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Leadership Atlanta’s 2023 class to feature leaders in education

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By Maria Saporta

On the eve of its closing weekend retreat for the Class of 2022, Leadership Atlanta on Friday announced the 86 members of the Class of 2023.

Leadership Atlanta’s new class represents a broad diversity of professions – education, law, corporate, nonprofit, technology, media, healthcare, politics and government – similar to the make-up of the previous 51 classes.

Founded in 1969, Leadership Atlanta  is one of the oldest continuously running training programs of its type in the country.

Pat Upshaw-Monteith, CEO of Leadership Atlanta.

“We are thrilled to welcome our 52nd Class,” said Pat Upshaw-Monteith, Leadership Atlanta’s president and CEO. “We are proud to continue Leadership Atlanta’s tradition of bringing together the region’s most influential, engaged, and creative leaders dedicated to working together for the greater good. We can’t wait to see what innovative ideas the Class of 2023 brings!”

The nine-month leadership program offers class members an opportunity to learn more about the region by

participating in retreats, full-day seminars, service projects, discussion groups, community tours and other activities. In addition to exploring important regional issues, class members will critically examine themselves as leaders, challenge themselves to find ways to be more effective and build relationships of trust and understanding with each other.

Bentina Chisholm Terry, senior vice president of Customer Strategy and Solutions for Georgia Power, will be the program chair for the Class of 2023

Georgia Power’s Bentina Terry, first woman and first African-American to chair the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Georgia Power’s Bentina Terry.

“Leadership Atlanta’s program required me to be vulnerable, get uncomfortable and learn to be fully present with my class members for nine months,” Terry said in a statement. “It reinforced that as leaders, we must learn how to listen, have hard conversations, cultivate curiosity and be truly authentic. It has made me 100 percent committed to the mission of the organization, which is ‘to inspire members to take on and exercise real leadership committed to serving the common good.’ These times demand courage over comfort, and Leadership Atlanta provides that experience.”

The Class of 2023 will have several presidents of local universities, including George French, president of Clark Atlanta University; Kevin James, president of Morris Brown College; and Nicholas Ladany, president of Oglethorpe University. Adrian Tyndall, dean and executive vice president for health affairs at Morehouse School of Medicine (second in charge), also will be in the class.

The educational theme also will extend to people working for K-12 institutions. The class will include: Lisa Herring, superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools; Cheryl Watson-Harris, superintendent of the DeKalb County School District; James Calleroz White, head of the Galloway School; David Howland, executive director of Teach for America – Metro Atlanta; Mini’imah Shaheed, CEO of  KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools, and Camille Naughton, president of the Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School.

Several top leaders in the foundation and nonprofit sector also will be part of the 2023 class: Joselyn Baker, president of the Grady Health Foundation; Mark Banta; president and CEO of the Piedmont Park Conservancy; Maryum Gibson, president and CEO of Jerusalem House; Kari Love, CEO of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation; Daniel Preister, managing director of Coxe Curry & Associates; Nicole Armstrong, CEO of TechBridge, Inc.’; Shan Arora, director of the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Tech; Alieizoria Redd, executive director of the Covenant House; and Fay Twersky, president of the Arthur M Blank Family Foundation.

Several government leaders will be in the class, including Christopher Nunn, commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs and Fitz Johnson, commissioner on the Georgia Public Service Commission.

The class also will include representatives from some of the largest companies and enterprises in metro Atlanta: UPS, Delta Air Lines, King & Spalding, IBM, Oglethorpe Power, Southern Co., Google, PNC Bank, Georgia-Pacific, Baker & Hostetler, Genuine Parts, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Truist Bank, Equifax, Bank of America, Cox Communications, the Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta Hawks/State Farm Arena, Douglas County Chamber, Chick-fil-A, Wells Fargo EY, Woodruff Arts Center, Emory Healthcare, Alston & Bird, Georgia Power, Bain & Co., Humana, WarnerMedia, American Cancer Society, IHG Hotels & Resorts and the Shepherd Center.

Here is the complete list of the Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2023

Felicia Allen           
President of US & SMB Marketing
UPS

Amy Ard
Executive Director
Motherhood Beyond Bars

Nicole Armstrong
Chief Executive Officer
TechBridge, Inc.

Shan Arora
Director – Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design
Georgia Institute of Technology

Joselyn Baker
President, Grady Health Foundation
Grady Health System

Mohamed Balla    
Chief Financial Officer
City of Atlanta

Trebor Banstetter
Managing Director – Enterprise & Leader Communications
Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Mark Banta
President & Chief Executive Officer
Piedmont Park Conservancy

Robert Benson     
Partner
King & Spalding LLP

Maurice Blackwood
Vice President of Sales – Americas
IBM

Annalisa Bloodworth
Senior Vice President, General Counsel
Oglethorpe Power Corp.

Robin Boren
Senior Vice President Finance & Treasurer
Southern Co.

