Faith & Work Lunch Series

2017 Faith & Work Lunch Series

October 6: Business Leaders Engagement with the Community

2017 Fall
Faith & Work
Lunch Series

Connecting Business Leaders over Lunch
The Heart of

Leadership

Engaging with the Community

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On October 6, Young Life of West Cobb director, Kent Reinhardt, taught business leaders about the stages of going from solitude to community to ministry.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery said, “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” As Christian leaders seek to influence not only the Christians in their industry, but they hope to lead non-Christians and the future leaders of our nation. How do those leaders teach the future leaders to yearn for what may come?

The Lunch and Learn Series has come to be a time of learning, networking, and encouragement as local leaders are able to both hear teaching from new, fresh perspectives, and they have a chance to discuss what they learn with other business leaders in the table topics discussion time. Download and listen to the audio from the October 6 Marietta WorkMatters!

2017 Faith & Work Lunch Series

January 27: Seven Pillars of WorkMatters

2017 Spring
Faith & Work
Lunch Series

Connecting Business Leaders over Lunch
The Heart of

Leadership

Seven Pillars of WorkMatters

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In this first WorkMatters lunch of 2017, Scott Gregory and John Wills continued our discussion through WorkMatters’ Seven Pillars to discover God’s purpose for our careers and how we as Christians can bridge the gap between Faith and Work. As we bridge this gap, our work can take on deeper meaning, as Christ uses us in and through our careers.

Serial entrepreneur, John Wills, and renowned Marietta-based attorney, Scott Gregory, first talked about the Pillar of “Love” and then led table discussions on the subject. While this is a difficult topic to talk about in the work setting, the Christian meaning is at the heart of how we serve those with whom we work. If you missed this lunch, or want to listen to the audio again, please visit use the link above to download the audio.

2016 Faith & Work Lunch Series

October 14: Seven Pillars of WorkMatters

2016 Fall
Faith & Work
Lunch Series

Connecting Business Leaders over Lunch
Teaching

Why We Serve

Seven Pillars of WorkMatters

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After a brief break in the schedule, Marietta WorkMatters kicked off another year for leaders to engage in and learn about how the Christian faith is not just for Sunday, but can be taken into the work place Monday through Friday.

During this October 14, 2016 Lunch and Learn meeting, the Pillar of “Serve” was taught from a practical standpoint and then a discussion was facilitated at lunch tables. Participants engaged in the process of active learning with each other. The Pillar of “Serve” lends itself to the popular notion of Servant Leadership, what service looks like in the work place, but WorkMatters went deeper into how the Christian business person can serve others in a pure and selfless way.

When the Christian business person’s true needs are met outside of work, in Christ, he or she has nothing to lose, nothing to gain, and everything to give. Therefore, they are free to serve others. This in turn builds trust which paves the way for the Christian to have true influence.

Over the coming months, Marietta WorkMatters will be hosting discussions to go over the Seven Pillars which serve as foundational pieces for business people to successfully take their Christian faith into one of the most critical roles of their lives: the workplace. Family, Community, and Career are all key aspects of the believer’s life. Marietta WorkMatters will continue to spark the discussion of how to incorporate faith into the career journey.

2015 Faith & Work Lunch Series

February 27: Governor Roy Barnes

2014 Winter
Faith & Work
Lunch Series

Connecting Business Leaders over Lunch
Featuring

Roy Barnes

Barnes Law Group

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On February 27, Marietta WorkMatters heard from Governor Roy Barnes at Roswell Street Baptist Church how business people integrate their faith and their work.

Described as a “lawyer’s lawyer” and recognized by the American College of Trial Lawyers as one of the top trial attorneys in the nation, Roy E. Barnes knew from a young age what profession he wanted to pursue. His love of law and his commitment to serving others have never wavered.

