Malika Terry is a United Way of Greater Atlanta Tocqueville Society member and the Vice President of Rewards for UPS. She leads a team of experienced professionals in crafting and implementing the organization’s Total Rewards strategy for its 495,000 employees worldwide. This includes base pay, variable pay, equity, benefits, work/life effectiveness, global mobility, recognition and retirement.

For over 20 years, Malika has held leadership positions with responsibility for compensation, benefits and retirement plans, including executive compensation and executive benefit programs. She has worked for mid- to large-sized companies in logistics, hospitality, manufacturing, media, service, retail and banking. Her achievements include leading acquisition and divestiture activities, introducing parental leave programs, developing and implementing sales incentive plans and establishing salary structures for international locations.

Throughout her career, Malika has been driven by her passion to help companies foster healthy connections with their employees. Since 2011, she has shared her enthusiasm and expertise with other rewards professionals as a speaker and faculty member for WorldatWork.

She has volunteered with the Make A Difference Foundation since 2009 and currently serves as director of programs and planning. We sat down with Malika to learn more about why gives back to the Atlanta community and how she is navigating the pandemic with her family and colleagues.

Why did you decide to get involved with United Way of Greater Atlanta?

I decided to get involved with the United Way of Greater Atlanta, after relocating to Atlanta from Cincinnati, OH where I was involved with the United Way of Greater Cincinnati.

Who or what inspires you to give back to the community?

I am inspired to give back to the community because, giving is a part of my DNA. I have a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Georgia and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University; and I am passionate about helping people and contributing to the business community. I have an opportunity to utilize my MBA in my day to day work activities, and although I do not work in the field of Social Work, I have a strong desire to give back to the community and volunteering gives me a sense of purpose beyond my day to day responsibilities. I am also inspired to give back to my community in order to set a good example for our two daughters, Gabrielle (7) and Danielle (6); they both are kindhearted and we want to continue to cultivate their compassion for others and their willingness to spend their time and energy helping to make the lives of others better.

What advice do you have to navigate the COVID-19 crisis (from a personal and/or corporate perspective)?

My advice is to find the best way for you to reduce stress as we all adjust to our “new ways of working” and interacting with family, friends, and co-workers. Leverage the programs that are offered by your company, especially if your company offers an Employee Assistance Program. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of Employee Assistance Programs and mental well-being benefits. If your company does not offer an Employee Assistance Program, seek guidance from your medical provider, community resources, and/or mindfulness applications or websites.

When asked about the benefits of becoming a Tocqueville Society member by way of the Global Payments Match, Malika shared that she decided to become a member of the Tocqueville Society after being introduced to the program as part of her UPS campaign. She said that she is “excited to be a part of this program” and joined because the match “enables participants to increase their contribution over a four-year period.” For those Cole, Young Professional Leaders (YPL) and other community members who are thinking about leveraging the Global Payments Match to become a Tocqueville Society member, Malika encourages individuals to get involved! She said the match is a great way for companies to “get more employees introduced to the various leadership levels within United Way of Greater Atlanta.”

Thank you, Malika for all the great work you do to engage 495,000 UPS employees! We are grateful for your involvement in the United Way of Greater Atlanta Tocqueville Society and in the Atlanta Community!

For those interested in learning more about Tocqueville Society and how to leverage the Global Payments match, please click here, or email Tocqueville@unitedwayatlanta.org.

Amy Rudolph is a key part of the Atlanta legal community. She is a Partner at Eversheds Sutherland and is the Deputy Practice Group Leader of the firm’s US Litigation Group and co-leads the US and global Professional Liability Practices.

In addition to her day job, Amy makes community a priority. She is a member of the United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Tocqueville Society Cabinet, serving on the Engagement & Retention Committee. She also serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Appellate Practice & Educational Resource Center. We sat down with Amy to learn more about what is important to her and why she gives back.

Why did you decide to get involved with United Way of Greater Atlanta?

I have been a United Way donor through my workplace campaign since 1994, and over the years have led three United Ways campaigns at my law firm.  I decided to get more actively involved with United Way a few years ago, simply because of the opportunity it presented to work with others in the Atlanta business community to benefit the Metro Atlanta area … but as I have gotten to know United Way better, I have been incredibly impressed by United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Child Well-Being Initiative and the impressive results it has achieved just in the last 2-3 years.  It’s great to know that I’m part of an organization that is making a difference.

Who or what inspires you to give back to the community?

