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2022 Professional Women’s Conference Speakers

DeRetta Rhodes, Ph.D.Head shot of DeRetta Rhodes

Executive Vice President and Chief Culture Officer, Atlanta Braves

DeRetta Rhodes, Ph.D., is EVP and chief culture officer of the Atlanta Braves, overseeing people capital initiatives, communications and community affairs for the Braves, The Battery Atlanta, and the team’s Spring Training facility operations.

Before joining the Braves, Rhodes was the EVP and chief human resources officer of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, VP of human resources at First Data, VP of human resources for Turner Broadcasting, and held leadership positions at Ernst & Young, ADP, HomeGrocer.com and YUM Brand.

Rhodes received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, her MBA 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 a qualified coach for the HOGAN Assessment and HOGAN 360.

Rhodes completed her Ted Talk (TEDxUGA) in 2018 and was recognized as a Women of Excellence (2018) and 100 Women of Influence (2020, 2021) by Atlanta Business Chronicle, a Distinguished Alumni (2020) in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at UGA, Oncon Icon Award Top 100 Human Resources Professionals (2021, 2022), Sports Inclusion Conference Top 100 Women in Sports (2021), and National Diversity & Leadership Top 100 HR Professionals (2022).

She is a board member of the Atlanta Braves Foundation, vice chair of Goodwill of North Georgia, executive board member and board chair of board effectiveness of 21st Century Leaders, trustee member, governing board member and HR and compensation chair of the Woodruff Arts Center, strategic advisor of The Goodwin Group, board member of the American Heart Association, advisory member of HR Exchange Network, DEI advisory member of HR.Com, board member of University of Georgia Alumni Board, and past alumni board president of the UGA College of Family Consumer Sciences.

Dr. Rhodes lives in Atlanta with her husband, Leon, and has three sons: Cole, Austin and Jordan.

Elizabeth FreedmanHead shot of Elizabeth Freedman

Executive Advisor and Consultant, Bates

Elizabeth Freedman leads the global consulting practice at Bates, a BTS company, which includes a team of highly experienced, senior-level leaders known for guiding executives to achieve extraordinary results through the people side of strategy execution. She is a member of the BTS Boston leadership team and an executive advisor and consultant, where she partners with C-level leaders and teams at some of the most recognized companies in the world. Elizabeth is valued for her ability to develop trusted partnerships with senior leaders who want practical, concrete strategies that are easy to apply and help them accelerate results, grow their people, and make a positive difference in the world.

Before joining Bates, Elizabeth was a member of global consulting firms Accenture and USWeb. She is certified in Bates proprietary coaching and consulting methodologies, including the Bates ExPITM and the Bates LTPITM — which are research-based, validated assessments of individual and team behaviors across multiple dimensions. She authored Learning the Ropes of the Workplace Without Hanging Yourself (Penguin Random House) and is a contributor to Forbes, where she writes regularly on leadership strategies for C-suite executives. She is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), earning its highest-level designation worldwide. Elizabeth holds an MBA from the Arizona State Thunderbird School of Global Management and is a former Peace Corps volunteer.

Elizabeth has advised executives and teams in a wide range of organizations, including Dow, State Street, Disney, Infosys, ABB, Stryker and more.

Suzy DeeringHead shot of Suzy Deering

Global Chief Marketing Officer, Ford Motor Co.

Suzy Deering is the global chief marketing officer at Ford Motor Co. In this role, Suzy oversees e-commerce, digital strategy, and go-to-market for Ford Blue while supporting the forward vision for Ford Model e. 

Since joining Ford in 2021, Suzy has directed Ford’s day-to-day marketing in North America, where she drives strategic direction and collaboration among marketing teams around the world to enhance and release the huge customer and company value within Ford’s iconic brands.

Deering was formerly the global chief marketing officer of eBay, where she helped revive the company’s brand and drive sharply higher revenue. Before joining eBay in 2015, Deering was CEO of Moxie, a technology-led marketing agency, and spent 13 years at Verizon Wireless, where she was executive director of media, engagements, brand and integrations.

Recognized by Advertising Age in its “Top 40 Under 40” and as one of Business Insider’s “Top 50 Most Innovative CMOs,” Deering holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Georgia.

Courtney StoutHead shot of Courtney Stout

Chief Privacy Officer, The Coca-Cola Company

Courtney Stout leads the company’s global legal privacy strategy and is the legal counsel for the cyber incident response team. Courtney’s has a proven track record in creating transformational change and implementing privacy controls on a global scale to meet rapidly changing regulations.  She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Digital Trust framework committee, and was recently selected by the Global Data Review for their “2022 Women in Data” award - which spotlights women at the cutting edge of global data, technology, and regulation.  

During her time at UGA in the Terry College Honor's Program, Courtney received the President's Award for the Terry College of Business, served as President of the Society for Management Information Systems and was awarded a PGA scholarship for Community Service, Servant Leadership, Academic Excellence - while her golfing ability contributed to receiving this distinguished award - she confesses that her golf ability did not qualify for the UGA golf team.  She also worked her way through school as a cooperative student with IBM and the Terry College computer lab. 

Julie MoranHead shot of Julie Moran

Journalist, Television Host, and Sportscaster

Julie Moran is an American journalist, television host, and sportscaster. She was the first female solo host for Wide World of Sports, following the first woman co-anchor Becky Dixon. She was weekend anchor and co-host for Entertainment Tonight from 1994 to 2001 and hosted the Academy Awards pre-show in 2001.

After leaving Entertainment Tonight in 2001, Moran began spending time raising her daughters and working seasonally as a host for special events. In 2001, she co-hosted the prestigious 73rd Academy Awards pre-show for ABC with Chris Connelly and Jim Moret. She co-hosted the Grammy Awards pre-show for CBS in 1999 with Ellen DeGeneres. In 1998, 1999, and 2000, Moran hosted the Miss Universe pageant, Miss USA pageant, and the Miss Teen USA pageant. In 2002, she co-hosted the Miss America pageant again with Wayne Brady. Moran created, produced, and hosted The Insider’s List with Julie Moran starting in 2004. The weekly series aired on the Fine Living network. She hosted the pre-show for the AFI Life Achievement Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California, in 2002, 2003, and 2004. The show’s honorees were Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep. In 2012, Moran became a special correspondent for Access Hollywood. She began hosting Lifetime’s morning show, The Balancing Act, in 2013.

Jennifer DuvallHead shot of Jennifer Duvall

Professional Makeup Artist, CEO & Founder of JennySueMakeup.com

Jennifer Duvall started her own LLC and blog by the same name, JennySueMakeup.com, in 2008. The blog was initially created as a way to share her makeup knowledge so future clients could see it and feel comfortable booking her. 

Like many young girls, Duvall grew up watching her mother do her makeup. She was fascinated by the transformation her mother took with her many steps and products, and how glamorous her mother looked when she was done. She became a ballet dancer and applied her mother’s advice to her makeup for performances throughout her childhood and teenage years. She realized she enjoyed applying the dramatic on-stage makeup looks (so the audience could see her face better) almost more than the actual dancing.

Right out of college, Duvall started on the cosmetics floor at a Nordstrom in Atlanta in 2000. After leaving the retail world for the wholesale fashion industry, she continued to book freelance makeup jobs and weddings on the side for extra money. Once she and her husband, Scott, moved out of Atlanta and back to Athens (where they met at college), she decided to take her love of makeup artistry to the next level and start her own business.