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Drawing on collective voices, from doctors to drug dealers, Fearless Dialogues is a groundbreaking program that seeks real solutions to problems of chronic unemployment, violence, and hopelessness. In cities around the United States and now the world, the program's founder, Gregory C. Ellison, II and his team create conversations among community members who have never spoken to one another, the goal of which are real, implementable, and lasting changes to the life of the community. In Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice, Ellison makes this same kind of analysis available to readers, walking them through the steps that must be taken to find common ground in our divided communities and then to implement genuine and lasting change.
Gregory Ellison is a product of the Atlanta Public School System and a proud alumnus of Frederick Douglass High School. On May 10, 1999, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University, where he was inducted into the Emory College Hall of Fame--the first black male bestowed with that honor. Gregory continued his educational journey at Princeton Theological Seminary as a Presidential Scholar where he received his Master of Divinity degree and Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology. Ten years after graduating, he returned to Emory to join the faculty of Candler School of Theology. He is currently an associate professor of pastoral care and counseling. In his second year of teaching at Candler, Gregory was awarded Faculty Person of the Year (2010-2011). Three years later Gregory received the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, Emory University’s most prestigious faculty teaching honor. He is author of Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men and Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice. He is an ordained Baptist minister who has served on the ministerial staffs at both Methodist and Presbyterian churches.
Gregory cherishes most the strong convictions he holds toward family, fraternity brothers (of Kappa Alpha Psi), and friends. On June 14, 2003, he was married to Antoinette Greenaway-Ellison and is the proud father of Gregory III and Anaya.
Doug Shipman is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Woodruff Arts Center, home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the High Museum of Art. Mr. Shipman became the Arts Center CEO in July 2017, after serving as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of BrightHouse, a stand-alone business unit of the Boston Consulting Group since 2015. BrightHouse is a purpose-driven consulting firm that helps its clients define their true purpose to accelerate their transformation and value creation. Prior to that role, Mr. Shipman was the founding Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta from 2007 through 2015. Starting from the ground up, he developed the Center’s business strategy, its fundraising strategy, and its public engagement plan that led the $100 million museum to become a reality. From 2001 until 2007, Mr. Shipman was a principal with the Boston Consulting Group at its offices in New York, Atlanta, and Mumbai. Mr. Shipman, an Arkansas native, is a magna cum laude graduate of Emory University, with B.A. degrees in Economics and Political Science. He received a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Mr. Shipman is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Carter Center and a member of the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Midtown Alliance, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. He is active with the Harvard Alumni Association and the Emory Alumni Association where he is a past President. He has been named one of Atlanta’s 100 Most influential by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and one of Georgia’s 100 Most influential by Georgia Trend Magazine.