The Raising of America Signature Hour - A Film Series Event

The Raising of AmericaMarch 4, 2015 @ Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

To create a healthier and more prosperous future for our nation, we must give every child a strong start.  We know that opportunities in early childhood alter the wiring of children’s developing brains in ways that carry life-long consequences for learning, earning and health. We also know many families with young children are squeezed for time, money and resources.  So it’s critical for communities to find solutions that work for parents. The good news is that Georgia is making great progress. We can make a difference.
Join us for a documentary film and discussion on the latest discoveries from neuroscience and stories of families, businesses and communities aspiring to create nurturing environments for all of Georgia’s children.

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brant suddathBrant Suddath

Brant Suddath has been the Director of Benefits at Home Depot since 2006 and has over 20 years of experience in the benefit industry. He is currently responsible for leading, developing, and implementing strategic direction of U.S. employee and executive benefits programs and initiatives that are aligned with company objectives. Brant is a recognized guest speaker for numerous national benefit conferences and has been quoted in a number of publications. Brant is Board President of the Covenant Christian School in Smyrna, GA, a Business Advisory Board Member at Bright Horizons, a member of the Aon Hewitt Benefits Delivery Client Council and a member of the Client Advisory Council for Financial Engines. He has a B.A in Economics from the University of Georgia. Brant leads the team at the Home Depot that opened one of the largest child care centers in the Southeast. The center, Little Apron Academy, is available to provide care for children of any Home Depot associate in the Atlanta area. At full capacity, the center accommodates 278 full-time children ranging from 6 weeks to 5 years, and 48 school aged children during summer camp and school breaks.

Otis Johnson, PhD

Dr. Johnson is the former mayor of Savannah, GA. He formerly served as chair of the board of trustees of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation. A longtime neighborhood leader on issues of youth development, he led the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Youth Futures Commission in Savannah. He also was dean of the School of Social Work at Savannah State and is a member of the Aspen Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Change.

Jennifer L. Stapel-Wax, Psy.D.

Dr. Jennifer Stapel-Wax is an Associate Professor in the Division of Autism and Related Disorders in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.   Her primary clinical and administrative role is as the Director of Infant and Toddler Clinical Research Operations at the Marcus Autism Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Dr. Stapel-Wax has a 16-year career in clinical work and graduate level teaching at Emory University, the Georgia School of Professional Psychology and at the Marcus Autism Center.  She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology and her internship in pediatric behavioral medicine and neurodevelopmental disabilities at Miami Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Stapel-Wax completed her postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology and neurodevelopmental disabilities at the Marcus Center/Emory University postdoctoral fellowship program.

Dr. Stapel-Wax’s specialties include assessment of young children, neurodevelopmental disorders and consultation/liaison in multiple systems of care.  Dr. Stapel-Wax is actively involved in her professional community through her positions on advisory boards, as a consultant, as a member of the board of directors and as a Past President of the Georgia Psychological Association.  She is also a senior member of the Division of Autism and Related Disorders faculty and as such provides supervision and mentoring to junior faculty and sits on. Department of Pediatrics committees.  She is also a member of several national and international collaboratives focused on early screening, early identification and early intervention.

John Bare, Vice President, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation


Little Apron Academy
Voices for Georgia's Children
GA Family Connection Partnership
Quality Care for Children
Georgia Shape
GA Dept of Public Health
United Way of Atlanta
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
helping mamas
Faith in Public Life