By Abigail Hayman

ATLANTA – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA) raised over $100,000 for youth mentorship programs in the communities of Greater Atlanta. For BBBSMA’s second annual Iconic Mentor Auction, supporters had the opportunity to bid on a once-in-a-lifetime experience with an Atlanta icon. The two-week-long auction featured entrepreneurs, business and civic leaders, authors, athletes, influencers, and C-suite executives – who all donated their time to the BBBS organization to raise crucial funds for the agency’s one-to-one mentoring programs. Winning bidders will participate in either a one-on-one conversation or a private group discussion for a unique, personalized, mentoring experience — via video call or in-person — with the icon that they bid on. 

The Iconic Mentors who generously donated their time and talent include: 

  • A.J. Calloway, CEO, Calloway Entertainment Group 
  • Anthony Hamilton, Grammy Winning Performing Artist 
  • Chaka Zulu, Co-CEO, Disturbing Tha Peace Records/Ebony Son Entertainment Inc 
  • Chris Womack, Chairman, President & CEO, Georgia Power 
  • Dale Russell, Senior Investigative Reporter, Fox5 Atlanta 
  • Dave Moody, CEO, Moody Construction 
  • David Neeleman, Founder, JetBlue Airways/WestJet/Azul Airlines 
  • Derek Dudley, Managing Partner, Freedom Road Production 
  • Ernest Greer, Co-President, Greenberg Traurig 
  • G. Scott Uzzell, President & CEO, Converse Inc. 
  • George Turner, CTO, Intercontinental Hotel Group 
  • Hassan Smith, Senior Advisor to John Legend 
  • James (Jim) Squires, CEO, Norfolk Southern 
  • Jennifer Burns, Senior VP, Legal, Equifax 
  • Jill Campbell, Co-President, Cox Enterprises 
  • Malik Rose, VP of Basketball Operations, NBA 
  • Nedra Dickson, Global Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Lead, Accenture 
  • Nzinga Shaw, President, TurnkeyZRG 
  • Paul Brown, Co-Founder & CEO, Inspire Brands 
  • Richard Cox, CIO and SVP at Cox Enterprises 
  • Richard Seymour, Former NFL Defensive Tackle 
  • Robert Rumbley III, Managing Director, William Blair Private Wealth Management  
  • Rodney Bullard, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility & Executive Director, Chick-fil-A Foundation
  • Rosalind (Roz) Brewer, CEO, Walgreens  
  • Rushion McDonald, Executive Producer 
  • Sam Carter, CEO, Carter & Company 
  • Sam Nunn, Former U.S. Senator 
  • Shan Cooper, Executive Director, Atlanta Committee for Progress 
  • Tamika Rish, VP, Corporate Partnerships, AMB Sports & Entertainment 
  • Vicky Free, Senior VP, Global Marketing, Adidas 

Proceeds from the Iconic Mentor Auction benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta’s one-to-one mentoring program that works with volunteers, parents, and families to help create relationships that defend, inspire and empower the potential that lives within every kid. 

To promote the fundraiser several Icons participated in interviews – dubbed the Iconic Conversation Series — with our president and CEO Kwame Johnson on YouTube Live discussing how mentors have helped shape their own careers and life story.

To learn more, visit: www.BBBSATL.org/IMA