Mike Anderson is Senior Vice President for Georgia Power Company, President & CEO of Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. and Southern Company Charitable Foundation. Mike manages the company’s Community and Corporate Relations Organization and is also a member of the Georgia Power Management Council. An Atlanta native, Mike received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was also inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni. He has an MBA from Emory University and is an alumnus of The Regional Leadership Institute. In the community, Mike serves on numerous boards, including the Georgia Tech Foundation and Advisory Boards, Saint Joseph’s Healthcare System, Emory University Board of Visitors, Georgia Tech Industrial & Systems Engineering, Chick-Fil-A Bowl and Georgia Tech Athletic Association. Anderson’s recognitions include the Atlanta Area Council of Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver and Whitney M. Young Awards, Woodruff Arts Center Exceptional Service Award, Chauncey Davis Foundation’s Man of The Year Award, St. Vincent de Paul Hope in Action Award and Georgia Institute of Technology’s Total Person Alumnus Award. He and his wife Andreane have one son, Christopher, also a graduate of Georgia Tech.
Kelly Barrett is senior vice president of home services for The Home Depot. She oversees the strategy of our home services business, including in-home sales and installation, operations, customer contact centers, as well as contractor sourcing, onboarding and compliance. In addition, Kelly is also responsible for revenue and profitability for four Home Depot subsidiary businesses: HD Interiors, Home Renovations Services, HD Measurement Services and HD Exteriors. Kelly joined The Home Depot in 2003 as vice president and corporate controller and has held roles of increasing responsibility including, most recently, vice president of internal audit and corporate compliance. Prior to joining The Home Depot, she served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Cousins Properties Incorporated and as an audit manager at Arthur Andersen in Atlanta. As a distinguished alumna, Kelly serves as Chair of the Advisory Board of Georgia Tech’s Scheller Business School. She also serves on the Georgia Tech Foundation Board of Trustees. Kelly graduated from Georgia Tech in 1986 with highest honors, earning a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management. In April 2006, she was inducted into the Georgia Tech College of Management’s Council of Outstanding Young Alumni which recognizes alumni for their career achievements and contributions to Georgia Tech and society.
Reza Ghorieshi is the founder of successful software ventures and a business consultant who advises, develops, and invests in technology‐centric private equity and startup businesses within the US and a cross key emerging markets in South America, the Middle East, and throughout western and central Africa.
Andrea Laliberte is the Edenfield Executive in Residence and a Professor of the Practice in the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. Previously, she was Senior Vice President of Distribution and Consumer Service for Coach, Inc., a leading marketer of modern classic American accessories. In this role, she was responsible for global distribution, customer service, transportation, and trade compliance. Prior to joining Coach, Andrea was in the retail management consulting practice of Coopers & Lybrand (PWC). Laliberte is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a BIE 1982 and a MSIE 1984. She is the 2016-2017 Chair of Georgia Tech Alumni Association, a Georgia Tech Foundation trustee and is an emeritus member of the ISyE Advisory Board. Additionally, she was the recipient of the 2008 Georgia Tech College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Wonya Lucas was named President and CEO of Public Broadcasting Atlanta in April of 2015. Previously, Lucas was President and CEO for TV One, where she was responsible for the strategic vision, brand strategy and operations. Lucas held several positions at Discovery Communications including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Discovery Channel and Science Channel and Global Chief Marketing Officer where she led brand strategy, marketing operations and coordination across Discovery’s global businesses. Prior to her work with Discovery Communications, Lucas held executive-level posts at The Weather Channel networks and at Turner Broadcasting where she was responsible for corporate strategy and development, strategic marketing, operations and programming. Lucas currently serves on several boards including NEEF (National Environmental Education Foundation), Girl Scouts USA, and the Georgia Tech Advisory Board. Lucas is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with an M.B.A in Finance and Marketing. Ms. Lucas has two daughters, Alexis and Sydney.
Sue Payne retired from Exxon Mobil Corporation after a 37 year career in global oil and gas exploration, development and production. After starting her career as a geophysicist in Mobil’s technology center in Dallas Texas, she served in many diverse professional and management roles. As an executive, she held positions in Mobil’s headquarters in New York and Fairfax, followed by roles as South American Business Development Manager, as Vice President of US Exploration and Production, as Geoscience Manager for ExxonMobil Production, as US Exploration Manager, as Global Exploration Planning Manager and finally as Manager of Global Geoscience. From 2011 to 2013, Sue was the Chief Operating Officer for the National Math and Science Initiative, a national non-profit focused on improving the math and science educational performance in US schools. She currently resides in Houston, Texas where she is active in many non-profit organizations, currently serving on the board of the United Way of Greater Houston, the board of the Houston Children’s Museum, the advisory board for the College of Science at Georgia Tech and the board of the Orange Show for Visionary Art.
