Monica Z. Anderton is the Chief Human Resources Officer for DS Smith North America, a leading Global packaging company of customer-specific packaging and consumer goods. As a member of the executive leadership team, she leads all aspects of the HR function for 16 business facilities and over 2,000 employees throughout North America.
She has extensive HR experience and has had former roles with a diverse number of businesses and industries including Novelis, Dell-SecureWorks, Silverton Bank, BellSouth Corporation and The Home Depot. Monica operates as a true business partner with expertise around building talent and directing programs that enhance performance and improve productivity.
Monica is extremely active in the Human Resources community in Atlanta. She is a past President of the Society for Human Resource Management – Atlanta mega-chapter and the Georgia State HR Council, in addition to membership in the prestigious Human Resources Leadership Forum, and the HR Council of The Conference Board. She holds a bachelor’s degree in management and an MBA in International Business and management from Mercer University.
Wayne Farms, LLC
Mr. Malfitano is a senior level human resource executive with over 20 years in leadership positions at major Fortune 500 companies including Monsanto, Frito Lay and EDS. Currently, David is Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer for Wayne Farms LLC, the 6th largest poultry company in the country. He is responsible for all aspects of Human Resources for approximately 9,000 employees at 10 Wayne Farms facilities and its corporate office. David’s focus on strategic human resource leadership has resulted in his team being recognized for best practices achieved in Performance Management and Change Management. He received his BS in employment relations and attended the Labor and Industrial Relations Master’s degree program at Michigan State University.
VP, Finance & Operations
Michelle Ansley is VP Human Resources and Chief Administrative Officer for Birch Communications, a leading technology service provider of IP-based communications, broadband, cloud and IT services to small, mid-sized, enterprise and wholesale businesses. As a member of the executive team, Michelle is responsible for ensuring that all support services align with business objectives and that the comprehensive people strategy provides for a successful, long-term employee/employer relationship. Ms. Ansley began her career in technology and transitioned into Human Resources via Learning and Development and Change Management. Prior to joining Birch in 2014, she served as Vice President of Human Resources at ASAP Solutions, LLC; Senior Vice President of Shared Services at Prommis Solutions, LLC; and held various human resources, learning and development, technical and program management positions at IBM.
Ms. Ansley holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and a Master's in Business Administration from Georgia State University.
Michelle is a member of Catbackers at The Westminster Schools and a board member of her neighborhood association. She enjoys stand-up-paddleboarding, boating and spending time with her husband and three children.
VP, Membership, Sponsorship & Engagement
EVP & CHRO
Karen Bennett is the Executive Vice President & Chief People Officer of Cox Communications. Bennett previously served as SVP and CHRO for Cox Media Group. Prior to joining Cox, she served in previous roles of Chief HR Officer for YP and SVP of Human Resources with Turner Broadcasting.
Ms. Bennett earned both an Executive MBA and a BBA from the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business. She serves on the Board of the Atlanta HR Leadership Forum (HRLF), and is a member of the Georgia State University HR Roundtable consortium. She serves on the Board of Advisors for Clayton State University and is on the boards of the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and the Emma Bowen Foundation. Bennett also served as Treasurer and Board member of the HR Certification Institute for six years. She carries her certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®), a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), and as a Certified Professional Coach (CPC).
Keith D. Jackson
VP, Board Development
Keith D. Jackson is Chief Human Resources for Vrio, which is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. He is responsible for managing HR functions for the holding company of DirecTV Latin America and AT&T Latin America.
Keith joined BellSouth in 1989 as a premise sales representative in BellSouth Advertising & Publishing Corporation (BAPCO), the directory publishing and Yellow Pages sales division of the former BellSouth. He held numerous sales management positions including Vice President Sales before moving to Atlanta to join Human Resources in 2002. Within BellSouth Keith had responsibility of managing Labor Relations, Training, Compensation, Staffing, and Healthcare/Benefits.
Jackson received his bachelor’s degree in management from Georgia Tech, along with certificates in Economics and History. He was a participant in the British Studies Program at London University and Queens College in Oxford. He also earned a master’s degree in Business Administration and a graduate certificate of specialization in International Business from Nova Southeastern University.
VP, HR North America
Dr. Joanne McInnerney is the Vice President of Human Resources for North America at Novelis Inc in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States where she has worked since 2010. Novelis is a world leader in rolled aluminum products and a wholly owned subsidiary of Hindalco, a flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group. Joanne received her bachelor’s in psychology and her master’s and PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology also from Northern Illinois University. Dr. McInnerney has also worked as an internal consultant for the retail and financial services industries. Her primary expertise is in leadership development and talent management with experience spanning both Generalist and Specialist HR roles in the USA and Europe. In her current position at Novelis, she oversees HR for all of North America. This region generates $5B revenue annually and employs 3500 across USA and Canada. Joanne currently lives in Atlanta with her husband Marty and daughter Amy.
