An Evening of Courageous Conversation
Honoring Helen Smith Price + Dan Cathy
Our words have power. When used consciously, words can clarify, focus, enlighten, unify, and elevate. Insightful leaders understand this and the associated responsibility and opportunities that exist as a result. They also recognize the most effective conversations can also sometimes be the most challenging. As leaders within our own circles of influence, we must be willing to be honest, vulnerable, and empathetic in our own communications if we hope to develop these skills in our youth and have an impact on the future.
Join us for our 2021 Celebration of Courageous Leaders as we recognize our honorees
and engage in a live-streamed discussion led by Growing Leaders Founder, Tim Elmore,
on how to have conversations marked by courage, compassion, and commitment.
Helen Smith Price served as Vice President of Global Community Affairs for The Coca-Cola Company, and President of The Coca-Cola Foundation. She leads the Foundation’s global strategy, governance, and regulatory compliance for domestic and international philanthropy. Under her direction, the Foundation contributed more than $87 million in 2019 to enhance the environment, empower women and enrich the well-being of people and communities.
A 26-year veteran of The Coca-Cola Company, Helen also oversees the Company’s Community Affairs organization, providing charitable giving governance, strategy and framework to fulfill the Company’s annual commitment of giving back at least 1% of its prior year’s operating income to local communities. The team also manages the Company’s local community engagement in its headquarters community of metro Atlanta.
Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Helen held roles in audit, tax, accounting research and financial management at BellSouth Corporation. Licensed as a certified public accountant in the state of Georgia, Helen began her professional career as an auditor and tax accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Spelman College, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Clark Atlanta University.
Helen currently serves on the Board of Directors of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United. She also serves on the Spelman College Board of Trustees, and several community boards including, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, and The Westside Future Fund. She is also a member the 2017 Board of Councilors of The Carter Center.
Helen is a native of Atlanta, and a product of Atlanta Public Schools. She resides in Atlanta with her husband, Albenny Price. They have one adult son, Alexander, who also lives in Atlanta.
Dan T. Cathy is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chick-fil-A, Inc, one of the nation’s largest family-owned businesses, and is a member of the company’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Since taking over the business from his father and founder, S.Truett Cathy, Dan represents the next generation of leadership for the Atlanta-based fast-food chicken restaurant chain.
Dan’s career began at age nine when he sang songs for customers and performed radio commercials for the chain’s original Dwarf House restaurant in Hapeville, GA. Named as Chairman and CEO in 2013, Dan served as the president and chief operating officer since 2001. Previous roles include senior director of operations, vice president of operations and executive vice president. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University.
Dan serves on the board of directors for The Georgia Aquarium, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Committee for Progress, Eagle Ranch, Global Teen Challenge, and Heritage Preparatory School. Additionally, he is the incoming chairman for The Carter Center’s Board of Councilors.
A musician known to pull out his trumpet inside and out of the office, Cathy also enjoys the quieter hobby of gardening and landscaping. He’s a former high school competitive wrestler and lifelong athlete who’s completed multiple marathons. A member of the “Moo Cow Bikers,” he hits the open roads on his motorcycle with friends, and he is also known to take to the skies piloting small jets. Most recently Dan has become a road cyclist on his Chick-fil-A branded bike. On Sundays he teaches Bible study to high schoolers.
Dan and his wife, Rhonda have two sons, Andrew, senior vice president of people at Chick-fil-A, and Ross, Operator of Midland FSR and four grandchildren.