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Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (Founders Campus)

471 Mount Vernon Highway

Atlanta, GA 30328

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Come to SPARK, a playground for intentional conversations, to listen and brainstorm ideas with some of Atlanta's most influential leaders. Through this event, high school students and adults from all over Atlanta will connect and make an impact in our community.

Our inaugural event includes conversations with three leaders who are each passionate about leadership. Jack Harris, President & CEO of Junior Achievement, Dr. Brett Jacobsen, Head of School of Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, and Alex Rodriguez, Multi-Unit Operator for Chick-Fil-A.

SPARK is an event hosted and completely created by students from Mount Vernon’s Innovation Diploma to bring a wide variety of students and adults together to engage in meaningful dialogue. These talks will spark intentional conversations that will help bring about creative solutions to some of the challenges facing these CEOs.

SPARK connects students with a wide variety of business leaders, non-profit organizers, and government officials from all over Atlanta.

8:15 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Arrival & Light Breakfast

9:15 a.m. Welcome & Speaker Remarks

9:45 a.m. Q & A

10:00 a.m. Learning Exchange

10:30 a.m. Reflect & Share

11:00 a.m. Close & Departure


SPEAKERS

Jack Harris

President & CEO

Junior Achievement of Georgia

Jack Harris is the President & CEO of Junior Achievement (JA) of Georgia, an organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. JA impacts over 10 million students around the world annually in over 120 countries by working in partnership with school systems and the business community to deliver relevant, experiential learning that integrates JA’s core competencies of financial literacy, career readiness and fostering the entrepreneurial spirit.

Harris has been with JA since 2002, beginning with the International organization where he was promoted to VP-International Operations for JA Worldwide. Following a move from the International organization to JA of Georgia in 2005, Jack served in progressive roles until 2008, at which time he was named President.

Most recently, Harris has led a significant expansion to reposition JA to address profound challenges in education, career preparedness, and economic development. With a focus on middle school and high school, JA drives efforts to create more effective pipelines to economic opportunity through the development and integration of public-private partnership models to bring innovation to public education.


Dr. Brett Jacobsen

Dr. Brett Jacobsen

Head of School

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Receiving the Most Admired CEO Award among a field of prominent city leaders, Dr. Brett Jacobsen is known for casting a powerful mission and for creating a culture where children are inspired to think, wonder, create, and problem solve. Since arriving at Mount Vernon in 2009, the School’s enrollment has grown 20%, philanthropic support has more than doubled, and more than 2500 educators from around the world have come to Mount Vernon to learn the School’s innovative teaching practices.

Leading Mount Vernon through a transformational period, Brett launched the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI). Focused on addressing local and global challenges, MVIFI cultivates public-private partnerships fostering creative collaboration at the intersections of the marketplace, education sector, nonprofit and civic communities. As an extension of MVIFI, Dr. Jacobsen launched the School’s Innovation Diploma -- a program empowering high schoolers to implement high-impact work. Rather than outsourcing the work to professionals, Mount Vernon students take on real-world projects, and so far MV students have solved problems for the Centers for Disease Control, the City of Sandy Springs, AT&T, and Porsche Cars North America. One of the most impactful design briefs took place with S.J. Collins Enterprises, a commercial developer. Innovation Diploma students designed site plans for an outdoor green space in the new Whole Foods shopping center in Chamblee.

Alex Rodriguez

Multi-Unit Chick-Fil-A Operator (Perimeter Pointe & Hammond Drive locations)

Alex Rodriguez is a multi-unit Operator with a proven history of developing 13 leaders who have become Chick-fil-A Owner/Operators or full-time employees at the Chick-fil-A Support Center. Additionally, Alex has been asked by CFA Inc. to be a source of leadership development for 17 current operators. Active in the community, Alex serves as a board member of the Atlanta Dream Center, he's an elder with River City Church and spends time volunteering with CURE and Northside Hospital. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Alex has been married 37 years, has three children and eight grandchildren.


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