Get to know our keynote — Ann Cramer

A woman of substance, Ann's views are sought by corporations throughout the nation.

Ann W. Cramer Senior Consultant

Ann Wilson Cramer is a senior consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates. In this role, she provides strategic consultation to nonprofit clients to strengthen their capacity in the critical areas of board development, volunteer engagement, corporate relations, and fundraising. She will also be available to the business community to provide guidance on the issues of corporate citizenship and social responsibility.

Prior to joining Coxe Curry, Ann served as director for IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs for the Americas. In that position, she was a member of the senior management staff overseeing the company’s approach to corporate citizenship, strategic philanthropy, and overall social responsibility.

Ann serves on numerous local nonprofit boards, including the Alliance Theatre Company, Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, Woodruff Arts Center, Council on Foundations, Public Broadcasting Atlanta, and currently chairs the Georgia Foundation for Public Education, and served as chair of the Search Committee for the Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent and the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Educated Workforce Committee. Nationally, Ann has chaired the Council on Foundations Public Policy and Corporate Committees, the Conference Board’s Business Education Council, the Executive Committee of both the U.S. Chamber’s Business Civic Leadership Center and the Institute for a Competitive Workforce and the United Way of America’s National Corporate Leaders Council. In 2012, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented her with its first Business Civic Leadership Achievement Award.

The Women’s College Coalition honored Ann and Marian Wright Edelman with the first WCC Women Creating Change Award, and Ann was one of five Georgia women to receive the first STEM Gems recognition. Recently, Ann was recognized with Ann Curry and Ann Stallard as the YWCA Women of Achievement, and with the first Lifetime Achievement Award by the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Women Who Mean Business and listed among Georgia Trend’s 30 Years of Influence, received an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service at Clayton State University and was honored with the inaugural ARC Harry West Visionary Leadership Award, the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Leadership Award and Voices for Georgia’s Children Big Voice. She has received the prestigious Dan Sweat Award from Central Atlanta Progress, Public Broadcasting Atlanta’s Sullivan Award and was honored with The United Way of Greater Atlanta Women’s Leadership Award. She has participated in Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Georgia, Regional Leadership Institute, is a member of Outstanding Atlanta, and is past president of the Junior League of Atlanta.

Ann is a graduate of Salem College with a degree in mathematics. In 1991, she received Salem College’s Alumnae Leadership Award. Ann and her husband, Jeff, are long-time residents of Inman Park and are active members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. They are the proud parents of two adult children. 


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Dynamic Awareness

 Pamela Vandecar, Deputy,  Henry County Sheriff’s Department 

Dynamic Awareness occurs when you recognize situations around you and react in a way that creates a positive impact or harmonious change for the greater good. Deputy Pamela Vandecar will tell us how to apply Dynamic Awareness in our lives and how to recognize opportunities where we can effect positive outcomes by using these techniques. 

Deputy Vandecar works for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and is currently assigned to the School Resource Unit. She began her career with the Henry County Police Department in 2003. She has worked as an Undercover Narcotics Agent and a Field Training Officer. Pam has also assisted with COPS, the Community Oriented Policing Unit. This department works with bridging the community and the police department. Through Pam’s experience and passion, she is a true voice for Dynamic Awareness.  


Work-life Balance

Christi Hansen, MS, RDN, LD

Christi Hansen grew up in the Atlanta area and completed her MS in Human Nutrition and accredited internship at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. While in Montreal, she also led cooking workshops at food banks, CSA drop-offs, community centers, and dormitories. Before pursing her studies in nutrition, Christi spent 2 years in France teaching English, snacking, and volunteering on diverse organic farms. Christi currently works as a clinical and outpatient dietitian at Piedmont Henry Hospital, Cardiac Rehab program, and Cancer Wellness Center. Her work as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist aims to bridge clinical outcomes and culinary know-how through food-based dietary interventions.                                                             


Growing in Your Business

 Lisa Francis, Snapping Shoals EMC 

Lisa Francis is a true example of “Growing in your business”. She started with Snapping Shoals EMC in 1998, often stomping through raw sewage and running from dogs, as a meter reader. Through hard work and perseverance, Lisa has advanced through multiple positions, to which she is now the Director of Purchasing.  She is preparing to celebrate 19 years of marriage and is proud to say she has raised two wonderful young adults. In her free time you will likely find Lisa hiking with her three dogs, or running an obstacle race. Lisa's motto for success is, “Daily, I want to be better than I was the day before and continue to grow in some way - in competition with no one but myself. Long term, I want to help others to realize their inherent value, potential, and see that they can achieve their goals.”


Business Dress and Etiquette


Alisa Kirk, Area Director

The UGA Small Business Development Center at Clayton State University

Alisa Kirk is the Area Director of the UGA SBDC at Clayton State University. Her advice for entrepreneurs has been published in many local and regional newspapers and publications. Ms. Kirk has delivered eleven national presentations and numerous state and local presentations in her area of expertise: Persuasive Communication. She has also taught courses for the Clayton State University College of Business on Leadership and Communication. Ms. Kirk was the 2018 Georgia State Star and is the recipient of the 2017 UGA SBDC Consultant of the Year Award, the 2017 UGA SBDC Innovation of the Year Award, the 2012 Dr. William C. Flewellen, Jr., Award for Consulting Excellence, and the 2009 Georgia SBDC Continuing Education Program of the Year Award. Alisa has a BA in Business Administration from Tift College at Mercer University and an MBA in Supply Chain Management from Clayton State University. 

Alisa is a dedicated contributing columnist for the Henry County Chamber of Commerce monthly newsletter