It has been a year of sustaining your purpose. Now it’s time to accelerate your impact. You are the people that are addressing the needs of our communities, and the work to be done is never ending. That is why we want to help.
May 20, 2021 • 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Registration for the Conference Event is by invitation only
for nonprofit leaders and executive directors
Rodney Bullard leads Chick-fil-A’s community engagement, philanthropic and sustainability strategy as Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility for Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation. Before coming to Chick-fil-A, Rodney served as an Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting complex criminal cases. For his service, the United States Attorney General presented him with the Department of Justice Director’s Award. Prior to this role, Rodney was selected as a White House Fellow, the nation’s most prestigious public service Fellowship. As a White House Fellow, Rodney was placed at NASA working directly for the NASA Administrator. Rodney also previously served at the Pentagon as a Congressional Legislative Liaison in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force.
While there’s no sure route to carving out a significant presence in the music industry, there’s always something to be said for remaining true to one’s self. His art, not unlike his life, has been as much about inspiring the streets, and about justice, freedom, and interrogating real-world issues, as it is about his personal journey of faith. His music has long served as a call to arms for those willing to sacrifice for a cause beyond themselves. Still, he won’t be boxed in to any genre or made to serve as a poster-child for any particular agenda.
For almost a decade, Viktoria Harrison helped build the charity: water brand, serving as Creative Director alongside an amazing team of talented world-changers. Now, she helps purpose-driven entrepreneurs and founders of non-profits clarify their vision and boldly tell their stories through her new venture, The Branded Startup.
Dr. Beverly Tatum
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is the author of the best-selling book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race, now in its 20th anniversary edition. A thought-leader in higher education, she was the 2013 recipient of the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award and the 2014 recipient of the American Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology. Dr. Tatum holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, a M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of Michigan, and a M.A. in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary.
As CEO of one of the nation's largest family owned businesses, Chick-fil-A's Dan Cathy represents the next generation of leadership for the Atlanta-based fast-food chicken restaurant chain founded by his father, S. Truett Cathy. Eager to incorporate his own skills and talents into the business, Dan has taken an unconventional, yet personally and professionally rewarding approach to Chick-fil-A leadership.
Jeff Shinabarger is a bestselling author and founder of Plywood People, a nonprofit in Atlanta leading a community of startups doing good. His work has been featured by Forbes, Inc.,CNN, USA Weekend and Huffington Post. He is the co-founder of Q, mentored over 600 startups and created the largest social entrepreneur event in the South called Plywood Presents. @shinabarger
Angelyn Liu serves as Lead Advisor for Chick-fil-A Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Affairs. As an experienced and certified project management professional who has led many CSR, technology, marketing, analytics, and strategic projects across various disciplines and multiple industries, she is passionate about using her business and technical skills to help social entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations grow and scale their impact and organization in order to take good care of children, families, and communities. She has served internationally, including being a volunteer teacher. Mostly a native of metro-Atlanta, she received her undergraduate degrees and MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Carol Waddy currently serves as Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Engagement for Chick-fil-A, Inc. where she leads a team devoted to removing barriers to opportunity for underserved communities and youth. She is responsible for Chick-fil-A’s community initiatives, civic engagement, corporate volunteerism, and public/private partnerships. Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, Inc., Carol served as a Vice President and member of the Executive Leadership Team at United Way of Greater Atlanta. She has 15 years of global experience in various leadership roles from Fortune 500 corporations to technology focused companies including GE Capital, Acuity Brands, Inc. and Emory Healthcare. A passionate volunteer and supporter of many philanthropic endeavors, Carol serves on the Board of Directors for Breakthrough Atlanta, Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance, National Black Arts Festival and TechBridge, Inc.
Finance & Fundraising
Suganthi Simon is the Westside Senior Program Officer for The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation where she works with residents and partners to leverage resources and programs that positively develop people and place in Atlanta’s Historic Westside Neighborhoods. Suganthi helps manage the implementation of collaborative strategies in health, economic inclusion, safety and security, and civic empowerment and engagement, and environmental justice. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Wellesley College, and received her master’s degree in Industrial Environmental Management from Yale University.
Tené Traylor joined the Kendeda Fund as a Fund Advisor in 2016. She oversees the Atlanta portfolio with a focus on equitable access to high-quality K12 education and economic opportunity (emphasis on long-term affordability, community wealth building, and accessible quality transit) for historically marginalized populations and communities of color in metro Atlanta. She also manages a short-term national portfolio dedicated to restoring and reclaiming dignity to work for people living with a current or old criminal conviction.
Christina Tzavaras Edwards
Social Media Expert. Fundraising Strategist. Nonprofit Vision Builder. Communications Pro.
With over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, Christina has worked with nearly every type of nonprofit, from multi-million dollar organizations to small-but-mighty volunteer-led teams. She teaches nonprofits how to make achieving their mission, vision,
and fundraising goals more possible than they’ve ever imagined.
Stan’s professional experience includes over 35 years in ministry operations, public accounting, government accounting, and international missions. He has a unique ability to balance strategic thinking with a deep knowledge of and hands-on experience in the day-to-day operations of many types of organizations. His areas of expertise include board governance, strategic planning, management accounting, technology and software assessments and implementation, ministry operations and leadership, and consulting and advisory. A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Georgia Society of CPAs, Stan holds the Certified Public Account (CPA), Charted Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and AICPA Not-for-Profit Certificate.
Stan provides strategic leadership of CapinCrouse’s professional advisory and consulting services, including research of emerging issues in the faith-based nonprofit sector and the development and implementation of products and services in response to those needs. He also serves as Director of Marketing and Business Development, leading the firm’s initiatives in these areas.
