Sean Weatherspoon/Atlanta Falcons
Spoonful of Hope Foundation
The mission of the Sean Weatherspoon’s SPOONful of Hope Foundation is to provide low income and inner-city youth with opportunities and resources to reach their full potential. The goal of the Sean Weatherspoon’s SPOONful of Hope Foundation is to impact the lives of more than 150,000 at-risk Atlanta-area youth.
Kristin Connor/CURE Childhood Cancer
Kristin Connor joined CURE Childhood Cancer in March 2006 as Executive Director after a personal experience with childhood cancer changed and redirected her life. Kristin’s second son was diagnosed in Oct 2001 at a month old with an aggressive form of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma.
The suffering of children and families at the hands of childhood cancer caused her to leave her law practice and take the reins at CURE Childhood Cancer. Kristin graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1991 with a B.A. in International Studies. She attended law school at University of Georgia and graduated with a J.D. in 1994. She practiced law at Arnall Golden Gregory until 2004 when she took a leave of absence to work as Senior Vice President of Community and Business Development at a national childhood cancer nonprofit. She joined CURE as Executive Director in 2006. Under Kristin’s leadership, CURE has experienced 400% growth in revenue, allowing the organization to grow its investment in childhood cancer research and patient and family services, refocused its mission, rebranded the organization, established a strong Scientific Advisory Board and strengthened board leadership. Kristin is a strong advocate for strategic collaborations and seeks out opportunities to work with other mission driven organizations to further the goal of eradicating childhood cancer in our lifetime and supporting the critical and urgent needs of patients and their families.
Michele Stumpe/Partner Taylor English
Co-founder Children of Conservation
Children of Conservation takes a global approach towards wildlife conservation in third world countries. Our projects are designed to have immediate but long-lasting impact. We focus, not only on the animals themselves, but also on the education and well being of the people fighting for their protection and the people in the communities surrounding their habitats.
Joanne Hayes/Simply Buckhead Magazine (Show Host)
Publisher and Founder of Simply Buckhead Magazine, launched in 2010. More than 18 years in the industry, worked for Journal Register Company (owners of 377 weeklies and dailies across the country), for 12 years, then as Marketing Director for SO RI Magazine, launched in 2007 at Providence Media, for 3 years, before moving to Atlanta. Without knowing a single person here, we spent 8 months in early 2010 researching and educating ourselves on the Atlanta media landscape before launching. As the fastest-growing publication in Atlanta, we are very excited to collaborate with many local businesses and Buckhead and Brookhaven residents, bringing to the readers unique stories that continue to keep them seeking us out. My specialty is building long-term relationships, educating clients, and helping businesses grow through advertising and editorial opportunities.