Stephanie Stuckey—attorney, businesswoman, former member of the Georgia House of Representatives, and current chair of Stuckey’s Corporation—will deliver the keynote address to the members American Bar Association (ABA) at the 2024 Midyear Meeting’s Present and Powerful Speaker Series. The series is a collaborative effort organized by GPSolo WIN (Women’s Initiative Network) and ABA Women Rainmakers of the Law Practice Division, offering members insight into best practices for branding, tips on fostering strong working relationships, and opportunities to expand their practices.
A native Georgian originally from Dodge County, Stephanie Stuckey carries on the family tradition of public service. Stuckey’s father, Billy Stuckey, represented the Eighth District of Georgia for ten years in the U.S. Congress, and her grandfather, Williamson Sylvester Stuckey, served in the Georgia Legislature. In 1937, he founded Stuckey’s Corporation—an iconic roadside stop famous for all things pecans.
At this year’s Midyear Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, Stephanie Stuckey will speak to members about her time learning the ins and outs of the trade while emphasizing the importance of fostering strong relationships despite any challenges faced along the way.
“Success is woven through strong bonds of collaboration,” says Stuckey. “In my time as a public servant, I’ve learned to put others first, believe in collective strength, and never back down from a challenge. With achievement comes resilience and teamwork. Believing in yourself is the ultimate testament and driving force that turns obstacles into stepping stones. It is an honor to share my story with fellow attorneys, and it is my hope that my testimony will serve each person in attendance well in all their future endeavors as law professionals.”
After receiving her juris doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law, Stuckey began to build her practice by entering the realm of politics and public service, working as a legislative aide and general counsel to former Georgia State Senator Mary Margaret Oliver, an experienced Georgia politician who now holds a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives. In 1998, Stuckey ran her first successful political campaign representing DeKalb County, Georgia, as a member of the Georgia House, where she served Georgia’s residents for more than a decade.
In 2012, after 14 years of service in state government, Stuckey switched gears, accepting a post as executive director of GreenLaw, an environmentally focused law resource center in Atlanta. But in 2019, Stuckey decided to dip her toes into a new workforce, becoming the third-generation chair of her beloved family business, Stuckey’s Corporation. Motivated by her strong emotional attachment to the family brand and dedication to restoring Stuckey’s to a profitable household name, Stuckey built a team that took the company back to its roots, shifting its focus from licensed Stuckey’s store locations to the company’s classic line of pecan candies. Within six months, the company was restored to profitability. Stuckey capitalized her efforts on candy manufacturing, purchasing a pecan shelling and candy plant in Wrens, Georgia, bringing new hope for the family brand to flourish.
Today, Stuckey focuses her efforts on promoting the family business, supporting the vision of the “great American road trip,” and working to make Stuckey’s the go-to pecan snack brand in America. Stuckey shares her journey in her new memoir, UnStuck: Rebirth of an American Icon, to be published in April 2024.
Now in its eighth year, the Present and Powerful Speaker Series keynote address will be held February 2, 2024, from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm in the Louisville Marriott Downtown, Louisville, Kentucky. The event includes a networking wine and cheese reception, and, this year, Stuckey’s pecan snacks!
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