Advisory Board

Advisory Board

OnBoard’s Advisory Board, launched in fall 2023, consists of women who currently serve or have served on a for-profit board. Leveraging their expertise, the Advisory Board provides insight on high-level strategy driving women’s ascension to the boardroom.

Becky Blalock

Co-Chair

Besty Camp

Co-Chair

Yum Arnold

Scott Askins

Lillie Axelrod

Robin Bienfait

Veronica Biggins

Myra Bierria

Sarah Butterfass

Rosalind Brewer

Jill Campbell

Karen Robinson Cope

Audra Cunningham

Connie Engel

Lori George

Patrice Graves

Ellen Holladay

Roz Huang

Hala Moddelmog

Jana Schmidt

Alyssa Steele

Carol Tomé

Kathy Waller

Marija Zivanovic-Smith

Myra Coleman Bierria

Vice President and Corporate Secretary

Southern Company

Myra Coleman Bierria, an executive of a publicly traded company with expertise in the areas of corporate governance and securities law, is a trusted advisor with demonstrated practical and creative solutions for compliance with ever-shifting rules and regulations. She is a proven leader with success managing teams through change, particularly in the post-merger context. Ms. Bierria built her legal and corporate governance expertise over twenty years providing advice and counsel to the boards of directors and executive teams of NYSE listed Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Bierria, a successful entrepreneur and former co-franchisee of Edible Arrangements, used her legal and business experience to operate a store that was continuously top ranked for sales in both Georgia and the nation.

Ms. Bierria is currently Vice President and Corporate Secretary at the Southern Company (NYSE: SO) and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Company Charitable Foundation. Southern is a state and federally regulated leading energy company with electric and natural gas operating subsidiaries. She collaborates directly with the executive team and board of directors to ensure best in class corporate governance practices and manages shareholder services. Previously, she served as vice president and corporate secretary for AGL Resources Inc. (“AGL”) until its acquisition by the Southern Company. At AGL, she established the company’s Sarbanes-Oxley-compliant governance and disclosure programs and counseled senior management and the board of directors on securities law and other corporate and transactional matters. Prior to joining Southern, Ms. Bierria was an associate attorney at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP in New York, where she specialized in securities offerings, venture capital transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.

Ms. Bierria is an independent board member, where she chairs the Sustainability committee and serves on the Audit and Governance committees of Evolution Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: EPM), an independent energy company that owns and invests in oil and natural gas properties. She brings to board service her energy industry, legal, corporate governance, strategic planning, and business experience along with her proven executive leadership skills.

In 2023, Ms. Bierria was elected as a fellow of The American College of Governance Counsel. She is a 2023-2024 fellow of the International Women’s Forum. She served as president of the Society of Governance Professionals, chaired the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, and chaired the Development Committee of the board of trustees of the Fernbank Natural History Museum.

She received her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She is admitted to the New York Bar.

Becky Blalock

Public Company board member, Former SVP and CIO, Southern Company

Becky Blalock is an independent director, global C-suite executive, and architect of transformation strategies that delivered multi-million-dollar productivity and customer loyalty.  She is certified in cyber security by the National Association of Corporate Directors and Georgia Tech.  She has received national recognition for her digital transformation leadership and brought extensive experience and insights to public (ASPN, HASI), private (SolAmerica Energy, 1910 Legacy Enterprises, HData, Catavolt, Verdecco) and non-profit (Electric Power Research Institute, Atlanta Community Foundation) organizations.  Her diverse background across energy, utilities, software, clean tech and venture capital enable her to make profound contributions in the areas of innovation, digital transformation, risk management, cyber security, M&A, ESG, audit and compensation.

As the former Chief Information Officer of Southern Company Becky led more than 2,500 employees in the delivery of technology to one of the world’s largest energy companies.  She oversaw business transformation initiatives across multiple companies, increasing shareholder value through the implementation of industry leading initiatives such as smart meters, smart grid, energy trading and one of the largest Oracle implementations in the industry. During her tenure at Southern Company her team was consistently rated one of the Best Places to Work in IT by Computerworld Magazine.

In addition to her work in technology, Becky has served in leadership positions in customer service, accounting and finance, operations, communications and branding and economic development.

Becky has received numerous industry awards for innovation and leadership including top CIO in the Utility Industry by Energy Insights Magazine, one of the top CIO’s in North America by Computerworld and she was given the lifetime achievement award from Women in Technology and the Inspire CIO Leadership group.

She is the author of the best-selling book “DARE” published by Wiley in 2013 and is a frequently sought after speaker on the subjects of innovation in technology, risk taking, cyber security and leadership.  She has been a community leader in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia where she has served with numerous community organizations and as the Chair of Leadership Atlanta .  She has been named by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the 100 most influential Atlantans.

Becky has an MBA from Mercer University and is a graduate of the PMD program at Harvard University.  She received a BBA in business from State University of West Georgia.

Besty Camp

President & CEO

DF Management, Inc.

