Learn more about our August featured speakers!
We are thrilled to welcome Jay Bailey (CEO of Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship) and David Feldman (Director of Strategy at 3 Owl Agency) to present at our Wisdom Pairing gatherings. Hear Jay at the start of our midday gathering and David at the start of our evening gathering.
Jay Bailey | President & CEO, H.J. Russell Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (RCIE) : Chairman, Phoenix Leadership Foundation
Featured speaker for 12-1:30 pm program
Committed to living by his personal motto, “Build As We Climb”, change agent, thought leader, entrepreneur and emerging philanthropist, James M. Bailey has dedicated his life to serving others.James was recently named President and CEO of the Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RCIE). Honoring the great legacy and visionary business leadership of Herman J. Russell, Sr., he will lead the development of the largest center in America, driven by impact, dedicated to empowering African American entrepreneurs and small business owners; over 50,000 square feet designed to inspire ideas, create jobs, grow companies, and increase wealth in the community.
An Atlanta native and die-hard Georgia Bulldog, James has a proven track record of success, recognized by 3 U.S. Presidents for his leadership and community efforts. In 2012, James was one of eight Americans honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change: Following in the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
A National Point of Light Award recipient, James was also recognized as one of the 10 most Outstanding Young People of Atlanta, honored with a Presidential Lifetime Volunteer Service Award from the Obama Administration and officially named an “Amazing Atlantan” by the city of Atlanta.
A graduate of Leadership Georgia, Leadership Atlanta, and the Regional Leadership Institute, James was also named to both the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Georgia Trend Magazine’s “40 Under 40 Best and Brightest Leaders of the Future”. He is a recipient of the coveted Whitney M. Young National Community Service Medallion, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Service Award, a New Leaders Council Fellow, member of Alpha Phi Alpha and the 100 Black Men of Atlanta.
James and his wife, NBC news correspondent Blayne Alexander live between Atlanta, Georgia and Washington D.C.
David Feldman | Director of Strategy at 3 Owl
Featured speaker for 7-8:30 pm program
An accomplished guitarist and music-lover with an entrepreneurial mindset, David Feldman graduated from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School with a unique dual degree in business and music. He has since dedicated himself to supporting and enriching Atlanta’s booming creative community.In 2012, he founded 3 Owl, a branding, web, and content agency. With a team that includes some of Atlanta’s brightest creative professionals, the award-winning agency has helped build the brands and websites of major Atlanta-based organizations including Mellow Mushroom, Mizuno USA, Emory University, and Center Stage Atlanta.
3 Owl is also the branding and design partner for ATL Collective, a nonprofit Feldman helped grow to enrich Atlanta’s music community. The organization brings musicians together to perform live covers of classic albums at venues all over Atlanta.
David is a frequent guest lecturer at Emory’s Goizueta Business School, The New School (Atlanta), and General Assembly.