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Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta
Second Century Luncheon

Thursday, September 26, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Ansley Golf Club
196 Montgomery Ferry Drive NE | Atlanta, GA 30309

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Keynote Speaker

Mary Laschinger

Chairman & CEO
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  • Event Co-Chair

    Denise Reese
    Amazon Web Services Professional Services

    District Practice Manager
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  • Event Co-Chair

    Danielle Joiner McPherson
    Delta Air Lines

    General Manager - Global Reservation Technology

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Event Emcee

Condace Pressley
Cox Media Group Atlanta

Director of Community and Public Affairs

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Last year we heard from community leaders: Kathy Waller, Jovita Moore, Ann Cramer, and Keri Hilson. Through drive, innovation and perseverance, these women inspired and encouraged us as we celebrated the G.I.R.L.s in the room.


About the Second Century Circle
At the 101st anniversary of Girl Scouting, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta launched our Second Century Circle major giving society to carry on our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Contributions from this influential group of community leaders play a vital role in helping every girl fulfill her potential.



Mary Laschinger Bio

Mary Laschinger is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Veritiv Corporation (NYSE: VRTV). Based in Atlanta, GA, Veritiv is a Fortune 500® company and a leading North American business-to-business distribution solutions company.

Previously, Ms. Laschinger served as Senior Vice President of International Paper Company from 2007 to June 2014, and as President of the xpedx distribution business from January 2010 to June 2014. Ms. Laschinger also served as President of the Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Russia business at International Paper; Vice President and General Manager of International Paper’s Wood Products and Pulp businesses, as well as in other senior management roles in sales, marketing, manufacturing, and supply chain at International Paper. Prior to joining International Paper in 1992, Ms. Laschinger held various positions in sales, marketing, and supply chain at James River Corporation and Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

Ms. Laschinger is a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, where she chairs the Audit Committee.

Ms. Laschinger is also a member of the Board of Directors for Kellogg Company, where she chairs the Compensation & Talent Management Committee and serves on the Executive and Nominating & Governance Committees. She is a former lead Director of Ilim Group, Russia’s largest pulp and paper company.

Ms. Laschinger is a recipient of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Alumni Association’s President’s Award. She was inducted into the 2018 YWCA Academy of Women Achievers, and was recognized by the University of Connecticut School of Business as a Distinguished Alumni in 2019.

Ms. Laschinger holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. Ms. Laschinger has also completed postgraduate studies in executive management at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Denise Reese Bio

Denise Reese is Vice President of Digital Transformation at Softvision, a Digital Engineering firm working at the intersection of design, strategy and engineering. Softvision creates impactful end-to-end digital products and solutions that result in relevant, memorable and rewarding interactions between brands and consumers. In her role, Denise oversees Sofvision’s Digital Business in the East Region. This includes P&L for a multi-million dollar portfolio and leading global cross functional teams in the US, India and Romania.

Prior to joining SoftVision, Denise held Sales and Operations leadership roles with Endava, a London Based IT Services firm and ThoughtWorks, a global custom software development organization headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Denise has spent two decades in Business Development and Strategic Alliances roles for several major IT Services and Software organizations and has held positions both in The United States and Europe. Her experience spans multiple disciplines including Identity and Access Management, IT Security and Regulatory Compliance Management.

Denise has built a brand rooted in developing trusted advisor relationships with her clients. This, coupled with a keen ability to build repeatable and sustainable revenue generating opportunities, has afforded Denise with the opportunity to achieve significant milestones for the firms she’s worked with. During her tenure with Wipro Technologies, a leading IT Services, Consulting and Business Process Outsourcing Organization headquartered in Bangalore, India, she secured Wipro’s 1st and largest Hospitality Client in the US and was a multi -million-dollar contributor to the RCTG (Retail, CPG, Transportation and Government) Business Unit.

Denise holds an MBA in Strategic Management from The Henley Business School in The United Kingdom. Her dissertation research focused on the importance of businesses adapting a sound IT Security and Risk policy. During her MBA Program, she completed her International Business Experience in Hong Kong. This allowed her the opportunity to analyze and provide strategic direction to Asia-Pacific companies in multiple industries including Manufacturing, Retail, and Public Sector.

Denise is passionate about serving in the community and embodies the qualities of a true Servant Leader. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. Denise is also past President of The Women in Technology (WIT) Foundation Board, the philanthropic arm of WIT, Inc. She has also served as Board Chair for Cool Girls, Inc. and was a founding Board Member and Director of Development for the Greater Atlanta Professional Chapter of Women MBA’s International, formerly known as National Association of Women MBA’s. Denise was also named a TAG Hub Magazine Ga. Game Changer in STEM Education and is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2017.

Danielle Joiner McPherson Bio

Danielle Joiner McPherson leads Delta Air Lines, Global Reservations Technology group, responsible for strategic conceptual planning and execution of multi-year transformational initiatives from idea to market across Delta's global engagement center domestic and international footprint. Creating new customer centric data strategies, integrating Omnichannel technologies and enhancing existing tools to drive efficiencies, improved customer experiences and employee satisfaction.

An advocate for women in leadership because it makes business sense. Danielle is passionate about women and girls of all ages excelling in S.T.E.A.M. from the classroom to boardroom. She recently accepted the invitation to join the City of Atlanta CIO Advisory Board and is currently the Women in Technology, President for the Board of Directors. Under her leadership the organization has served over 1500 girls in middle school and college, raised over $400K to further the mission, awarded $100K in scholarships, and awarded $10K in grants to deserving STEM organizations. Powered by over 300+ volunteers. In February 2019, Danielle also recently championed establishing SHE Leads IT, a divisional chapter of Delta's Womens Business Resource Group focused on increasing the representation of women across the global technology hubs.

Connecting and sharing knowledge with others through mutual interest and experiences to help others succeed is her forte’ investing time, talent, and treasures into many causes such as her daughter’s school parents volunteer association, eradication of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, mentoring relationships, and holding past leadership positions in the local Atlanta community as Jabian Consulting Womens Affinity Group – Founding Charter Executive and East Atlanta Kids Club – Board of Directors.

Danielle has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Alabama A&M University and Executive MBA in Strategic Management from Kennesaw State University along with multiple certifications and professional recognitions. Outside of work, she enjoys making memories with her creative husband, confident 5 year old daughter, family and close friends over a good meal. As well, she feeds her love of being adventurous, travelling the world, half marathons, tennis, and passion for a nice glass of wine.

Condace Pressley Bio

Condace Pressley is an award-winning journalist and member of the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. As Director of Community Affairs for Cox Media Group Atlanta, Condace oversees CMG Atlanta’s community efforts across all media platforms, including WSB TV, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and CMG’s four radio stations. Many radio listeners are familiar with Condace’s as a long-time WSB Radio reporter/anchor and news anchor on Cox Media Group’s KISS104. 2019 marks her 30th year as producer and host of the Sunday public affairs program ‘Perspectives.’ A 2016 graduate of Leadership Atlanta, Condace is also a distinguished University of Georgia alumna and member of the 2015 Centennial Class of Fellows of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The HistoryMakers, the world’s largest African American oral video history archive has profiled Pressley for her significant contributions to media. Condace is a former President of both the National Association of Black Journalists (2001-2003) and Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (1991-1995) and was the chapter’s Pioneer Black Journalist in 2012. Her community service includes work with the advisory board of Crime Stoppers and Day 1|The Alliance for Christian Media. Condace is a devoted daughter and aunt who enjoys developing others. She is passionate about travel and the arts. Pressley is a Marietta High School and University of Georgia alumna who resides in Marietta.

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