Elizabeth W. Camp is President and Chief Executive Officer of DF Management, Inc., a private investment and commercial real estate management company, a position she has held since 2000. Previously, Ms. Camp served in various capacities, including President and Chief Executive Officer, of Camp Oil Company for 16 years. Before its sale in 2000, Camp Oil developed and operated convenience stores, truck stops and restaurants in nine states. Ms. Camp’s background also includes experience as a tax accountant with a major accounting firm and an attorney in law firms in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Ms. Camp holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a law degree from the University of Georgia, as well as a master’s degree in taxation from Georgetown Law Center. Ms. Camp is a current director or trustee on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Woodruff Arts Foundation, University of Georgia Foundation, the Atlanta chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and the Boy Scouts of America, Atlanta Area Council. Ms. Camp stepped down as Synovus Financial Corp.’s Lead Director and the chairman of its Nominating Governance Committee in 2023. She is an independent member of the board of directors of Genuine Parts Company, a public company engaged in the distribution of automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products and electrical/electronic materials, where she serves on its audit committee. Ms. Camp is also an independent director on the board of Intelligent Systems Corp, a public technology company.

Yum Arnold

Founder & CEO

Leapfrog Services

Yum is chief executive officer and founder of Atlanta-based Leapfrog Services, a technical services provider managing infrastructure, applications, security, compliance and cyber security to mid-sized companies and organizations throughout the United States.  She’s active in the Atlanta community, currently serving as Chair of The Atlanta Federal Reserve Board, Chair of Achieve Atlanta and on the boards of TAG, Spelman College, EARTH University Foundation and the governing board of The Woodruff Arts Center, as well as on The Atlanta Committee for Progress. Past involvement includes Chair of Mary Baldwin College, The Carter Center Board of Councilors and The Georgia Conservancy, President and Chair of Atlanta Rotary Club, board membership for Leadership Atlanta, The Westminster Schools, The Sheperd Center Foundation, Tull Foundation, YPO, CEO, Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and four NYSE-listed companies. 

Yum and her husband, Ross, have been married for 50 years, live in Atlanta and have three adult children and two grandchildren. 

Scott Askins

Board of Directors

L. Scott Askins brings 20+ years of C-suite experience as a senior executive and board member with expertise in scaling disruptive technology companies, driving strategy to lead organic and acquisitive growth, and international expansion. She has executed 50+ strategic deals valued in aggregate at $15B+, including as a key contributor to billion-dollar exits/valuations in the FinTech, Software-as-a-Service, and Healthcare industries. She is a trusted strategic advisor to global and early-and late-stage private and public companies.

Scott is a member of the Board of Directors of CoastalSouth Bancshares Inc. (OTCQX: COSO), a bank holding company, and Coastal States Bank, its community bank subsidiary with ~$2B in assets. She previously served on the Board of the Innovative Lending Platform Association (ILPA), the leading trade organization representing online lending companies
serving small businesses. As a member of the senior executive leadership team at Kabbage – a privately-held FinTech company providing small businesses with access to cash flow management solutions – Scott performed a critical role in setting the company’s strategic goals and priorities. She advised the Board on strategic alternatives and negotiated its acquisition by American Express (NYSE: AXP) after co-leading equity and debt capital raises of $1.7B+. This included a $250M equity round from SoftBank Vision Fund and a $900M asset-backed securitization, both representing the largest in the small business online lending segment at that time. Scott navigated complex issues in Kabbage’s transformational pivot during the height of COVID to become the second-largest SBA Paycheck Protection Program lender by application volume, with ~$7B in applications supporting ~300K small businesses (preserving ~945K jobs) and outperforming some of the largest banks.

In more than a decade as a senior executive at Premiere Global Services (NYSE: PGI), a global leader in collaboration software, Scott took PGI full circle: from her first IPO as outside counsel, to leading strategic M&A and debt financings, to playing a critical role in brokering a ~$1B go-private deal. She led shareholder outreach efforts to PGI’s institutional base resulting in the settlement of an activist proxy contest and achievement of 95%+ support following a failed “say-on-pay” vote. Her extensive experience with PGI’s subsidiary-level boards across 25 countries in the Americas, EMEA, and APAC enhanced her international governance and risk oversight expertise.

Scott began her corporate career as an executive at WebMD, the leading provider of health information services, when she was brought in prior to the launch of webmd.com. She led the company’s IPO filing and strategic acquisitions, investments, and alliances valued in aggregate at $12.4B+ and completed in less than 1½ years, including WebMD’s merger with Healtheon (Nasdaq: HLTH), the largest internet transaction at that time.

Scott is a frequent speaker on topics such as corporate finance, governance, compliance, company culture, and inclusion and diversity. She received an Atlanta Business Chronicle “Corporate Counsel Dealmaker” award and was named to the The Legal 500 “GC Powerlist: U.S.”