I was taught from a young age that much is required of them to whom much has been given.  I am incredibly fortunate to have a steady job and successful career; a stable, loving family; a quality education; good health; and a nice home in a safe neighborhood.  Too many people in our community are not able to say those things. I have been given a lot in my life, and I like paying it forward, being a part of helping to make others’ lives better.

Why did you decide to become a Tocqueville Society member by way of the Global Payments Match?

I have gradually increased my United Way pledge over the years since my first workplace campaign, so my financial commitment to United Way was already fairly significant, especially through Cole Women United and United Way signature events like the Women’s Leadership Breakfast and Leading a Life of Purpose.  I decided that the match was a good way to help me ease into Tocqueville-level giving.

What advice to you have for Cole, Young Professional Leaders (YPL) and other community members who are thinking about leveraging the Global Payments Match to become a Tocqueville Society member?

My advice is to think carefully about your overall philanthropic philosophy – what are your priorities, what causes and organizations give you the most fulfillment (and why), and where does United Way fit into that philosophy.  Many people prefer concentrating their giving into one or two primary causes where they can have significant impact, rather than making a diffuse array of smaller contributions that will help a lot of organizations, but only incrementally.  If you share that mindset, then United Way is an excellent way to concentrate your philanthropic efforts – and United Way, in turn, can direct your gift to the organizations most in need of it in Atlanta.  So many nonprofits are doing such amazing work in Atlanta, and you may never have heard of them, but when you do hear of them, it’s really inspiring.  United Way does that research, tracks down these inspiring agencies and their creative programs, and directs our donations to where they are most needed.  The match helps you ease into Tocqueville-level giving, while increasing the dollars flowing to United Way and the organizations they support.  It’s a win-win!

What advice do you have to navigate the COVID-19 crisis (from a personal and/or corporate perspective)?

What a weird time this has been …. I don’t profess any sort of expertise in this area, but from a personal perspective what seems to have helped me along the way is to keep to some kind of structure for the work week and to punctuate the weekends.  I try to keep to my normal schedule for work (albeit from my basement), to dress nicely for work (at least for what will show on video conferences!), and set aside time each day for family and “me” time, some reflection, and, time permitting, some exercise.  Proving that I am not an original thinker, I, like so many others, took up cycling in the pandemic, and I have really come to look forward to nice bike rides on the weekends!  I have been pretty determined to keep my weekends free of work and have used that time to rest, recharge, exercise, fix a nice breakfast, fire up the grill for dinner (or support one of our local restaurants via takeout, and a generous tip!), read a good book, go for walks in nature (while socially distanced, of course), and even organize a few kitchen cabinets!  It’s also important to reach out to others, even by phone or email, just to see how they are doing – I could do a better job of that.

Thank you, Amy, for your insights, leadership and support of United Way of Greater Atlanta and the entire Atlanta community!

For those interested in learning more about joining Tocqueville Society by way of the Global Payments match, please click here, or email Tocqueville@unitedwayatlanta.org.

We are thrilled to introduce LaShonda Foy, our Vice-Chair of Tocqueville Women United!   As a member of the Ivan Allen Circle, Tocqueville Society, and our Tocqueville Women United Cabinet, LaShonda is a community leader who is working to create lasting change for Greater Atlanta.  Tocqueville Women United is a group of female Tocqueville Society members and community leaders who help generate, organize, direct, and influence the activities and dollars of the United Way of Greater Atlanta.   

LaShonda Foy is an experienced financial services and insurance leader. She is a Senior Vice President and Strategy Leader for Wells Fargo – Wholesale Control. She has experience in strategic planning, enterprise global services, risk management, underwriting, operations, and business development. As a Strategy and Control leader, she has responsible for driving risk management transformation, business integration, new business initiatives oversight, and an enhanced control environment. LaShonda earned her MBA in Finance and BS from Florida A&M University. She also holds professional industry designations – Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Associates in Claim (AIC) and Associate in Underwriting (AU).   

LaShonda is committed to youth advocacy and financial literacy. In addition to her leadership role with Tocqueville Women United, she serves as a board member and troop leader for Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, and youth volunteer for Northpoint Ministries. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Atlanta Insurance Ministries, Board of Directors for Next Century Youth; Fundraising Officer for Integrity Children’s Fund; Board of Trustees for New Fellowship of Praise, and Mentor for Young Risk Professionals. Additional volunteer experience includes Junior Achievement, Hands on Atlanta, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta, and Ray of Hope Children’s Ministry.   

LaShonda is married to Devin Foy and has four daughters.  In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities, running, dancing, watching her daughters sporting events, and planning family reunions. Her personal mission is to help identify and develop the best in others; foster physical, spiritual, and financial health; and share a spirit of compassionate giving. 

