“Leadership & Achieving Your Dreams”
Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Clarke Franklin will be returning to Clayton State University next week as a Faculty Scholar for the School of Nursing (SoN) in Clayton State’s College of Health.
Franklin, who has previously spoken twice on the Clayton State campus, most recently as a Commencement speaker in December 2011, will be back on campus on Thursday evening, Oct. 18, and Friday morning, Oct. 19, as part of the 2012/2012 SoN Faculty Scholar program, speaking on “Leadership & Achieving Your Dreams.” Franklin’s presentations are free and open to the public, to register, go to http://fpforms.clayton.edu/nursing/FacultyScholars.asp
Thursday evening’s program will take place in Spivey Hall, beginning with Franklin’s presentation at 7 p.m. A discussion will follow, concluding at 8:30 p.m. The Oct. 19 event will begin with registration and coffee in room 201 of the Harry S. Downs Center, and will be followed by Franklin’s presentation and a Q&A, which will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in room 203 of the Downs Center.
Franklin was elected the first African American woman mayor of a major southern city in 2002 and served two-terms until 2009. Upon leaving office, she was appointed to the William and Camille Cosby Endowed Chair at Spelman College and served in this capacity until June 2011.
Her signature youth program as mayor was the Mayor’s Youth Program, which provided internships and more than $6 million in financial aid to nearly 4,000 Atlanta college students. Aside from her role as a public official, her community service spans more than 40 years in Atlanta and includes her active participation in the arts, homelessness and higher education.
During her eight years as mayor, the city experienced unprecedented growth and afforded Franklin the opportunity to partner and collaborate with many local and regional leaders in addressing urban policy challenges which included urban planning, economic development and infrastructure. She is best known for advocating for and tackling major government operations and ethics reform, launching the Atlanta Beltline, planning and executing more than $5 billion in airport and water infrastructure improvement, leading the acquisition of the Morehouse College Collection of Martin Luther King Jr. Papers, launching the Regional Commission on Homelessness and developing successful business and public sector partnerships and alliances.
A native of Philadelphia, she currently serves as the chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Purpose Built Communities and President of Clarke-Franklin and Associates, Inc. She co-chairs the United Way of Atlanta’s Regional Commission on Homelessness, serves as the Chair of the National Center of Civil and Human Rights and serves a member on the board of the United Nations Institute For Training and Research (UNITAR) and United Way of Atlanta. Additionally, Franklin serves on the board of Directors of Mueller Water Products and Delta Air Lines.
As her second role in the SoN Faculty Scholar program, Franklin will also be speaking at Clayton State in the spring of 2013, at a day and time to be announced.