Scott holds a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law, a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Clemson University. She and her family live in Atlanta,
Georgia.

lscottaskins@gmail.com | 404-345-2705

Lillie Axelrod

CEO

Ag Risk Solutions, LLC

Lillie Axelrod is a leading expert in risk and insurance with a proven track record of driving revenue growth and managing large P&Ls. As CEO of MidSouth Consulting (MSC), a division of USI, focused on large complex risks, she delivered 30% growth in top and bottom-line results over the last 5 years. Starting from nothing, Lillie grew the MSC business to be the largest single division at USI, a company with $2.5B in annual revenue. As sole P&L owner at MSC, including hiring, retention, growth, regulatory, and quality control, she drove $250M in insurance premiums, generating $26 million in fee, commission, and miscellaneous revenue which placed MSC among the 100 top insurance brokers in the U.S. Lillie currently serves on the board of K2 Insurance Services, LLC which owns diverse program administrators and underwrites over $1.5 billion in premium annually. She is also a Board Member and Investor in The Ark Project, a company developing advanced Artificial Intelligence(AI) and Machine Learning(ML) technologies and had developed expertise in the AI arena.

As Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo, Lillie grew her team’s real estate business from zero to $80M in premium over 16 years. During that time,she was appointed as leader and liaison between Wells Fargo’s National Real Estate Division and Wells Fargo Insurance to provide thought leadership in identifying and addressing the greatest challenges and generating business opportunities for the enterprise. She has a keen ability to assess risk and create unique solutions in a variety of vertical markets. Further, she has demonstrated an ability to excel within different ownership structures including privately owned (regional, roll-up, Evergreen capital structure), publicly held, PE-owned, and Bank-owned organizations.

Lillie currently serves as Chair of the Piedmont Health Care Foundation, having previously held positions as Vice Chair and Head of the Nominating and Governance Committee.

Lillie is currently on the Advisory Board for OnBoard. She is also a member of C200.

She was awarded the UGA Terry School of Business Alumni of the Year in 2016 and has won numerous sales awards. She is a sought-after speaker on Risk Management, Banking, and Women
in Business.

Previously, Lillie has held Executive Board positions with 3 schools. In addition, she served on the
UGA Board of Visitors (2017/18).

Lillie graduated summa cum laude with a B.B.A. from the University of Georgia with a major in International Business. She has two grown sons, lives in the Atlanta area and enjoys exercise and traveling in her spare time.

Lillie S. Axelrod | 404-735-9440 | Lillie_axelrod@icloud.com

Robin Bienfait

CEO

Emnovate

Robin Bienfait was the chief enterprise innovation officer and senior advisor for Samsung, responsible for building strong partnerships with large global customers to deliver enterprise class services. Robin joined Samsung with over 30 years of experience in mobility, security, business development, enterprise sales, wireless network operations and engineering. As a global intrapreneur, Robin launched Samsung Business Services and advised on the B2B investment strategy. Now as CEO for Emnovate, Robin is advising and providing software solutions to emerging businesses. Prior to Samsung, Robin served as chief information officer for BlackBerry,
where she led the enterprise business unit and software development team, end to end product security, tier 3 technical customer service, global network services, corporate security and corporate IT. For the majority of her career, Robin held senior leadership positions across AT&T including Bell Labs, Global Network Services/GNOC, business continuity and disaster recovery, and compliance. As an officer at AT&T, Robin’s last role was leading global network services and chief compliance officer, environment, health and safety.

Robin holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Central Missouri State University and a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a master’s degree in management of technology. A global influencer holding 18 patents, she is the recipient of several awards and was
named as one of the top 100 CIO’s in STEM. Robin currently serves on multiple boards as an independent director, Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp, Ulabs Systems, Empower Retirement, Putnam Investments, GW Lifeco and MUFG. Robin holds a cyber security certification from NACD

Veronica Biggins

Board of Directors Practice and Managing Partner

Diversified Search

Veronica Biggins is the Leader of the Board of Directors Practice and Managing Partner of the Atlanta office of Diversified Search. She has extensive experience in the field of executive search as an active member of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer, and Financial Services Industry practices.

Prior to her career in the Executive Search industry, Biggins served as Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Personnel under William Jefferson Clinton. Passionate about women’s issues and social justice, Biggins served as Vice Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and Chair of the Czech Slovak American Enterprise Fund, the latter earning her a Points of Light Award from President George W. Bush.

Biggins 20-year career in the banking industry with NationsBank (now Bank of America) and its predecessor, C&S Bank, culminated as one of the highest-ranking women in the banking industry.

Biggins serves on the Board of Southwest Airlines, has been recognized by the Board of Directors Network (BDN) for her advocacy of women on corporate boards and has been named as one of the Top 100 U.S. Directors by the National Association of Corporate Directors. Biggins chairs the Savannah College of Art & Design Board of Trustees, is a member of the Chautauqua Institution Board of Trustees, John and Lillian Miles Lewis Foundation Board of Directors, Metro Atlanta Chamber Board of Directors, Carter Center Board of Councilors and the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc. Executive Advisory Board.

