Kenna Simmons

A Drive to Thrive

For Verónica Maldonado-Torres, the goal in business and in life is to thrive. It’s part of a trademarked mindset and approach – “Driven to Thrive” – she made the centerpiece of her consulting company, VMT Consulting, and now of her…

Pursuing Premier Public Health

COVID showed us just how vulnerable we are to emerging infectious diseases – not to mention health inequities and underlying conditions that made infected people sicker. But the pandemic also showed us how collaboration could fuel a quick and innovative…

Reconnecting to the River

It’s hard to go anywhere in Atlanta without being reminded of its history as a railroad town. From bumping across tracks to skirting the downtown Gulch to traversing the BeltLine (created from repurposed rail lines), the city’s early claim as…

Meaningful Impact

Monumental. Unprecedented. Transformative. Historic. Those are not words you often hear from mental health advocates, experts and professionals in Georgia, a state that ranks at or near the bottom for mental healthcare, year after year. In 2021, Georgia ranked 5th…

From Planet to People

What does sustainability mean, exactly? Your first thought may be about the planet and the environment: using fewer resources (like water and non-renewable energy), creating less waste, making sure soil, water and air are clean, and reducing carbon emissions. Those…