Paul Raines is the chief executive officer of GameStop Corporation. Prior to being named CEO in June 2010, he served as chief operating officer, a position he held since joining the company in September 2008. Paul and his team have transformed GameStop into the leading online and omnichannel player in the global video game industry – building online and digital platforms, publishing digital content, and maintaining world class retail store operations. GameStop has expanded its business to include a diverse portfolio of technology and mobile brands through strategic partnerships with AT&T and Apple, and by entering into the global collectibles category with the acquisition of the popular ThinkGeek.com brand and the opening of collectibles stores under the ThinkGeek brand and Zing Pop Culture brand in Australia. Today, GameStop is a family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple. Prior to joining GameStop, Paul spent eight years with The Home Depot in various management positions in retail operations, including serving as executive vice president for U.S. stores. He also has extensive international expertise covering Latin America, Asia and Europe. Paul graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Tom Saylor has a background in management, strategy development, deal negotiation and fundraising for entrepreneurial biopharma companies. He was the CEO of Sirus Pharmaceuticals Limited, a company developing drugs based upon advanced delivery technologies, which he built through internal development and acquisition and then successfully sold to Arakis Limited in 2004. He was also a Chairman and founder of Lotus Healthcare Corporation, an Asian-based fully integrated pharmaceutical company producing and marketing analgesics, cardiovascular and GI products in 35 cities of China. He was also CEO of Cell Systems Limited, a company focusing on medical applications of cryo-preservation and algal biotechnology, and Executive Vice President of a multibillion dollar trade and finance company based in New York. As a ministerial appointment in the US Government, Tom was a principal trade negotiator for the United States during the Tokyo Round. Tom represents the United Kingdom as a member of the EuropaBio Board of Directors. Tom holds an MBA from Harvard University, doctoral studies in molecular biology at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Munich and a degree in molecular biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Surishtha (Sue) Sehgal
Sue Sehgal is the founder of Campus Community Partnership Foundation and a New York Times bestselling author. She has written five books including, A Bucket of Blessings, the foreword to the book was written by Maya Angelou. The book was adapted for a stage production at the Alliance Theatre and selected as a part of the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club (MSRC). The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk was chosen as A Book All Young Georgians Should Read by the Georgia Center for the Book and is featured as part of MSRC. Festival of Colors, Thread of Love and P is for Poppadoms (forthcoming), all books are published by Simon & Schuster. Sue was a Commissioner for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and served as university professor for many years. She is on the President's Advisory Boards of Agnes Scott College, Oglethorpe University, and Board of Trustees of Quality Care for Children and Board of Directors of Alliance Theatre-Woodruff Arts Center.
Bill Todd was the founding president of the Georgia Research Alliance in 1990, nurturing the independent not-for-profit organization that has helped build Georgia's reputation as a center for discovery and invention and fostered major advances in science, medicine and technology. He also founded Encina Technology Ventures in 2000. Todd began his career at Emory University hospitals, clinics and the medical school, where he held a variety of administrative posts over two decades, ultimately serving as assistant vice president for Medical Administration at the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center.
Alan Warren is the CTO and SVP of Engineering for Oscar Health, the high-tech NY startup aiming to transform the healthcare industry. Prior to Oscar, Alan worked at Google for a decade, most recently as their engineering VP leading efforts on consumer-facing apps, collaboration and the education space. He also spent 10 years at IBM Research working on next-generation devices.
Admiral James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr.
Admiral Winnefeld graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and served for 37 years in the United States Navy. He flew the F-14 Tomcat, instructed at the Navy Fighter Weapons School, also known as Topgun, and served as senior aide-de-camp to General Colin L. Powell. He subsequently commanded a fighter squadron, the amphibious ship USS CLEVELAND, the aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE, and the THEODORE ROOSEVELT Carrier Strike Group. As a flag officer, he commanded NATO Joint Command Lisbon, Striking and Support Forces NATO, the United States SIXTH Fleet, United States NORTHERN Command, and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD. He retired in 2015 after serving four years as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the United States’ number two ranking military officer. Admiral Winnefeld is a frequently published author and a director or advisory board member for several companies operating in a broad spectrum of business sectors. He currently serves as Distinguished Professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech, where he is also a member of the Engineering Hall of Fame. He is on the Board of Visitors of the United States Naval Academy, and a senior non-resident fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Janice Wittscheiebe has been providing professional services for over 30 years as a project designer, project manager and principal for multi-faceted projects. As a registered architect, interior designer and LEED accredited professional, she brings a wide range of abilities and understanding to projects and the company. Janice’s talent for compiling a design team that works well together to meet the client’s needs is unparalleled. Her ability to negotiate contracts, contract administration and manage the project throughout each phase, helps ensure the project stays within budget and is delivered on-time.
Rick Zalesky retired from Chevron in February 2015. He began his career in 1978 at the Richmond Refinery as a Designs Engineer. He held a variety of positions there in engineering, maintenance, operations and human resources before moving to the Philadelphia Refinery in 1990 as Operations Superintendent. In 1992 he moved to the Port Arthur Refinery as Technical Manager. In 1994 he moved to San Francisco and started the Energy Services Group. In 1995 he became Operations Manager for Chevron North America Marketing. In 1997 he returned to the Richmond Refinery as Operations Manager and then Refinery Manager in 1999. In 2003 he moved to Houston as the VP of Biofuels and Hydrogen. Following this assignment he moved to his last role as General Manager of Strategy for Chevron Downstream in 2008.