We make it a priority to host events within the community, so we can connect with our neighbors and work to educate our community about the work we’re doing across the state.
Wednesday December 5, 2018
Georgia is at a crossroads. We are enjoying the rewards of a growing economy and vibrant communities that make Georgia one of the country’s most popular places to do business and raise a family. However, hundreds of thousands of seemingly invisible men, women, and children are facing barriers that prevent them from achieving their dreams and reaching their potential, including the stain of a criminal record, being trapped in a welfare system that discourages work and family formation, and being ill-prepared for work or college as a student.
The challenges are multi-dimensional and pose threats not just to individual wellbeing, but also to continued economic growth, opportunity, and mobility.
Though the odds may seem insurmountable, these individuals can flourish if given the chance. So how do you create prosperity for those brimming with potential but faced with overwhelming barriers? The answers lie in providing meaningful opportunities to receive a good education, find gainful employment, and form and sustain healthy families.
Join us in December as some of the nation’s most innovative researchers, policy experts, and community-based practitioners lead a series of discussions on solutions that are unlocking human potential in Georgia and around the country, enabling individuals and families to flourish.
Wednesday May 23, 2018
Arthur Brooks and the Power of Storytelling in Leadership
Venue: The Georgian Club
Speaker: Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute
Event Time: Check-in begins at 7:30 am, program begins at 8am
Registration fee: $30
It’s one of the paradoxes of persuasion: Smart people are afraid to tell stories. But while we often resort to facts and figures to get a point across, the truth is that human stories possess the greatest power to convict, persuade, and, most importantly, unite. As neuroscientists and behavioral social scientists have demonstrated, the secret to stronger human connection isn’t more data—it’s better stories.
On May 23rd, join the Georgia Center for Opportunity and Georgia Public Policy Foundation for a breakfast with Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, who will explain how we can all use the power of storytelling to become more unifying as leaders in our communities, families, and places of work.
Arthur Brooks is the acclaimed author of The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America, which was a 2015 New York Times bestseller. Brooks, who has been president of AEI since 2009, has emerged as a key thought leader in the free enterprise movement.
Breakfast is included in the cost of registration. Parking is free.
Tuesday May 22, 2018
Hiring Well, Doing Good Columbus
Event time: 12:00-1:30
Columbus Convention & Trade Center
801 Front Ave
Columbus, GA 31901
Hiring Well, Doing Good is a catalytic event that will launch a city-wide initiative that will connect and harness the collective efforts of the Columbus community with the goal of preparing the un- and under- employed for work and connecting them with available jobs.
Join civic, business, and non-profit leaders on May 22nd for a discussion about the human need to be productive through work. You will also hear from employers and nonprofit leaders who have successfully addressed the challenges of hiring the underemployed and have seen lives changed through the purpose and dignity found in meaningful work.
Reduce unemployment and impact generations of Columbus families by registering your spot at Hiring Well, Doing Good Columbus.
Karin Douglas, Georgia Center for Nonprofits (Moderator)
Phil Hunter, Georgia Works
Kim Jenkins, Open Door Community House
Lloyd Martin, CKS Packaging
Gordon Johnston, Stuart & Johnston
Justin Gurski, Columbus State University
Saturday June 9, 2018
Dad Factor | Presence
Event Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lucky Shoals Park Rec Room
4651 Britt Rd
Norcross, GA 30093
A father-focused event, with guest speaker Kenneth Braswell, providing support for dads along with tips and strategies on healthy living, healthy relationships, entrepreneurship, mentorship, and so much more.
Healthy Families Initiative | Register For Classes!
We launched the Healthy Families Initiative (HFI) in our own backyard of Peachtree Corners and Norcross – one of the most economically and racially diverse areas of the state. This community-based program focuses on finding ways to encourage healthy family relationships, strong marriages and stable families.
Through partnerships with local churches, nonprofits, schools, and businesses, we’re ensuring the Healthy Families Initiative is a success and sustainable for years to come. We are driven by a belief – supported by experience and research- that people from all walks of life are more likely to flourish if they have an intact, healthy family and strong relationships.
Register for Classes Today!
September 14, 2017
Pubs, People, and Purpose
Date: September 14, 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Monday Night Brewing
Exploring the Higher Meaning of Work:
Work is more than just “a job” or a source of income; it’s a source of dignity and pride. For much of history, the idea of work was imbued with a higher meaning that was rooted in the belief that men and women, as bearers of God’s image, are wired to create things of beauty and value. Now? Not so much. Over recent decades, work has increasingly been seen as a necessary means to a material end. “Pubs, People, and Purpose” will feature a dynamic panel of folks discussing the deeper meaning of work and what it means for the average worker, executive, entrepreneur, and policymaker.
On September 14th, at 5:30pm at Monday Night Brewing, Rodney Bullard, Vice President of Community Affairs for Chick-Fil-A, David Miller, Director of Princeton Faith & Work Initiative, and Randy Hicks, CEO of Georgia Center for Opportunity, will lead a discussion surrounding the higher meaning of work in order to spark further discussion among those in attendance. Cherie Harder from The Trinity Forum will facilitate the conversation.
About the Venue:
Every once in a while, someone rises above the crowd to remind us of what really matters. One of those individuals was Arthur Guinness, who founded the iconic Guinness beer in Dublin in 1759. Motivated by a sense of responsibility born of faith, Guinness had a vision for his product and his company that affirmed the dignity of both people and work. So we asked, “Why not honor Arthur Guinness by having our event at Monday Night Brewing, which was also founded by people of faith who recognize that their work is part of a larger story.”
Monday Night Brewing grew out of a Bible study “to deepen human relationships over some of the best beer in the country.” They embrace the value of work and believe – as reflected in their name – that life shouldn’t just be about living for the weekend but that people should enjoy every day, including their work days.
March 27, 2017
Hiring Well, Doing Good
Location: Hilton Atlanta Northeast
5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
An event to learn what role your business can play in helping the un- and under-employed.
Georgia is ranked 44th in the nation in terms of poverty with a poverty rate of 18.3%. There are 3.8 million people in Georgia with a criminal record and 10.4% of teens age 16-19 are not in school and not working. But many of these at-risk individuals are ready to flourish if given a chance.
Registration Coming Soon!
Thursday, January 26 2017
National School Choice Rally
Held every January, the goal of National School Choice Week is to shine a positive spotlight on effective education options for every child. National School Choice Week celebrates all of the K-12 education options that parents can choose – or want to be able to choose – for their kids.
This year, the School Choice Rally will be held at Bright Futures Academy on the campus of City of Refuge in Downtown Atlanta.