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Keynote Speakers

 Théres W. Stiefer

Wednesday, May 27 | 11:45 am - 12:45 pm 

Morgan Center

 "Find Your Question"

Energy, inspiration, and imagination are the essence of life. Only when we begin to search for the questions that propel us to that hope  and understanding can we  truly begin to transform our behaviors, actions and inner dialogue. This keynote is focused on questions that can be catalysts for innovation, insight, and creativity in our personal lives. You will be encouraged to think through your feet, to understand how genius lies with the questions in life, to find that we live in a universe of strengths, and to create a dialogue of hope

Théres W. Stiefer has more than 30 years of experience in higher education and corporate HR. Her career has taken many paths and began in university student services where she found her passion for career development; she then stepped into executive education where she lead a team that built leadership programs for Walmart, Inc., NASA, Blue Cross Blue Shield, to name a few; she has served as an adjunct professor for the University of Arkansas and the University of Louisville; she then transitioned to the corporate world where she has worked in talent development, compliance, cultural anthropology, learning and development, and strategy innovation. Théres has delivered workshops and keynote speeches across the United States and Canada.

Sandy Mollett

 Thursday, May 28 | 8:30 am - 9:30 am

 Morgan Center

"Our Authentic Generations"

A candid conversation  about Authenticity, Sincerity and Belonging in the workplace. Five (5) generations bringing unique perspectives, experiences and expectations. 

Sandy Mollett (she/her/hers) is the Founder & CEO of Equal Footing LLC, a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consulting organization. Equal Footing LLC is a certified LGBTQ business enterprise that advocates for safe, diverse and inclusive communities and work environments where EVERYONE can thrive, grow and be themselves. Sandy is a sought-after speaker, panelist, corporate consultant and thought leader/partner.

After 32 years in the corporate world, she has embarked on her second-act career as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion advocate, activist and consultant. This fire and passion was fueled by serving as President of the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) (2018 to 2019) -- an affiliate chapter of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). “With a mission of driving economic success for the LGBT business community and allies; I had an opportunity to roll up my sleeves and work alongside community activists, advocates and civic leaders. All focused on equity, equality and prosperity of the LGBTQ+ community in Atlanta and surrounding areas.” 

Charles Stallworth

 Friday, May 29 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am

 Morgan Center

 "Future Talent Needs in Economic Development"

As a Georgia Power business recruitment director, Mr. Stallworth is responsible for facilitating the location, expansion, or start-up of businesses wishing to invest in Georgia. Charles assists companies in identifying potential buildings or sites throughout the state; he also provides market evaluation, construction information, engineering assistance, and serves as a liaison between the businesses and governmental agencies in the site selection process.

Charles started his career with Georgia Power in 1986 as a lab technician at one of the company’s power plants. He transferred into the environmental affairs department in 1991, where his responsibilities included regulatory policy implementation and coordinating environmental risk assessments associated with new power plant siting efforts. Charles joined the economic development team in 2002.

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