Biggins is an Advanced Leadership Fellow from Harvard, earned her MEd from Georgia State University and BA from Spelman College.

Sarah Butterfass

Chief Product Officer

FanDuel Group

Sarah Butterfass is the Chief Product Officer of FanDuel Group, an innovative sports-tech entertainment company that is changing the way consumers engage with their favorite sports, teams, and leagues. FanDuel Group consists of a portfolio of leading brands across gaming, sports betting, daily fantasy sports, advance-deposit wagering, and television.

Sarah brings more than 20 years of experience spearheading and executing product strategies, leading product organizations, and overseeing new product launches with a focus on customer engagement. She most recently served as Chief Product Officer at Groupon, where she oversaw the company’s global product
organization in developing the future of the Groupon experience for consumers and businesses across all channels.

Before joining Groupon, Sarah was Senior Vice President and Head of Customer Experience at E*Trade. Prior to that, she held a variety of leadership roles at Orbitz. Sarah also serves as an independent director at NETGEAR.

Rosalind Brewer

Member of the Board

Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture

Rosalind (Roz) Brewer most recently served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. Prior, Ms. Brewer served as Chief Operating Officer and Group President at Starbucks from October 2017 to January 2021. Prior to Starbucks, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sam’s Club, a membership-only retail warehouse club and division of Walmart, Inc., from February 2012 to February 2017. Ms. Brewer previously held several executive leadership positions with Walmart beginning in 2006. 

Prior to joining Walmart, she served as Group President of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, a global health and hygiene products company, from 2004 to 2006, and held various management positions at Kimberly-Clark beginning in 1984. 

She was recently appointed to the United Airlines Board of Directors, and serves as member of the board of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture. Ms. Brewer is also chair emerita at Spelman College, where she performed her undergraduate work and Trustee Emerita of the Westminster Schools in Atlanta.  

Ms. Brewer formerly served on the board of directors of Starbucks Coffee Company, Amazon.com, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Molson Coors Brewing Company. She ranked #7 on Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2022 and was named one of the 25 most influential women by the Financial Times in 2021.

Jill Campbell

CEO

JTB Ventures

Jill Campbell is an insightful and strategic executive with extensive Operations and Human Resources experience obtained during her career with Cox Enterprises where her last role was President and Chief People and Operations Officer.  In that role, she led a five-year effort to create “One Employee Experience” across three separate divisions and 50,000 employees who drive over $20B in revenue.  This effort included the use of design thinking and the best talent across three divisions to map out over 25 different milestones on the journey from onboarding to leaving the company, to drive a best-in-class employee experience.  This project included the creation of a common career framework that leveled skillsets and compensation across all divisions.  She brings to board service extensive operations experience and an uncanny insight into what drives high performance behavior across large populations. She currently serves as an independent Director on the Board of Georgia Power.   

While Chief Operations Officer of Cox Communications, Jill streamlined the company and made it more competitive by consolidating 18 different cable companies into three regions with a single headquarters function including marketing, HR and accounting.  Further she transitioned 18 call centers into 9 with each region having a call center focused on Sales, Customer Service and Billing.  Throughout this change she led with transparency and a focus on the human elements required to create a community of employees that was motivated and actively engaged in the business.  

In April 2017, Jill was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.  In 2015 she was ranked number two in CableFax’s Most Powerful Women in Cable.  In 2008 she was honored by Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) as its National Woman of the Year.  Throughout her career she has served on multiple non-profit boards including United Way, Boys and Girls Club of America, YMCA and the Woodruff Arts Center.  She currently serves on the Women’s International Forum Board and is treasurer of the Art Farm of Serenbe Board.    

In 2020 Jill was honored as Alumni of the Year from her alma mater, University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology.  She went on to receive her Masters in Business Administration from Oklahoma City University.  Jill is married with three children and two granddaughters.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, scuba diving and spending time with family and friends.

Karen Robinson Cope

CEO

Visionary

Board Member and Visionary CEO

Select Board Experience

Opportunity International – Leading Microfinance organization focused on ending global

poverty by lending $1B and creating 20 million jobs

Fertility Authority – First mover in fertility treatment, sold to Kleiner Perkins

Prime Point Media – Nationwide advertising network sold to Canadian Public Company

Alpha Insulation – Leading building services company sold to NYSE Building services company

Enrev – Innovative battery charging company sold to private investors

CSI Labs – Led restructuring at a national laboratory that specializes in quality comprehensive

cancer diagnostics, sold two years later

The Players Lounge – Board Chair for the first mover in NIL space led by UGA athletes, closed

funding led by Tim Draper, and signed contracts with major universities

Accscient Digital – Outside Board Director working with Private Equity and management

team to diversify and grow the business

ACG– Organization focused on increasing stakeholder value in the middle market companies

Karen Robinson Cope is a visionary, inspirational, and results-oriented leader who works with boards and management teams to deliver extraordinary results.

