Speaker Date Topic
Larry D. Thompson, Counsel, Finch McCranie LLP May 01, 2018 12:00 PM
Law Day: Seeking Justice, Not Victims; Measuring the Success of a Special Counsel Investigation
Law Day: Seeking Justice, Not Victims; Measuring the Success of a Special Counsel Investigation

Larry D. Thompson serves as Counsel to the Atlanta law firm of Finch McCranie, LLP.  He retired in 2014 as EVP, Government Affairs, General Counsel and Corp Secretary for PepsiCo, Inc., a position he assumed in July 2012.  He was responsible for the company's worldwide legal function, its government affairs and public policy organizations, oversaw the global compliance function and served as Pres of PepsiCo Foundation.


Thompson previously served as PepsiCo’s Sr VP of Government Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary from 2004 to 2011. He served as a Senior Fellow with The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and his government career includes serving in the U.S. Department of Justice as the former U.S. Deputy Attorney General under George W. Bush (2001-2003). In 2002, Attorney General John Ashcroft named Thompson to lead the National Security Coordination Council. Also in 2002, President Bush named him to head the Corporate Fraud Task Force. He led the Justice Department’s Enron investigation.


Previously, Thompson was a partner in the Atlanta, Georgia law firm of King & Spalding. He also served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. In that role, he directed the Southern Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and served on the Attorney General’s Economic Crime Council. In July 1995, he was appointed Independent Counsel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development Investigation by the Special Panel of U.S. Circuit Court Judges appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court. In April 2000, he was selected by Congress to chair the Judicial Review Commission on Foreign Asset Control.  

Thompson serves on numerous boards and committees including The Southern Company, the Compensation Committee of the Graham Holdings Company (formerly The Washington Post Company), the George W. Bush Foundation Board, the UGA Foundation and chair of the Ethics Research Center. He also is an elected Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He has received several awards and honors such as the recipient of the Edmund Jennings Randolph Award for outstanding contributions to the accomplishment of the Department of Justice’s mission, Outstanding Litigator Award by the Federal Bar Association, and in 2017, he was honored with the first-ever William T. Coleman, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award by the African-American Managing Partners Network. He was elected as a Trustee to the University of Georgia Foundation in June 2016.  Thompson was recently appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice as the Independent Corporate Compliance Monitor and Auditor for Volkswagen AG.

He holds a BA degree from Culver-Stockton College, a Master’s  from Michigan State University, a Law degree from the University of Michigan and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Pace University in New York.

INTRODUCTION:  Marbury Rainer


George Dusenberry, Director, Trust for Public Land May 08, 2018 12:00 PM
Public Space Entrepreneurs - MLK National Historic Site, The Chattahoochee & the Atlanta BeltLine
Ryan Gravel, Urban Planner and Author, Sixpitch May 15, 2018 12:00 PM
Where We Want to Live
Where We Want to Live

Best known for his master’s thesis and early work that launched the Atlanta Beltline, Ryan Gravel is an urban planner, designer, and author working on infrastructure, concept development, and policy as the founder of Sixpitch. He recently completed the Atlanta City Design – a strategy to design the inevitable change that is coming to the city so that Atlanta grows into a better version of itself. Building on this and other projects at Sixpitch, as well as his book, Where We Want to Live, (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), Ryan continues his investigation of the cultural side of infrastructure, describing how its intimate relationship with our way of life can illuminate a brighter path forward for cities.

INVOCATION: Susan Anderson
KI and GA District Officials May 22, 2018 12:00 PM
Kiwanis Club of Atlanta - A Centennial Celebration
Kiwanis Club of Atlanta - A Centennial Celebration
The Kiwanis Club of Atlanta will celebrate the 100th anniversary of receiving it's charter!
The club was officially chartered on May 27, 1918, but the founding members began months earlier organizing the club and recruiting members.  The club welcomes several KI and GA District dignitaries to our club to help us celebrate, including Bill Lieber, KI President, 1992-93 and current GA District Governor Juanita Edwards.
More special guests and activities will take place!
INVOCATION:  David Moore
Dr. J. Lamar Veatch, Jr., GA WWI Commission May 29, 2018 12:00 PM
Memorial Day Celebration: “Georgia’s Role in the First World War"

Dr. Lamar Veatch has a background in library administration, serving as Acting Director for the Jefferson County Library in Louisville, GA, then moved on the be the Director of the Ohoopee Regional Library in Vidalia, the High Plains Regional Library System in Greeley, CO, the Irving Public Library System in Irving, TX, and the Alabama Public Library Service in Montgomery, AL. He retired as the State Librarian at the GA Public Library Service in Atlanta.  He has also served the GA State Archives in Communications and Outreach in Morrow, GA and the Heritage Associate at the GA World War 1 Centennial Commission in Atlanta.


Veatch graduated from Young Harris College and UGA, received his Masters from Emory and his PH.D from Florida State.  Born in Atlanta, he and  his wife Carol have two children and four grandchildren.





Doug Shipman Pres & CEO Jun 05, 2018 12:00 PM
Woodruff Arts Center
Woodruff Arts Center

Doug Shipman is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Woodruff Arts Center, home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art.  He became the Arts Center CEO in July 2017, after serving as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of BrightHouse, a stand-alone business unit of the Boston Consulting Group since 2015.  BrightHouse is a purpose-driven consulting firm that helps its clients define their true purpose to accelerate their transformation and value creation.


Prior to that role, Shipman was the founding Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta from 2007 through 2015.   Starting from the ground up, he developed the Center’s business strategy, its fundraising strategy and its public engagement plan that led the $100 million museum to become a reality.  From 2001 until 2007, Shipman was a principal with the Boston Consulting Group at its offices in New York, Atlanta and Mumbai.  He led project teams on several continents in a variety of industries and functional areas, including financial services, travel and tourism, medical devices, airlines and consumer foods. 


Shipman, an Arkansas native, is a magna cum laude graduate of Emory University, with B.A. degrees in Economics and Political Science.  He received a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, both in 2001.


Shipman is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Carter Center and a member of the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Midtown Alliance, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.  He is active with the Harvard Alumni Association and the Emory Alumni Association where he is a past President.  He was named one of the 100 Most Influential Atlantans by the Atlanta Business Chronicle from 2011 – 2013.




Peter Rooney, President Jun 12, 2018 12:00 PM
Atlanta Youth Academy
INTRODUCTION: Rodgers Lunsford


Edward J "Jack" Hardin, Partner, Rogers & Hardin Jun 19, 2018 12:00 PM
Update on Homelessness in Atlanta