Salons are off-site gatherings all over the greater Atlanta region where (co)lab participants can join others over dinner to expand on the ideas shared during the summit.

Salons occur immediately following the opening keynote on Sunday and will be hosted all over the greater Atlanta region. Salons are hosted by organizations or regional leaders interested in building stronger cohesion surrounding specific topics, particularly topics that relate to attracting and retaining talent, cultivating innovation and transforming education. Salons below are open to (co)lab participants only. Those pre-registered for (co)lab may register for a Salon here.

Sunday, September 22, from 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Fostering Regional Collaboration and Innovation

Salon Hosts:

Metro Atlanta Chamber and Atlanta Regional Commission

This Salon brings together regional leaders from all major sectors — business, government, education and nonprofit — to discuss how we can better collaborate as a region. Four speakers, one from each sector, will share their insights with 60 attendees. Then an hour breakout session for participants to discuss among others the challenges and opportunities to regional collaboration. This Salon highlights LAB 3:  How might we foster partnerships between government, education and business to foster entrepreneurship and innovation.

Venue:  Sky Bar (rooftop bar) at 5 Seasons Restaurant and Brewery
Venue Location: 1000 Marietta St NW #204, Atlanta, GA
Capacity:  60
Food & Beverage: Light appetizers provided by 5 Seasons. Beer and other items can be ordered separately.

The Opportunities and Challenges of Shifting to a Student-Centered School Model

Salon Host:

The Westminster Schools and The Lovett School

In this salon we will focus our discourse on schools that are moving towards student-centered teaching and learning models, like project-based learning (PBL).  The new Drew Charter Senior Academy in Atlanta will be a PBL school.  What are the opportunities and challenges for such engaged learning models?  How might schools using this type of approach leverage relationships with the broader community as they design more authentic learning environments for students?

Venue:  The Westminster Schools
Venue Location: 1424 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Capacity:  25
Food & Beverage: Catered by Flik Food Service at the Westminster Schools

Innovation and Power Structures

Salon Host:


Building upon one of (co)lab’s main themes, “Cultivating Innovation”, WonderRoot’s salon will give participants the opportunity to discuss the existing power structures in place in contemporary Atlanta and how they affect up and coming innovators.  Attendees will explore who current structures serve and who they exclude, deliberating ways to improve upon processes and structures for cultivating innovation, with the intent to make them more accessible, more inclusive, and more representative of our city at large.

Venue:  WonderRoot Community Arts Center
Venue Location: 982 Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
Capacity:  25

The Social Innovation of Startups

Salon Hosts:

Uniquely Virtual, Uniquely Defined and Nex Atlanta (formally Hub Atlanta)

NEX Atlanta, Uniquely Defined, and Uniquely Virtual will host a conversation about how to embed a social enterprise model into a project. This will span from the why to the what. This salon is ideally a discussion between those who are running social enterprise models in all sectors and all tax status designations (meaning for and not-for profit) and those who are merely curious about it.  If you are in the process of choosing a legal structure and tax designation and want to hear feedback from the group, please come ready with a short synopsis of your situation.

Venue:  Nex Atlanta
Venue Location: 318 Cherokee Ave SE #104, Atlanta, GA 30312
Capacity:  23
Food & Beverage: Signature cocktails, beer, and taco trays from Six Feet Under

Midtown, Atlanta: Strategies for Creating a World-Class Innovation District

Salon Host:

Midtown Alliance

This Salon with Midtown Alliance, in collaboration with Georgia Tech, Midtown’s entrepreneurial community, and other Midtown business leaders, aims to celebrate the considerable array of assets, activities and anchor institutions in Midtown, and the exciting innovation ecosystem that has taken root – and why this is important; and define a collective vision along with short and longer-term strategies to increase the level of innovation and entrepreneurial activities.

Venue:  Midtown Alliance
Venue Location: 999 Peachtree Street, Suite 730; Atlanta, GA 30030
Capacity:  20
Food & Beverage: Sandwiches and drinks

Sustainable Community Design

Salon Host:


The “Future of Cities” theme is aligned with what Southface addresses daily in their work. How might we design communities to be more livable and attract the creative class? It’s a great question and one we look forward to engaging (co)lab salon attendees to explore.

Venue:  Southface
Venue Location: 241 Pine Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Capacity:  50
Food & Beverage: Brain food snacks, hot tea and juices.