As evidenced by her successes as a CEO of multiple early-stage, fast-growth companies and numerous boards, she can identify a new market opportunity and then develop a clear strategy to become a market leader quickly. She is a decisive leader who is not afraid to take risks, appropriately utilize strategic partners, and develop sound financial metrics to keep new initiatives on track. She has been recognized numerous times over the last twenty years by multiple organizations for her excellent leadership skills.

In various industries and companies, Karen has joined an existing leadership team or board where she has helped develop a vision, recruited star performers, and worked with the management team to execute a bold strategy that resulted in market leadership and strong financial performance.

She has been incredibly successful at developing new business models and building category-leading companies. She is industry agnostic as her CEO and board experience encompasses companies in a wide range of established and emerging industries. Karen holds a BS in Political Science and Economics from the University of Redlands. She has been recognized numerous times as Entrepreneur of the Year, Women of Influence, Woman of the Year in Georgia, Top 20 Women in Wireless, and many more from organizations including E&Y, Mercer University, Wireless, Catalyst, State of Georgia and Technology Association of Georgia. She is a well-known speaker who inspires audiences with her conversations around entrepreneurship, leadership, restructuring, motivation, and how to bounce back from failure.

In her spare time, Karen and her husband Rick, also a serial entrepreneur, love to travel internationally with a special love for Africa, Asia, and South America. Their daughter, Alex, is completing her final year at Elon University and enjoys traveling as a family.

Krobinson@Mara6.com

770 329 3630

Audra Cunningham

EVP & Chief Administrative Officer

T. Dallas Smith & Company

Audra is a senior real estate executive who transitioned into tenant representation following a 23-year career in telecommunications including time with BellSouth and Earthlink. She performed in several management roles, including call center management, marketing, product management and national special projects.  

Audra has worked in tenant representation with JLL, CBRE and Newmark between Atlanta and Washington DC. She represents law firms, non-profits, corporations and government contractors between Atlanta and Washington DC. Prior to joining T. Dallas Smith & Company, Audra worked with Physician’s Realty Trust, where she was responsible for leasing over three and half million square feet of medical office space throughout the southeast.  

Audra is currently the Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer at T. Dallas Smith & Company. She is the firms first female executive in the firm’s history. Audra is committed to diversifying the commercial real estate industry mentoring and coaching young people in the CRE industry. Audra is on the board of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Fort Mac LRA, Midtown Alliance, Council for Quality Growth, Project REAP and the CoreNet Atlanta Chapter. Audra is also a Board Director with SmartPath headquartered in Atlanta. She enjoys golf, reading, travel and spending time with her family. 

Connie Engel

Partner

Atlanta Office Division of Childress Klein, Inc.

Ms. Engel is an accomplished executive with public and private board experience. She brings broad business knowledge to the boardroom with an emphasis in strategic business development, business to business marketing and commercial real estate. Having been Chairman of the Board of Kennesaw State University Foundation and Vice-Chairman of the Cumberland Community Improvement District, she adds leadership and public financing knowledge to her boards. Her experience spans many aspects of governance through service on these public, private, non-profit, foundation and government boards.

In 2016, Ms. Engel became a Board member of Brand Bank and served as chair of the Audit Committee and chair of the Business Development Committee.

In 2018, after a merger with Renasant Corporation (RNST on NYSE), Ms. Engel was selected to serve on the board of Renasant Bank. She serves on the Audit, Credit Review, Technology and Trust Committees .

In 2020, Ms. Engel was elected to the Cobb Marietta Convention & Exhibit Hall Authority. CMCEH oversees the Cobb Convention Center and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Its mission is to bring economic impact and enhanced quality of life to Cobb County.

As the Chair of the 2023 National Association of Corporate Directors Atlanta board, Ms. Engel is an advocate of their in-depth education offerings for boards of directors. Her personal platform of encouraging lifelong education includes teaching a Business Ethics MBA class for Kennesaw State University where local and national business executives discuss case studies of ethical challenges they have encountered.

Lori George

Board of Directors

Pioneer Natural Resources, Shake Shack

Lori George is a Fortune 500 Director and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE: PXD) and Shake Shack (NYSE: SHAK). She is on the Nominating Governance, Health, Safety and Environment and Compensation and Leadership Development Committees.

Lori also serves on the Boards of the NAACP Foundation and Arete Executive Women of Influence. She is a Founding Member of The Coca-Cola Company’s (TCCC) Equity Accountability Councils, and a member of the National Association of Corporate Director’s (NACD) Center for Inclusive Governance Advisory Council, NACD 2023 Blue Ribbon Commission, Catalyst Board Directors Advisory Committee, Howard University’s School of Communications Board of Visitors, Executive Leadership Council, OnBoard, International Women’s Forum, Extraordinary Women on Boards, Black Women on Boards and Leadership Atlanta.