Join us in thanking LaShonda for her leadership and passion! Follow Tocqueville Women United to stay up to date on those who are leading the charge and inspiring the change!  

Tocqueville Society Member
David Abee

David Abee truly embodies the spirit of what it means to “Live United.”

Although his day job is with Synovus, he dedicates countless hours volunteering on the Tocqueville Society Cabinet. Furthermore, he leads the Engagement & Retention Committee as its chair, seeking to ensure that each member feels recognized and appreciated.

 

Prior to his experience with United Way of Greater Atlanta, David served in volunteer leadership capacities with organizations such as the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of Georgia, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, American Heart Association and March of Dimes.

Q: Why did you decide to get involved with United Way?
A: Early in my career at the age of 21, my employer at that time encouraged both giving to and volunteering with United Way of Central Alabama; I started with volunteering my time tutoring elementary students in Birmingham and giving $10 a paycheck. Over the years, I have continued to volunteer and give, with it truly being a life-changing experience.

I continue to give to United Way today as a Tocqueville Society member, fully confident that every dollar continues to make a difference in the lives of all those around us. I completely TRUST United Way is making a real difference with those who need it most.

Q: Who or what inspires you to give back to the community?
A: The small community-based nonprofit that is passionate about making a difference in our local communities… THEY truly inspire me to give back to my community and do everything I can to support their efforts. They are heroes!

Q: If you were to choose another career path, what would it be?
A: I would love to teach, and I would enjoy helping others learn. To be a teacher is certainly a calling! Along with teaching a subject or a course, teachers truly play an important role in teaching life to students and pouring into them!

Q: Where is your favorite spot in Atlanta to grab a bite to eat?
A: Chops in Buckhead is my favorite restaurant!  Whether for a business lunch, a casual gathering with friends, or a wonderful dinner in the main restaurant or Lobster Bar… Chops is a great experience!

Q: What has Synovus done to support its customers and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic?
A: For the Synovus team, this COVID-19 pandemic has renewed the belief in our company’s purpose – to be here for our customers and communities, in good times and when hardships come; to be accessible, present, and to personally partner to meet the most critical needs. To say it’s been a silver lining — a true privilege — to stand beside our customers and to support our community healthcare heroes, organizations, and businesses in various ways would be an understatement. There have been so many defining moments for our company’s team members over the past several weeks.

I am especially grateful for the opportunity to have helped thousands of our small business customers through the Paycheck Protection Program (P3). To date, we’ve been part of distributing almost $3 billion in P3 funds to thousands of small business customers who employ nearly 340,000 individuals across our Southeast footprint. For the thousands with whom we at Synovus have celebrated success, I am deeply humbled by their stories as well.

Tocqueville Society Member
Steve Evans

Steve Evans grew up with modest means. As one of five children, his parents did not have much money to give – but they did give their time. Whether at their church or other nonprofit organizations, they would always lend a hand to help others.

In 1974 as a new college graduate, Steve began his retail career with Kaufmann’s, a Division of May Department Stores. The United Way in Pittsburgh, PA was the only company-wide charity initiative, and it was strongly encouraged that everybody participated.

“I started out at $25.00 a month, a significant amount of my $700.00 per month salary.”

While working in menswear, he met a young woman named Lisa in feminine apparel, who eventually became his wife. Steve and Lisa’s careers flourished, garnering each of them VP titles at Kaufmann’s.

When asked if he could choose an alternate career path, Steve recounted, “I enjoyed my retail career. It was a highly stressful one, but I would not trade it for any other that I know of.”

As they continued to enjoy professional success, they continued to increase their personal commitment to giving back.
One day, Bill Meyer, President and CEO of United Way of Allegheny County (now Southwestern Pennsylvania), reached out to Steve for lunch. Bill encouraged Steve to contribute his time and talents by getting more involved. As a result, he joined several committees to learn more about the work of United Way.

When he and Lisa joined the Tocqueville Society, she also began to engage with the work. She served on the Women’s Leadership Committee, which steered one of the largest Women of Tocqueville groups in the country at the time.

In 2006, Steve and Lisa moved to Atlanta after Macy’s bought Kaufmann’s. However, the relocation didn’t stop them from staying involved as Tocqueville Society members. Lisa co-chaired the nationwide campaign for United Way at Macy’s in 2007 and 2008, and Steve began serving as a Tocqueville Society Cabinet member in 2013.

They also still find time for the things that matter most.

