Speaker Date Topic
John Brock, Retired CEO, Coca-Cola European Feb 27, 2018 12:00 PM
Horizons Atlanta
Horizons Atlanta

John Brock retired as Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola European Partners, the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler by net sales, at the end of 2016.  He joined Procter & Gamble after college and in 1983 was recruited by Cadbury Schweppes to head technical and operational functions in North America. In 1988, he was promoted to the head of marketing for global beverages at Cadbury Schweppes.

In 1990, he was named president of Cadbury Schweppes’ international beverage division. Two years later, he was named president of Cadbury’s European Beverages business, and soon thereafter became president of North America. While in this position, Brock and his team organized the acquisition of Dr Pepper/Seven Up.  In March of 2000, he was named Chief Operating Officer of Cadbury Schweppes and chairman of Dr Pepper/Seven Up Bottling Group’s Board of Directors. Later that year, he was named Beverage Industry’s Executive of the Year.

In 2003, Brock was named CEO of Interbrew, headquartered in Brussels (Belgium). In 2004, John and his team orchestrated the combination of Interbrew with AmBev of Brasil to form InBev, the largest brewer in the world by volume, and John was named CEO. Global brands of InBev include Stella Artois, Becks and Brahma.

In April 2006, Brock joined Coca-Cola Enterprises as CEO, and in April 2008 was named Chairman of the company. Under his leadership, Coca-Cola Enterprises sold its North American operations to The Coca-Cola Company and acquired bottling operations in Norway and Sweden in October 2010, forming the world’s third-largest independent Coca-Cola bottler.  In 2016, he and his team led the company into a merger with two other Coca-Cola bottlers, Coca‑Cola Iberian Partners and Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke, to form Coca-Cola European Partners.  

Brock is co-owner and Senior Strategic Advisor of Team Envy, a leading eSports team headquartered in Dallas, TX.  He currently serves on the board of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and previously served as a Director of Dow Jones & Company, The Campbell Soup Company and Reed Elsevier, Plc in London. John also serves on the Executive Board of MidOcean Partners in New York.  As a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus from Georgia Tech, John has served on the President’s Advisory Board and is chair of the Georgia Tech Foundation.  John is chair of the Board of Directors of Horizons Atlanta, on the Board of Visitors for Owen Business School at Vanderbilt University, serves as Director of the Buckhead Coalition, and previously served as Chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Brock was born in Moss Point, Mississippi, and earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech. ​  He and his wife Mary have three children and seven grandchildren.

Amb Charles Shapiro, Pres, World Affairs Council Mar 06, 2018 12:00 PM
"Renegotiating NAFTA – The most important development you’re not paying attention to"
"Renegotiating NAFTA – The most important development you’re not paying attention to"

Charles Shapiro is president of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and a senior lecturer at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. From 2011-2013 Shapiro was the president of the Institute of the Americas, a think tank at the University of California San Diego. Previously, he held numerous senior positions at the U.S. Department of State, including Ambassador to Venezuela, principal deputy assistant secretary for the Western Hemisphere, and Coordinator for Cuban Affairs.

At the World Affairs Council, he has organized and led five trips to Cuba, including with former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Shapiro’s op-eds have been published most recently the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Latin America Advisor, the Huffington Post, the Miami Herald, the San Diego Union Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.

Shapiro earned a B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.Ed. from Georgia State University.  He serves on the Board of Trustees of Agnes Scott College.  

INTRODUCTION:  Jill  Thornton
INVOCATION:  Karen Carlisle
Alan Harrison, CEO, ToolBank USA Mar 13, 2018 12:00 PM
ToolBank USA: Tools for Building Better Communities
ToolBank USA: Tools for Building Better Communities