Virginia H. Means
Immediate Past President
Chief People Officer
Virginia brings over two decades of senior human capital leadership and consulting experience on behalf of global and domestic organizations. She aligns people solutions with business strategy by evaluating, designing and implementing optimal human resource partnerships and service delivery models. Companies for which Virginia has led Human Resources have been recognized as premier employers by a number of external organizations including Fortune magazine, Working Mother magazine, Training Magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Currently, she serves as Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Post Properties, Inc. Her responsibilities involve management of all Human Resource areas, including Health and Welfare Benefits, Retirement Services, Payroll, Compensation, Employee Relations, Performance Management, Learning & Development, and Recruitment. Virginia is a board member and Executive Director of Post Hope Foundation, Inc.
She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and attended the Wharton School where she was awarded the HR Business School certification.
Virginia is Chairman of the Board of Directors for Society for Human Resource Management – Atlanta. She also serves on the Human Resources Leadership Form (HRLF) Board of Directors, Parents at Westminster Board and teaches Sunday School to adolescent girls. She enjoys running, kayaking, and spending time with her husband and two boys.
VP, HR – Issuer Solutions
In a career spanning over 20 years, Carlomagno has held strategic human resources leadership positions for some of the world’s most prestigious companies.
Currently, Carlomagno leads HR for the Network & Security Solution (NSS) division at First Data Corporation. In this role, Carlomagno provides strategic guidance on human capital matters to the Executive Vice President for one of the three global segments of the company.
Prior to FD, Carlomagno led Human Resources for IMG's College Sports division. IMG College is a leading marketing, licensing and media company that helps clients maximize the enormous potential of their collegiate sports and on-campus properties. In May 2014, IMG was sold to William Morris Endeavor forming WME/IMG. Carlomagno was a leader on HR due diligence and sale preparation for the College Sports division.
Prior to IMG, Carlomagno led Human Resources for EMS Technologies; EMS Technologies operates in over 15 countries around the world and provides mobile connectivity solutions in the Aviation, Defense & Space, Warehouse Logistics and Global Tracking of assets for government, military and commercial use. Carlomagno set the company’s direction in the areas of Global Human Resources, Employee Communications, Facilities and Information Technology. He was part of the executive team at EMS which executed a successful company sale to Honeywell in Q32011.
Previous positions include HR Leadership roles for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), Dun & Bradstreet, Inc., and Reuters.
Carlomagno earned his Bachelors Degree from Rutgers University. He is currently a member of the HR Leadership Forum of Atlanta and has served as board member for the Diversity Council for the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).
Director & Small Cap HR Roundtable Leader
VP, Culture and Experience
Louise is focused on culture and career development as an integral part of our strategic success at Patientco. As we grow, the components of our culture that got us here need to change and evolve so she spends her time balancing the wellbeing of our current team and adding new members to the team to keep the momentum going.
Before Patientco, Louise was the Sr. Director of Talent Management at EarthLink, where she lead several functions including Talent Acquisition, Development and Communications. She served in several roles throughout her tenure with EarthLink with a focus on how to bring in, develop, and structure talent within the business for success. Prior to EarthLink, Louise worked for start-up EzGov and for the retained search firm, Korn Ferry International.
She holds a BS Business Administration from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Georgia State University.
Brad Cummings is Vice President, Human Resources for Imerys, a global industrial mineral mining and production company headquartered in Paris, France. He is responsible for North America as well as the company’s global carbonates business.
Prior to Imerys Brad was Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer for Hospitality Staffing Solutions (HSS). HSS is the largest staffing / outsourcing company in the US with exclusive focus on the hospitality industry. In this role, Brad had full responsibility for the Human Resource and Risk functions.
Prior to joining HSS in June 2015, Brad was with Tarkett Group, a publicly traded designer, manufacturer and distributor of flooring products headquartered in Paris, France. Brad was the top HR executive in two of Tarkett’s global businesses, Tandus Centiva and Tarkett Sports, with operations in North America, EMEA and parts of Asia Pacific. Brad came to Tarkett Group via acquisition in 2012. In the five years prior to the acquisition Brad was Chief HR Officer of Tandus Flooring, a private equity owned commercial floor coverings manufacturer.
Before joining Tandus in late 2007, Brad spent more than 10 years at The Home Depot where he held a number of diverse HR leadership roles, as well as roles in Finance, Operations and Six Sigma.
Brad received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia, and completed his Master of Arts course work in Industrial & Organizational Psychology at New York University. He currently serves on the Board and Executive committee of the Atlanta HR Leadership Forum, the Board of Trustees for the Chattahoochee Nature Center, and has also worked with a number of other non-profits including Junior Achievement, United Way and Catholic Charities Atlanta over the past ten years.
