What a great evening and an honor to have had dinner with Archbishop Gregory at his residence off West Wesley in Buckhead.  Along with Board and staff members of Catholic Charities Atlanta and other Catholic business leaders I truly enjoyed the kick-off reception for the 2012 Catholic Leadership Class.

The mission of the Catholic Charities Atlanta Leadership Class is to inspire and empower Catholic men and women who seek to become servant leaders in the business community through professional development, education, service and active mentoring.  I’m so blessed to be part of the 2012 class and look forward to the next several months working together with my 42 “classmates.”

A quick peek at what’s to come:

Transformation Leadership: Career and Legacy Building Sept. 18 at the Cherokee Town Club with speaker Paul Voss of Ethikos

Catholic Leadership in Times of Crisis: A Christian Perspective to the Global Financial Crisis Oct. 4th at Maggiano’s in Buckhead with speaker Frank Hanna of Hanna Capital

Catholic Social Teaching: At the Heart of the Gospel and Living an integrated Catholic Life Oct. 18th  at Saint Peter Chanel Catholic Church with speaker Deacon Mike Bickerstaff

Using Your Talents to Glorify God through Servant Leadership: Panel Discussion Nov. 8th at the Archdiocese of Atlanta Chancery with Moderator Raellyn Kovich of Bell Oaks Mass celebrated by Father Henry Atem (one of my favorites) J

Mentor/Mentee Training Nov. 29th at the Blackburn Conference Center at John Marshall Law School

Graduation January 3rd at The Georgian Club

Last night, I was next to the Archbishop in the buffet line; and all I could come up with was, “Hi.”  I never know what to say to priests—I always feel so in awe of them and think they can see right through me!  I want to say, “Forgive me Father for I have sinned.”  But I don’t think that would have been appropriate last night :O).

What a program! I will no doubt be describing my experiences over the next few months.  In the meantime, here are a few of the reasons I love Catholic Charities Atlanta:

In the past year, CCA responded to 66,152 requests for help and directly served 21,632 individuals in our community.  CCA provides employment services, English classes, immigration legal assistance and financial literacy assistance to immigrant and refugee families living in the metro Atlanta area.  CCAs Parent Talk Program helped new and underprivileged mothers increase their skills in childhood development and children’s needs.

And as a marketing professional, I love that Catholic Charities USA “brand” was recognized in the top 10 of Nonprofit Power Brands along with the YMCA, Salvation Army, United Way, Red Cross and Goodwill.