Past Event / September 29, 2014

America’s Global Leadership: Impact on Georgia

America’s global leadership strengthens our national security and bolsters Georgia’s economy. On Monday, September 29, the USGLC hosted a luncheon discussion on the benefit our investment in the world brings to our community and local businesses.


Impact on Georgia


Featured Speakers


General George W. Casey, Jr., USA (Ret.)

36th Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

General George Casey served as the 36th chief of staff of the U.S. Army from 2007 until his retirement in 2011. A 41-year veteran of the U.S. Army, General Casey previously served as the Commander of the multinational force in Iraq from 2004 until 2007, where he commanded the coalition forces that included servicemembers from over 30 countries. Throughout his career, General Casey served in operational assignments in Germany, Italy, Egypt, Southwest Asia, and the United States and he commanded at every level from platoon to Division. His principal staff assignments have been as a chief of staff, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; operations officer and chief of staff, V (US/GE) Corps, Heidelberg, Germany; deputy director for politico-military affairs, joint staff, commander, Joint Warfighting Center/J7, US Joint Forces Command; and director strategic plans and policy, director of the joint staff, and 30th vice chief of staff, U.S. Army. His awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.


Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)

Senator Isakson was elected to the Senate in 2004 and is a strong proponent of America’s global engagement. He serves as the Ranking Member on the Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness and also serves on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; Veterans’ Affairs Committee; and the Select Committee on Ethics. Previously, he served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and was Ranking Member of the African Affairs Subcommittee. Prior to his election to the Senate, Senator Isakson served six years in the House of Representatives, two years as the chairman of the Georgia Board of Education, and 17 years in the Georgia State Legislature. A businessman by trade, Senator Isakson opened a small, family-owned real estate business in 1967, which has since grown to be the largest independent residential real estate brokerage companies in the Southeast. Senator Isakson served in the Georgia National Guard for six years.


Helene D. Gayle

President and CEO, CARE USA

Helene D. Gayle is president and CEO of CARE USA, a leading international humanitarian organization. An expert on health, global development and humanitarian issues, she spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS. Dr. Gayle then worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues. Dr. Gayle serves on public company and non-profit boards including: The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, the Rockefeller Foundation, the ONE Campaign and others.


Clyde C. Tuggle

Senior Vice President and Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer, The Coca-Cola Company

Clyde C. Tuggle is Senior Vice President and Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer for The Coca-Cola Company. He joined the company in 1989 in the Corporate Issues Communications department. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Agnes Scott College and a trustee of the Georgia Research Alliance. He serves on the Board of Directors for the World Affairs Council of Atlanta.


Richard Warner

Founder and CEO, What’s Up Interactive

Richard Warner is founder and CEO of What’s Up Interactive, an Atlanta-based web and video marketing firm whose clients include AT&T, Georgia Lottery, Georgia Aquarium, Emory University, and Mayo Clinic. His daily business blog,, covers management, marketing, and growing a business. He spent 30 years as host and managing editor of Georgia’s Business on the state’s PBS network, as well as 20 years as a commentator on Atlanta’s WXIA 11Alive and WAGA TV. His daily commentaries on marketing and business were syndicated on over 200 radio stations nationwide.

Event Partners

CARE Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Atlanta Chamber
World Affairs Council of Atlanta