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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.

Connect with Molly on Linkedin

HIVE Gathering May 13th at ROAM Dunwoody


HIVE Gathering

Hive Gathering is an inspired community of local leaders. For those of you who have attended before, you know what to expect. If you’ve never attended – don’t miss it. You’ll leave inspired and encouraged with a community to back your ideas up.


Scott Henderson is the managing director of CauseShift, he helps brand, startups, and nonprofits of all sizes attract, engage, and activate passionate people using emerging media and collaborative initiatives. Over the past five years alone, he has helped launch HypepotamusSpeak Justice NowStartup America Partnership, and the UN’s 7 Billion Actions, while also providing strategic counsel to P&G, UNICEF, TLC/Discovery Channel, Aetna, SXSW Interactive Festival & SXSW V2V, and the City of Louisville.  He is proud to be from Nebraska and lives with his wife and son in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Hannah Brencher pins her passion to projects that bring the human touch back into the digital age. 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. 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 Howard Books of Simon & Schuster.


Roam is Atlanta’s premiere coworking space. We’ll be meeting in The Garage, their largest meeting room. There is plenty of free parking at the venue.


If you know someone who is a passionate entrepreneur, nonprofiteer or a leader of their tribe, we want them at this event. Tweet it, Facebook it, Pin it, etc!



Josh Webb and Bryan Noel with Root Radius


Josh Webb

As CEO and Creative Director, Josh heads the vision and creative direction of Root Radius. He leads the strategic efforts for long-term communication plans and guides the Root Radius team in the execution of strategies. He excels at translating business goals into creative executions that achieve measured results.

Josh founded Root Radius in 2010, after a desire to want to help change lives through creative communication became a bit of a personal obsession. He has over 10 years-experience of award-winning work with national brands, i.e. UPS, Universal Studios, Under Armour, Royal Caribbean, Microsoft, American Cancer Society and many more. He has performed on many levels of project development, e.g. strategist, user experience, creative director, designer, animator, film director and art director.

Connect with Josh on Twitter.

Bryan Noel

As COO at Root Radius, Bryan is responsible for supervising company projections, steering new business and overseeing project management. He has worked on projects engaging in communication strategy, project management and creative execution.

Before coming to Root Radius, Bryan launched Media Kanvas in 2005 in an effort to aid organizations in their creative execution. He also worked as Project Manager for CCL Associates, leading organizations through multimillion-dollar building campaigns. While simultaneously completing his B.A. in Business and Entrepreneurship.

“My passion is the art of business. My focus is to align skills and talents to orchestrate executions that equips our clients. Most importantly, positioning them to better fulfill their mission, and therefore changing more lives.”

Bryan can be found on Twitter and you can Follow the Root Radius Twitter feed as well.

PJ Simmons and Andrew McPeak with Medici Project


P.J. Simmons

P.J. serves as the Director of Organizational Development and University Relations at Medici Project. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Lee University in Cleveland, TN and with a background in service learning, P.J.’s desire is to see individuals live out a lifestyle of selfless love towards others. Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Andrew McPeak

Getting his start at Bryan College in Dayton, TN working with the Worldview Initiative, Andrew joined Medici Project in Jan of 2014 as the Director of Worldview and Urban Missions. Andrew’s heart is to see Millennials understand how their values can affect their future.  Connect with him on Twitter ,Facebook and LinkedIn.

Scott Tanksley with Authentity

Scott Tanksley Authentity

Scott Tanksley

Scott has 5 years experience in corporate real estate, 10 years in management and leadership coaching.
He loves a good game in almost any sport, and rarely meets an ice cream he can’t become best friends with. Scott and his family reside in Atlanta, Georgia. Connect with him here.

Authentity builds authentic engagement and community strategy for companies. Essentially, a company’s success is dependent on their ability to connect with people: their employees and their customers. Authentity has designed a system to help companies do this in an authentic, intelligent way.  Follow them on Twitter and connect with them on LinkedIn.

Aileen Cole – Insightpool and Jason Dominy – Dalton Agency talk SXSW


Aileen Cole – Insightpool

Aileen is a part of the awesome team of young go-getters who make up Insightpool. As Director of Social Media for Atlanta’s fastest growing social tech startup, Aileen recently had the honor of traveling to exciting nationwide social media conferences like WOMMA in Nashville, BlogWell in Orlando, SXSW in Austin, and SMMW in San Diego. She loves connecting with other fun people both locally in person and virtually on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Jason Dominy – Dalton Agency

Jason Dominy started in the social media marketing space when it first began, and for the past 6.5 years has been on the brand-side, working in the specialty coffee community for coffee roasters. While there, his focus was primarily on social strategy, community management,engagement, influencer marketing, events and training. In July of 2013 he joined the agency world with Moxie/Engauge, where he wrote and oversaw content and social strategies for brands like Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, UPS and Chick-fil-A.  He recently moved to the Dalton Agency in Atlanta, where he oversees social strategy, content and consumer/brand engagement for the Atlanta Dalton Agency office.

He has been incredibly happily married to April for the past (almost) 12 years. He drives MINI exclusively, and plays disc golf every chance he gets.  Connect with on him Twitter, Facebook , LinkedIn and Tumblr

Mike Singletary Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee

Mike Singletary – Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Co.


Mike Singletary wrangles coffee beans as Land of a Thousand Hills’ Roastmaster and Director of Coffee Excellence. He is also works as the Director of Marketing, managing all of the LOTH social media outlets, promotional campaigns, and new product development and launches. He loves his family, coffee, and the Walking Dead.  You can keep up with them on their Facebook page as well.