Speaker Date Topic
Hershel Greenblat, Holocaust Survivor Feb 26, 2019 12:00 PM
"My Parents Unwavering Will: The Story of Hershel Greenblat"
"My Parents Unwavering Will: The Story of Hershel Greenblat"
Hershel Greenblat’s first two years of life were spent hiding with other Jews in a dark cave in Ukraine. His next five years were spent in a Displaced Persons' camp in Austria. He survived the Holocaust because of the resourcefulness and determination of his parents in evading the Nazis. As he states, “It is because of my parents’ unwavering will that we were able to survive the horrors of the Holocaust.”  In 1950, his family moved to the United States and settled in Atlanta, where Hershel learned how to become an American as well as an active member of his southern community.
INVOCATION:  Karen Carlisle
Greg Giornelli, President, Purpose Built Schools Mar 05, 2019 12:00 PM
Purpose Built Schools: On the Leading Edge of Education Reform
Purpose Built Schools: On the Leading Edge of Education Reform

Greg Giornelli has worked on transformational projects at the city and neighborhood levels for more than 20 years, playing diverse leadership roles in the public and nonprofit sectors. Currently, he is leading a start-up initiative, Purpose Built Schools, to replicate the successful Drew Charter School model in other communities around the country. He previously served as President and COO of Purpose Built Communities.


Previously, Greg worked for the City of Atlanta in various capacities in the administrations of Mayor Shirley Franklin, including Chief Operating Officer, President of the Atlanta Development Authority and Chief Policy Officer.


Greg was the founding Executive Director of the East Lake Foundation (1994-2001), the lead non-profit organization that developed and continues to implement a bold, innovative and successful model of community revitalization that helps families break the cycle of poverty, from 1994-2001. In this role, he oversaw the redevelopment of the East Lake Meadows public housing project into a revitalized mixed-income community. This successful transformation included Atlanta’s first charter school, a new YMCA, a child development center, the East Lake Junior Golf Academy, and a number of health and wellness programs for neighborhood families.


Greg is also an attorney who has worked in private practice and as an Assistant District Attorney for DeKalb County, located in Metro Atlanta.


INTRODUCTION: Mason Stephenson

INVOCATION: Elizabeth Fullerton

Joe Bankoff, Chair, Sam Nunn School, GT Mar 12, 2019 12:00 PM
The Changing Nature of Education
The Changing Nature of Education

Joe Bankoff was appointed chair of The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs in spring 2012 following six years as president & CEO of The Woodruff Arts Center and 32 years as a senior partner at the Atlanta-based law firm of King & Spalding.

Mr. Bankoff’s association with Georgia Tech spans more than a decade and has been primarily focused on his work as the head of the law firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice group.  In 1998 he worked with his, then, law partner, Sam Nunn, in the creation of the first of the Nunn Policy Forums at Georgia Tech.  He was a member of the advisory board of the College of Computing and served as its vice chair for several years.  He has served as a board member of the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT).  At the request of Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson, he participated in Georgia Tech’s 2010 strategic planning process.  He currently serves as the chair of the nominating committee for the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage.

Mr. Bankoff's expertise ranges across law and policy, economic development, government legislation, fiscal planning, and global issues. In 1992, he took a sabbatical from his law firm to accept an appointment as a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property & Competition Law, Munich, Germany.  There he became engaged in the analysis of multi-jurisdictional copyright claims arising from satellite television in Europe.  He later represented German Television (ZDF) in a related dispute with Turner Broadcasting.  He also served as counsel to Atlanta’s Olympic Organizing Committee negotiating the television rights agreements for Europe (EBU), Canada, Australia, Latin and South America, and the United States.

INVOCATION: Angela Cassidy
Mark McDonald, CEO/President Mar 19, 2019 12:00 PM
GA Trust for Historic Preservation
INTRODUCTION:  Norris Broyls


Douglas Hicks, Dean, Oxford College Campus, Emory Mar 26, 2019 12:00 PM
Oxford College's Unique Place in Emory and Metro Atlanta
Oxford College's Unique Place in Emory and Metro Atlanta

Douglas A. Hicks is dean of Oxford College of Emory University and the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Religion.  As dean, Hicks serves as the chief officer of Oxford College, one of the nine academic units of Emory University.  He also holds an appointment as an affiliate professor in the Candler School of Theology at Emory.

Hicks joined Oxford College from Colgate University, where he served as provost and dean of the faculty. From 1998 to 2012 he was professor of leadership studies and religion at the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies and the founding director of the university’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement.  He is the author of four books and editor of five additional volumes on religion, ethics, and leadership.  He received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV), the commonwealth’s highest recognition for professors.

He received an AB degree magna cum laude with honors in economics from Davidson College, an MDiv summa cum laude from Duke University, and MA and PhD degrees in religion from Harvard University.

Hicks serves on the Board of Directors of the Arts Association in Newton County and the Board of Directors of the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Agnes Scott College.‚Äč

Paul Wolpe, Emory Apr 02, 2019
Easter/Passover Program Apr 16, 2019 12:00 PM
Hon Andrew Staunton, Con Gen, United Kingdom Apr 23, 2019 12:00 PM
Consular Corps Luncheon
5th Tuesday Social and Networking Meeting Apr 30, 2019 6:00 PM
Monday Night Brewing, West Midtown and Atlanta Beltline Westside Trail
Doug Ammar, Exec Dir., Georgia Justice Project May 07, 2019 12:00 PM
INTRODUCTION: Marbury Rainer
Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele, Co-Executive Director May 21, 2019 12:00 PM
Highlander Research and Education Center Mission

Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele grew up in Texas, Germany, and North Carolina. He once had the opportunity to live and learn alongside human rights organizers and community leaders from the Assembly of the Poor in Northeast Thailand. That experience transformed Allyn’s understanding of the power and purpose of education. Since 2002, Allyn has worked as a school teacher, a college educator, a neighborhood organizer, and a pastor, although he still cannot always tell the difference between all of those roles.


Allyn’s first visit to the Highlander Research and Education Center was in 2007 for Highlander’s 75th Anniversary weekend. In 2010, Allyn received an invitation to participate in Highlander’s leadership programming. The staff and board invited him to join Highlander’s Board of Directors, where he worked closely with Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, who in 2016 invited him to join her in applying to be Highlander’s most recent Co-Executive Directors.


Allyn is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and he has served congregations in Alaska and Tennessee. His interests include pastoral care, institutional change, dystopian science fiction, the problems of historical memory, and sculpture. Allyn earned degrees from Wofford College and Vanderbilt Divinity School, where he met his spouse, Erin, an Episcopal priest. They live in Western North Carolina with their enormous dog, Johann.