On this week’s #NewBusinessMindset we talk with Stephanie Stuckey, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Atlanta, about why she thinks building resilient cities is important work for our times. We also – and perhaps more importantly – talk about what this means at a practical level for each of us, and why this is important in our own lives. And we learn that following our childhood passion can bring us joy!
Lessons from the Show
Stephanie talked to us about the life choices that took her into resiliency, and about how the movement and position inform her life. She offered us many wonderful lessons that point us towards an authentic, happy and fulfilling life and career including:
- At its most basic level, Stephanie’s life course was guided by following her childhood passion, learned from her family and informed and developed by the world in which she grew up;
- Resliency is about bringing people together to connect to each other and to the environment in ways that foster health, well-being and happiness;
- It is important to build the proper infrastructure and systems to support resilience, but community connection is created through such elements as art, music and parks.
About Stephanie Stuckey
Stephanie Stuckey received both her undergraduate and law degree from the University of Georgia. She graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1992. After law school, she served as a public defender and then went into private practice before being elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 1999. Stephanie served as a State Representative from the Decatur area for 14 years, during which time she was a member of the Judiciary and Natural Resources Committees. She then went on to serve as Executive Director of GreenLaw, an Atlanta-based public interest law firm dedicated to giving Georgia’s environment its day in court. In May 2015, she was appointed by Mayor Kasim Reed to be Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta. In November 2016, Stephanie was named the Chief Resilience Officer for Atlanta, working in conjunction with the Rockefeller Foundation’s “100 Resilient Cities.”
Stephanie’s legal expertise was recognized in 2011 when she was given the Outstanding Lawyer in Public Service Award by the Atlanta Bar Association. Stephanie serves on the Boards for the Green Chamber of the South, EarthShare of Georgia, and the Olmsted Linear Parks Association. She is a member of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership Class of 2013.
This is episode # 169