She is the former Global Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Officer for The Coca-Cola Company. In that role, she led the company’s DEI Center of Excellence, all directed to enable a more engaged global workforce, mirror the markets served, and support a more inclusive culture to best position the employees of the company to drive growth. During her tenure, Coca-Cola set bold public goals, including being 50% led by women and mirroring its markets by 2030, built a more inclusive culture, launched the firstever global pay equity analysis, and tied executive pay to progress on DEI. She was with the company for 20 years, having spent most of them in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility within Public Affairs and Communications.

Lori has over 35 years of public affairs, global issues communications, shareowner affairs, community and stakeholder relations, social impact and diversity, equity and inclusion experience in developing and implementing breakthrough strategic initiatives that meet organizational goals, target audience needs and produce results. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, she led her own public relations consultancy, LG Communications; was a vice president at Porter Novelli, a leading public relations firm where she co-founded their Multicultural Communications and Alliance Building practices; and a senior public affairs specialist for the District of
Columbia Government’s Office of Human Rights and Minority Business.

She formerly served on the Boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (Chair), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, United Way of Greater Atlanta, Atlanta Mission, Leadership Atlanta,
ColorComm and The Coca-Cola Foundation. She also served on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF)
Partnering for Racial Justice in Business Advisory Council, WEF’s Community of Chief DEI Officers, The
Conference Board DEI Innovators Council and as Co-Chair of American University’s Inaugural Women’s
Network and Co-Chair of the TCCC’s Political Action Committee.

Lori is a featured speaker globally and has received numerous national awards, including the Alumni Award for Distinguished Postgraduate Achievement from Howard University, PUSH for Excellence, Dr. MLK Jr.
Corporate Award, Atlanta Business Chronicle Top Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Atlanta Business League’s
Top 100 Black Women of Influence, Academy of Women Achievers’ YWCA of Greater Atlanta, Inaugural
Bravo! Award for Diversity and Inclusion from the Hispanic Public Relations Association, Chairman’s Circle
Leadership Award from the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Public Relations Society of America
(PRSA) Order of the Phoenix Award and is a Georgia PRSA Hall of Fame Inductee.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in public relations at Howard University and her Master of Arts in public
communications at American University. In 2019, she completed a 13-month Executive Leadership
Experience Program at Harvard Business School; and in 2021, she completed Stanford University Graduate
School of Business Directors’ Consortium. Lori is an ordained minister.

Patrice Graves

Chief Human Resources Officer

Chief Human Resources Officer  

Board Expertise: Global Human Resources Strategy, Talent & Succession Risk Management  

Patrice is a strategic business leader who drives innovative HR solutions that support business success. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated the ability to implement positive outcomes in diverse industries such as: technology and services, aerospace & defense, engineering, commerce, manufacturing, and insurance. Patrice works collaboratively across stakeholder groups including Executive Teams, the Board of Directors and employee groups to build strategies that enable profitability and growth. Patrice brings to board service, strengths in global HR strategy, Talent & Succession Risk Management.  

Patrice is highly skilled in all disciplines of HR, however, her strengths in Talent Risk Management, Succession Planning and Compensation strategies are critical for businesses that are working to ensure retention and continuity of talent. In her most recent role as Chief Human Resources Officer at NCR, Patrice provided leadership for over 38,000 global employees. She orchestrated a complete reversal of shareholder Say on Pay and improved shareholder support from 15% approval to 84% in one year – with a more effective mix of long-term incentives, performance metrics, and retention components. She developed and launched a structured process for ensuring awareness and retention of succession candidates, critical roles, and talent gaps. Recent wins also include leadership for the integration of a 2,000-person acquisition, and the implementation of cost reductions strategies that led to $50M margin expansion. Under her guidance, the business also improved decision making by leveraging data and analytics to understand business execution risks.  

Community engagement is important to Patrice. She is an advocate for the Westside Future Fund, which focuses on rebuilding a once prosperous area during the Civil Rights Movement. She is also a member of the 2023 American Heart Association: Go Red For Women Circle of Red Event. Patrice currently serves as a member of the INROADS National Board of Directors. Patrice combines critical Human Resources and business skills to help achieve their mission of supporting under-represented talent while closing the wealth gap. Because of her success in driving effective HR Solutions to business challenges, the Atlanta Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recognized Patrice in 2022 for Leading Transformational Culture Change.  

Patrice has a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University Kelley School of Business and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago. Patrice is a devoted wife and mother of two teenagers. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia.

Patrice.Graves.HRexecutive@gmail.com | 404.989.2417 

Ellen Holladay

Independent Director

Crescent Electric

A seasoned C-Suite leader and Board Member, Ellen Holladay brings more than 40 of experience enabling companies to achieve technology, operational and digital excellence. Until 2020, Ellen served as CIO and Operational Excellence Officer for Motion Industries, a premier industrial distributor with over 500 locations across North America.  As an industry leader, Ellen has been recognized by the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) and Alabama CIO.  She received PTDA’s Wendy B. McDonald Award for outstanding female industry leadership, the BSA Lifetime Achievement Award, and was the recipient of the Alabama CIO Award (Global Category) in 2019 as well as the Alabama CIO Leadership Award in 2022. 

