Daughter of Chick-fil-A founder to speak at Women's Philanthropy Board spring event in Auburn

Published: April 07, 2015
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Trudy Cathy White, daughter of Jeannette and the late S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, will provide the keynote address at the 13th Annual Women's Philanthropy Board Spring Symposium and Luncheon on Monday, April 20, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

The event will also feature presentations from Anna F. Buckner, managing member of Anna F. Buckner, LLC, and the Honorable Keith Watkins, chief judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Both are alumni of Auburn University.

In 2003, after serving on international missions for 20 years, Trudy White and her husband, John, started the Lifeshape Foundation to facilitate the holistic development of young men and women who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Lifeshape consists of several ministries including the Impact 360 Institute, which has its own programs aimed at preparing high school and college-age students to become Christ-centered servant leaders.

Trudy White has also been director of the WinShape Camp for Girls since 2003. Her parents founded the WinShape Camps in Georgia in 1985 to enable young people to sharpen their character, deepen their Christian faith and grow in relationships with others.

She is a mother of four, grandmother of 12, a speaker, an ambassador for Chick-fil-A and the author of "Along the Way," a collection of true-life stories.

At 10 a.m., Buckner will present, "Estate Planning: How to Develop a Winning Planning Team," providing participants with insight into identifying the best team of attorneys, financial consultants and philanthropic advisors to help with estate planning.

Buckner earned a bachelor's degree from Auburn in 1993 and an MBA in 1995. She attended the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, graduating in 1999. She is a member of the Alabama State Bar Association, and practices in the areas of trusts and estates, taxation, real estate and corporate law.

Watkins' presentation, "Civic and Social Responsibility," will begin at 11 a.m. and will focus on the importance of citizen participation in government, both on the local and national levels. He also will share his view on the important role philanthropy plays in addressing societal needs.

Watkins graduated from Auburn in 1973 and the University of Alabama's School of Law in 1976. He served in private practice until 2005 when President George W. Bush nominated him to the seat on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama vacated by William Harold Albritton III. He began serving as chief judge in 2011.

The 13th Annual WPB Spring Symposium is open to the public. Reservations for the luncheon are required and can be purchased by visiting www.carycenter.auburn.edu. Individual tickets are $75 and tables of 10 are available in gold level ($900), platinum level ($2,500), and diamond level ($5,000) sponsorships. For more information, please call (334) 844-9156.

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