LIVE from the GNFCC 2022 Women in Leadership Summit: Dr. Malika Reed Wilkins, Atlanta Regional Commission (North Fulton Business Radio, Episode 567)
Dr. Malika Reed Wilkins, Chief External Affairs Officer at the Atlanta Regional Commission, joined host John Ray on North Fulton Business Radio LIVE from the GNFCC 2022 Women in Leadership Summit. Dr. Wilkins was a speaker at the summit. She shared the work of the ARC, her talk at the Women’s Summit, the value of resilience in life, advice on how to embrace change, and much more.
This show was originally broadcast live from the GNFCC 2022 Women in Leadership Summit held at The Commons at Phase in Alpharetta, Georgia.
North Fulton Business Radio is produced and broadcast by the North Fulton studio of Business RadioX® inside Renasant Bank in Alpharetta.
Dr. Malika Reed Wilkins, Chief External Affairs Officer, Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)
Dr. Malika Reed Wilkins is the Chief External Affairs Officer for the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). She heads the agency’s strategy development, corporate and community engagement, governmental affairs, board engagement, and communications. She also spearheaded the agency’s diversity, equity, and inclusion program. Wilkins has more than 25 years in public policy and administration, operational leadership, strategic organizational communications, and building long-standing partnerships in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
Prior to onboarding with ARC, she served the State of Georgia in various executive-level roles with the State Road and Tollway Authority, Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, Georgia Commute Options, and the Georgia Department of Human Services. In addition, she served as Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the Southern States Police Benevolent Association and worked as a consultant for several advertising agencies. Dr. Wilkins is known for her strategic relationship development and consensus-building across multiple disciplines.
She is currently the Membership Chair for the Buckhead Rotary Club, and a Commission member for the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission. Wilkins is also a member of COMTO Atlanta, ULI Atlanta, Public Relations Society of America, and Past President of WTS Atlanta.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications from the University of Georgia. A Master of Public Administration from North Carolina Central University and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University.
Malika resides in the City of Atlanta with her husband Anthony and daughter Malia.
Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)
ARC is responsible for developing and updating the Atlanta Region’s Plan, a long-range blueprint that details the investments needed to ensure metro Atlanta’s future success and improve the region’s quality of life.
The Atlanta Regional Commission is charged with peering into the future and working with our partners across the community to plan for a better, brighter tomorrow.
On any given day, ARC works with local jurisdictions and various regional partners to:
- Plan new transportation options
- Encourage the development of healthy, livable communities
- Wisely manage precious water resources
- Provide services for the region’s older adults and individuals with disabilities
- Develop a competitive workforce
- Provide data to inform leaders and decision-makers
- Cultivate leaders to meet the region’s challenges
- Coordinate with local first responders in preparing for a secure region
- Engage the public on key regional issues
The agency also serves as a regional convener, bringing diverse stakeholders to the table to address the most critical issues facing metro Atlanta.
ARC’s member governments are Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties, and the city of Atlanta.
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GNFCC 2022 Women in Leadership Summit, presented by the Women INfluencing Business Committee
The 2022 Women in Leadership Summit, organized by the Women INfluencing Business Committee of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, was held on November 2, 2022, at the Commons at Phase in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Powered by the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce (GNFCC), the Women INfluencing Business Committee strives to engage female leaders and enhance the standing of professional women within the community. Its annual awards program recognizes women with exceptional vision who have implemented innovative ideas in both the workplace and community and who inspire others.
Questions and Topics in the Interview
- The ARC
- Dr. Wilkin’s presentation at The Women’s Summit
- Embracing change
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