A lifelong resident of Cobb County, Georgia, Roy Barnes received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and graduated with honors from the Lumpkin School of Law at UGA in 1972. Upon graduation, he went to work as a prosecutor in the Cobb County District Attorney’s office, where he stayed until opening his first law firm in 1975.

For over 30 years, Gov. Barnes has tried civil and criminal cases throughout Georgia and in neighboring states including a successful class action lawsuit against Fleet Finance that received national recognition in the early 1990s. His practice has concentrated primarily on civil litigation, where he has developed an expertise in consumer class action cases, medical malpractice matters, products liability law, general tort matters and commercial litigation. Gov. Barnes has appeared in more than 250 cases in the state and federal appellate courts.

Gov. Barnes has been a public servant nearly as long as he has been a lawyer. At age 26, he was elected the youngest member of the Georgia State Senate. He went on to serve a total of eight terms and was a member of the Appropriations, Rules and Transportation committees. In addition, he was Chairman of the Select Committee on Constitutional Revision, which rewrote the state’s constitution as well as Chairman of the powerful Judiciary Committee. He also served as a floor leader to Governor Joe Frank Harris from 1983 to 1989. After an unsuccessful bid for the Governor’s Office in 1990, he was elected to the State House of Representatives, where he served for six years and was Vice Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on General Law.

In 1998, Barnes was elected to serve as the 80th Governor of the State of Georgia. During his term, he concentrated on education reform, health care reform, and remedies for urban growth and sprawl. He created the Georgia Cancer Coalition and served as Chair of the Southern Regional Education Board, the Southern Governor’s Association, and the Education Commission of the States. He was defeated for reelection in large part because of his efforts to change the Georgia flag, a political decision for which he was honored with the 2003 John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Profile in Courage Award.

From the day he was elected governor, Roy Barnes knew he would return to the practice of law, which he has done through the establishment of The Barnes Law Group.

2014 Faith & Work Lunch Series

January 10: Molly Holm & Trista Sutter

2014 Winter
Faith & Work
Lunch Series

Connecting Business Leaders over Lunch
Featuring

Molly Holm
& Trista Sutter

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Join Marietta WorkMatters on January 10 at Roswell Street Baptist Church for lunch to hear how Glory Haus owner Molly Holm and former Bacherlorette Trista Sutter formed a partnership based on the faith-based principles at Glory Haus.

Molly Holm is owner and Chief Executive Officer of Glory Haus, Inc. of Marietta, GA, in operation since late 2008. She also functions as Chief Creative Officer. Glory Haus is a local, faith-based designer and manufacturer of whimsical, inspirational, collegiete and funcational home decor and gift products. They sell nationwide through rep group networks to more than 6000 retailers.

She holds a BA degree in Interior Design from the University of Texas in Austin.

Trista Sutter was the first bachelorette on ABC’s “The Bachelorette” series who fell in love and married fire fighter, Ryan Sutter. They are one of the few couples from the series enjoying their “happily ever after”. She has recently written a book called “Happily Ever After-The Life Changing Power of a Grateful Heart”. Her Grateful heart collection has recently been released by Glory Haus.

2013 Faith & Work Lunch Series

September 13: Shan Cooper

2013 Fall
Faith & Work
Lunch Series

Connecting Business Leaders over Lunch

Featuring

Shan Cooper

Lockheed Martin

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Shan Cooper is Vice President of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and General Manager of the company’s Marietta, Ga., facility. She is also responsible for the company’s subassembly sites in Meridian, Miss., and Clarksburg, W.Va. In addition, she serves as the company’s Vice President of Business Ethics. She was named to her current position in January 2011.

As General Manager, she is responsible for the more than 7,000-employee Marietta operation, which designs, produces, modifies and maintains military aircraft for the United States and countries around the world. Marietta programs include the C-130J Super Hercules, F-22 Raptor, P-3 Orion, C-5M Super Galaxy and F 35 Lightning II.

