2019 Roundtable in Augusta

(Past Event)

15th Annual SOVA Roundtable

 October 8th and 9th, 2019 at The Miller Theater in Augusta, GA

2019 Roundtable Agenda

2019 Roundtable Keynote Speakers

Deke Copenhaver: The Changemaker: The Art of Building Better Leaders 

Deke Copenhaver currently serves as Principal of Copenhaver Consulting, LLC. Prior to his current ventures Deke was elected Mayor of Augusta, Georgia in 2005, 2006 and 2010. Deke's careers prior to becoming mayor include banking, real estate and development and non-profit management.  Since leaving office Deke has served as the host of "There it is With Deke Copenhaver," a daily radio program on WGAC New Talk Radio, as well as Managing Consultant for the Augusta Economic Development Authority.  His services are currently engaged by the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau to run the $6 million "All In Augusta" capital campaign.

With a strong track record of achievement while in office, Deke has spoken at many national conferences on topics including city design, economic development, healthcare, veterans' issues and the non-profit industry. He currently has a column on leadership published by the Georgia Municipal Association in their monthly newsletter.  In 2018 he signed a publishing agreement with Advantage|ForbesBooks with his first book entitled The Changemaker: The Art of Building Better Leaders, which is scheduled to be released this year. Deke earned a B.A. in Political Science from Augusta College and is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and the Mayor's Institute on City Design.

Deke has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend Magazine's "100 Most Influential Georgians" seven times. Southern Living Magazine named Deke as one of their "Heroes of the New South" for his passionate work in revitalizing Augusta's historic inner-city African American neighborhoods. In 2014 the Greater Augusta Arts Council recognized Deke with the President's Award for his support of and commitment to the arts.  His awards and achievements are far too many to include here, but these will be listed in full in your program folder when you attend the event.

During his final re-election campaign in 2010, Deke became the first American mayor to complete all three legs of a sanctioned Ironman event and has subsequently completed four more Ironman 70.3's, quite a feat for a man involved in every aspect of a community's life.

Levi Hill IV: Perfect Timing--It's Never Comfortable

Levi Hill IV is a native Augustan and president of Richmond Supply Company. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia. He and his wife Elsie have three children and two grandchildren.

Levi currently serves on the boards of University Health Systems, Augusta Museum of History, Augusta Symphony and the Miller Theater. He served as project chair during the Miller's rehabilitation.

Levi is the author of the children's book Miller's Opening Night.

Katie Wynn: Why Knowing Yourself and Your Audience is the Key to Success

Katie Wynn brings over eight years of professional training and experience to her role as an organizational effectiveness consultant and facilitator.  She has facilitated for companies across the globe, including Microsoft, Nike, Google, and McKesson. While comfortable with many areas of organizational development, she is most proficient in delivering a tailored Insights Discovery Personal Effectiveness Program for teams of all sizes.

Prior to her current role, Katie designed and facilitated all virtual delivery of Insights Discovery for the US Western Region.  Whether facilitating virtually or in-person, Katie's positivity and enthusiasm motivate participants to embrace new communication and interpersonal skills. Her approachable facilitation style meets teams where they are in their development and encourages an environment of openness and authenticity.   

Katie earned a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Performance Dance from Southern Methodist University. She has had the privilege of living in many different parts of the country and has traveled the world as a military spouse. Katie and her husband are happy to have recently settled in their home state of Georgia where they are raising two sons, Rob and George, and a daughter, Elizabeth.

Beth Morrison: Business Basics for Not-for-Profits

With 24 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, Beth is a Tax Partner in Cherry Bekaert's Augusta office. She concentrates her practice in the areas of small business planning, accounting systems, retirement plans, tax planning and tax compliance. Closely held businesses, not-for-profits and individuals look to Beth for assistance with tax planning and tax return compliance. She also provides business owners with consulting and advisory services, including the installation and implementation of accounting systems and retirement plans. Beth also serves on many of the firm's efficiency efforts, establishing procedures for tax processing throughout the firm.

Beth is an active volunteer in the Augusta community, serving through the Augusta Symphony Guild, Inc., Leadership Augusta, The Augusta Symphony Orchestra, Inc. Board of Directors, Walton Options for Independent Living, Inc., Augusta Westbound Festival, Inc., and the Rachel Longstreet Foundation, Inc.