Letter from our President, 
Pam Rosenthal

At this time of year, we have many things to be thankful for. In addition to those we love, our health and happiness, we are grateful to live in a city with a great deal of momentum heading into 2017. Leadership Sandy Springs is entering the new year with dynamic energy. With Chip Swearngan's recent move to Houston, TX (our tremendous loss), we are thrilled to announce Andrea Settles as our President-Elect and Dawn Reed will assume the Board Secretary position. John Paulson has been elected to fill the vacant board position.
Our strategic plan continues to guide us through:
  • innovative class programming including the addition of the Positive Leadership curriculum
  • effective communications, recently featuring the incredible, user-friendly website redesign
  • class recruitment with the largest pool of applicants ever in 2016
  • streamlined internal operations that have made us a more efficient organization 
As we enter 2017 and celebrate our 30th year, please don't be a stranger.  Look for exciting programs in the next six months: Live, Learn, Lead in February, Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Day in April and a 30th Anniversary Celebration in early June. Thank you to those who've been active participants this year, and we look forward to new faces to strengthen Leadership Sandy Springs with your presence and engagement! 

Mix 'n Jingle 2016 Rings in the Holiday Season

Once again, our alumni holiday Mix 'n Jingle party was a delightful time in the beautiful Sewell Appliance showroom.  Seven Sandy Springs eating establi shments featured tastings including i l Giallo Osteria & Bar,  Sandy Springs Egg Harbor Cafe,   
Pinocchio's Incredible Italian , Taziki's and 
Nothing Bundt Cakes .  Alumni also brought canned good to support the Community Assistance Center, an affinity partner of LSS. A full truckload was collected and donated that evening.   Remember to thank them for participating when you visit next.

12 @ 12
An Intimate Conversation with a CEO 

Our newest program is for alumni donors only! 

Twelve lucky alumni were the first to sign up for an exclutive lunch and conversation with Emory St. Joseph's Hospital CEO Heather Dexter (Class of 2003). Heather shared her story of her professional journey up the ranks.

Next up: Graphic Packaging CEO Mike Doss on 
Feb. 28th.  Look for a sign-up three weeks prior to the event.  First 12 to reply are in!

Class of 2017 Human Services Day  

For the first time ever, we combined our 
Youth and Adult leadership programs for Human Services Day.  This was an eye-opening look at poverty in our community. 
The next class program day will be 
a new format for Business Day on 
December  8th , beginning with hospital tours on Pill  Hill and ending at the Indian Consulate. 

Live, Learn, Lead 2017!

SAVE THE DATE: O n Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, we'll have our third annual Live Learn Lead event featuring Lee Fisher, president and CEO of This is not just for the people at the top - it's for all leaders who want to help create an innovative Sandy Springs that is a catalyst for economic prosperity. We are the CEOs for Cities.  
Learn how to connect with cities across the US to:
  • share smart ideas and best practices
  • encourage growth and opportunity
  • produce collaborative change and economic success
The event will be held at Heritage Sandy Springs and begin at 6:30 PM with networking and heavy appetizers; program begins at 7:30 PM.  For more information, email anne@leadershipsandysprings.org.

Youth Leadership Sandy Springs is recruiting!

Youth Leadership Sandy Springs will begin recruiting its seventh class in January 2017.  Look for applications mid-January on the "application" drop-down on the YLSS page of the website.  
YLSS is for rising high school sophomores and juniors who either live or go to school in Sandy Springs.  If you have any questions, call YLSS Director Polly Warren at  404-668-0270 .  

LSS Alumni: 30 Voices @ 30 Years

To celebrate the progress and accomplishments of 30 years of LSS, we're highlighting 30 alumni this anniversary year.  This month, we highlight two LSS alumni who have contributed immensely to the Sandy Springs community: Class of 2003 members Maritza Morelli, Executive Director of Los Ninos Primero and Keith Eigel, Co-Founder and Senior Faculty member of The Leaders Lyceum We asked these alumni to share their thoughts on their LSS experience in these four questions:

1. How do you stay connected to the Sandy Springs community?   
MM:  In the 26 years since coming to the U.S. from Venezuela, Sandy Springs has shown me the importance of respecting diversity and embracing cultural differences.  Most of the relevant roles in my life have been performed here like being a PTA mom at Spalding Drive Elementary, the first Fulton County Bilingual Community Liaison at Heards Ferry Elementary, and ED of Los NiƱos Primero.   I've met exceptional people with a profound desire to make an impact on the world, whom now I can call my friends. 
KE:  My wife and I are in our 27th year of calling Sandy Springs home.  From restaurants and recreation to our dearest friends, I'm so grateful for this community that has shaped so much of our lives. Read More

Evening with the Mayor - Save the Date

January 5, 2017.  We will have an exclusive session with Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul in the beautiful Newell Brands Facility. 

Appetizers will be provided by Under the Cork Tree.  Free to all alumni and current class.  $15 for guests.  RSVP here.

Check out our Calendar
Never miss another LSS event!  Go to our new  calendar webpage  (under the Events heading)  and click the down arrow  above the month  to download all of our events to your calendar.

Your Input is Requested on Tr ansportation  Survey

Six North Fulton Cities - Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Roswell, and Sandy Springs - are partnering with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to complete an update of the North Fulton Comprehensive Transportation Plan (NFCTP), last completed in 2010.  The NFCTP invites you to participate in an online survey before  Dec. 16  at  NorthFultonCTP.metroquest.com .  Please visit  www.NorthFultonCTP.com  to learn more or email your name and mailing address to  info@NorthFultonCTP.com   to get the latest CTP updates.

Alumni Updates

Let us know when LSS Alumni are promoted or receive recognition so we can share with everyone.

Trinita Patton Ervin (2010) served as Principal for the Day at Lake Forest Elementary School as part of American Education Week in which community leaders are invited to step into an education leadership position. Her service day appeared as a feature in the AJC.

Salmeh Fodor (2012)head of the Divorce and Family Law section of Kasraie & Fodor, LLC, opened the firm's satellite office in Fayetteville, GA. Her new office address is 110 Habersham Drive, Suite 110, Fayetteville, GA 30214. 

Clare Stefan (2013) has joined 1st West Mergers & Acquisitions, LLC as a Marketing Analyst.  1stWest M&A is  a boutique investment banking and advisory firm that serves private businesses worldwide in the lower middle-market.

Jan Paul (2013) was named Chairman of the Georgia Public Broadcasting Commission.  

Andrea Settles (2013) has been appointed by the Mayor and City Council of Sandy Springs to the COSS Planning Commission.

Steve Soteres (2014) has been appointed to the City of Sandy Springs board of ethics.

Gene Jordan (2014) has been asked to serve on the Board of Directors of Sandy Springs Hospitality & Tourism. 

Kim Youmans (2015) received her Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from Kennesaw State University.