They raised two daughters, Shea and Casey, who both graduated from Milton High School. After Shea was diagnosed with lupus, Steve began his involvement with the Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter. As the past Board Chair and past President & CEO, he has personally raised over $1 million for the Lupus Foundation. In 2017, he and Lisa were recipients of the National Advocacy Award.
Though they have been in Atlanta almost 15 years, “Lisa and I are both from the Pittsburgh area and remain huge fans of the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, and Pitt.”

Their favorite spots to grab a bite to eat are Casa Nuova in Alpharetta and Sotto Sotto in Atlanta.

If you would like to learn more about Steve and Lisa – join us! An event exclusively for North Fulton and Gwinnett County Tocqueville Society members will be held in the Evans’ home on the evening of Thursday, March 26th. For more details, please email tocqueville@unitedwayatlanta.org.

Jeff Hammond is a Principal at Sperry Van Ness (SVN) Commercial Realty with more than 20 years of experience in the sale, investment, development and property management of commercial and residential real estate. His track record has earned him nicknames such as “The Bulldog” and “Mr. Networker.” Prior to his current role, Jeff committed over a decade to longstanding United Way partner, United Postal Service (UPS).

Jeff and his wife, Vicky, became United Way of Greater Atlanta Tocqueville Society members three years ago. He also dedicates his time to the Tocqueville Society Cabinet, allowing his naturally gregarious personality to shine as a volunteer on the Engagement & Retention Committee. However, his involvement with United Way began long before he came to us.

Why did you decide to get involved with United Way?
“The reason I got involved with United Way was through the UPS campaign. I walked in, first day on August 17th, and my boss was the district chairman. She said, “This is what you do at UPS,” so I thought that’s what you did. That’s how I initially got involved with United Way.

Before then, I’ve always given to the community from my church, Boy Scouts, and also my fraternity (Sigma Nu at UNC Charlotte). I was a community service chair, raised money for different events… so when I got to UPS, it just took off from there.”

How did you decide to become a Tocqueville Society member?
“It was a decision that my wife and I made. The step-up program was really the key. We’d been giving what they call “Leadership Giving” at UPS… Then we’re like, “Why aren’t we doing step-up? We’re here in Atlanta, this is the biggest Tocqueville Society in the nation, this is what we should do.” We always kind of dreamed to do that.”

If you were to choose another career path, what would it be?
“I’ve had two career paths – one, I worked at UPS, that was my dream job. Then I went into real estate, and it’s definitely my passion. If there was another job that I would ever take, it would be a CEO of a United Way-type organization. I wake up every day trying to help somebody, even in my own business.”

Where is your favorite spot in Atlanta to grab a bite to eat?
“Atlanta MSA, or…? I’ve got several places I like to go. Local watering hole is The Wing Café, I love wings. Another restaurant, up in Roswell, Peach & The Porkchop, that is probably the best in Fulton County. Going south of the city in Villa Rica, Evan’s BBQ is a great place.”

Mary Ellen Garrett

Tocqueville Society Chair & Tocqueville Women United Member

“Could any force be more powerful than thousands of women philanthropists working hand-in-hand with nonprofits, neighborhoods, companies, schools, and other-who all share the same goal of a safe, stronger region?”

Count on Mary Ellen Garrett to ask that important question.

The 34-year Merrill Lynch veteran is no stranger to success. In addition to numerous internal accolades, she has received multiple years of recognition from Forbes as one of the nation’s top wealth advisors.

However, one thing that has always set Mary Ellen apart is her ability to leverage her own talents for the benefit of others. Many Atlanta-based nonprofits can attest to the value she has brought to their organizations: Mercy Care Foundation, Atlanta Catholic Archdiocese, Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, The Carter Center… just to name a few.

She is a trailblazer in every sense of the word, but especially at United Way.

Twenty years ago, Mary Ellen joined the Tocqueville Society at the recommendation of her colleague and mentor, Jere Goldsmith.

It didn’t take long before she decided she had an important role to play in uplifting other women, too. Mary Ellen was a guiding force in establishing Women’s Legacy (which is now called Women United), and later, Tocqueville Women United.

Shortly afterwards in 2004, Mary Ellen and her husband Scott became the very first household – which includes their son, Alex, and twin daughters, Anna and Patsy – to establish themselves as Legacy Leaders with a planned gift to United Way of Greater Atlanta.

Mary Ellen joined United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Board of Directors, and in 2012, she brought her talents to United Way Worldwide’s U.S.A. Board of Trustees.

Most recently, Mary Ellen became the chair of United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Tocqueville Society—the first woman to hold that position. As Chair, Mary Ellen represented our Tocqueville Society in Omaha, Nebraska, meeting with the family of Peter and Warren Buffet to open the doors for transformational giving.

