View photos from the 2nd Annual Emerging Leaders Awards in Atlanta. Over $30,000 in scholarships were raised through corporate sponsors to make this possible.
For the third straight year, the Emerging 100 hosted our annual Career Development Workshop for our mentees of the Collegiate 100 of Atlanta and their friends. Nearly 100 college students poured onto 49th floor of the Alston & Bird LLP offices on a Sunday afternoon to hear from industry professionals in their prospective fields of interest.
Per usual, the afternoon kicked off with a dynamic panel of Atlanta business and community leaders, including Michael T. Sterling, former Senior Advisor to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and now Executive Director of the Atlanta Workforce Development.
Students then transitioned to a number of breakout workshops on three main areas of interest: ‘How to Successfully Matriculate through a Post-Grad Program,’ Entrepreneurship: Making Your Dream a Reality’ and ‘Life as a Public or Community Servant.’
- President: Tony C. Jones
- Vice President: Ron Townley
- Treasurer: Jeroz Owens
- Secretary: Emerson Girardeau
- Parliamentarian: Joseph Wilson
Congratulations to these new leaders who will guide this organization through the next 2 years.
Members of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta and the Emerging 100 enjoyed an outing together this month at the Hawks vs Kings game.
Members of the Emerging 100 are matched one-to-one with the seniors of BEST Academy High School, a single-gender school of the Atlanta Public Schools System. This outing provided another opportunity for members to connect with their respective mentees outside of school and both mentor and mentee enjoyed the experience.
The Atlanta Hawks spotlighted the 100 Black Men of Atlanta/Emerging 100 of Atlanta and the BEST Academy partnership throughout the game.
Kevin Gooch, President of the Emerging 100 of Atlanta, has been elected Partner at Alston & Bird LLP.
Kevin was previously a Senior Associate in the firm’s Finance Group. His practice focuses on representing both financial institutions and corporate borrowers in a variety of corporate finance transactions. Over the course of the last five years, Kevin has developed expertise in financing transactions in the healthcare space as well as complex loan workouts and restructurings. During his career, Kevin has worked on more than $15.0 billion in financing and restructuring transactions at Alston & Bird LLP.
Kevin is a graduate of the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2013 and the Outstanding Atlanta Class of 2014. Additionally, Kevin is a member of the American Bar Association, Gate City Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association, Atlanta Bar Association and the Atlanta Urban League Young Professionals. Kevin also serves on the Oxford College Board of Counselors and is a former member of the University of Georgia School of Law Board of Visitors.
Notably, Kevin will become one of six African American males in the firm’s partnership.
About Alston & Bird
With more than 800 attorneys, Alston & Bird is a leading national AmLaw 50 firm. The firm’s core practice areas are intellectual property, complex litigation, corporate and tax, with national industry focuses in health care, financial services and public policy. The firm has built a reputation as one of the country’s best employers, appearing on FORTUNE magazine’s ranking of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” 14 consecutive years, an unprecedented accomplishment among law firms in the United States. The firm has offices in Atlanta, Brussels, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Research Triangle, Silicon Valley, Ventura County and Washington, D.C.