Mrs. Cooper previously served as Vice President of Human Resources for Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS), based in Gaithersburg, Md. An experienced operational leader, she was responsible for all aspects of the Human Resources function for 36,000 employees based in 48 U.S. states and 64 countries.

Before moving to IS&GS, Mrs. Cooper was Vice President and Deputy of Human Resources for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company with responsibility for Human Resources operations and site security for more than 27,000 employees across the country.

She joined Lockheed Martin in 2002 as Senior Manager, Diversity Workforce Management. While at corporate headquarters, she progressed through positions of increasing responsibility before being named Vice President, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Programs in 2004.

Earlier, Mrs. Cooper held leadership positions with Lucent Technologies and consulted with other Fortune 500 companies. She has received several national honors, including the Women of Color in Technology Corporate Responsibility Award and the YWCA Tribute to Women of Achievement. She was named to Diversity MBA Magazine’s 2009 Top 100 Under 50 Executives and as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Most Influential Georgians in 2012 and 2013. She also received the 2013 Pioneer Award from US Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine.

She sits on the executive boards of the Boy Scouts of America Atlanta Area Council, the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee. She is on the Board of Councilors for The Carter Center and the Board of Trustees of both the WellStar Foundation and the Woodruff Arts Center. She is a member of the Marietta Kiwanis Club.

She holds an MBA from the Roberto C. Goizueta Business School at Emory University and is a graduate of the Rutgers Global Executive Masters in Human Resource Leadership Program.

January 18: Larry Stevens and David Eldridge

2013 Winter Speaker Series

Connecting Business Leaders over Lunch

Featuring

Larry Stevens and David Eldridge

Former PWC Partner Larry Stevens and StoneBridge Church Pastor David Eldridge will be discussing the importance of our Intentional Investment in the lives of those for and with whom we work. Larry and David will share practical examples and tools to help make investing in others an integral part of our daily work lives.

Between church, home, the office and community involvement, most of us are worn out by Sunday afternoon and intentionally investing in our employees, clients, customers and co-workers is rarely our highest priority.  Larry and David will share with us practical examples and tools to help us make investing in others an integral part of our daily life.

Larry Stevens recently retired (July, 2007) as a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an international accounting firm, where he led a team of transaction specialists involved in all aspects of buy-side and sell-side mergers & acquisitions, financial due diligence, valuation analysis, financial and tax structuring, and transaction advisory services.

Mr. Stevens is an Executive- In-Residence at Kennesaw State University where as a member of the faculty of the Accounting Department of the Coles College of Business, he has developed a course called “The Art of the Deal” that is an elective in the MBA program. Mr. Stevens received a BBA from Georgia State University, and completed the Executive Program for Smaller Companies at Stanford University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Stevens has been active in civic and community affairs and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Kennesaw State University, Past-Chair of the Leadership Council of First Baptist Church of Marietta, and Member of the Board of Commissioners of the Marietta Housing Authority. He has been involved in a variety of civic and business organizations in Cobb County and is a graduate of Leadership Cobb and Leadership Georgia and is on the Board of Directors of the Georgian Club. He has held a number of board positions in the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and was Chair of the Chamber in 1991. Additionally, he is a Deacon at the First Baptist Church of Marietta where he has taught an adult Bible class for the last twenty-three years.

Mr. Stevens and his wife Lynn have lived in the City of Marietta since 1982, and have two grown children and two grandchildren. Mrs. Stevens is a practicing attorney specializing in Social Security law

David Eldridge is the pastor at StoneBridge Church, located in the heart of the Marietta Square. With an entrepreneurial mindset and divine calling, David started the church in August 2007 with 30 attendees. Stonebridge now has two Sunday services with more than 300 weekly attendees. Before starting StoneBridge, David was an Associate Pastor at RiverStone Church for six years.

A Marietta local, David graduated from Marietta High School as well as the University of Georgia. He then went on to study at Asbury Seminary and earned a Masters in Divinity.

David is married to Misty, and has four children from ages three to thirteen.