Stan frequently speaks and writes articles on results-based ministry measurements, church financial leadership, and emerging ministry stewardship best practices. He is also a regular instructor of continuing professional education classes. Stan serves on several boards, including CARE for AIDS.
Justin is the Co-Founder and CEO of CARE for AIDS. CARE for AIDS is a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides holistic care to families affected by HIV/AIDS in East Africa.
Dr. Kensa Gunter, PsyD
Dr. Gunter works in private practice in the metro-Atlanta area providing clinical and sport/performance psychology services to adolescent and adult populations, such as the Atlanta Hawks. Courage to accept, to let go, to ask for help, to change, to do whatever it is that is keeping people from being their best and moving in the direction they want to go. Dr. Kensa Gunter works collaboratively with people to help them learn from experiences, to empower them, and to help them identify and take the steps necessary to move toward the life they want to live.
Jim Dudley is a serial entrepreneur and owner of Wash Me Fast, Norment Homes, and Chattahoochee Windows. He serves as the Board Chair to Plywood People and serves as an advisor to countless nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs. When he's not busy working, he's spending time with his wife and four boys, just outside of Atlanta.
Libby Wanamaker is a veteran HR Leader who currently serves as the VP Talent Experience for Chick-fil-A. In this capacity she leads HR for Chick-fil-A’s Corporate Staff including Talent Acquisition, Total Rewards, Talent Development and Talent Operations.
As president and CEO of Coxe Curry & Associates, David sets the strategic direction and leads the firm’s day-to-day operations in addition to providing counsel to clients. He joined the firm in 2012 after a 27-year career in the financial sector and more than 20years of volunteer service in the Atlanta community. He is currently working with several clients, including Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Endeavor Atlanta, Grady HealthFoundation, Oglethorpe University, MUST Ministries, The Salvation Army, Trinity School, and the YMCA of Metro Atlanta.
Innovation in Programming
Brett is the CEO/Co-Founder of New Story, Co-Founder of Hometeam Ventures (early-stage venture capital), Y Combinator alum, cancer survivor, and a follower of Jesus.
Brett’s been recognized on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, named one of the Top 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs, and his company was named among Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies in the World”in 2017, 2019, and 2020.
Nzinga “Zing” Shaw is currently the global chief inclusion & diversity officer for Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE: MMC), the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people. Zing provides strategic guidance across the enterprise to promote inclusive practices in every facet of the collective business. She has developed a strategy to embed equity in all programmatic activities, governance and daily administration of the organization. She is focused on building a foundation that will advance this strategy as a core component of MMC’s brand, and to drive the business across every global market. The I&D strategy extends to external clients, community partners and to every colleague within the workforce.
Leigh-Ann A. Buchanan, Esq. is a writer, strategist, and a facilitator. She supports leaders and communities bridge systemic gaps in access, inclusion, opportunity and racial equity, with a focus on technology, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems.
She has advised and provided technical support to innovation and technology leaders at Fortune 500 companies including Google, Facebook, Delta, P&G Ventures, AirBnB, HSBC and UBS.
As a founder, she has launched ventures from concept to scale, raised seven figure philanthropic investments and designed platforms to connect innovators, young leaders and communities with the capital and opportunities necessary to take their impact to the next level.
Committed to living by his personal motto, “Build As We Climb”,change agent, thought leader, entrepreneur and emerging philanthropist, James M. Bailey has dedicated his life to serving others.
James serves as President and CEO of the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RCIE). Honoring the great legacy and visionary business leadership of Herman J. Russell, Sr., he will lead the development of the largest center in America, driven by impact, dedicated to empowering Black entrepreneurs and small business owners; over 50,000 square feet designed to inspire ideas, create jobs, grow companies, and increase wealth in the community.
Branding + Marketing
Branden Harvey is a storyteller focused on the good in the world. He's the host of the podcast Sounds Good, the creator of the Goodnewspaper, a national printed newspaper full of good news, and built an online community over more than 250,000 world changers. He's helped brands like Disney, Square, Southwest Airlines, Coca-Cola, and (RED) tell meaningful stories with heart all over the world.
Jacob DiPietre is the senior director of public affairs at Chick-fil-A, Inc., where he provides counsel to company leaders on issues related to reputation, communications, stakeholder engagement, international expansion, and issues management.
Terence Lester is a speaker, activist, author, and thought leader in the realm of systemic poverty. He’s known for nationwide campaigns that bring awareness to issues surrounding homelessness, poverty, and economic inequality.
In 2013, Terence founded the non-profit, Love Beyond Walls, and has helped hundreds of individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty rebuild their lives. In 2019, Terence launched the first museum in the U.S. that represents homelessness out of a shipping container called, Dignity Museum.
Terence has written five books and his new book, “When We Stand:The Power of Seeking Justice Together” releases on May 18, 2021.
Blake W. Howard is the creative director and co-founder of Matchstic, a brand identity house based in Atlanta that he started at the age of 22. A Nashville, Tennessee native, and University of Tennessee graduate, Blake has helped build an enthusiastic and focused branding firm, with national recognition, that serves global brands, courageous startups, and ambitious non-profits.
- 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.Open Networking & Yoga on the Main Stage
- 9:00 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.Main Stage with
Rodney Bullard & Vik Harrison
- 10:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.Lab Session #1
- 10:50 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.Lab Session #2
- 11:35 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.Main Stage
with Dr. Tatum
- 12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.Lunch Break & Open Networking
- 1:10 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.Main Stage
with Dan Cathy
- 2:00 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.Lab Session #3
- 2:50 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.Lab Session #4
- 3:35 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.Main Stage
Interview with Lecrae
- 4:20 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Open Networking