Ellen is currently an independent director at Crescent Electric, a leading family-owned electrical distributor; Bostwick-Braun, an employee-owned diversified distributor of hardware and industrial supplies; and B&D Industrial, a regional industrial solutions provider. Committee assignments at Crescent Electric include Finance & Audit and Governance. She also serves as Chair of the Technology & Cybersecurity Subcommittee. She serves on the Audit Committee of Bostwick-Braun.  Ellen is an active member of NACD, Private Directors Association, Women Corporate Directors, On Board, and Digital Directors Network. She was named “Director to Watch” by Private Company Director Magazine in 2022.

In addition to her board service, Ellen continues to provide leadership and mentorship through organizations focused on advancing women and technology entrepreneurs.  She serves as a C-Suite advisor to Bronze Valley, an early-stage venture investment platform for underserved founders and as a judge for Alabama Launchpad, an early-stage fund investor who purpose is to drive innovation and job growth within the state. 

Ellen has served as a frequent speaker for organizations devoted to developing and advancing female leaders including Momentum for Women, The Lodis Forum, AWS Women in Leadership and the UAB Women in Technology.

Roz Huang

Independent Board Director

Roz Huang is a distinguished global business leader with an exceptional 25-year career marked by visionary leadership. Her journey encompasses pivotal roles as an independent board director and a forward-thinking multicultural CEO. With a diverse range of expertise spanning global digital health, energy/natural resources, and cross-border market solutions, Roz has consistently stood out in her field.

As a pioneering minority female business leader, Roz is celebrated for her remarkable achievements in investment and business curation. What truly sets her apart is her profound understanding of global business strategies and cultural dynamics, which, combined with her extensive resources in the U.S. and Asia Pacific, enable her to create unparalleled value. Notably, Roz infuses her projects with a unique blend of love and humanity, an aspect that distinguishes her work.

In 2019, Roz co-founded Athena Music & Wellness, a groundbreaking digital mental health and wellness solutions provider. Her innovative platform leverages science-based music wellness, telehealth, and education to improve the patient experience and address corporate mental health needs.

Recognizing her extraordinary entrepreneurial achievements and enduring impact, Roz received the 2023 Entrepreneurial Women of Impact Award from JP Morgan Chase and the Women Presidents Organization (WPO). She is a dedicated advocate for ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) and mental health.

Roz currently serves as an independent board director in several prestigious organizations, including:

AppTech Corp. (APCX) on Nasdaq, where she actively contributes to the Compensation and Corporate Governance committees.

Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia, where she plays a vital role in the DE&I, Nomination committees

Intivahealth Corp. a leader in healthcare, where she serves as an esteemed Advisory Board member

University of California, Irvine, Paul Merage Business School, Beal Center of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, an educational institute, where she lends her expertise as an Advisory Board member.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Roz is a philanthropist and advocate deeply committed to making a positive impact on mental health. She actively supports underserved communities to enhance the quality of mental health services. Roz is the co-founder and chairwoman of the International Music and Wellness Council (IMWC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2019. Through her leadership, she aims to drive meaningful change in the realm of mental health and wellness.

Roz Huang’s extensive experience, visionary leadership, and unwavering commitment to creating a positive impact make her an outstanding board director, who continue to inspire and empower the next generation of female leaders globally.

Hala Moddelmog

President and Chief Executive Officer, Woodruff Arts Center

Hala Moddelmog is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Woodruff Arts Center. Moddelmog has spent 30 years in president and CEO roles and has served as a corporate director for four NYSE companies and a Carlyle Group private portfolio company board. Her career has been spent almost entirely in Atlanta.

Moddelmog became the Arts Center CEO in September 2020 after serving for six years as the first female President and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, where she represented more than 15 Fortune 500 companies in the country’s eighth largest metro. Prior to that role, Moddelmog was President of Atlanta-based Arby’s Restaurant Group, then a division of the Wendy’s Arby’s group, where she dramatically improved the company’s financial performance, tripling net income.

Previously, Moddelmog served as President and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer organization. Under her leadership, Komen achieved its first 4-Star Charity Navigator rating. From 1995–2004, Moddelmog served as the first female president of an international QSR chain at Church’s Chicken, leading the brand through a complete transformation.

Moddelmog has spent nearly a decade serving in volunteer leadership at the Arts Center. She served on the Woodruff Arts Center Board of Trustees from 2011–2017 and has served on the Woodruff Governing Board since 2017. Concurrently she also served on the Alliance Theatre Board of Directors from 2011–2020 and led the Alliance Theatre Board as co-chair from 2017–2019.

Moddelmog currently serves as a director on the boards of FleetCor Technologies (NYSE:FLT) and Lamb Weston (NYSE:LW). Her service in Atlanta’s nonprofit community currently includes the Board of Trustees of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and on the Executive Committee of Midtown Alliance.

