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Social Impact Networking Night Event

Discover your potential career paths and make valuable connections at our Social Impact Networking Night

Social Impact Networking Night

Come meet members of Emory’s growing network of alumni influencing change in social causes that matter.

This business casual networking night brings together professionals and leaders in the government, policy, legal education, and nonprofit sectors.

At this event, alumni will share their unique career stories with current students who will be able to meet like-minded alumni working in areas affecting positive social change.

Students will also learn about part-time, internship, and full-time opportunities that may be available.

Attendees will:

  • Discover potential career pathways
  • Gain invaluable career advice
  • Foster new connections

Represented Companies

Atlanta Symphony OrchestraBlackRock LogoThe Carter Center LogoThe Common MarketHand, Heart + Soul Project LogoPoint of Light LogoRoot Local LogoSIG Logo
Discover how you can make an impact today.

Meet Your Alumni Co-Chairs

Jackie Culliton 82C

Director of Volunteer Services at the Carter Center


I am from the Atlanta area and graduated from Emory University, with a BA and master’s work in Art History. I have worked at The Carter Center for the past 29 years, after a series of jobs in the arts. My position here has two large areas of responsibility. In the volunteer office, I direct approximately 100 volunteers ranging in age from 16 to 95 years of age, and I also serve primarily as the registrar for the private art collection of the Center.

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Jennifer Barlament 95C 

Executive Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra


A passionate advocate for orchestras and their role in building strong communities, Jennifer Barlament joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in January 2016. As the institution’s chief executive, Jennifer defines the strategic vision for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra while engaging key audiences to make that vision a reality. She has also enjoyed a rich career in a variety of roles in orchestras across the country, including at The Cleveland Orchestra, where she served as General Manager; the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra; Omaha Symphony; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

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Munir Meghjani 08Ox 10C

Co-Founder of HOPE Inc (Helping Organizations & People Everywhere)

Associate at Sands Investment Group


A progressive thinker and a social and civic entrepreneur, Munir Meghjani has used his professional experience and heavy community involvement to make connections and bring together diverse groups in Atlanta and across the Southeast. A serial entrepreneur and commercial real estate broker he is also heavily involved in the nonprofit sector focused on arts, education, interfaith, and justice. Munir sits on and chairs several boards throughout the region, often being the first and paving the path for others. Additionally, he has received several honors and awards for his work both in the private and nonprofit sectors. His motivation comes from a mantra he adopted at an early age: “I can’t do all the service the world needs, but the world needs all the service I can do!” Munir graduated from Emory University in 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology focusing on Sociology and Philosophy.

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Alumni Hosting Steering Committee

Tabitha Schwartz 12B
Executive Director, Root Local

From an early age Tabitha had a deep interest in the natural world and her own impact on it. She spent her youth learning about how to be a good steward to the environment at Northampton County Junior Conservation School and learned to make small but deliberate changes to reduce our impact.

At Emory, she earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Environmental Studies and Psychology. During this time, she was given the opportunity to travel abroad to Namibia, where she saw the benefits and support their people gave to each other and how that dramatically protected their environment. She left inspired to bring that level of collaboration back to the states. She spent the past 10 years working for AmeriCorps and environmental nonprofits, like Trees Atlanta and Root Local.

In 2020, she graduated from University of Georgia with a Master of Public Administration with a certificate in Nonprofit Management. She aspires to continue to build a strong foundation for environmental stewardship and connect communities together to reduce our negative environmental impact.

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Jeff Ader 08B
Director of Business Innovation, Points of Light

Jeff is a graduate of Emory University and received an MPA from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

He is an AmeriCorps alum and has held various project management, marketing and development positions in Atlanta’s private and nonprofit sector. He currently serves as the Director of Business Innovation at Points of Light, an organization focused on helping individuals, nonprofits and companies become more civically engaged and drive social impact. In his current role, he supports the organization's corporate social responsibility initiatives providing training, consulting and engagement programs for companies looking to improve and scale their social impact efforts.

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Wande Okunoren-Meadows 98C
Executive Director, Hand, Heart, and Soul Project
Director of Culture, Quality, and Experience, Little Ones Learning Center

Wande Okunoren-Meadows is a nationally recognized early childhood advocate with over 25 years of experience leading and championing community-based programming. As a disruptive innovator, she calls for designing meaningful solutions through collaborative partnerships.

In 1994, her mother, Olutoyin Okunoren, purchased Little Ones Learning Center in Forest Park, GA. Together they transformed the Center into a holistic early childhood education program where 175 children, their families, and staff grow, eat, and learn about local, organic, and sustainably grown food. The Three Star Quality Rated and National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited Center serves as a model program stimulating young children’s physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth. The Center’s integrated wellness and curriculum program has prompted visits from Georgia’s former First Lady Sandra Deal and fromer Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.

