Forum on Leadership
The Forum celebrates leadership in our modern-day society by educating, inspiring, and empowering all participants to enhance the success of leaders across Georgia.
This annual event brings together leaders in academia, business, government, and the nonprofit community. Participants are able to network, gain knowledge, and collaborate with other like-minded people to expand their impact on projects that address a significant challenge facing our state.
The 2020 Forum on Leadership will be held on Thursday, September 24th at the Cobb Galleria Centre.
FORMER U.S. SENATOR
FORMER FIRST LADY OF GEORGIA
COMMISSIONER GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF EARLY CARE AND LEARNING
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN ZELL MILLER FOUNDATION
DR. STEVE WRIGLEY
CHANCELLOR UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF GEORGIA
Former President & CEO, Georgia Lottery Corporation
Senator Gramm joined Lone Star Global Acquisitions as Vice Chairman in December of 2012. He served as Vice Chairman of UBS Investment Bank from December 2002 to December 2011. At UBS he provided senior leadership for such landmark IPOs as Visa, the Bank of China, the China Merchants Bank and LGPhillips in Korea. He was instrumental in the follow-on equity offering for the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the privatization of Telstra in Australia and the sale of 20% of Akbank in Turkey to Citibank.
Senator Gramm served six years in the US House of Representatives and eighteen years in the US Senate. His legislative record includes the Gramm-Latta Budget, which reduced federal spending, rebuilt national defense and mandated the Reagan tax cut, and the Gramm-Rudman Act, which placed the first binding constraints on the federal deficit. As Chairman of the Banking Committee, Senator Gramm steered through legislation modernizing banking, insurance and securities law, which had been languishing in Congress for 60 years. Dodd-Frank did not repeal Gramm-Leach-Bliley but expanded the law by requiring systemically significant non-banks to become Financial Services Holding Companies under Gramm-Leach-Bliley.
Gramm is a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in economics, the subject he taught at Texas A&M University for 12 years. He has published numerous articles and books on subjects ranging from monetary theory and policy to private property and the economics of mineral extraction.
He is married to Dr. Wendy Lee Gramm, Chairman of the Board of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, America’s largest state think tank. She was head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under President Reagan and Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission under Presidents Reagan and Bush.
They have two sons, Marshall and Jeff, and five grandchildren.
Shirley Miller served as First Lady of Georgia from 1991-1999. As First Lady, Mrs. Miller established programs to fight breast cancer, raise awareness for adult literacy, and promote child immunizations.
Prior to serving as First Lady, Mrs. Miller had a successful career as a banker and entrepreneur. She has worked as an editor of a newspaper, proprietor of several women’s clothing stores, and owner of a small wholesale art gallery.
In 1965, Mrs. Miller entered the banking business. By 1984, she was one of only three female bank presidents in Georgia. Mrs. Miller started Mountain Savings and Loan in Hiawassee, which is now a part of United Community Bank. She resigned her position when her husband become governor.
Mrs. Miller has served on numerous boards for organizations such as the Woodruff Arts Center, Georgia Citizens for the Arts, and the Young Harris College Alumni Association. She currently serves on the Board of Trustee of the Zell Miller Foundation.
Mrs. Miller is a native of Andrews, North Carolina and a graduate of Young Harris College. She was married for 64 years to former Governor and U.S. Senator Zell Miller. She resides in Young Harris and is a member of Sharp Memorial United Methodist Church.
Governor Nathan Deal appointed Amy M. Jacobs as Interim Commissioner of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning in June 2014. In January 2015, she was sworn in as permanent commissioner. Commissioner Jacobs leads the agency responsible for the early care and education of hundreds of thousands of Georgia’s children. She oversees an annual budget of more than $820 million for programs focused on child care licensing, child and adult care nutrition, child care quality, and early childhood education, specifically Georgia’s Pre-K Program.
Before joining Bright from the Start, Commissioner Jacobs served as Senior Policy Adviser for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (OPB). She began her career at OPB in 2001 in the planning, research and evaluation division focusing on strategic planning and program evaluation. Also while at OPB, she served as director of the Education Division and the General Government Division. Before that, she worked for two years in the Georgia Court of Appeals.