Collaborative Growth and Collaborative Spaces

Salon Hosts:

covello and GENSLER

covello, is excited to feature world-renowned design firm, GENSLER. Solving wicked problems in today’s complex world requires “connection and collaboration.” We invite you to experience Gensler’s unique collaborative work environment and learn how revolutionary workplaces can foster breakthrough collaboration and a more authentic, purpose-driven culture. Participants will receive parting gifts around design.

Venue:  Gensler
Venue Location: 999 Peachtree Street, NE Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30309
Capacity:  25
Food & Beverage: Catered food (Don’t worry,  we know you’ll be hungry), beer and wine will be provided.  Come hang out with us at Empire State South after the Salons to continue the fun!

Creating a Bike-Friendly Atlanta

Salon Host:

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

This Salon will focus on how to make Atlanta one of the top 10 bicycle cities in the U.S. Topics discussed will include infrastructure needs, awareness campaigns and the support of business to help make Atlanta a thriving bicycle community for fun, fitness and transportation.

Venue:  Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
Venue Location: 692 Kirkwood Ave SE #C1
Capacity:  20
Food & Beverage: Food will be provided from a nearby restaurant for free. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

Building a Design Community

Salon Host:

MODA and Son&Sons

Innovation goes great with BBQ and a Coke. Join MODA and Son & Sons for a BBQ picnic to strengthen the Atlanta community of designers, entrepreneurs, social innovators and educators. Please join us on the plaza in front of MODA, directly across the street from the High Museum. It’s a place to interact, get to know one another and enjoy ourselves, while sharing a meal together.

Venue:  MODA
Venue Location: 1315 Peachtree Street NE
Capacity:  70
Food & Beverage: They’ll serve barbecue and the fixins, beer and wine, and soft drinks.

The Health of Atlanta’s Literacy

Salon Host:

Literacy Action, Inc.

This dialogue on health literacy will present an opportunity to hear and discuss timely opportunities and challenges for addressing how literacy impacts health.  Panelists from Literacy Action, Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory University, and the Georgia Health Literacy Alliance will offer comments and a moderator will engage the audience in a lively discussion.

Venue:  PricewaterhouseCoopers
Venue Location: 1075 Peachtree St NE, 26th Floor
Capacity:  30
Food & Beverage: A catered meal.

The LGBT community and the Creative Class

Salon Host:

Georgia Equality

This Salon will specifically look at the LGBT community and the creative class  with questions such as:  – what is the current state of the LGBT community in Georgia? – what are the implications of of the DOMA ruling on attracting the best and brightest to Georgia? – how can we move our state forward in integrating the LGBT community fully into the civic life of our state?

Venue:  Phillip Rush Center
Venue Location: 1530 DeKalb Avenue, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307
Capacity:  35
Food & Beverage: Light hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soda provided by Radial Cafe.

Atlanta’s Business of BBQ /Growth of BBQ  in Atlanta

Salon Host:

Atlanta BBQ Festival /Atlanta BBQ Club

This Salon is for people interested in making our city a top 10 BBQ city. Atlanta has all flavors of BBQ: Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, and that is why we call the city the “crossroads” of BBQ. There are tourists from Japan who fly into Atlanta and drive down to Unadilla to go to Myron Mixons cooking school. In order to be the Capital of the South you need to be the Capital of BBQ.

Venue:  Home of Bob Herndon, where the movie “Remember the Titans” was filmed
Venue Location: 131 Superior Ave Decatur GA 30030
Capacity:  15
Food & Beverage: BBQ from various restaurants and competition teams.

Our Labor, Ourselves: Re-imagining Work in the Purpose Economy

Salon Host:


This will be a salon for sharing stories, insights and inspiration. Drawing off of Imperative’s work with companies like Etsy and the organizations like the CDC, we will open up a discussion that will re-imagine how institutions can be designed to better serve people and the world. We ask all participants to bring an artifact of inspiration as it relates to our economy.

Venue:  Carroll Street Cafe
Venue Location: 208 Carroll St SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Capacity:  30
Food & Beverage: Happy hour (wine, beer) and some small plates; others available to order

Finding Your Forte: Passions, Gifts and Rewards towards Purpose

Salon Host:

Your Crescendo

Your Crescendo is committed to a mission to get the world on purpose and with impact. We work with individuals, teams and organizations to accomplish this through coaching programs, building high performing teams and forums. A discussion on the role cultures of a region can play in empowering its citizens to pursue purposeful, meaningful lives.

Venue:  Your Crescendo VisionSpace
Venue Location: The Atlantic, 270 17th Street NW Atlanta, GA 30363
Capacity:  30
Food & Beverage: collaboration themed tapas.