2015 December Chapter Meeting
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Speaker: Jack Harris, President & CEO, Junior Achievement of Georgia

When: 12/2/2015
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Where: Georgia Aquarium - Oceans Ballroom
225 Baker Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia  30313
United States
Contact: SHRM-Atlanta

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Developed to Educate. Designed to Inspire. How Transforming Education Models are Enhancing Today’s Workforce and Developing a Skillful Talent Pool for Tomorrow’s Professional Landscape

Today the job market is changing at an unprecedented pace. From Fortune 100 companies to nonprofits, developing and attracting top talent is a struggle for many organizations. According to a 2014 survey from Gallup, only 11% of business leaders strongly agree that recent graduates have the skills and competencies to succeed in the workplace. Learn how shifts taking place in today’s education system are helping to develop tomorrow’s workforce, while also providing opportunities for companies to enhance the culture of their organization and heighten the skillset of their current employees. 

Learning Objectives: 
1. Learn how using current workforce trends are innovating education models.  
2. Learn how public/private partnerships are helping metro Atlanta take the lead on education reform to develop the next generation of professional leaders. 
3. Learn how finding the right opportunities outside of your company can improve your current workforce and attract top talent among millennials.

Speaker: Jack Harris, President & CEO, Junior Achievement of Georgia

Jack Harris is the President & CEO of Junior Achievement of Georgia, an organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy.  JA of Georgia currently reaches over 160,000 students annually, working in partnership with school systems and the business community to deliver relevant, experiential learning to K-12 students.

In 2013, Junior Achievement of Georgia completed a $15 million campaign to open the latest JA BizTown/JA Finance Park capstone facility in the country – Junior Achievement’s Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center – which serves 30,000 students annually.  JA is now launching a second Discovery Center in partnership with Gwinnett County Public Schools to open in August 2015, as well as the JA Magnet Business Academy (JA-MBA) at Banneker High School in Fulton County.

Jack has been with Junior Achievement since 2002, beginning his JA career with the International organization, and was promoted to VP-International Operations for JA Worldwide following the merger of Junior Achievement Inc (U.S) and Junior Achievement International in 2004.  Following a move from the International organization to Junior Achievement of Georgia in 2005, Jack served in progressing roles until 2008, at which time he was named President.

Prior to Junior Achievement, Jack worked with Smith Barney and also taught for two years at the Wesleyan School in Norcross, Georgia.  Jack holds a degree in Politics and a certificate in Political Economy from Princeton University.

Within the community, Jack was recognized for his work with Junior Achievement as one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under 40 award recipients in 2009, and serves on the Boards of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Emory University Board of Visitors.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta, and a 2010 graduate of Leadership Atlanta.

Jack and his wife Laura live in Atlanta with their four children.



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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM: Reception
11:20 AM - 11:30 AM: Doors Open for Lunch
11:30 AM - 11:50 AM: Lunch
11:35 AM - 11:40 AM: Welcome by the Georgia Aquarium
11:50 AM - 12:00 PM: Announcements
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM: Awards and President Presentations
12:30 PM - 1:20 PM: Speaker Presentation
1:20 PM - 1:30 PM: Closing Remarks
1:30 PM: Meetings Adjourns


Upon completion of the December Chapter Meeting, you will have access to the Georgia Aquarium.


Purchase a Table: SHRM-Atlanta's December Chapter Meeting Luncheon at the Aquarium is one of our most popular events of the year. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase a table for 10 and bring your staff, clients, or guests to this terrific event. A table for 10 attendees is only $400! If you are interested in purchasing a table, click on register and select this ticket option.


Advance Registration Deadline: November 30, 2015

Cancellation Deadline: November 25, 2015


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Building Five, Suite 300

Atlanta, GA 30305


Cancellation Policy:  Refunds will not be granted if cancellation is not received by the specified deadline. Send all cancellation notices via e-mail to info@shrmatlanta.org. Substitutions are allowed, however the non-member rate may apply. If we do not receive a cancellation notice you will be required to pay for this event, even if you are unable to attend.