Atlanta’s Rise as a Center for International Business, Education, and Culture

Episode 149

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Jeff Bond

As the CEO of Chat With Leaders Media and Executive Partner at People-First Elevation Team, I lead a dedicated team specializing in thought leadership development, stakeholder engagement, and effective global communication. We excel in producing corporate podcasts, meetings, and events to drive customer and team member acquisition, retention, and engagement. Additionally, we provide speaker coaching to empower thought leaders within our clients' organizations.

My approach is grounded in Conscious Capitalism, fostering leaders with a values-driven, pro-capitalism perspective. I firmly believe in business's transformative power, not only as a commercial venture but as a catalyst for lasting social and generational impact.

Beyond my professional role, I cherish my most significant leadership role as a father to three children, alongside my wife Katie. This personal aspect deeply influences my professional path, aligning my business strategies with family values, faith, and community service in Atlanta, GA.

In today’s episode, Jeff Bond chats with Trevor Williams, Managing Director at Global Atlanta, an online news service covering Atlanta’s intersection with the global economy.
Trevor talks to Jeff about getting started in journalism, why Atlanta is indisputably an international city, and how journalism can have a global, local, and individual impact.

More about Trevor Williams

A versatile digital journalist, Trevor Williams has spent more than a decade writing on international business and trade for Global Atlanta, an online news service covering Atlanta’s intersection with the global economy.

In addition to local reporting that helped the company win the 2014 President’s E Award for Export Service from the U.S. Commerce Department, he has undertaken journalism trips to 30+ countries on five continents, uncovering stories that reveal both the perils and promise of globalization. His interviewees span the socioeconomic spectrum — from top executives and heads of state to workers and villagers in frontier markets.

Trevor focuses intently on Asia and also has written extensively on foreign direct investment, trade and exports, Georgia’s ties with China, and Atlanta’s emergence as a payments hub, among other topics.

Trevor graduated from the University of Georgia with dual bachelor’s degrees in Magazine Journalism and Religion, as well as a minor in Chinese Language and Literature.
He is a proud husband and father of two young sons, as well as the editor “Making Men: Five Steps to Growing Up,” a book outlining five steps that fathers can use to grow their sons into manhood.

His freelance work has appeared in China Daily, Site Selection magazine (online), Nuernberger Zeitung, InSite magazine, Breakaway magazine, Brio,, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, AramcoWorld, and China Business Review.



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