Nelson Boyce
Managing Director
Google

Laura Brown         
Senior Vice President, Regional Sales Executive
PNC Bank

Sarah Brown         
Trustee
The John and Rosemary Brown Family Foundation

Deborah Bruner  
Senior Vice President for Research
Emory University

Leslie Hazle Bussey
CEO and Executive Director
Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement

Lori Chennault     
Senior Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement
Georgia-Pacific Corp.

Charlotte Combre
Partner
Baker & Hostetler LLP

Jennifer Dawson
Vice President, Internal Audit & Compliance
Genuine Parts Co.

Lovely Dhillon      
CEO
Jodevi Consulting

Charlie Ebersol     
CEO
Teddy Bright, Inc

Damon Elmore
Executive Director
State Bar of Georgia

April Estes
Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Sarah Fonder-Kristy
Chief Development Officer
Atlanta Community Food Bank

Heather Fortner
CEO
SignatureFD

George French      
President
Clark Atlanta University

Maryum Gibson    
President & CEO
Jerusalem House

Jonathan Goins     
Partner & Co-Chair IP & Tech, Entertainment Groups
Lewis Brisbois LLP

Alex Gonzalez
Chief Innovation Officer
Metro Atlanta Chamber

Sammy Grant
Principal
HomrichBerg

Vivian Greentree
Senior Vice President, Head of Global Corporate Citizenship
Fiserv

Carl Hanna
CEO/Co-Founder
Evva Health

Hilliard Hardman
President & CEO
Granite Holdings, Inc. / Woodleaf Partners, LLC

Nikki Harland       
COO
Paradies Lagardere

Lisa Herring
Superintendent
Atlanta Public Schools

Philip Hill
Executive Director
Soccer in the Streets

Jillian Tellez Holub
Partner
McKinsey & Co.

David Howland     
Executive Director
Teach for America – Metro Atlanta

Cathy Huyghe        
Co-Founder and CEO
Enolytics LLC

Kevin James
President
Morris Brown College

Ted Jenkin
CEO
oXYGen Financial

Fitz Johnson          
Public Service Commissioner, District 3
Georgia Public Service Commission

Tayari Jones          
Author

Jon Keen
Head of Business Development
Treaty Oak Clean Energy

Nicholas Ladany
President
Oglethorpe University

Michael Lan
Executive Director
Jabian Consulting

Shannon Longino
Senior Vice President
TRUIST Bank/TRUIST Community Capital

Kari Love
CEO
The Atlanta Women’s Foundation

Joy Lybeer
Chief Revenue Officer
Equifax

Al McRae
Market President and Diverse Segments Business Development Executive
Bank of America

Katrina Mitchell   
Chief Community Impact Officer
United Way of Greater Atlanta

Amol Naik
Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs
Ting Internet at Tucows

Camille Naughton
President
Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School

Christopher Nunn
Commissioner
State of Georgia, Department of Community Affairs

Allison Padilla-Goodman
Vice President, Southern Division
Anti-Defamation League

Renee Pearson     
Senior Vice President Digital Transformation & Business Engagement
Republic National Distributing Co.

Joiava Philpott      
Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Law & Policy
Cox Communications, Inc.

Kama Pierce
Vice President of Strategy, Marketing and Communications
The Woodruff Arts Center

Vincenzo Piscopo
President/CEO
United Spinal Association

Daniel Preister     
Managing Director
Coxe Curry & Associates

Joanna Price          
Chief of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability
The Coca-Cola Company

Melissa Proctor    
Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena

Sara Ray
President & CEO
Douglas County Chamber

Alieizoria Redd    
Executive Director
Covenant House Georgia, Inc.

Cliff Robinson
Executive Vice President & Chief People Officer
Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Hugh Rowden
Senior Vice President, Business Growth Strategy Director
Wells Fargo

Nabile Safdar        
Assoc CMIO, Emory Healthcare; Endowed Professor and Vice-Chair of Informatics – Radiology
Emory University/Healthcare

Regenia  Sanders
Partner
EY

Lawrence Sernovitz
Senior Rabbi
Temple Kol Emeth

Mini’imah Shaheed         
Chief Executive Officer
KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools

Jeremy Silverman
Partner
Alston & Bird LLP

Lisa Smith
Senior Vice President of Region External Affairs & Community Engagement
Georgia Power

Jeb Stewart
Owner
Xana Management, LLC

Michael Stewart
Partner
Bain & Co.

Marcus Taylor      
Market President, Commercial Business GA & LA
Humana

Travis Townsend
Co-Founding Partner & Financial Manager
Townsend & Lockett, LLC

Fay Twersky
President
Arthur M Blank Family Foundation

Adrian Tyndall
Dean and Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
Morehouse School of Medicine

Lesley Wainwright
Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel
WarnerMedia

Tammara Warren
Regional Vice President for Georgia
Oak Street Health

Cheryl Watson-Harris    
Superintendent
DeKalb County School District

James Calleroz White
Head of School
The Galloway School

Kimberly Wright
Executive Vice President, Southeast Region
American Cancer Society

Cesar Wurm          
Vice President of Commercial & Revenue Management, CMH
IHG Hotels & Resorts

Michael Yochelson
Chief Medical Officer
Shepherd Center

Note to readers: Maria Saporta was in Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2020, and she continues to be an active member.

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Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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