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joel babbit

ceo, mother nature network

Co-Founder of The Mother Nature Network,, an environmental news and information website founded in 2008. The site is targeted toward a mainstream consumer and business audience, and features original programming and reporting alongside articles from news services such as the Associated Press and Thomson Reuters. Corporate partners include AT&T, Dell, Coca-Cola, Pfizer, GE, MillerCoors, Procter & Gamble, and Clorox. Non-profit partners include The Nature Conservancy and Ted Turner’s Captain Planet Foundation. 

linda levy

director of development, the galloway school

Linda has over 24 years of development experience with non-profit organizations throughout Atlanta.  Prior to working in the non-profit sector, Linda sold print advertising for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Linda has led capital campaigns, annual funds, special events, written grant proposals and managed the cultivation and solicitation process of individuals, corporations and foundations.


Linda has held development roles with the American Cancer Society, Goizueta Business School, Camp Twin Lakes, The Howard School and The Galloway School.

mark goldman

cmo of viking and partner, idea design

Mark Goldman is the CMO of Viking and partner of his agency Idea Design. He is a nationally recognized, distinguished marketing leader with an advertising career that has spanned three-plus decades. He has extensive experience in building and managing high-performing marketing programs for some of the world’s most highly-valued consumer and B-to-B brands including American Express, Campbell Soup Company, Citigroup, Dell, UPS, and many more. Currently, he is on the board of advisors for Park Pride and The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, and is a trustee of The Atlanta Girls’ School. Goldman holds an MBA in marketing from George Washington University. 

john beasley

ceo, lighthaven capital

John F. Beasley serves as the CEO of Archimedes Model in San Francisco, a company dedicated to revolutionizing healthcare through mathematics. Previously, John earned industry-wide recognition for his visionary leadership as CEO of ChemConnect, a company he founded and grew to become the world’s largest exchange for chemicals, plastics, and natural gas liquids. John also has over a decade of experience in the healthcare field where he served as Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at First Physician Care that he helped build from a start-up to a $100 million company in just three years. 

jennifer hartz

founder and ceo, corporate hartz

Jennifer Hartz is the founder/CEO of Corporate Hartz, LLC, incorporated in Atlanta in 2000. The leading provider of corporate social responsibility consulting services, she and her clients’ reach span the globe. Her firm creates and facilitates strategic planning, organizational design, program development, process improvement, internal/external communications, and implementation maps for regional, national, and international corporations and non-profits.

klaus obermeier

ceo, iotronics corporation

Klaus is an inventor, author, educator and entrepreneur. He co-invented NLQ, the first natural language interface for Oracle and received the inventor award at Battelle Memorial Institute. He founded SQLBench International, the first load and stress-testing program based on queuing theory developed in Europe, and sold it a year later to Segue Software.


Together with Les Charles he founded Iotronics Corporation developing core technologies related to large data applications for VoIP, mobile and social media. is the latest manifestation of a life-long passion to turn complex problems into simple solutions.

micheal nyenhuis

ceo, map international

Serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of MAP International, one of the nation’s 100 largest nonprofit organizations, serving 25 million people annually in 119 countries. In his role, Michael provides overall strategic direction and leadership to a worldwide effort to bring health and hope to people living in poverty.

nancy bauer

senior public relations strategist

Nancy Bauer serves as a senior counselor for Brand Marketing to agencies and clients in public and private companies.  As a valuable resource, she brings expertise in branding, partnership marketing, thought leadership, and reputation building in the luxury, culinary, educational and lifestyle arena. Previously, Nancy served as a Senior Vice President and Senior Partner with Fleishman-Hillard International Communications.  During her tenure at FH, through consistent strategic thinking and brand building Nancy was instrumental in driving Viking to be named the number two brand in America by Fortune Magazine.


Client work includes: Viking Range, Delta Airlines, ING, AARP,  Johnson & Johnson, Benihana and Mikasa, The Food Network, Lexus, The Ritz Carlton, Neiman-Marcus, Canyon Ranch, The James Beard House , JetBlue, Johnson & Johnson, Freixenet Sparkling Wine, Weight Watchers magazine, Gourmet magazine, Disney,  Burberry, Schumacher Fabrics, Prince Tennis.

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