Lessons in Leadership is an annual networking event delivered by the Executive MBA Program. Over the past 23 years, Lessons in Leadership has featured prominent Atlanta business leaders participating in a panel discussion on various leadership topics. The intent is to give the audience access to the views of high-level leaders whose companies maintain a presence in the Metro Atlanta market.

The 24th Annual Lessons in Leadership returns to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on February 29, 2024. This event draws 300-500 attendees, including current students, alumni, and the local business community.

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2024 Panelists Include

Andrew Cox, Chief of Staff, Wellstar Health System

Lisa Duke, Chief of Staff, Kennesaw State University

David Jones, Chief of Staff, Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Past Panelists Include

Michelle Blue, Co-Founder & Owner, Bené Scarves

Littie D. Brown, President, Speedpro Imaging

Patrick Campbell, Retired Air Force Colonel 

Melissa Cantrell, President & CEO, CDH Partners

Dan Cathy, Chairman, Chick-fil-A 

Carmen Chubb, President, Columbia Residential

Steve Cochran, Former President and COO, Delta Apparel, Inc.

Karen Robinson Cope, SVP Sales & Marketing, NanoLumens 

Lee Ellis, President, Leadership Foundation, LLC 

Patricia Falotico, CEO, Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

Shirley Franklin, Former Mayor of Atlanta 

Ron Frieson, President, Foundation and External Affairs, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta 

Virginia Hepner, Former CEO, Woodruff Arts Center 

Reynold Jennings, Former President and CEO, WellStar Health System 

Dale Kaetzel, President and General Manager, Six Flags Over Georgia 

Steve Koonin, CEO, Atlanta Hawks and Phillips Arena 

Beth Lowry, President, Holder Construction

Glenn Lurie, Former President and CEO, AT&T Mobility 

Teri Plummer McClure, Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President, UPS 

George McKerrow, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ted’s Montana Grill 

Hala Moddelmog, President, Metro Atlanta Chamber and Former President of Arby’s Restaurant Group 

Allison Moran, Former CEO, RaceTrac 

Susan Nethero, Managing Director, Golden Seeds 

Christa Pitts, Founder and Co-CEO, The Elf on the Shelf® 

Mike Plant, President, Atlanta Braves

Dr. Dwight “Ike” Reighard, President and CEO, Must Ministries 

Dr. Grant Rivera, Superintendent, Marietta City Schools 

Donna Rowe, President & CEO, Cobb Veterans Foundation 

Greg Teague, CEO, Croy Engineering

Jennifer Van Buskirk, SVP Operations, AT&T