In 2018, Hand Heart and Soul Project (HHSP) was founded to serve Clayton County and beyond and spurs collaboration across individuals, families, and early care providers. She advised the Democratic National Committee’s Planning COVID-19 health crisis platform in a conversation moderated by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. She was appointed to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s first Early Education Subcommittee, has testified before a Georgia House Study Committee on Children’s Mental Health, and is a Georgia Department of Early Care and Education Quality Rated Peer Support Network Advisor.

Wande has contributed to a host of impact organizations and boards. She was selected as a 2021 Center for Civic Innovation Alumni Fellow, where “good troublemakers” are celebrated. She is the current Vice President of Legal and Legislative Affairs for the Georgia Child Care Association and serves on the Advisory Board for the National Farm to School Network and the Executive Steering Committee for the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Good Food For All collaborative. She has served on several Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Advisory Boards, a past Chair of the Caucus of Emory Black Alumni, and a past President of South Dekalb Mocha Moms. She mentored Cook Elementary School students, fielded calls, and supported survivors through the Dekalb County Rape Crisis Line, served on the Hurricane Katrina Task Force with the American Red Cross, and was chosen as part of an elite group of inaugural Emory Ambassadors. She also serves on the Atlanta Alliance Equity Fund, a collaboration between United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta and was recently selected as an inaugural governance committee member of the Big Green DAO, which seeks to decentralize and shift power in philanthropy.

She has also received numerous awards for her dedication to young children and families including the Nikki T. Randall Servant Leadership Award presented by State Representative Valencia Stovall and the Georgia Women’s Legislative Caucus. She is a recipient of the Community Leadership Policy Award from the Black Child Development Institute-Atlanta, the Fan Brooke Award for Grassroots Leadership from the Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Super Hero for Heroes Award from HERO for Children. In January 2023, she received the MLK, Jr. Ruby Samuels award for service and leadership bestowed by the State of Georgia and was also selected as one of 12 leaders nationwide to join the 2023 HEAL Food Alliance’s School of Political Leadership.

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Emily Hennessee 10B
Project Manager, The Common Market

Emily has over 10 years of nonprofit experience working at the intersection of food systems, climate, and public health. She utilizes her background in policy, strategy, and program implementation to work towards a healthy, climate-friendly, and equitable food system for all. Emily previously worked for Emory University’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Georgia Organics, The Good Food Institute, Global Growers, and 50by40.

Emily earned a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Emory University and a Master’s of Public Health with a focus on food systems and advocacy from Johns Hopkins University. In 2017, Emily was named one of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ 30 under 30. She previously served on the boards of Slow Food Atlanta and Generation Green of the Georgia Conservancy.

In her free time, Emily enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes, gardening, and going on hikes with her two dogs, Ellie Mae and Howie. Emily, her husband, Zachary, and their son, Patrick, live in Grant Park.

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Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim 11B
Head of Community Strategy, BlackRock

Named one of “America’s Leaders of Change” by the National Urban Fellows program, Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim has devoted her life and career to breaking the cycle of generational poverty and dismantling systems of injustice that marginalize people and communities. As a nonprofit founder and CEO, a Cabinet-level government executive, and a community engagement leader, she has fought to empower youth and improve social inequities.

Currently, Abdur-Rahim serves as the Head of Community Strategy for the BlackRock Atlanta Innovation Hub, where she drives BlackRock’s social impact efforts in and around the greater Atlanta region. She also builds the BlackRock brand in the southeast and ensures a diverse hiring pipeline for the global firm.

Previously, she served as the City of Atlanta’s Chief Equity Officer, a senior-level cabinet position. In this role, Abdur-Rahim worked with city leadership to develop progressive policies and programs to address issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, and sustainability. Specific focus areas included economic and workforce mobility, housing affordability, health, education, youth engagement, and LGBTQ affairs.

As Chief Equity Officer, she led the codification of the city’s first Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, launching and overseeing a city-wide equity task force with 18 department commissioners and directors. She also overhauled the city’s branding to enhance Atlanta’s reputation as an equitable, diverse and inclusive city, and led the development of a children’s saving account program, ensuring all kindergarten students have access to a $50 savings account.

Before joining the City of Atlanta, Abdur-Rahim served for nearly 17 years as co-founder and CEO of Future Foundation, a nonprofit that works to break the cycle of generational poverty by serving under-invested public school students in Atlanta and Fulton County. Under Abdur-Rahim’s leadership, Future Foundation grew from a staff of two to a team of 50, serving more than 30,000 students in 13 locations. She grew the organization’s revenue by more than 400 percent. As a product herself of low-performing schools and a first-generation college graduate, Abdur-Rahim brought a unique understanding of the issues and challenges faced by the students Future Foundation serves.

A graduate of the University of California,Berkeley, she earned an MBA from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University and is a former U.S. Air Force Reservist.

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