Speaker Date Topic
Michael Dixon Feb 19, 2019
Pinebelt Foundation
Pinebelt Foundation

Michael Dixon is the Executive Director of the Pinebelt Foundation, Pastor at Ekklesia Hattiesburg, and the 2015 recipient of the Bill Gwyn Non-Rotarian of the Year.

Amber Lombardo Feb 26, 2019
Director • AIA Mississippi
Director • AIA Mississippi

A Mississippi State graduate, Amber Lombardo built a career in the advertising industry ultimately building four companies: an advertising agency, digital print shop, art gallery and magazine. After 17 years she sold the umbrella company, Webz. She became Director of Programs at the Mississippi Heritage Trust where she launched a second magazine, Elevation and became heavily involved in state and federal advocacy efforts. She is an ARCUS Fellow and board member of Preservation Action. Today Amber is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects | Mississippi.  She serves at AIA National as Vice President of the CACE Executive Committee and as a Stakeholder in the Advocacy Capacity Building team. In 2018, she hosted SpeakUp!, an advocacy and action event chartered by AIA National. 

Jerry Mitchell Apr 02, 2019
MS Center for Investigative Journalism
MS Center for Investigative Journalism

Jerry W. Mitchell is an American investigative reporter for The Clarion-Ledger, a newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi. He convinced authorities to reopen seemingly cold murder cases from the Civil Rights Era, prompting one colleague to call him "the South's Simon Wiesenthal".[1] In 2009, he received a "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation.

Mitchell was a court reporter for the Clarion-Ledger in 1989 when the film Mississippi Burning inspired him to look into old civil rights cases that many thought had long since turned cold. His investigations have led to the arrest of several Klansmen and prompted authorities to reexamine numerous killings during the civil rights era.

In 1996, he was portrayed by Jerry Levine in the Rob Reiner film, Ghosts of Mississippi, about the murder of Medgar Evers and the belated effort to bring killer Byron De La Beckwith to justice. He was featured in The Learning Channel documentary Civil Rights Martyrs that aired in February 2000 and was a consultant for the Discovery Channel documentary Killed by the Klan which aired in 1999.

Mitchell received his undergraduate degree in communications from Harding University and his master's in journalism from Ohio State University in 1997, where he attended the Kiplinger Reporting Program. He lives in Jackson, Mississippi, with his wife and their two children.

Martha Allen Apr 23, 2019
Executive Director • Extra Table
Executive Director • Extra Table

Extra Table supplies food pantries and soup kitchens with the food they need every month. We do that by purchasing food and having it delivered to emergency food centers in need. Extra Table is proudly partnered with the nation’s largest food distribution company, Sysco. By partnering with Sysco, we are able to purchase healthy food at the lowest possible price point, thereby supplying food pantries and soup kitchens with the food they need.