2023 Trustees Gala

Date(s) - Saturday, April 22, 2023
7:00 pm

Join the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) and leaders from across the state as we induct the 2023 Georgia Trustees, Dan Amos and Donna Hyland.  GHS presents “Indelible,” a delightful and inspiring evening of dinner, dancing, and lively conversation with the inductees.

The Trustees Gala is the Georgia Historical Society’s premier annual event and the culmination of the Georgia History Festival. Each year, this elegant and much-anticipated evening draws top local, state, and national leaders to honor and pay tribute to the best the State of Georgia has produced.

The Trustees Gala will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023, in Savannah at The DeSoto Hotel.

View the 2023 Trustees Gala Invitation

2023 Trustees Gala

The Georgia Trustees

In conjunction with the Governor’s Office, the Georgia Historical Society reestablished the Georgia Trustees as a way of recognizing Georgians whose accomplishments and community service reflect the highest ideals of the founding body of Trustees. The original Georgia Trustees, a governing body chartered and appointed by His Majesty King George II of England in 1732 to establish a new colony in North America, founded Georgia upon the principle of Non Sibi, Sed Aliis, “Not for Self but for Others.” GHS and the Governor’s Office reestablished the Trustees in 2008. The Governor annually appoints new Trustees whose history-making accomplishments and service reflect the original Trustees’ ideals.

The 2023 Georgia Trustees

Daniel P. Amos

Daniel P. Amos

Dan Amos became chief executive officer of Aflac Incorporated in 1990 and is one of the longest-serving CEOs in the Fortune 200. In January 2000, Dan launched the popular Aflac Duck advertising campaign, transforming Aflac from a successful supplemental insurance company to a top international brand recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies for 21 years. His commitment to ethical business practices has led the Ethisphere Institute to recognize Aflac Incorporated as a World’s Most Ethical Company for sixteen consecutive years, making Aflac the only insurance company in the world to appear on this list every year since the inception of the award in 2007. Amos has also appeared five times on Institutional Investor magazine’s lists of America’s Best CEOs for the insurance category, and he has been recognized as one of the 100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World by the Harvard Business Review five times. His innovative leadership style has led to astounding annual revenue growth from $2.7 billion in 1990 to $22.1 billion in 2021.

A past member of the board of trustees of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Dan serves on the board of the House of Mercy of Columbus in Georgia. He is former chairman of the board of the Japan America Society of Georgia and the University of Georgia Foundation.

Donna W. Hyland

Donna W. Hyland

For 32 years, Donna Hyland has helped shape the delivery of healthcare to children in Georgia and beyond. First as Chief Financial Officer, then Chief Operating Officer and now as President and Chief Executive Officer, Hyland has overseen monumental growth and achievement at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She was instrumental during the merger of Egleston Children’s Health Care System and Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center, as well as the addition of Hughes Spalding and Marcus Autism Center, which led to the formation of what is now one of the largest pediatric healthcare systems in the country. Today, Children’s is consistently ranked as a top pediatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report and one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

Hyland’s dedication to pediatric healthcare has resulted in recognition as one of Atlanta’s and Georgia’s most influential leaders.

Her dedication to the community extends outside of Children’s, where she serves on the boards of Atlanta Committee for Progress Inc., Cousins Properties Incorporated, Genuine Parts Company, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, Truist Atlanta Advisory Board, and Stone Mountain Industrial Park, Inc.

Learn more about the Georgia Trustees

The 2023 Georgia Trustees are profiled in the February issue of Georgia Trend magazine.

Georgia History Festival Sponsors

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