It is an understatement to say that we are grateful for Mary Ellen Garrett’s decades of support – Atlanta is a better place because of her joy in philanthropy.

Kelly Janzen
Chief Accounting Officer, WestRock

Say hello to Kelly Janzen, Chief Accounting Officer for WestRock and a Tocqueville Women United Cabinet member who started her United Way journey in Houston.

“While I was living in Houston, a really good friend invited me to a few Tocqueville events, and I had a greater realization of the impact that United Way has on communities. Thus, I decided at that time to make a larger commitment and join the Tocqueville Society.”

Kelly started with WestRock in August 2017 from Baker Hughes, a GE company, based in Houston, Texas where she served as the Vice President, Controller, and Chief Accounting Officer.

“I’ve been involved with United Way for many years in various capacities, starting with campaign captain at my previous employers.”

Prior to Baker Hughes, she was with McDermott International, Inc. as Vice President, Finance and Chief Accounting Officer. She also had a successful career with General Electric, where she started as a global controller with GE Security and continued in controller leadership roles with GE Healthcare, an assignment with GE Corporate in Hong Kong, and GE Power & Water.

Kelly started her career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen LLP. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Louisiana State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Kelly is also a member of the WellStar Health System Foundation Board, in addition to her service as a Tocqueville Women United Cabinet member.

“It was important to me when I moved to Atlanta to continue my involvement with such a great organization.”

AAP Member Spotlight: Ashaki T. Wilham
Principal Scientist, Flavor Research and Development,
The Coca-Cola Company


AAP: Tell us about your role at The Coca-Cola Company and how you impact the company’s strategic goals.
The Coca-Cola Company is an industry leader in the beverage category and is one of the most recognized brands worldwide. I lead the Global Flavor Research and Development team which focuses on flavor development in the areas of continuity, innovation and productivity for The Company. Our work ensures that there is continuity of supply for strategic agricultural ingredients. We provide customized flavor solutions enabling innovation and growth. My team has supported productivity initiatives which help generate savings that are reinvested into the business. We also support strategic reformulation initiatives to reduce sugar in core company brands.


AAP: What suggestions could you offer to an individual interested in pursuing a career, such as yours?
Food Science is a very broad and diverse field of study offering many diverse disciplines, one of which is Flavor Creation. Becoming a Flavorist takes years of careful training and is a role that requires diligence and perseverance. Flavor Creation allows you to explore your technical side while tapping into your creative side in order to curate an experience that consumers will want to enjoy time and time again.  Although it is not a widely known career choice, it is both lucrative and rewarding. The tangible nature of the work offers the satisfaction of seeing your finished product in the local grocery, restaurant, or convenience store shelf.

 

AAP: Tell us about your experience at the AAP Day of Service last year when you operated a booth at the S.T.E.A.M. career fair last summer.
When I was in the 10th grade, I had a phenomenal biology teacher that instilled in me a passion for science. I was always curious and loved science in elementary and middle school, but she helped make it fun and relevant to me. Once I decided to pursue science as a field of study, I initially wanted to be a doctor, not realizing that Flavor Chemistry even existed. Since I’ve been in this industry, it has been a passion and purpose to share careers in Food Science with our youth from kindergarten through college. I believe that children of all ages are like sponges who, once exposed to knowledge, will soak it up. It gives me honor to provide that exposure. S.T.E.A.M. events energize me, and I am always overwhelmed by the sense of engagement and inquisitiveness that the students display.

 

AAP: Who is your favorite trailblazer that serves as an inspiration to you?
The trailblazer that inspires me is Dr. Mae Jemison. She began studying at Stanford at 16 years old, received her doctorate in medicine from Cornell University, and orbited the earth 126 times as an astronaut. Dr. Jemison didn’t stop there, she also found ways to give back by first volunteering with the Peace Corp and later founding the Jemison Group, an organization that encourages the pursuit of science. Her passion for science, quest to be the best and to offer a hand back makes Dr. Jemison a truly motivating force.

 

AAP: Why is philanthropy important to you? How do you give back to the community?
Philanthropy, defined as the desire to help others, through the donation of money, time or skills, is integral to my core value system. I take pleasure in serving others, using my gifts and talents to make things better in the communities where I live and work. It is also important to me that I model the behavior for my children, taking the opportunity to create a family culture of compassion. My favorite ways to give back include performing random acts of kindness, supporting the First Impressions, Children’s and Cleaning Ministry’s at church and educating children about the field of Food Science.

 

AAP: What is your favorite quote?
Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you. ~Mother Teresa