As Member Relations Director for The Commerce Club, Atlanta, one of the most iconic private business clubs in the Southeast, Anna R. Chafen is responsible for planning and coordinating all of the programming for this historic institution. With a membership base of over 2,000 members, and whose Board of Directors is comprised of the top Fortune 500 CEOs in the state, the Club serves as the perfect venue to showcase her many events which frequently feature topics of social relevance.
With her extensive Public Relations education and background, coupled with early years spent living overseas in Quito, Ecuador, South America, Chafen has crafted a particular tenacity for tackling issues involving racial conflict. Striving for justice from a very young age, she fought to have her Montgomery County, GA, school proms integrated. By her college years, her activism was featured in SPIN Magazine. The story was later picked up by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the New York Times Magazine, and various other publications thereafter.
Anna R. Chafen’s most recent accomplishment includes her work spreading awareness about lingering racial conflicts and issues in Georgia. She has most recently been featured on Atlanta’s National Public Radio Station WABE 90.1 and in the documentary “SouthernRites”. The critically-acclaimed HBO film, which was the recipient of a song written and performed by John Legend, can be viewed on OnDemand.
Anna is a returning guest to the show (you can listen to her first show at Anna Chafen: Choose to Have the Conversation). Besides working for The Commerce Club, Anna plays an active role at Snellville Christian Church. She and her husband reside in Atlanta with their son, Christian, and daughter, Ryan.
Lessons from the Show
Ann talked to us about what she has learned from her life in business and at the Commerce Club and shared many wonderful lessons that point us towards an authentic, happy and fulfilling life and career including:
- Business is not just business; business is all personal;
- We need to switch the channel: social media means the conversation is happening, but it’s not in a manner in which we really have to interact meaningfully;
- To really have the conversation we need to engage our whole self.
You can contact Anna by email at Anna.Chafen@clubcorp.com and you can find out more about her and her work at the Commerce Club website, by looking up her Linked In profile, or by watching “SouthernRites”
This is episode # 145