Leadership NOW Series

Savannah Jaycees Leadership Now

2017 Leadership NOW Series

This is the fourth year the Savannah Jaycees has presented the Leadership NOW Series. This year, the series features five presentations throughout the year, from area experts sharing insights on professional development.

For each presentation, open networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Savannah Jaycees’ headquarters, located at 101 Atlas Street.

It is free to attend for members; $10 for guests with the first visit free. Dinner and drinks will be provided.

Dates and topics are cheduled for the following Tuesdays:

February 7: Leadership in the 21st Century with Dr. Zke Zimmerman

Dr. LeRoy Zke Zimmerman was born in Cameron, South Carolina, on 12 September 1945. He graduated from South Carolina State College in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. In 1974, he received a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. In 1996, Zimmerman received the Education Specialist Degree from the George Washington University. And in 2005, he received his doctoral degree in education, also from the George Washington University.

In 1966, he entered active duty with the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. He served in the military for 27 years and retired in 1993 at the rank of Colonel. During his tour in Vietnam, Zimmerman was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.

In 1993, Dr. Zimmerman taught at Denbigh High School, Newport News, Virginia, for 1½ years before becoming an assistant principal at Woodside High School in the same city. Zimmerman remained in that position until 2003 when he moved to Savannah and became the Assistant Principal at Herschel V. Jenkins High School. He retired from Savannah Chatham County Public Schools in 2014.

Today Zke is active in the Savannah Community where he serves as president of the 100 Black Men of Savannah. He also holds active membership in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Lambda Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, the Executive Board of the United Way of the Coastal Empire and the Executive Board for the Boy Scouts of America in the Coastal Region. He has served as Moderator of First Baptist Church Richmond Hill for 9 years and taught Sunday School for 10 years.

April 4: Pitch Perfect: How To Make Your 60-second Commercial Pop! with Jessica Neeley

Jessica Neeley is a dynamic financial services industry professional with a passion for helping others achieve their dreams through practical money management guidance. She is also the co-founder of Women Rock! Nation, an annual conference dedicated to the education and empowerment of business professionals.  She is an engaging public speaker with global forum speaking experience and the past President of the Small Business Chamber Toastmasters club. Jessica stays actively involved in the community raising money for the Rape Crisis Center of Savannah and as current Woman of the Year teammate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

June 6: TBD

August 1: Financial and Retirement Planning with Mark Howard

Mark Howard, President of Howard Financial Group, has more than 25 years’ experience in the insurance, wealth management and financial services industry. He provides guidance to clients and their professional advisors on insurance, college planning, estate planning, wealth management, multigenerational asset allocation and individual retirement income planning.
Mark is a Savannah native and is a graduate of Savannah Country Day School and The University of Georgia. Mark also completed post-graduate work from the International School of Banking and Commercial Lending at Vanderbilt University.

Mark began his professional career in Atlanta with an international investment firm where he became the National Vice President. During this time, his father suddenly became ill and passed away. Mark experienced firsthand how financially devastating his father’s death was on his family, and he gained a newfound dedication to helping others understand the importance of proper financial planning.

Mark now has clients all over the country, many that are recognizable names from the world of sports, entertainment and politics. He has shared his financial industry expertise with a number of news outlets throughout the years, including The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Barron’s Magazine, South Magazine, AM 750 WSB, AM 1290 WTKS and Savannah Morning News.

A believer in the importance of giving back to his community, Mark has served on a number of local boards, including SAFE Shelter for Domestic Violence Services, Savannah Technical College Foundation, The Savannah Downtown Business Association and Calvary Day School. His company does over 40 financial workshops each year. and he has also gives his time and efforts to fundraising for local non-profits, helping raise more than $2.5 million for Memorial Health University Medical Center in 2014.

In his spare time, Mark enjoys being a proud father to his two wonderful children: his daughter, Haley, a student at SCAD, and his son Ross, a student at Armstrong State University.

October 3: The 21 Commandments of Business Manners with Lydia Ramsey

Lydia Ramsey is an international business etiquette and modern manners expert. She is the president and founder of Lydia Ramsey, Inc., a firm based in Savannah, Georgia, offering seminars, keynote speeches and executive coaching to corporations, associations, colleges and universities. She began her career as an etiquette consultant over thirty years ago.

In 1997 Lydia decided to found her own business and pursue her passion for business etiquette. Since that time she has served hundreds of clients and thousands of individuals. While the majority of her work is spent in group training, she is often asked either by individuals who attend her sessions or the executives who hire her to follow up one on one. She assures all her clients that she comes with a life-time guarantee so that at any point in time, they can call on her to help them personally with their business etiquette issues.

Lydia is the author of several books including MANNERS THAT SELL – ADDING THE POLISH THAT BUILDS PROFITS (Pelican Publishing 2008) and LYDIA RAMSEY’S LITTLE BOOK OF TABLE MANNERS(Longfellow Press 2008). She has produced four training videos, including “Dining for Profit” which was featured in the Wall Street Journal as one of the top four training videos on business dining.  Her course “Business Etiquette Essentials:  Adding The Polish That Builds Profit” is available on Udemy.com.  She is the business etiquette columnist for The Savannah Morning News and a contributor to business journals and trade publications in print and online. She was hired by The Voice of America China Department to write scripts on business etiquette which are broadcast to China, Thailand and other Far Eastern countries.

Lydia travels throughout the US and abroad to offer her programs on business etiquette, customer service and sales skills.  Her work takes her to India, the Middle East, the UK and Europe, presenting seminars and providing executive etiquette coaching to their teams.

Lydia is a popular media figure and regularly called to be interviewed or featured on national television and radio. She has appeared on FOX TV, NPR, PBS, TLC and The Paul Harvey Show. She has been featured or quoted in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Entrepreneur, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Real Simple Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness and Golf Digest.

Among her clients are Turner Construction International, Colas International, Gulfstream Aerospace, Georgia Ports Authority, PSS World Medical, TSYS, SunTrust Bank, The PGA Tour, The American Hospital Association, The US Federal District Courts and The US Bankruptcy Court and The Insurance Underwriters of Georgia.

Lydia firmly believes that etiquette in business is not about the rules; it’s about the relationships.



*More information will be announced throughout the year via Savannah Jaycees’ Facebook page: facebook.com/savannah.jaycees