The Challenge


How might communities rally around our students to help develop the next generation of leaders?

It takes a village to raise a child.  But effective leadership to preserve a village.  The challenges we face are greater than ever, and a leadership deficit leaves our future in question. How might the Atlanta community more effectively engage with our schools and students to improve education and generate the next generation of leaders to sustain and advance the proverbial village.

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The People

Meet the people who are helping make the (co)lab LABS a reality. They represent the outstanding leaders, brilliant creators, and powerful storytellers in the Atlanta region, and we’re so excited to see all that they can accomplish when working in tandem.


Lab Leader

Ann Cramer

Leadership Atlanta ’77, Senior Consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates

Ann’s commitment to and involvement with children and youth has been a lifelong journey. Even though she is retired from her role as Director for IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs for the Americas, she continues her work with the improvement of conditions for families and children. Ann currently serves as chair of the Atlanta Public School Superintendent Search Committee! Ann currently serves as chair of the Atlanta Partners for Education and as the past chair of the following – Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE), the Carter Center Board of Councilors, Communities in Schools-Georgia, the Georgia Chamber’s Education Committee, Voices for Georgia’s Children, Georgia Shakespeare Festival and the Georgia Chapter of the International Women’s Forum. Ann is on the boards of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta Chamber Education Committee, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development and the Georgia Public Education Foundation.


Lab Chair

John Hardman

LEAD Atlanta ’12, Vice President, Granite Holdings, Inc.

As an Atlanta native, and a graduate of the Atlanta Public School System, John Hardman is passionate about improving the education ecosystem within the Atlanta community. In the past, he has volunteered with numerous education focused organizations, including Everybody Wins, and has facilitated investments in several education focused technology startups through First Light Ventures. He spent a year teaching at a bilingual school in the Dominican Republic in 2001-2002, and is also a member of the Young Professionals for Education Equity. John currently serves as Vice President of Granite Holdings, Inc. where he works with several businesses in the Atlanta area including GeoFields, Routematch and Okabashi. Prior to working at Granite, John served as Vice President of GeoFields and President and Investment Manager of First Light Ventures, an early stage impact investment fund affiliated with Gray Ghost Ventures.


Creative Team


Adam Harrell, Creative Director
Pete Lawton, Art Director
Zach Graham, Sr. Designer
Venkat Gazula, Designer

Nebo is a human-centered interactive agency. We believe that great work comes from understanding the needs, wants and perceptions of your audience. This human-centered approach informs everything we do. It’s why our work does more than just win awards. It generates results.