Brad and his wife, Julie, live in Atlanta, Georgia with their three children, Chloe (9), Colin (6) and Charlotte (3).
SVP & CHRO
Matt serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Neenah Paper, a global $1B+ publicly traded leader in the premium paper, packaging and filtration business. Matt has global responsibility for the organization’s human capital strategy including; talent management, executive coaching and development, employee and labor relations, compensation and benefits, diversity and inclusion and organizational effectiveness.
SVP, People Strategy Executive
Kim Fleming, Ph. D. is Senior Vice President of Human Capital Strategy and Organization Enablement for SunTrust Banks, a 24,000 employee, $28B Market Cap regional bank headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. She has broad leadership experience across the human capital spectrum—skilled in human capital strategy formulation, succession planning, talent management, performance management, organizational design and effectiveness. In her current role, her team is responsible for leading human capital strategy development, strategic workforce consulting, organizational design and change management, and teammate relations. Under her leadership, the HR organization deployed an HR agile team, which leverages design thinking methodologies to achieve teammate and user centric results.
Prior to this role, Dr. Fleming held multiple roles with SunTrust, including Head of Talent Management and Leadership Development, in which she was responsible for working directly with Executive Leadership to build and execute effective talent management and succession strategies. In this role, she also led executive and leadership development, performance management and career strategies for the firm.
Before joining SunTrust, Dr. Fleming led Corporate Organization and Leadership Development for Express Scripts Inc. a pharmacy benefit management organization. Her experience also includes organization and leadership development at Ameren, a mid-western based utility based in St. Louis, Missouri.
Dr. Fleming holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Organization Psychology from Saint Louis University. She has served on the Executive Committee for the Conference Board’s Talent Management Council, and serves locally in her community through multiple service organizations. She lives in Marietta with her husband and three children.
The Home Depot
Head, Global Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness
Joe Garcia is the Global Head of Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness at The Home Depot. In this capacity, he is responsible for Organizational Effectiveness (selection, engagement, analytics), Talent Planning, Performance Management and Organizational Development. Joe has over 26 years of business experience in retail, medical equipment, life science, and management consulting.
Joe has extensive international experience. He has consulted with multinationals in Europe, Latin American and the Caribbean and has lead major selection and organization development projects in Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, and Brazil. He is fluent is Spanish and English. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences speaking about his work in the areas of talent selection, engagement and development.
Joe holds a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Miami. He conducted his doctoral studies at the University of Miami and the Fielding Institute, where he graduated with a Ph.D. in human and organizational development.
Director & Sr. HR Roundtable Co-Leader
Matthew Getz is the VP, Human Resources for CryoLife, a role he’s held since August 2019. In this role, he oversees the company’s global people strategy with a focus on building a great place to work through innovative people practices.
Matt has more than 25 years of experience in human resources and accounting. Prior to joining Encompass, Matt served as Chief People Officer for Encompass Digital Media where he led the global HR practices. He also held senior human resources roles at SunTrust Banks, Inc., Xiocom Wireless, Earthlink and BlessingWhite.
Matt holds an MBA with a concentration in organizational management and international business from Georgia State University and a BBA with a concentration in accounting from Mercer University (Macon).
Chief People Officer
Stacie Hagan is Chief People Officer for Secureworks, a market leader in information security services with more than 4,000 clients worldwide spanning North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. As a member of the Secureworks executive team, Ms. Hagan is responsible for overall people strategy including organization design, workforce and succession planning, compensation, and organization culture. Of particular importance given the scarcity of security skills in the market, is Ms. Hagan’s leadership of the company’s talent acquisition and retention strategies, and talent development programs.
Prior to joining Secure2orks in 2015, Ms. Hagan was an officer of EarthLink, Inc., an IT services, network and communications provider, where she served as EVP of Customer Operations for the company’s 150,000 business customers since 2013. From 2007 to 2013, Ms. Hagan served as EarthLink’s Chief People Officer while also leading enterprise process improvement during a period of significant restructuring and acquisitive growth for the company. In addition, she served in a variety of human resources roles for EarthLink from 2002 until 2007.
Ms. Hagan was co-founder and President of SynerChange, Intl., an executive coaching and organization development consulting firm, from 1993 to 2002. Ms. Hagan grew the company’s consulting operations to include multiple strategic partnerships in the U.S and Europe, and co-authored a book on eliminating organizational barriers to high performance entitled The Chicken Conspiracy: Breaking the Cycle of Personal Stress and Organizational Mediocrity (1999).
Ms. Hagan is a former chair and current member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), and is immediate past president and board member of the Human Resources Leadership Forum (HRLF). She is a graduate of Yale University.
Director & Sr. HR Roundtable Co-Leader
Cumulus Media Inc.
