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DeRetta Rhodes

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Atlanta Braves, American professional baseball team based in Atlanta. The team is the only existing major league franchise to have played every season since professional baseball came into existence. They have won four World Series titles (1914, 1957, 1995, and 2021) and 18 National League (NL) pennants.

Clark Atlanta University

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, 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, 2021) 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), Sports Inclusion Conference Top 100 Women in Sports (2021), Top 100 HR Professionals – National Diversity & Leadership Conference (2022). She is currently a Board Director member of Human Resource Leadership Forum (HRLF), Board Director member and Compensation Chair of Goodwill of North Georgia, Board Member and Board Chair of Board Effectiveness of 21st Century Leaders, Trustee Member, Governing Board Member and Compensation/HR Chair of the Woodruff Arts Center, Strategic Advisor of The Goodwin Group, Board Member of the American Heart Association, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Advisory Member of HR.Com, 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.

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