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Cancer – a time to reflect, appreciate and recalibrate

When I got the call that I had been diagnosed with breast cancer on the morning of Oct. 13, my first reflex was: “I don’t have time for this. Take it back.”

No one plans to have cancer. No one has time for it – the ongoing tests, doctors’ visits, surgery and treatment. Instead, it hits you upside the head and tells you to wake up and make time for yourself and your health.

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Staring down the terrorists with the American Dream

By Guest Columnist BILL IDE, a partner with Dentons and a former president of the American Bar Association

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,” reads Emma Lazarus’ sonnet written for the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France and the most iconic and universally-recognized symbol of the United States.

Throughout our history, people forced to leave their country due to war, persecution or natural disaster as refugees have greatly enriched the American Dream.

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James V. Carmichael and the generation of business leaders who transformed post-World War II Georgia

This week, guest columnist THOMAS A. SCOTT, professor emeritus of history at Kennesaw State University, tells the story of James Carmichael, a business leader who paved the way for the significance of the Atlanta region’s business and industry sectors. It’s not fashionable today to praise the moderates of the World War II and postwar era.

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ACLU’s Maya Dillard Smith: ‘I am unapologetically Black’

It may have been the passing of the proverbial torch from one generation to another. Hattie Dorsey, a seasoned and savvy “firecracker” of a housing and public policy activist, recently hosted a meet and greet dinner conversation for another young firebrand, Maya Dillard Smith, the new executive director of the Georgia affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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    Commentary: Sprucing up park honors Atlanta Olympic history

    The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation has awarded $10 million towards the rejuvenation of Centennial Olympic Park. A $25 million fundraising campaign to improve the park will launch in January, 2016 ─ all in an effort to mark the 20th anniversary of Atlanta's hosting the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

Brian McGowan joining Atlanta office of law firm Dentons

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on November 20, 2015

Brian McGowan, chief operating officer for the Metro Atlanta Chamber, will be joining the Atlanta office of Dentons on Feb. 1.

In his new role, McGowan will help expand the global economic development initiatives of Dentons, the largest law firm in the world, by engaging with business leaders, elected officials and private sector developers to address business and job growth challenges in cities around the world.

McGowan has a diverse economic development background, including serving in Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration as president and CEO of Invest Atlanta from May 2011 to May 2014.