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Business and Professionals Bagel Breakfast

February 28 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am

You’re invited to the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s Business & Professionals Breakfast Series Event in Partnership with Federation’s Innovation Initiative on February 28!

This year’s theme: Disruptive Innovation in the Atlanta Jewish Community
This event, moderated by Greg Eisenman, will be a unique opportunity to learn about three transformative businesses in our community and get a behind-the-scenes look at the world of social entrepreneurship, industry transformation, and bold innovation.

Greg Eisenman


Greg Eisenman is the Regional Managing Director of Franklin Street’s Atlanta office. Mr. Eisenman specializes in retail tenant representation in the Southeast and beyond. He focuses on guiding national retail, restaurant and service occupiers in strategic growth and development through site selection, lease and purchase transactions, and market planning. He has been the Firm’s top producing retail agent since 2020, and was the top producing agent in their Atlanta office for 2023. Mr. Eisenman heads a distinguished team serving a diverse client base, including publicly traded retailers, Fortune 500 companies and local entrepreneurs.

Lauren Spanjer Bricks


Lauren Spanjer Bricks was the co-founder and former CEO of Ipsum Diagnostics. Since the time she first learned about the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, her goal has remained clear — to help as many individuals as possible — because every life is important. Every person who is anxious to know if they or their loved ones are infected with COVID-19 deserves to have access to fast and accurate medical testing results. Lauren’s work makes this possible. Prior to starting Ipsum, Lauren worked for the Biological Defense Research Directorate at the Navy Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she was awarded the Civilian of the Quarter award for her work on biowarfare assay development. Lauren gained extensive expertise in laboratory regulatory requirements while working in Thermo Fisher Scientific’s medical, research and forensic laboratories. Immediately prior to founding Ipsum, Lauren worked as a National Field Operations Manager at eLab Solutions, an Atlanta-based software solutions company and Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology Lab, Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and an MBA from the University of Maryland. She has lived in Atlanta most of her life where she enjoys an active lifestyle with her two children, mini golden doodles and large extended family

Keith Pepper


Atlanta native Keith Pepper is the owner and publisher of Rough Draft Atlanta, Atlanta’s leading hyperlocal media organization. Rough Draft publishes free community newspapers, including Atlanta Intown, Reporter Newspapers, and Rough Draft, a daily morning email newsletter that goes to more than 50,000 people. Keith has deep roots in the Atlanta community and is the board chairperson of The Atlanta Press Club. He also serves on the boards of the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce and Wholesome Wave Georgia. Previously, he was on the board of Kate’s Club. He lives along the Eastside BeltLine with his dog, Poppy.

Amy Sacks Zeide


Amy Sacks Zeide is the founder and executive director of Creating Connected Communities (CCC). A native of Atlanta, Amy attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she graduated with a double major in education and psychology. She earned her master’s degree in learning and behavioral disorders and disabilities from Georgia State University. Previously, Amy taught at The Davis Academy and was the religious school director at Congregation B’nai Torah. Since 2015, Amy has devoted herself full-time to the organization she started as her bat mitzvah project in 1995. Today, CCC provides life-enhancing programs for thousands of children and families experiencing economic hardship by empowering hundreds of Jewish teens to become engaged community leaders and volunteers. Amy leads a dedicated team of community professionals as they implement a teen Leadership Development Program and impactful community outreach programs across Atlanta. Amy also volunteers as a member of Congregation B’nai Torah’s Education Committee and Dunwoody Elementary School’s PTO. Amy lives in Dunwoody with her husband, three children, and their dog.

Moderated by: Greg Eisenman
Featured Panelists: Lauren Spanjer Bricks, Amy Sacks Zeide, and Keith Pepper

Business & Professionals Event Co-Chairs:
Greg Eisenman | Ryan Halpern | Gary Marx | Jeffrey Marx | Daniel Weingarten

Business & Professionals Division Chairs:
Peter Savitz, Chair
Stuart Shapiro, Vice Chair

Please register for this event below.

Thank you for your interest in our Business Casual Breakfast Series: The Business of Disruptive Innovation event. Registration has now closed. If you would like to be added to a waitlist or have any questions, please contact Kenny Silverboard at


February 28
7:00 am - 9:00 am
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Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
1440 Spring St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309 United States
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