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Global Shapers Atlanta Hub Organizing Committee

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Ambassador Andrew Young and Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant are joining forces to identify, mentor and empower the leaders of tomorrow through the establishment of the Atlanta Global Shapers Hub. 

John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Operation HOPE

The founding hub curator for Atlanta, John Hope Bryant is a member of the founding class of the Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum, an Oprah's Angel Network award recipient, and a TIME Magazine 50 (Leaders) for the Future (94'). Bryant is an entrepreneur, the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, the author of Inc. Magazine-CEOREAD business bestseller LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), a top 10 business bestseller for 2010, advisor to the last three sitting U.S. presidents and recognized by the last 5 U.S. presidents, a thought leader, public speaker, and an innovator in the business of empowerment.  Read More...


Mayor Kasim Reed, City of Atlanta

Kasim Reed was inaugurated as the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta on January 4, 2010. Since taking office, Mayor Reed has hired more than 200 police officers, improved fire-rescue response times, re-opened all of the city’s recreation centers, and improved the service delivery of city departments such as Sanitation and Public Works. Read More...


Ambassador Andrew Young, Chairman, GoodWorks International, LLC.

Andrew Young is co-founding Principal and Chairman of GoodWorks International. This involvement allows him to execute his life-long mission of energizing the private sector to advance economic development in Africa and the Caribbean. He puts corporate executives in contact with leaders and key influences in the regions' emerging markets, facilitating the formation of successful business partnerships.  Read More...


Jamail Larkins, Founder and CEO Ascension Aircraft

From the ripe age of 12 when Jamail Larkins stepped inside an airplane and co-piloted his first flight with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles Program, he was hooked for life. Falling in love at first flight, Jamail decided he would do whatever it took to continue flying, including petitioning the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to let him fly solo at the age of 13. Read More...

Dennis Lockhart, President and CEO Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Dennis P. Lockhart took office March 1, 2007, as the 14th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In this role, Lockhart is responsible for all the Bank's activities, including monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and payment services. In addition, he serves on the Federal Reserve's chief monetary policy body, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). Read More...


Thomas W. Dortch, Chairman Emeritus, 100 Black Men of America

Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., is Chairman Emeritus of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and Chairman and CEO of TWD, Inc., a consulting firm with emphasis on business development, public relation and fundraising. In 1978, Thomas began working in the U.S. Senate providing technical assistance at conferences, meetings, and public hearings. In 1990, he became the State Director and served as Chief Administrator over five field offices and one state office. He was the first African-American to serve in this capacity for the United States Senate. Some of his other accomplishments include: establishing the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.; co-founding the Georgia Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (GAME); cofounding the Greater Atlanta Economic Alliance. Thomas is involved in a number of social and   civic endeavors, which include the national Drug Free Communities Act Advisory Commission, the Sickle Cell foundation of Georgia, the Black/Jewish Coalition, and the National Assault on   Illiteracy Board. He has had guest appearances on C-Span, the Montel Williams Show, Talk Back Atlanta, CNN, and so on. Thomas was listed as one of the 100 most influential Black leaders in 2004 issue of Ebony magazine and 2004 publication of The Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Judith J. Pickens, Senior Vice President, Program & Youth Development Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Judith J. Pickens has more than 30 years experience as an educator and human services professional. As Senior Vice President of Program & Youth Development Services, Pickens is responsible for developing and implementing national programs in five core areas: Character and Leadership Development; Education and Career Development; Health and Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.  Read More...


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