2021 Symposium Presenters


DeRetta Rhodes, Ph.D, Executive Vice President & Chief People Capital Officer, Atlanta Braves
DeRetta Rhodes, Ph.D. is the Executive Vice President & Chief People Capital Officer of the Atlanta Braves, overseeing people capital initiatives for the organization’s Major League, Minor League and The Battery Atlanta operations.  Prior to joining the Braves, Dr. Rhodes was the Executive Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, Vice President of Human Resources at First Data, Vice President of Human Resources for Turner Broadcasting and held leadership positions at Ernst & Young, ADP, HomeGrocer.com and YUM Brand.  Dr. Rhodes 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 qualified coach for the HOGAN Assessment and HOGAN 360.  Dr. Rhodes completed her Ted Talk (TEDxUGA) in 2018.  She has also been recognized as a Women of Excellence (2018), 100 Women of Influence (2020) by Atlanta Business Chronicle, a Distinguished Alumni (2020) in the Family and Consumer Science College of the University of Georgia, Oncon Icon Award Top 100 Human Resources Professionals (2021) and Sports Inclusion Conference Top 100 Women in Sports (2021).  She is currently a Board Director member of Human Resource Leadership Forum (HRLF), Board Director member of Goodwill of North Georgia, Board Member and Board Chair of Board Effectiveness of 21st Century Leaders, Trustee Member and Governing Board Member of the Woodruff Arts Center, Strategic Advisor of The Goodwin Group,  Board Member of the American Heart Association, Advisory Member of HR Exchange Network, Board Member of University of Georgia Alumni Board and past President of the Alumni Board of Family Consumer Science College at the University of Georgia.  Dr. Rhodes lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Leon and has three sons: Cole, Austin and Jordan.

Judy Samuelson, Founder & Executive Director, Business and Society Program, Aspen Institute
Judy Samuelson is founder and executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program and author of Six New Rules of Business: Creating Real Value in a Changing World (Berrett-Koehler, 2021).  Signature programs under Judy’s leadership include a ten-year campaign to disrupt Milton Friedman’s narrative about corporate purpose, the Aspen Principles of Long-Term Value Creation, and a partnership with Korn Ferry to rethink executive pay. She previously worked in legislative affairs in California and banking in New York’s garment center and ran the Ford Foundation’s office of program-related investments. Samuelson blogs for Quartz at Work and is a Bellagio Fellow and a director of the Financial Health Network.