2011-2012 Speaker Archive

Spring 2012 Speaker Series

April 20: Micky Blackwell

On April 20, former Lockheed Executive Vice President, Micky Blackwell, joined Marietta WorkMatters at Traton Homes to talk about how he integrated his faith into his work. Mr. Blackwell joined Lockheed Martin in 1969 as a research engineer after working seven years for NASA in Langley‚ Virginia. He held a number of management positions at Lockheed‚ including chief engineer of special projects‚ vice president of engineering and vice president of the F−22 fighter program. He served as president of Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company in Marietta from 1993 to 1995 and retired in 2000 as executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Corporation‚ after working at Lockheed for more than 30 years. His talk focuses on the pillar of Servant Leadership and is one that will benefit you and your team at work. Download and listen to it today.

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March 16: Randy Hicks

As the president and CEO of Georgia Family Council (GFC), Randy Hicks leads a non-profit research and education organization committed to fostering conditions in which individuals, families and communities thrive. Randy carries the message of community revitalization to civic, business and religious groups throughout Georgia and the nation. As a longtime student of the social effects of family breakdown, he works with local and national policy leaders to elevate marriage, family and community-based collaboration in our cultural and public policy discourse. Randy talked about what motivates him to integrate his faith into his work and why it is important for Christian business leaders to engage, influence, and lead in their communities.

February 17: Ike Reighard

On February 17, the former Chief People Officer of Homebanc, current President of MUST Ministries, and current pastor of Piedmont Church, Ike Reighard talked about integrating his faith into his work to grow others in our businesses. Ike Reighard is a man who has devoted his life to helping others transform ordinary living into an extraordinary life. While at Homebanc, his organization was included in FORTUNE Magazine’s list of the “100 Best Places to Work in America”. Ike’s mission statement reflects his life’s work: Helping Others Exchange Ordinary Living for An Extraordinary Life. Ike loves to inspire and to help breathe life into others’ dreams. Download and listen to his talk to be inspired to integrate your faith into your work!

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January 20: Louis Upkins

The founder of Leadship Sports and author of Treat Me Like a Customer, Louis Upkins, joined Marietta WorkMatters on January 20th. In his talk, he explained to local business leaders that principles they learn at work can (and should) be applied at home. Louis Upkins, Jr. is a proud husband and father.  He is an entrepreneur having spent most of his career in branding and marketing. Committed to bringing ideas to life, Upkins has worked with some of the largest names in a variety of industries, across the board, from large sports and entertainment outlets and personalities to Fortune 500 companies and celebrities. Download his talk today to listen again or share it with a colleague.

Fall 2011 Speaker Series

December 16: James Scott

The CFO of C.W. Matthews, James Scott talked on December 16th about how he has integrated his faith into his work. In the current economic climate, business decisions are difficult. “The only way we can know what is right is to have a proper standard to base it on.” Mr. Scott found that scripture has been the foundation for his business career and he shared how he has applied Biblical principles to specific difficult situations. Download his talk now to hear it for the first time or to listen again.

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November 18: Bernie Brown

Former CEO of non-profit Wellstar Heath Systems, Bernie Brown, talked from his vast experience of building a 700-employee local hospital into a 15,000, $1.5 billion health system. “In order to yield, you must yield,” Mr Brown said as he talked about addressing conflict, finding joy in the job you are in, and bridging the gap to find God’s unique purpose for you in your work. Download the audio now to listen to the fun, humble, and wise talk that Bernie gave on November 18, 2011.

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October 21: Tom Wilkes

Metro Atlanta business leader Tom Wilkes talked at the 2011-2012 WorkMatters Speaker Series on how he has integrated his faith into his work. After four years serving in the Air Force, Tom entered the apartment business and has worked for Trammel Crow Residential, Post Properties, and now as a partner at Walton Communities. The Texas A&M graduate, proud father of three, and husband for 29 years has experienced work on a first-hand basis.  Download his talk on “Pursuing Excellence” — it is not about “How?” but “Why?”

September 16: Keith Johnson

Local business leader Keith Johnson talked about how he has integrated his faith into his work at WorkMatters on September 16. This father of five children and active leader in the community has been led by his faith in how he balances the big commitment of family and community with the requirements of leading a large commercial construction division that has steadily grown to be one of the largest in metro Atlanta. After 19 years, Keith has both learned and applied his Sunday faith to his Monday – Friday world to ensure he is making a lasting impact at work, in the community, and with his family. Download his talk now to hear it again or share it with a colleague.

Full 2011-12 Speaker Series Schedule

September 16: Keith Johnson, Brasfield & Gorrie
October 21: Tom Wilkes, Walton Communities
November 18: Bernie Brown, Wellstar, retired
December 16: James Scott, CW Matthews
January 20: Louis Upkins, Leadership Sports
February 17: Ike Reighard, MUST Ministries and Piedmont Church
March 16: Randy Hicks, Georgia Family Council
April 20: Micky Blackwell, Lockheed Martin, retired