Letter from our Executive Director Jan Paul
Unleash Your LSS Super Powers
We began this LSS class year with a fun, whimsical alumni engagement theme--"Unleash Your LSS Super Powers." If you stopped by our booth at the Sandy Springs Festival you saw our superhero cutouts and maybe even posed for a photo. Yet, with all that swirls around us today, maybe it's more than just a popular theme.
It's hard to comprehend the natural or man-made disasters unleashed around us in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and Las Vegas. The images we see are difficult to view; the short and long term effects are impossible to fathom. Yet, in the chaos we see heroes who step forward to help complete strangers when they need it the most.
These events make us question how can we make a real difference. Leadership is essential--it matters. It is essential to meet the challenges we face, both large and small.
Whether it is volunteering for disaster relief, rebuilding homes of our fellow citizens or reading a book with an eager second grader in one of our Sandy Springs schools--we can make a difference in our community and the world around us.
Without trivializing all that is happening, it is imperative that we unleash our super powers to maximize our collective impact. Our positive leadership has exponential reach!
Kickoff Fiesta Launched the Class of 2018
Last month, 125 alumni, guests and sponsors
gathered at Heritage Sandy Springs
a fabulous evening and cheer on the new class and hear from Jeffrey Stepakoff, the
President of the Georgia Film Academy,
who spoke to the group about the growth and opportunities in the industry
Closing the evening with a hilarious rendition of
life in the class program, was Class of 2017 graduation speaker, Fred Ferrand, who kept
the audience laughing all the way to the end.
(Class of 2018 members Patti Austin,
Laini Davis, and Brintha Renganathan)
Movies by Moonlight 2017 was a Great Success!
Another fun summer outdoor
movie series is in
The 13th Movies by Moonlight a
gain entertained Sandy Springs families with three nights of outdoor entertainment. Over 5,500 people attended the movie series and enjoyed the carnival-type activities. Kids flocked to the character look-alikes while schools and organizations performed for the crowd. Many thanks to our wonderful alumni volunteers and sponsors, without whom MBM could not be such a success.
See you next year!
(LSS alumni and MBM emcee Mike Bivone, Belle Look-Alike from Ever After Entertainment, child prize winner, and
alumnae and sponsor representatives Patty Conway and Patty Voelz)
Alumni Donation Drive Begins
This year we're unleashing our LSS super powers to make a difference in our communities. How can you unleash your inner super hero? Volunteer your expertise and leadership with L
SS or o
ther organizations in your community.
Contribute to LSS to help support our adult and youth programming and special events.
Your tax deductible donation helps provide the leadership needed to build a better Sandy Springs.
To make your
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Class of 2018 Dives in at Opening Retreat
The 2018 Class spent the better part of a September weekend in beautiful Unicoi State Park in Helen, GA. They bonded through personality profiles, Outward Bound challenges, and carpool karaoke, a new favorite for opening retreat fun.
We look forward to a great year of learning with these outstanding leaders!
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Irene Schweiger (Class of 2006)
Since 2009, Irene Schweiger has been the Executive Director of Sandy Springs Education Force (SSEF) and involved with the school system for 25 years. SSEF has supported and inspired over 6000 public school students to graduate and pursue product lives beyond high school. Irene received the LSS "Alumni Recognition Award" in 2012, Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber "Woman of Distinction Award" in 2013 and the "Community Volunteer of the Year Award" in 2017. She holds an MBA in industrial psychology and served in human resources management position in Fortune 500 companies.
1. How did you become involved with Leadership Sandy Springs?
I knew Carolyn Axt through my work in various volunteer leadership positions at North Springs High School. She suggested I apply for the LSS class and I was accepted.
2. What was your biggest takeaway from your class experience?
Prior to the class, , I was primarily involved in education. The class experience provided me with insight into other aspects of the city...
Leadership Sandy Springs Representing at the
Sandy Springs Festival
LSS alumni greeted many festival goers and entertained questions about the program. Many visitors signed up to
receive more information, and expressed their interest in the Class of 2019. Asked why they're interested, most said they had a friend in the class, had heard or read about it, or had attended Movies By Moonlight or Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs.
Our super hero standups were a hit with alumni, parents and kids alike.
(LSS alumni represented from classes 1987 to 2018)
(Future class members?)
12@12 Coming Up Soon for Donating Alumni
Why donate to LSS each year? Because it puts you on the list to attend our exclusive 12@12 program begun last year--l
unch with a local CEO!
The first 12 alumni donors to respond to our email get a private lunch with an open question format.
Coming next in November is Sandy Springs City Manager
John McDonough. We'll let you know when to watch your email for the announcement.
Save the Date - Mix 'N Jingle Holiday Party
Mark your calendars for our annual
Leadership Sandy Springs Mix 'N Jingle
at Sewell Appliance
7455 Trowbridge Rd., Sandy Springs,
6 - 8 p.m
Let us know when LSS Alumni are promoted or receive recognition so we can share with everyone.
Roz Cohen (2009)
has retired after working for 50 years, and is spending more time with her family, exercising, enjoying the winter months in Florida and focusing on new skills.
Pam Jenkins (2009) now
lives in Dallas and works as the Global Chief Audit Executive for Fossil. She is continuing community service efforts, currently serving on the Internal Audit Foundation Board of Trustees. Leadership Dallas allowed her to transfer her alumna status from Leadership Sandy Springs.
Willis Lanier (2009) is celebrating his 10th
year of retirement and staying busy with volunteer work with the North Fulton Master Gardeners, Gentleman's Cooking Club - Les Marmitons, the Georgia OB-GYN Society, and his church.
Kathy Reed (2009)
, Executive Director of Keep Sandy Springs Beautiful, which she began during her LSS class year, will celebrate the organization's 10th anniversary.
Mitch Reiner (2011)
of Capital Investment Advisors and Wela Strategies, was chosen for Atlanta Business Chronicle's 40 Under 40 Award, presented to
those who have scaled the ranks to make their mark in their industries and lead their communities.
Chris Starr (2012) is serving as a clergyman at Church of the Ascension in Montgomery, AL until approximately May, 2018. He will then return to Atlanta to serve as a hospice chaplain.
Debbie Sonenshine (2014)
is the honorary co-chair of Vintage Affair, the largest fundraiser of the Community Assistance Center, along with her
husband Stanley. This year is CAC's 30th year of helping those in need of assistance in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody.
Todd Williams (2015) is no longer with Georgia Property Group and has affiliated with Ansley Atlanta Real Estate as an associate broker. His new contact information is Todd@Ansleyatlanta.com, 404.754.1458 (c), 404.480.9514 (o), 3035 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 202, Atlanta, GA 30305.
LaKisha Brooks (2016) has moved to Orlando, FL but her contact information is the same.
Alumni Survey Deadline!
Please fill out the online alumni survey that was emailed to you in September. This is very important for the staff and board to plan and strategize for the future of the organization.
Surveys are due by
Tuesday, October 10th. Many thanks for your participation; we look forward to hearing your feedback.
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