The Commissioner serves on the Georgia’s Children’s Cabinet, the Georgia Child Fatality Review Panel, the Alliance of Education Agency Heads, the 2020 Complete Count Committee, the Atlanta Early Education Leadership Council, and the boards of the Georgia Literacy Commission; Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy at Georgia College and State University (Board Chair); Georgia Foundation of Early Care and Learning; and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.
Commissioner Jacobs is a graduate of the University of Georgia. She and her husband, John, live in Cobb County with their two children and are members of Northside United Methodist Church.
Bryan Miller serves as the Executive Chairman of the Zell Miller Foundation. In this capacity, he acts as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and oversees strategic planning, major gifts, and the daily operations of the Foundation.
Bryan had the idea to create the Foundation in the summer of 2016 while studying for the Georgia Bar Exam. The purpose was to establish an organization for the sole purpose of preserving his grandfather’s legacy through programs that promote education, leadership, and service. Bryan has led the Foundation since its inception.
Prior to establishing the foundation in 2016, Bryan was the principal of Brasstown Strategies, LLC, a political consulting firm he founded in 2009. In this position, Bryan advised political candidates at the local, state, and federal level.
Bryan holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and Public Policy from Young Harris College, and a Juris Doctor from Mercer University School of Law. He and his wife, Anna, reside in Smyrna and are members of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.
DR. STEVE WRIGLEY
The Board of Regents named Dr. Steve Wrigley the 13th chancellor of the University System of Georgia effective January 1, 2017. He oversees 26 public colleges and universities with a $8.8 billion annual budget, more than 48,000 faculty and staff, and 320,000 students. The Georgia Public Library System and the Georgia Archives are also part of the University System. He currently serves on the Alliance of Education Agency Heads and is a member of the board of the Georgia Wildlife Federation. In the past, he served on the boards of the Nature Conservancy of Georgia and the Georgia Humanities Council.
Prior to becoming chancellor, Dr. Wrigley served as executive vice chancellor of administration for the University System of Georgia from June 2011 until his appointment as Chancellor. As executive vice chancellor of administration, Wrigley oversaw the day-to-day operations of the System’s budget, facilities, Information Technology Services, human resources, legal affairs and strategic planning units.
Wrigley formerly served as senior vice president for external affairs, as well as vice president for government relations, at the University of Georgia. He also served as Director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
Prior to his work in the University System, Wrigley worked in state government in Georgia, including five years as chief of staff to former Governor Zell Miller.
During his career, Wrigley has worked on a number of key issues, including the creation of the state lottery and the HOPE scholarship, along with campus consolidations within the University System of Georgia.
Rebecca Paul Hargrove has served in leadership roles in the lottery industry for more than 30 years, including as Chief Executive of the Illinois, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee lotteries. In three of those four states she led the start-up and remains one of the most respected, experienced leaders in the field.
Following a successful statewide referendum to create the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, the founding Board of Directors recruited Rebecca in 2003 to serve as its Chief Executive Officer. Under her leadership, the Lottery launched three weeks ahead of schedule, netting an additional $30 million for education than was anticipated.
Rebecca’s resume includes a long list of lottery industry, business and civic accomplishments, honors and awards. She is the current President of the World Lottery Association and a past Senior Vice President and Chair of its Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. She serves on the Board of Trustees at Butler University. She is the founding Chair of Women’s Initiative in Lottery Leadership, designed to support the advancement of women into top positions of lottery management, leadership and responsibility.
Rebecca has served as President and/or Chair of all offices of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries and the Multi-State Lottery Association, and President of the international industry organization A.I.L.E. She was one of the first inductees to the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame, was awarded the “Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award” by Public Gaming Research Institute, and was named one of The Tennessean newspaper’s “Tennesseans of the Year.” Throughout her career, Rebecca has served on a variety of boards and continues to support many causes.
Ms. Hargrove holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Butler University and is a native of Indiana.