I recently spoke at Families First’s Unity Breakfast. What an honor to be included with such impactful leaders in Atlanta! I spoke as part of the group talking about families. All the amazing leaders and entertainers involved are listed at the end of the post. (But just watch the program!)

The goal was to unite with song, inspiration, storytelling and prayer to uplift our heroes on the front lines, our families, children, seniors, and the community. We talked about how we can build more resilience and equity for our families and children and advocating together for justice for all of them.

Families First does such critical work in our community and you should absolutely check out more about them and support their efforts!

The program starts about 15 minutes into the video, and yours truly makes their appearance at about 33 min. Can’t blame you if you skip ahead (!), but then go back and watch the whole thing. Such an inspirational hour and way to start the day.



Bill Bolling, Chairman, Food Well Alliance & Founder, Atlanta Food Bank
Olu Brown, Leader, Author & Pastor of Impact Church
Shan Cooper, Executive Director, Atlanta Committee for Progress
Ann Cramer, Senior Consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates
Kirk Rich, Principal at Avison Young, Atlanta Housing Authority Commissioner, LGBTQ Mayor’s Advisory Council Atlanta



Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor of the City of Atlanta
Jimmy Etheredge, CEO, Accenture
Junior Harewood, Executive Director, UnitedHealthCare
Eric Robbins, President & CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
Kashi Sehgal, Co-Founder & CEO, Gigabark
DePriest Waddy, CEO, Families First


Amir Kazmi, Chief Information and Digital Officer, WestRock Company
Teresa Rivero, Lead Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Bentina Terry, Senior Vice President, Georgia Power Company
Kyle Waide, President & CEO, Atlanta Community Food Bank
David Wilkinson, President & CEO, Atlanta Police Foundation


Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim, CEO, Future Foundation
Kelsi Deel, Executive Director, House of Cherith & Director of Anti-Trafficking Efforts, City of Refuge
Milton Little, President & CEO, United Way of Greater Atlanta
Dana Marie Lupton, CEO & Founder, Moving in the Spirit
Eduardo Martinez, President, The UPS Foundation and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, UPS
Scott Mawdesley, Gwinnett Cares Board & Ministry Lead, 12Stone Church
Tom Rawlings, Director, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services
Tim Wilkerson, Vice President, The Home Depot


John Ahmann, President & CEO, Westside Future Fund
Soumaya Khalifa, Executive Director, Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta
Vish Narendra, Sr. Vice President and CIO, Graphic Packaging International
Brenda Reid, Media & Community Relations Manager, Publix Super Markets
Courtney Showell, Board Chair, Families First & Principal, PwC


Kenny Banks, Sr.
Genesis Be
Kimberlin Bolton
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Talent Development Program
Moving in the Spirit


Families First – bit.ly/famfirstorg