Helping 2017 Hurricane Survivors, and our Ongoing Mission

Alan Harrison is a nonprofit executive with over 25 years of for-profit and nonprofit experience in a diverse set of roles.  Born in Pennsylvania, Harrison holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Geneva College and an M.S. degree in Biology (specializing in Ecology) from Lehigh University.
He started his career in the for-profit water treatment industry specializing in industrial water disinfection.  In this role he led various groups and traveled to over 25 countries doing technical training and technical sales support.  His last role before switching to the non-profit world was with BioLab, (at the time a wholly owned subsidiary of Great Lakes Chemical Corporation), as Director of Technology for a water treatment business specializing in process and drinking water with an annual revenue of approximately $75M.
In 2003 Harrison left the for-profit world and joined The Nature Conservancy as the Director of Operations for the GA Chapter.  There he oversaw finance, HR, IT, facilities and general business operations. 
Alan Harrison joined the CDC Foundation in January 2009 as the Vice President for Administration.  In this role, he was responsible for the implementation and administration of organizational policies and procedures during a period of rapid growth. He oversaw strategic planning for the CDC Foundation and monitored progress toward attainment of long and short-term strategic objectives.  He had overall responsibility for HR, IT, Risk Management, Facilities Management and annual budgeting.  Harrison also assisted the president with board development, staffed select board committees and managed day-to-day operations of the organization in the president’s absence.
In December of 2016 Harrison accepted the position as CEO of ToolBank USA. ToolBank USA is the parent organization of the ToolBank network and is charged with supporting existing ToolBanks and growing new ones. Local ToolBanks lend high quality tools for a small handling fee to local volunteer organizations working to improve their communities. In 2017 ToolBank is on target to equip over 300,000 volunteers and support over 1.2 million volunteer hours nationwide. Currently there are ToolBanks in Atlanta, Charlotte, Baltimore, Richmond, Cincinnati, Houston, Phoenix, Portland, Chicago, and a mobile unit, ToolBank Disaster Services.
Harrison currently resides in Douglasville, GA just outside of Atlanta.  He and his wife Jennifer have been married for 30 years.  He has two children. Anna is a 5th year studying electrical engineering at The Georgia Institute of Technology, and Ethan is a freshman also at Georgia Tech studying Mechanical Engineering.
Kevin Riley, Editor, Atlanta Journal Constitution Mar 20, 2018 12:00 PM
Local News: What's Really Going On
Local News: What's Really Going On

Kevin Riley is the Editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a position he was named to in January 2011.


Kevin is a long-time employee of Cox Enterprises, which owns the Journal-Constitution. He started his career in 1983 at the Dayton Daily News in Ohio while a student at the University of Dayton. He also writes a column in Sunday editions of the Journal-Constitution.


During his time in Atlanta, he has led a rejuvenation of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution with an emphasis on investigative and watchdog journalism. The newspaper was named a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting in 2017. The AJC won the Scripps Howard Foundation Award for Investigative Reporting in 2017, the 2012 Hillman Prize for Newspaper Journalism, and was a finalist for the 2013 and 2017 Goldsmith Investigative Reporting Prize, awarded by Harvard University. It also won the 2017 Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Award.


Kevin has emphasized the AJC’s “digital audience-first” approach to coverage, including hyper-local content focused on communities, and he has maintained the largest reporting staff covering Georgia’s governor, legislature and state government. He was named one of “Atlanta’s 55 Most Powerful” people by Atlanta Magazine.


He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and is married to Tracy, his wife of 31 years. They have three children.


Rev. Tony Sundermeier & Rabbi Loren Lapidus Mar 27, 2018 12:00 PM
Easter - Passover Program
Rabbi Loren Filson Lapidus joined the clergy team at The Temple in July 2008 and currently serves as an Associate Rabbi. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 2008 where she also received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters. Additionally, she completed a Master of Education in Administration through a joint program with Xavier University in 2007. While at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Lapidus served congregations in Arkansas, Texas, South Dakota, Alaska, and Michigan.

Rabbi Lapidus serves on the boards of several organizations: MACoM: Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah, Atlanta Rabbinical Association, Anti-Defamation League-Southeast Region, American Jewish Committee-Atlanta, Jewish Women's Fund of Atlanta, and Women's Rabbinic Network.


She was raised in Pittsburgh and after completing her undergraduate studies in science from Pennsylvania State University, she decided to pursue a career in the rabbinate. Here at The Temple, Rabbi Lapidus brings her experiences as the child of an interfaith family and the parent of young children to her work in providing opportunities for people of all backgrounds to feel more welcome and become involved in the congregation. She is married to Rabbi Micah Lapidus, who is the Director of Judaic and Hebrew Studies at The Alfred and Adele Davis Academy. They have two children, Hadara and Caleb.


Rev. Tony Sundermeier has served as the Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian since August of 2014. In his role, Tony’s ministry focuses on three specific areas: he serves as the lead preacher for Sunday worship, he moderates the Session, and he leads and equips the senior level staff of the church.


Before coming to First Pres Atlanta, he was the senior pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Eastern University (1997, B.A., Theology), Princeton Theological Seminary (2003, M.Div.), and Biblical Theological Seminary (2011, D.Min.).

He is married to Katie, who is also an ordained Presbyterian minister on the staff at First Presbyterian and they have two sons.  Tony is a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan and is still celebrating their Super Bowl win!

