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Daniel Kosmala – Radical Mentoring

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Daniel Kosmala

Daniel is a nonprofit manager for Radical Mentoring in Atlanta. He likes to dream about starting businesses and then shoot down his own ideas. He writes on his own blog ( regularly about marketing, social media & leadership as well a weekly article on  In his free time he loves to read, write, and spend time with his wife.

Hannah Brencher – More Love Letters

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Writer and TED Speaker, Hannah Brencher pins her passion to projects that bring the human touch back into the digital age. Two years ago, at the age of 23, Hannah founded The World Needs More Love Letters—an internationally recognized organization that harnesses the power behind social media to mobilize and empower individuals through tangible acts of love. In two years, the global community has grown to over 20,000 individuals across 6 continents, 52 countries, all 50 states and over 100 college campuses. Named as one of the White House’s “Women Working to Do Good” and a spokesperson for the United States Postal Service, Hannah and her work have been featured in outlets such as Oprah, the Huffington Post,, Glamour, BBC News, CNN World News, and the Wall Street Journal. Hannah recently sold her first book to Simon & Schuster. Her memoir “If You Find This Letter” will be in bookstores worldwide in March 2015.

Sarah Buchanan – Kula Project. Ryan Pernice – R.O. Hospitality


Sarah Buchanan

While studying Political Science, Sarah traveled to Kenya and that trip changed her life. Upon return, she changed her major to concentrate on international development. After graduation she spent more time traveling in developing nations, seeing first hand the link between agriculture and poverty. Sarah co-founded Kula Project with the goal of eliminating poverty for future generations by equipping one billion small farmers to do it. She now spends her days developing the international programs, raising support, and hanging out with Rwandan farmers.

Keep up with Kula on Twitter and Facebook.


Ryan Pernice

With more than 15 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Ryan Pernice demonstrates a passionate commitment to excellence in his restaurants, Table & Main | a southern tavern and Osteria Mattone.

Raised in Roswell and a proud graduate of Roswell High School, Ryan opened Table & Main in 2011 featuring “simple, seasonal and Southern” cuisine.

Upon opening, Table & Main earned early acclaim from critics and diners alike.Though awards are nice, Ryan is most proud to have built a restaurant that his friends and neighbors can consider their “neighborhood spot.”

Ryan and his partner, chef Ted Lahey, decided to open Osteria Mattone to offer Canton Street its only Italian restaurant. After all, what better way to build on their success than with a bowl of pasta and a glass of Barolo?

Combining the casual spirit of an osteria with the more formal dining of a Roman trattoria, Osteria Mattone also puts a great emphasis on a beverage program driven by Ryan’s brother, Daniel.

To distill his vision for the restaurant, Ryan traveled to Italy with Executive Chef Lahey to eat his way through 31 restaurants in seven days in Bologna, Montepulciano, In 2009, Ryan helped open Maialino, a Roman trattoria in New York City’s Gramercy Park from award-winning restaurateur Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group.< Lauded with accolades by Forbes, Esquire, New York Magazine and the NY Times since its debut, Maialino set a high standard for Ryan’s dream of opening his own restaurant.

Prior to opening Maialino, Ryan gained valuable experience in restaurant consulting at Avero, LLC, an innovative business-intelligence company catering to the country’s top restaurateurs.

After working in several local Roswell restaurant kitchens throughout high school, Ryan attended Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration where he graduated with highest honors.  You can keep up with him on his Twitter account.

Deborah Lubbe – Wellspring Living Molly Heacock – CARE for AIDS


Deborah Lubbe

Deborah is a Ringgold, Georgia native who has lived in Atlanta since her freshman year at Oglethorpe University in 2004.

In July of 2011 Deborah left to spend ten months living and working in Hyderabad, India as a fellow for the IDEXFellowship in Social Enterprise program. The IDEX Fellowship offered her the opportunity to tangibly contribute to a developing social eco-network and expand her knowledge of cross sector solutions to obstacles challenging quality education in low-income regions.

In addition to her field placement in Hyderabad, Deborah had the opportunity to work as a lead coordinator alongside Hand of Hope to execute a TOMS Shoes Giving Event providing over 2,000 shoes to children.

Deborah also took the lead on social media and web communication efforts for a Hyderabad based non-profit, VOICE 4 Girls, which tackles gender equality issues through the usage of a gender empowerment focused summer camps in low-income areas of India.

Since her return in 2012 Deborah has worked as the Operations and Event Coordinator at Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Co, an Atlanta based socially-minded coffee company working to restore lives in Rwanda.

Over the past year she has focused her efforts with Wellspring Living, and organization serving women and girls who are survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation through therapy, life skills training, and mentorship.

Deborah also offers organizational consulting services to non-profits and small start-ups who are looking for insight into creating systems and process to better serve their targeted demographic.

Deborah resides in Vinings, Georgia with her husband Jerome and their two dogs, Oliver and Loial.

Three phrases to describe Deborah: Spry, Spunky, and Unashamedly Organized

Molly Heacock

Molly graduated from Georgia Tech in 2010 with a B.S in Science, Technology and Culture and a minor in Sociology. She joined the CARE for AIDS team in July of 2013 as the Operations Director and is currently transitioning into the Community Relations Director role as the team expands.

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