2023 Georgia Women in Leadership Symposium
March 24, 2023
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
Rising in Resilience: Achieving Empowerment through Advancement & Adaptability
DeRetta Rhodes, Ph.D. is the Executive Vice President & Chief Culture Officer of the Atlanta Braves, overseeing people capital initiatives, communications and community affairs for the Braves, The Battery Atlanta and team’s Spring Training facility operations. Prior to joining the Braves, 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. 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. Rhodes completed her Ted Talk (TEDxUGA) in 2018 and has been recognized as a Women of Excellence (2018), 100 Women of Influence (2020, 2021, 2022) 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, 2022), Sports Inclusion Conference Top 100 Women in Sports (2021), and National Diversity & Leadership Top 100 HR Professionals (2022). She is currently a Board Member of the Atlanta Braves Foundation, Vice Chair of Goodwill of North Georgia, Board Chair of 21st Century Leaders, Trustee Member, Governing Board Member and HR & 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, 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. Dr. Rhodes lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Leon and has three sons: Cole, Austin and Jordan.
Sujata Gosalia is executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Cox Communications. In this role, she oversees the strategy and new business development organizations, and is responsible for strategic business planning and new growth opportunities. Sujata brings more than 15 years of experience in driving growth, innovation and value creation within media, technology, communications and business services companies. Previously, Sujata was a partner in the communications, media and technology practice of the international consulting firm Oliver Wyman, and managed the firm’s New York office. She also served as senior vice president of marketing at Neustar, a cloud-based information and analytics company, where she was responsible for marketing strategy and offer innovation across the company’s product portfolio. Most recently, Sujata was senior vice president of strategy for Sodexo, a B2B services company, where she drove a global transformation in the company’s corporate services segment. Sujata was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with two bachelor’s degrees - one in economics from the Wharton School and another in international studies from the College of Arts and Sciences. She also holds a master’s degree in politics of the world economy from the London School of Economics. Sujata speaks Spanish, Gujarati and Hindi, and serves as a board member of the national non-profit organization South Asian-Americans Leading Together.
Kate Jaspon serves as Chief Financial Officer of Inspire Brands, a multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes nearly 32,000 Arby’s, Baskin-Robbins, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dunkin’, Jimmy John’s, Rusty Taco, and SONIC Drive-In restaurants worldwide. Jaspon oversees all accounting and reporting, tax, financial planning and analysis, treasury, internal audit, and supply chain functions for Inspire and its brands. She is also responsible for managing Inspire’s relationship with lending institutions, investors, and the financial community. Prior to joining Inspire in December 2020, Jaspon served as the Chief Financial Officer of Dunkin’ Brands, the former parent company to Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins, where she led all finance related functions, as well as investor relations since 2017. In this role, she oversaw global financial planning and analysis, accounting, financial reporting, tax, treasury, enterprise risk management, payments, insurance, and demand planning functions. During her 15-year tenure with Dunkin’ Brands, Jaspon led several transactions including the company’s IPO and follow-on equity offerings, securitizations and numerous debt transactions, the divestiture of a brand, and the sale to Inspire. Previously, Jaspon spent eight years at KPMG LLP as an auditor. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for W.W. Grainger, Inc., a Fortune 500 B2B business, and the Women’s Foodservice Forum. She also served as a Member and Audit Committee Chair of the Board of Directors for MOD Pizza from 2017 to 2019. Jaspon is an alumnus from Babson College and is a CPA.
Theresa will celebrate 16 years with Turner in June and is currently the Vice President Community & Citizenship in the Turner Atlanta office. Theresa is focused on supplier diversity, strategic sales pursuits, and diversity & inclusion. Her responsibilities include planning and execution of programs designed to increase Turner’s utilization of underutilized businesses as well spearheads the company’s commitment to community service and employee engagement. Theresa has earned several certifications including, Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University, Cultural Mastery and The American Contract Compliance Association’s Master Compliance Administrator certification from Morgan State University. An active member of the community, she serves on the board of the Georgia Workforce High Demand Career Taskforce and is a mentor in the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection Program. Theresa was also instrumental in starting the ACE Mentoring Program in Atlanta, an educational program for high school students to increase their awareness of careers in the construction industry and continues to sit on the board. Recognized for her work, Theresa was named as a 2018 Atlanta Tribune Woman of Excellence and listed in Atlanta’s Who’s Who.
$3 Transaction Fee Will Be Added