Speaker Series - Recent Events

By convening individuals around issues, innovations and ideas that will shape the quality of life for families in Atlanta and beyond, the Blank Family Foundation aspires to spur civic action and citizen involvement for positive change in people’s lives.


April 25, 2014: Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice: The Medal of Honor Character Development Program

Feb. 26, 2014 - Making Play Safe for Kids

November 7, 2013 - "American Promise" Atlanta Premiere

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November 7, 2013  - Pay for Success

October 25, 2013 - Accelerating the Maker Movement

In celebration of Atlanta Mini Maker Faire 2013, please join a select group of leaders on Friday afternoon, October 25, for a creative conversation about accelerating the maker movement across Atlanta. By connecting maker leaders, youth serving organizations, cultural groups, educators and funders, Atlanta has the opportunity to create a robust network that will elevate and expand maker education opportunities across the region.

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September 23, 2013 - Accelerated Activation

Your Social Change Ambitions + Compelling Issue Film = Accelerated Activation
Featuring Kristen Grimm, Founder of Spitfire Strategies, and Sheila Leddy, Executive Director of the Fledgling Fund.

May 14, 2013 - Cowboy Ethics and Leadership

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and C5 Georgia recently hosted Jim Owen, founder of the Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership, for a program inspired by the iconic figure of the working cowboy, who lives by a code of honesty, loyalty, and courage. Through ideas, words, and images, the Center for Cowboy Ethics and Leadership encourages others to reach for the best in themselves, anchoring their lives in the basic, timeless values all Americans can share.

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A Place at the Table panelistsFebruary 28, 2013 - Advanced Screening of "A Place at the Table"

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Speaker Series held an advanced screening of "A Place at the Table" which included a panel discussion after the film on food insecurity. The discussion included Executive Director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank Bill Bolling, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen, and Eric Olsen, the Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy at Feeding America.

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January 18, 2013 - Muhammed Yunus discusses Social Business

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation hosted local leaders on January 18, 2013, for a conversation with Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus about his innovative approach to social business, a model that promotes the idea of doing business in order to address a problem, not to maximize profit.

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September 13, 2012 - Future Trends: Millennials in Ascent

Known by many names – Echo Boomers, Gen Y or Millennials – a new generation of Americans, 80 million strong, is poised to exert political, economic, education and cultural influence. There’s no denying it: The future of Millennials is the nation’s future. The scales have tipped, and Millennials now outnumber Baby Boomers.

March 29, 2012 - Better Biking for a Safer, Healthier, More Competitive City

Featuring Boston's Bike Czar Nicole Freedman, a former Olympic cyclist and director of Boston Bikes

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Jack Shonkoff Blank FoundationFebruary 28, 2012 - Breakthrough Research on Building Better Brains

A discussion on breakthrough brain development research, led by Dr. Jack Shonkoff, director of Harvard's Center on the Developing Child and chairman of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. Revolutionary research reveals that persistent highly adverse experiences actually damage a child's brain circuits. Toxic stress in children comes from living with physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, exposure to violence, severe maternal depression and prolonged economic hardship.

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December 1, 2011 - The Future of the American Dream

Americans have always believed that hard work and education open the doors to success.  Is the promise still alive for today’s generation of students?

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Nov. 2, 2011 - Street Food: Attacking Obesity & Wiping Out Food Deserts
One City Block at a Time

Dr Sanjay GuptaTaking on the twin crises of "food desert" neighborhoods and obesity, cities are using multiple approaches to give families access to fresh fruits and vegetables, including corner stores, bodegas, farmers markets, food trucks and even pushcarts.  With funding from The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, New York City has launched the country's largest pushcart initiative to deliver fresh produce to underserved neighborhoods. Stay tuned for a rebroadcast of the conversation on innovative ways to re-connect residents to fresh, local food.

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