Letter from our Executive Director, Jan Paul

By now, you've seen the notices about our Live Learn Lead event on Feb. 22.  This year we're tackling an important topic that you can't avoid when you turn on your TV or radio, or log in to your social media accounts...a discussion on the need for civility in public discourse. 
Our public life is divided by significant moral and political disagreements on important issues.  These conversations cannot be avoided and that's why we selected this topic for Live Learn Lead-Public Discourse: Connecting Through Effective Conversation.
Live Learn Lead brings you an all-star panel that will give their perspectives from the political, media and business arenas (see the following article). This is not a left or right thing.  At LSS, we discuss today's most pressing issues from a 360o angle.  As Sen. Chambliss said when asked to be on the panel, "You certainly have a forward-thinking leadership group."
Please join us at Live Learn Lead on Feb. 22 at Cox Enterprises for this relevant conversation.  As community and business leaders, let's discuss challenging public discourse and get "take-aways" on how we can communicate in a reasoned, civil manner in our public life.   This is a discussion you don't want to miss!  Sign up online.

Live Learn Lead 2018 - "Public Discourse: Connecting through Effective Conversations" - February 22

In an age of polarized views and heated emotions, public discourse on political and cultural issues has become a flashpoint for many of us.  How to link civility with difficult conversations is the focus of Live Learn Lead 2018, LSS' fourth annual event.
This year, LSS brings a new format with a panel of leading influencers, moderated by former WSB TV News anchor John Pruitt, on this crucial topic for our time. 
Thursday, Feb. 22 
6 p.m. Networking and Dinner 
7 p.m. Program
Cox Enterprises 
6205 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Sandy Springs 30328 
For more information and registration, visit here.  
Join us for this important conversation!   #LiveLearnLead2018

Applications for Classes of 2019 are Underway 
for  Adult and Youth Programs 
Class applications are available now on our website.  This is a very competitive process and we are seeking the highest caliber applicants to become community leaders. Applications and resumes for the adult class are due March 15, with results available in late April.  The class begins Sept. 6th.  Details about the program are available here.  Applications will be enhanced with a written alumni nomination, which is available on the same page as the application.
See below for information and links on Youth Leadership Sandy Springs applications.
Evening with the Mayor

Always a popular, well-attended event, LSS' Evening with the Mayor each January is a great time to catch up with alumni friends and learn about primary issues on the  city's  radar in the new year.

Mayor  Rusty Paul  spoke about water, transportation and affordable housing in the city. 

Special thanks to host  Newell Brands  and delicious food catered by  Under The Cork Tree  and  Jason Sheetz.

Class of 2018 Program Day - Public Safety Night

Class members met in February for Public Safety Night at ChatComm and interacted with Police Chief DeSimone and Fire Chief Sanders.  They toured the 911 center and received 
active shooter training.  

We are grateful to those members of our community who keep us safe!

Donation Drive 

We are so close to our goal!  Thanks to our top giving classes: 2017, 2013, and 2014.  It's not too late to give - please help us continue to develop, educate and connect in Sandy Springs!

Youth Leadership Sandy Springs  
Led by the zany
improv comedy team from The Basement Theatre, YLSS students learned how to listen and speak during a fun afternoon improv workshop.
YLSS is for high school students who are entering their sophomore or junior year in the fall of 2018 and who either live or go to school in Sandy Springs. The program combines leadership training with civic education for emerging community leaders.  Students focus on acquiring and practicing the leadership skills colleges and employers want while learning how the Sandy Springs community works. This year, for the first time, YLSS applicants have a chance to send in a video as part of their application.  They need to film themselves at the place in Sandy Springs that is most important to them and explain why.  Applications can be found on the LSS website here.