Moddelmog lives in Ansley Park with her husband, Steve. They have two adult children, two sons-in-law, a granddaughter, and a grandson.

 

Jana Schmidt

President

Global Payments Solutions 

Jana leads the Global Payments Solutions group. Jana has a background that includes extensive experience in payments, consumer data, and consumer experience. Additionally, she has experience in sales and marketing that equips her to lead the fast-growing Quisitive Payments Solutions group. She is responsible for strategic payments initiatives, including full commercialization of our cloud-based payments processing and Payments IntelligenceTM platform, PayiQ, along with the ongoing management of BankCard USA, and the build-out of our merchant services group. Jana holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Psychology from Colorado State University and completed Advanced Programs of Disruptive Innovation and Fintech Revolution at Harvard Business School and The Wharton Business School, respectively.

Alyssa Steele

Chief Executive Officer

Rugs USA

Alyssa Steele is the Chief Executive Officer of Rugs USA, an eCommerce industry leader in area rugs and home décor. Before joining Rugs USA, she served in multiple leadership positions at HD Supply, including Chief Merchandising Officer, Chief Customer Officer, and Chief Commercial Officer. Alyssa’s background also includes leadership roles with EBAY and The Home Depot.

Alyssa is a board member for Beazer Homes, one of the country’s largest homebuilders. She serves on its audit and finance and development committees.

Alyssa holds two Master’s Degrees. She has an MBA in International Business from the Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University and a Master’s Degree in International Management from IAE France, Écoles Universitaires de Management, Paris. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in French from Presbyterian College.

Carol B. Tomé

CEO

UPS

Carol B. Tomé is the Chief Executive Officer of UPS. She is the 12th CEO in the 116-year history of the company. 

Before joining UPS, Carol served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Home Depot, Inc., one of the world’s largest retailers. She joined the company in 1995 as Vice President and Treasurer. 

Carol began her career as a commercial lender with United Bank of Denver (now Wells Fargo) and then spent several years as Director of Banking for Johns-Mansville Corporation. Prior to joining The Home Depot, Carol was Vice President and Treasurer of Riverwood International Corporation. 

Carol serves as board member for Verizon Communications, Inc., board of councilors for the Carter Center and is a board trustee for Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. She is also a member of The Committee of 200, The Buckhead Coalition, and The Business Council.   

A native of Jackson, Wyoming, Carol holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree in finance from the University of Denver.

Kathy Waller

Executive Director

Beyond Meat, Cadence Bank, CGI and Delta Airlines

Kathy Waller is the Executive Director for the Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP).  ACP was founded in 2003 and their mission is to provide leadership on the key issues important to economic growth and inclusion for all citizens in the City of Atlanta.  

Waller retired in March 2019 after 32 years with The Coca-Cola Company where she was the Chief Financial Officer and President, Enabling Services. In these roles, Waller led the company’s global finance, technical and shared services organizations, and represented the company to investors, lenders, and rating agencies. Waller also serves as a Board member for Delta Airlines, CGI Group, Cadence Bancorporation and Beyond Meat.  

As CFO, she led the M&A, Investor Relations, Tax, Treasury, Audit, Account & Controls, Reporting & Analytics, Real Estate and Risk Management sectors of the business. As President of Enabling Services, Waller had responsibility for other key governance areas specifically Global Technical and Integrated Services. The Integrated Services organization provides global operational support in areas of Financial Services, Associate Services and Supplier Services.  

In addition to her c-suite role, Waller was the founding chair of The Coca-Cola Company’s Women’s Leadership Council.  

Along with her public board responsibilities, Waller is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Spelman College, The University of Rochester, The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Achieve Atlanta, The Woodruff Arts Center, The Atlanta History Center and Exco Leadership.  

Waller holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a master’s in business administration from the University of Rochester and is a Certified Public Accountant. 

Marija Zivanovic-Smith

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

IEX Group

As IEX Group’s first Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Marija Zivanovic-Smith leads the company’s strategic marketing, brand and communications function to strengthen the brand and incorporate digital tools that drive growth for IEX’s exchange and technology businesses as IEX enters the digital asset space. 

A seasoned technology executive whose experience spans from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, Zivanovic-Smith most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer at NCR where she helped transform its 138-year-old brand reputation, built digital and growth marketing strategies, orchestrated the company’s entrance into new markets and business lines, and led the company’s award-winning COVID-19 global pandemic response task force. 

Outside of work, Marija is passionate about her community and financial inclusion. She served as a White House appointee to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Advisory Council as the U.S. business representative, currently serves on the board of directors for Kashat, Egypt’s first nano financial services provider, and is a thought leader with Forbes as an advisory member on the Forbes Communications Council. She received the Serbian Medal of Honor for her positive impact on the Serbian economy, has been named a Gold Stevie Award Female Executive of the Year three times, and has been named a Ragan Top Women in Communications honoree twice. 

Marija is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, is fluent in English and Serbian, and proficient in Italian. She resides outside Washington DC with her husband and their two daughters.