Author: Shannon Wilder

Reinventing Young Harris College

"I can talk until people fall over in a dead faint when I’m excited about something, and I’m really excited about what we’re doing here.” Cathy Cox isn’t kidding. These days, Georgia’s former secretary of state finds herself with much…

Organizations: Dorchester Academy

Mission-Driven: Officially chartered in 1875, the school that became Dor-chester Academy owes its existence to an organization known as the American Missionary Association (AMA). The group began as an abolitionist movement before the Civil War and opened schools for freedmen…

Organizations: Leadership Georgia

Going Global: Leadership Georgia made its first international excursion this summer, taking almost every member of the class of 2009 to Costa Rica. It wasn’t for fun in the sun, either, says the organization’s president, Horace Johnson, Jr. “Costa Rica…

Rome/Floyd County: Marking Milestones

When you live in a city named after one of the most famous places on earth, thinking big just comes naturally. So when Georgia’s Rome celebrated its 175th birthday earlier this year, it did so in style, cutting the ribbon…

Organizations: Kate's Club

Marking Milestones: It’s been six years since Kate Atwood, who lost her mother at age 12, founded Kate’s Club, an organization that aims to empower kids who’ve lost a parent or sibling. From an initial group of just six children,…

40 Under 40: Georgia's Best & Brightest

Each year, Georgia Trend’s editorial staff asks the magazine’s readers to help identify those individuals who will lead our state’s business, cultural, academic and governmental institutions in decades to come. In a year that was supposed to have seen a…