INTRODUCTION:  Blake Young and Jackie Montag
Lain Shakespeare, Corp. Citizenship Director Apr 03, 2018 12:00 PM
MailChimp Community College and the Expectation of Purpose
MailChimp Community College and the Expectation of Purpose

Lain Shakespeare is the director of corporate citizenship at MailChimp. He's a native of Decatur and a graduate of Pace Academy and Kenyon College.


From 2006 until 2011, he was the executive director of the Wren's Nest House Museum in Atlanta's West End neighborhood.


Lain joined MailChimp in 2011 and has been a nonprofit manager and a brand marketing manager. He oversaw MailChimp's sponsorship program before starting their corporate citizenship initiative, which has since been recognized by Adweek, Atlanta Magazine, and the Nexus Awards.

Kevin Green, Pres/CEO, Midtown Alliance Apr 10, 2018 12:00 PM
Midtown Momentum - Keys to Creating an Exceptional Urban Place
Midtown Momentum - Keys to Creating an Exceptional Urban Place

Today, more than 40 development projects are underway or proposed in a 1.2 square mile area of Midtown Atlanta’s central business district. Join the Midtown Alliance’s Kevin Green for a discussion on the initiatives that have influenced Midtown Atlanta’s transformation from a disinvested area to a thriving center for commerce and culture, and learn about the efforts happening on the ground every day to guide Midtown’s future as an exceptional urban place.


Kevin Green joined Midtown Alliance in July 2011. Kevin has been a resident of the City of Atlanta for over 25 years and has been working for much of that time to advance livability and economic opportunity in the Atlanta region.


Kevin was previously Executive Director of The Clean Air Campaign, a Georgia non-profit working in partnership with transportation management associations and more than 2,000 public and private employers, schools and universities to implement programs to improve air quality and reduce traffic. Prior to that, Kevin was Vice President of Environmental Affairs with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, where he worked to implement initiatives to improve water resource stewardship, air quality, transportation and land use and development. During his tenure with the Chamber, Kevin managed public-private initiatives that resulted in the creation of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District – now managing water resources for a region of more than 5 million, and the Livable Communities Coalition, now a council of the Urban Land Institute, where leaders work collaboratively to advance smart growth in Atlanta. Kevin also practiced law in Atlanta for 10 years, most recently as a partner with Andre, Blaustein & Green, LLP. His litigation experience includes state and federal trial and appellate courts across the Southeast.


Kevin was named one of the “100 Most Influential Atlantans” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2017.  He currently serves on the Leadership Atlanta Board of Trustees; the Board of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Emory University Board of Visitors and is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta.


Kevin graduated from James Madison University in 1986 and holds a law degree from Emory University. He is married to Karen and has two daughters.




Dr. Robert Kennedy, Pres, Atl Council on Int'l Rel Apr 17, 2018 12:00 PM
Consular Corps Day: A Brief Look at American Foreign Policy
Consular Corps Day: A Brief Look at American Foreign Policy

A former senior government official, Robert Kennedy is president of the Atlanta Council on International Relations. After serving more than 20 years as Professor of International Affairs at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, he was elected professor emeritus and continues his relationship with the School following retirement.  His prior positions include serving as director of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (1997-2002); Deputy Commandant, NATO Defense College, Rome, Italy (1985-1988); Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of National Security Studies, U.S. Army War College 1983-1985); Senior Researcher, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College (1974-1983); Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (1974); an enlisted man in the U.S. Army (1958-59); and command pilot on active duty with the U.S. Air Force and later with the reserve forces (1963-1986).

Bob has been a Fulbright Scholar in Peru and a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States.  He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Georgetown University and a B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy.  He is recipient of the Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award from the Chairman, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and a Doctorate Honoris Cause from the Bulgarian National Defense College.  For his efforts to assist Romania in the post-Ceauşescu period, the President of Romania awarded him the title of Commander. He has been elected a permanent member of the Academy of Security, Defense, and Law Enforcement, Russian Federation with the title of Professor.

Professor Kennedy has served on the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Executive Committee for the accrediting of joint military education, as an Academic Associate of the Atlantic Council of the U.S., and General Editor of The Atlanta Papers.  He has lectured and published widely and has served as a consultant in the fields of international security and defense affairs. His most recent books are Of Knowledge and Power: the Complexities of National Intelligence (2008) and The Road to War: Congress’ Historic Abdication of Responsibility (2010).

Professor Kennedy is married to Vevonna Marie Clark.  They have two married sons, Shaun and Teague and seven grandchildren.