CHRO and SVP, HR
Todd C. McCarty was named chief human resources officer for Cumulus Media, Inc. in December of 2015. In this role, Mr. McCarty is responsible for all human resources functions of the Company, including compensation and benefits, performance management, human resources systems, talent planning, talent acquisition, and culture measurement.
Mr. McCarty came to Cumulus from the Las Vegas Sands Corp. where he served as the senior vice president of global human resources from 2012 to 2015. Prior to that, he has worked as the senior vice president of global human resources for The New York Times Company from 2009 until 2012 and The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. from 2008 until December 2009. From 2005 to 2008 Mr. McCarty was senior vice president, human resources with the Rite Aid Drug Store Corporation. From 2000 to 2005 he served as senior vice president, North American human resources for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and from 1992 to 2000 he held various human resources positions with Frito-Lay North America as a division of PepsiCo, Inc. Mr. McCarty started his career in human resources with The Quaker Oats Company in 1989.
He served for nine years as a director of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
Mr. McCarty received a bachelor’s of business administration degree from the University of Minnesota in 1988.
He lives in Atlanta with his wife Carolyn.
Director & TM Roundtable Co-Leader
Habitat for Humanity International
Chief People Officer
Valerie leads the global people function to achieve Habitat for Humanity International’s strategic plan and implement its transformation initiatives. She supports HFHI staff and the work of 1200 U.S. Habitat affiliates and 60+ Habitat affiliated countries.
Prior to joining Habitat, Valerie held global senior leadership roles in talent management, leadership and organization development for Fortune 100 and mid-sized companies, including BellSouth (AT&T), ING, Merck, New York Life, Broadridge Financial Solutions, and QBE Insurance, aligning organizational strategy with business strategy. At IBM, Valerie held line leadership roles in sales, marketing, finance, strategic planning, and consulting. She built and led three IBM business transformation consulting practices, specializing in the human aspects of organizational change, and led over a dozen transformation projects for major corporations.
Valerie is Secretary of the Board of Directors of Rosie’s Theater Kids and is a frequent public speaker on talent management, diversity, engagement, communication, and organizational change topics. She holds her MBA in International Business.
DeRetta Cole Rhodes
Director & Member Engagement Chair
The Atlanta Braves
SVP/Head of HR
DeRetta Cole Rhodes, Ph.D., is the SVP/Head of HR for the Atlanta Braves which she supports the Major League, Minor League, Battery property development in all areas of People Capital initiatives.
Previously, DeRetta was the EVP/chief human resources officer of YMCA of Metro, the VP, Human Resources, at First Data, where she provided consultation on human capital and organizational development strategies for over 5,000 First Data colleagues within Financial Services and Consumer and Network Solutions, the Vice president of human resources for Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc., supporting Global Technology Operations. Before joining Turner, DeRetta held leadership roles with Ernst & Young, ADP, HomeGrocer.com, and YUM Brand.
DeRetta received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, her Master’s in Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University and her Ph.D. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia. She is a certified facilitator for the Benchmark 360 assessment by the Center for Creative Leadership, DISC coach and facilitator, qualified facilitator for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and HOGAN Assessment.
Currently, she is a Board of Director member and Membership Engagement Chair of Human Resource Leadership Forum (HRLF), member of Human Resource People & Strategy (HRPS), Board of Director member of 21st Leadership, Argyle Advisory Board, and past president of the Alumni Board of Family and Consumer Sciences at University of Georgia.
DeRetta lives in Cumming, Georgia with her husband Leon and has three sons, Cole, 21, Austin, 19 and Jordan, 18.
Jodi Weintraub has spent a career in roles combining HR, P&L management, and business development across multiple industries, predominantly in technology and professional services. She has a Master’s degree in Human Resources from the University of Georgia and most recently served as CHRO for an emerging growth technology company.
Member Recruitment & Sponsorship Chair
Marilyn Draper is a Senior Partner with Primodius LLC. In that role she focuses on executive and leadership effectiveness and organizational performance. She helps leaders enhance their individual effectiveness, teams improve their collective performance, and organizations achieve their strategic objectives. Her passion is supporting people in their pursuit to live life deeply as authentic, effective leaders.
Prior to forming Primodius in 2013, Marilyn was a Partner in the Delta business unit of Oliver Wyman (founded as Delta Consulting by David Nadler, and later becoming Mercer Delta). Previously, she spent six years in senior roles in two technology companies.
Marilyn began her consulting career as a Senior Consultant with Hay Group, where her focus was leadership effectiveness and performance of individuals, teams and organizations. She consulted in the part of the company that was founded by David McLellan and evolved into Hay McBer.
For two decades she has worked with leaders of large corporations in the financial services, consumer products, technology, professional services, hospitality, energy, manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries.