In the guest chair:

Sarah Gilbert & Dana Barrett

Sarah Gilbert & Dana Barrett

Today, Dana had the pleasure of hosting three very special guests. Sarah Gilbert, President of the the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Talent Development was on to discuss the meaning of “workplace learning.” Established in 1955, the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a regional, non-profit association committed to providing workplace performance professionals with a forum for the exchange of professional development opportunities and resources as they strive to improve workplace learning and performance. The Greater Atlanta Chapter is one of the country’s largest in the world’s largest association dedicated to serving workplace learning and performance professionals. To learn more visit

Julie Crow & Dana Barrett

Julie Crow & Dana Barrett

Julie Crow, Principal and Founder of FUEL BUILDERS came in the studio today to give her expert opinion on healthy lifestyles for entrepreneurs.The FUEL BUILDERS coaching program lives at the unique intersection of talent development and personal wellness. Their core practice is Energy Management- a concept that focuses on maintaining and/or improving health and increasing personal energy to create stronger, healthier, more engaged and productive executives and employees.

Peggy Mangot, CEO and Co-Founder of SparkGift was in the studio to dish on index funds and stocks as gifts. SparkGift is the first all-digital platform that makes it easy, fun and affordable for family and friends to give stocks and index funds as gifts, and teach young adults and kids of all ages about saving and investing.

In the local headlines:

  • Atlanta based data mining and predictive analytics startup REscour has raised $1.5 million from a Silicon Valley super angel investor.  ReScour’s software allows commercial real estate professionals to quickly identify data relevant to property value, such as news, development pipeline, demographics, sales and rent comparables, and major employers. This data is further tailored based on clients’ investment portfolio and allows REscour to provide targeted market insights.
  • Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will be taking part in the United Nations Conference on Climate Change from Dec. 3 through Dec. 7 in Paris.  This trip will mark the mayor’s third this year to talk about what Atlanta is doing to address global challenges. He made presentations previously to conferences in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
  • The Children’s Museum of Atlanta will re-open its doors to the public on Saturday, December 12 after a three-month, $8.2 million renovation project. Atlanta’s only children’s museum will have a new 3,000 square foot mezzanine level, two additional permanent exhibits, enhanced existing galleries, and a permanent performance space.
  • Rumi’s Kitchen is planning a new location at the Avalon mixed-use development on Old Milton Parkway. It’s the first restaurant that has signed on for the project’s second phase and the second location for the Sandy Springs restaurant that has been a favorite for 9 years now.
  • The hipster eyeglass store Warby Parker is looking to open a second Atlanta location in the Westside Provisions District along Howell Mill Road near Bacchanalia and JCT. Kitchen.

In the national headlines:

  • Four of Uber’s competitors have formed an international alliance…San Francisco startup Lyft Inc. confirmed Thursday it is teaming up with Southeast Asia’s GrabTaxi Holdings Pte. Ltd. and India’s Ola to allow users of each app to hail rides from drivers of the other apps while they are traveling to the other country. Lyft and Chinese startup Didi Kuaidi Joint Co. announced a similar arrangement in September.
  • Sequoia is one of Silicon Valley’s most prolific venture capital firms, investing in companies like Google (GOOG), Instagram, Airbnb and Dropbox. It also has zero female investing partners in the U.S. — meaning women who make decisions about investments. That’s a stat that Moritz said the firm thinks about “a lot.” Moritz, a former journalist, said that Sequoia looks “very hard” for female partners to join the fund.  “I like to think, and genuinely believe, that we’re blind to somebody’s sex, to their religion, to their background,” he said during an interview with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang.  But Moritz said the firm is “not prepared to lower our standards” to get more women in the door.

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