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April 12, 2022:  Ed Shartar has led an all-time record of giving local nonprofit leaders access to executive education courses at Harvard Business School.

Ed is Chairman of the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta’s Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) scholarships – an annual program that gives full scholarships to attend HBS summer programs.  Since its inception in 1997, the HBS Club of Atlanta has awarded 120 outstanding nonprofit leaders in Georgia with these scholarships. Normally, 4 to 6 people are chosen each year. This year, through Ed’s hard work and the additional resources of the HBS Club of Atlanta, 9 leaders were selected.

The SEI scholarship recipients who will attend Harvard Business School courses this summer are:

  • Eric Cochling, Georgia Center for Opportunity
  • Kate Connor, Food Well Alliance
  • Lee Ann Else, HealthMPowers
  • Daphne Hollinger Fowler, Global Growers Network
  • Andrea Jaron, Second Helpings Atlanta
  • Victoria Salzman, Multi-Agency Alliance for Children
  • Laura Sellers, Hillside
  • Katrina Spooner, The Arc Macon
  • Chandra Stephens-Albright, True Colors Theatre Company
  • Photos of winners

    “Core to our School’s mission is educating and enabling leaders who will make a difference in the world,” says Ed Shartar, vice president, Social Enterprise Initiatives of HBSCA. “We are honored and proud to support these incredible individuals who are making a positive impact on our community.”

    Check out the video of a few past participates speaking about the impact of attending this program:   Video of 4 scholarship winners

    March 1st, 2022:  Rashad Gold Named as COO, EDT, Inc.

    Acadia Associates has placed Rashad Gold as the COO of EDT. Rashad comes to EDT from Amazon where he most recently launched and led a 2,500-person package sortation center supporting fulfillment of orders for customers throughout the Southeast region. Previously, he had a distinguished career at Eli Lilly and later at Thermo Fisher Scientific. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where he was Valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA. He also was co-captain of the Men’s Varsity Basketball team.

    EDT is a pioneer and world leader in bio-industrial enzyme applications for the pulp and paper industry, focusing on customized treatments to improve mill operations. Through value-added manufacturing and consultative selling, the company provides substantial “green solutions” of custom enzyme-based treatments which dramatically improve pulp and paper mill profitability and sustainability. Essentially, it helps clients make more, better and cheaper paper with a reduced environmental impact. Its world-class client locations span the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. EDT’s origins started with the biotechnology breakthroughs of Dr. Karl-Erik Eriksson who was the state of Georgia’s first Eminent Scholar Professor at UGA.


    Feburary 25, 2022:  Tom Mallory’s monthly job transition meetings have resumed in-person. Since 2008, Tom has been volunteering his time to lead these 2 hour meetings for senior level business people. While it started for just Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta alumni, it soon expanded to the Atlanta Business School Alliance, a group of 20 other business school clubs in Atlanta including Wharton, Stanford, Chicago, Emory, Columbia, Georgia Tech, GSU, UGA and others.  Later, the program expanded further to include any senior level business person regardless of school affiliation, and these meetings continue throughout the year including summer.  Over 1,000 people have attended, some multiple times over the years.

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    February 10, 2022: One of Acadia’s 4 values is Gratitude. We thought that with the positive news of COVID cases dramatically declining and the virus’s effects being less potent, we should reflect on this value. “Gratitude’s Expanding Benefits in Business….and Life” highlights how numerous scientific studies in the last decade have revealed the extent of gratitude’s multiple and powerful benefits to both the giver and receiver.  These studies also emphasize that expressing gratitude may have the best Cost / Benefit value toward becoming happy since the costs of being grateful are almost zero in terms of time and risk.  Here’s the article:

    Gratitude’s Expanding Benefits in Business….and Life

    January 19, 2022:  Harvard Business School has recognized and written about the efforts of Tom Mallory for creating and co-leading a mentorship program for students at Morris Brown College in Atlanta.

    The program has matched local alumni from eight prestigious MBA clubs with Morris Brown’s diverse students. Mentors and Mentees have monthly sessions. The eight MBA clubs include Columbia, Cornell, Emory, Georgia, Georgia State, Harvard, London, and Michigan. Many current and former presidents of these MBA clubs are participating, including Tom who was the HBS Club of Atlanta President 22 years ago. Morris Brown’s President, Dr. Kevin James stated, “This wonderful opportunity offers an educational and mutually beneficial experience for both the mentor and mentee, and Morris Brown is excited and motivated to bring it to fruition.” As the program’s first year, only 25 Mentors and 25 Mentees were selected to test the project. So far so good. The goal is to help Morris Brown students for many years. The idea for this type of mentorship program grew out of a similar program Tom created and ran for 10 years at his kids’ high school.
    Harvard Business School article

    Established in 1881, Morris Brown College is one of five historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the Atlanta area, but the only college in Georgia founded solely by African-American patronage. The school lost its accreditation in 2004, but has worked diligently since then to recover it, and accreditation was restored in April 2021.

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