Alumni Spotlight - Emmett and Teri Cloud 

One of Leadership Sandy Springs' alumni couples, Emmett (2012) and Teri (2015), have demonstrated active leadership in our local community. Emmett, a financial advisor, has served as President of the Board of Directors of Heritage Sandy Springs and Co-Chair of Mount Vernon Presbyterian School's Annual Derby Party Fundraiser
Teri, a communications professional, currently serves as President of the Women of UGA Leadership Council, Communications Chair of the Executive Board of Art Sandy Springs, was awarded Woman of Distinction in 2016 by the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, and  served on the board of Heritage Sandy Springs. 
The Clouds, who have two children, recently began a new company called Cloud Family Wealth Management.  
Here are their insights on how LSS informed their leadership journey:

1. How did you become involved with Leadership Sandy Springs? 
Through our volunteer work and professional networks, we got to know several LSS alumni and staff.  Every single one of them - as diverse as they all were and are in their professions and pers onalities - strongly encouraged us to participate in LSS. They couldn't stop talking about it!
EC:  I came home after my first LSS meeting and told Teri she HAD to experience LSS. Three years later,  when the kids were a little older and more independent, she submitted her application. She loved it as much as I did and we spent many nights talking about our experiences. Read more

12@12 Coming in April

Another reason to give is to be eligible to attend our exclusive luncheons with a local CEO.

Next up is Focus Brands CEO Steve DeSutter in April .  Focus Brands owns Moe's Southwest Grill,  Schlotzky's, Cinnabon Bakery Restaurant and Carvel.  All current alumni donors will be contacted when we are ready to sign up for the lunch. 

Don't miss this opportunity! 

Mark Your Calendars for Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs 2018 on Saturday, April 21!

Sandy Springs announces VBSS 2018.  I t's a great time to catch up with LSS friends, make new friends, and help beautify our local nonprofit and civic organizations, public schools and parks.
Encourage your workplace to participate.    For questions about volunteer opportunities, contact vbss@leadershipsandysprings.org  

Alumni Updates

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

Paula Owens (2009) is serving as a mentor through the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, to another professional, an auditor at a large CPA firm.

Cathi Aurora (2010) has been chosen as Executive Director of Sandy Springs Tennis Association which provides after school tennis programs for Sandy Springs students. Her new digital contact information is cathiarora@comcast.net, sandyspringstennis.org, 

Cory Jackson (2010) has accepted a new position in Greensboro, NC. His contact information is the same as in the directory until May, at which point it will become:
Se nior Vice President,  Virtual Retail Banking Manager,  BB&T   7701 Airport Center Drive, Greensboro, NC 27409, 336.455.9534

Emmett Cloud (2012) has collaborated with his wife Teri Eaton Cloud (2015) to form their own company, Cloud Family Wealth, Emmett as the Chief Financial Advisor and Teri as Director of Client Engagement. Their new contact information is:  200 Ashford Center N. Suite 400, Atlanta, GA 30338.
Emmett:  emmettcloud@cloudfamilywealth.com,  678.612.1425
Teri: tericloud@cloudfamilywealth.com, 404.281.9295

Tyler Thigpen (2013) and his wife Joy are launching a new school in south metro Atlanta in August 2018 - The Forest School: An Acton Academy.  The school will be a nonprofit, learner-driven micro-school that cultivates flourishing and empowered kids to make the world a better place. Located near the Pinewood Atlanta Studios, there will al so be tremendous opportunities to prepare and engage kids with the film and arts industries.  www.theforest.school.

Heather Kaufman (2014) is now serving as chairperson of the workforce committee at the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, and is also now on their Board of Directors. 

Beth Boatwright (2015 ) is now Chief Financial Officer for Emory University School of Medicine. Her new contact information is Office of Fiscal Affairs, 100 Woodruff Circle, Suite 445C, Atlanta, GA 30322, 404.727.7161, beth.c.boatwright@emory.edu. 

Anne Hampson Boatwright (2015) has taken a new position as Communications Specialist with Fulton County Schools. Her new work contact information is Boatwright@fultonschools.org, 404.314.2866. Personal is ahampsonatl@gmail.com, 404.314.2866. 

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