citizens in the City of Atlanta. The committee includes more than 40 highly engaged chief executive officers, university presidents, and civic leaders who offer expertise in service to Atlanta and its future development.

Shan is the former chief transformation officer of WestRock and was responsible for the Recycling and Waste Services Division, Procurement, Enterprise Logistics, and Information Technology. 

Prior to joining WestRock, Shan served as Vice President and General Manager of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. As General Manager, she was responsible for the 6,000 employee operations in Marietta, Georgia; Meridian, Mississippi.; and Clarksburg, West Virginia., which designs, produces, modifies and maintains military aircraft for the U.S. and countries around the world. Marietta programs included the C-130J Super Hercules, F-22 Raptor, P-3 Orion, C-5M Super Galaxy and F-35 Lightning II.

Shan was named Georgia Trend Magazine’s 2015 Most Respected Business Leader; the 2015 Women of the Year by American Association of University Women; and as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Most Influential Georgians in 2012 – 2016, 2020, and 2021. She was also named one of Black Enterprise Magazine’s Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America in 2017.