The Women’s History DEI Speaker Series allows students to hear from prominent women who are business leaders in a variety of industries. This series focuses on the career paths of our speakers and their current roles. Moreover, the speaker series will expose students to outstanding women professionals so that they may obtain a greater appreciation for diversity in the workplace.
Caitlin Jones – March 2, 2021 at 2:00-3:15 p.m. Hosted by Larry Baldwin
Leslie O’Harrow – March 8, 2021 at 12:00-1:00 p.m. Hosted by AKPsi Business Fraternity
Kimberly McGee – March 30, 2021 at 12:00-1:00 p.m. Hosted by Black MBA Association
Wendy Boyd – March 22, 2021 at 11:00-12:00 p.m. Hosted by Professional Women in Communications and Business
Stephanie Hill Alexander – March 25, 2021 at 12:00-1:00 p.m. Hosted by the Black Business Student Association
*All times are CST.
**Additional speakers may be added to the schedule, and all updates will be reflected here.
Caitlin JonesGlobal Director of Talent & Development Delivery, The Coca-Cola Company
Caitlin Jones is the Global Director of Talent & Development Delivery at The Coca-Cola Company, based in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, Caitlin is responsible for driving the programs and platforms that connect, develop, and manage talent across the global Coca-Cola network.
Caitlin joined the Coca-Cola system in 2013 as an HR intern, and returned to the Company via an accelerated HR leadership development program in 2014. Since then, she has taken on various roles of increasing responsibility, with experience in Talent Management, Compensation, Talent Acquisition, Employee Relations, and as an HR Business Partner. She has been a strong advocate for agile ways of working and continues to address organizational barriers to agility in her current role.
Prior to joining Coca-Cola, she worked for Mercedes-Benz in Organizational Development, and in project management with an industrial construction firm.
Caitlin graduated from The University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2011, with a concentration in Human Resource Strategy and a minor in Psychology. She later obtained her master’s degree in Industrial & Labor Relations at Cornell University in 2014. Caitlin is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, where she attended Vestavia Hills High School. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys the outdoors, cycling, hosting an Airbnb, and being a mom to her fur babies, Panda, Aida, DJ and Pluto.
Leslie O'HarrowPartner, PWC
Leslie is a tax partner within PwC’s Specialized Tax Services (STS) practice. STS is dedicated to implementing large, complex tax planning strategies for companies across a multitude of industries. Leslie has spent 15 years providing tax consulting services to both private and public companies in PwC’s London, New York, and Los Angeles offices. She manages a diverse team of accountants, attorneys, and technologists.
Leslie also serves as STS’ Diversity and Inclusion Leader, as well as the Southwest market's Tax Lead Diversity Champion. In these roles, she collaborates with practice leaders to create and implement diversity and inclusion strategies that allow the most talented people to feel welcomed, valued, respected, and heard.
Leslie received her undergraduate and Masters in Taxation graduate degree from the University of Alabama. She is a certified public accountant in California, New York, and Georgia. Leslie currently resides in Los Angeles, where she cheers on the Crimson Tide from afar.
Stephanie Hill AlexanderExternal Relations and Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
Stephanie Hill Alexander is a staff administrator at the Honda Alabama Automotive Plant in Staffing and Development Department coordinating External and Community Relations and serving as Diversity & Inclusion plant lead. Stephanie serves as the community relations spokesperson, manages and coordinates Honda’s charitable giving program, community relations activities and manages the associate volunteer program. She joined Honda in late 2010 with almost 20 years of public relations; fund development; donor relations and higher education experience.
As an active community volunteer, Stephanie serves on the board of the United Way of Central Alabama and chairs the public relations committee. She is on the board for McWane Science Center and the Past President of the Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross board of directors and currently services on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She is a volunteer at her church, a Junior League of Birmingham Sustainer, advisory board member for Oasis Counseling for Women and Children and a member of Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Stephanie, a first generation college student, graduated the University of Alabama with an undergraduate degree in English and has a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Florida. Tide Pride runs deep in her family as her mom is a 2005 graduate and her sister is a 2000 graduate of University of Alabama
A native of Lincoln, AL, Stephanie currently resides in Birmingham and has two adult children, and is “Grand” to the most wonderful grandson, Amir. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys reading, trying new things, making jewelry and organizing.
Wendy BoydSenior Vice President, Head of the ABGA & Co-Lead of LFS, Lincoln Financial Network
Wendy Boyd is currently Senior Vice President, Head of the ABGA and Co-Lead of LFS for Lincoln Financial Network, where she focuses on continued channel growth and driving strategic initiatives to support Lincoln’s ABGA agency managers, producers/financial professionals and their businesses. She joined Lincoln in September of 2014 to lead an innovative sales initiative to grow and sustain Lincoln Enterprise Life and MoneyGuard sales. Wendy has demonstrated experience in sales growth and development, recruiting, service excellence, strategic planning, fiscal and budgetary results, and overall operational processing efficiencies.
Prior to joining Lincoln, Wendy was the Senior Vice President of Sales, and Learning Development for Crump Group, Inc. (a subsidiary of BB&T Bank). While at Crump, she led various sales initiatives, including pioneering a new business channel that grew new sales by 128% of plan and 209% of EBITDA performance. Wendy was with Automatic Data Processing (ADP) as Vice President of Sales & Operations for nine years prior to joining Crump. She has demonstrated solid sales and operational performance in multiple roles and markets, consistently achieving year-over-year sales growth. Wendy has also been instrumental in developing and implementing learning and educational platforms comprising training of sales, service, presentation skills and leadership development.
Wendy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama and is a proud native Alabamian (Southern Belle). She has also attended the Wharton’s Securities Industry Institute and is on the WISE Board, supporting Lincoln’s female financial professionals. She currently lives in Philadelphia, PA, with her dog Miller.
Kimberly McGeeSenior Manager in the Center for Racial Equity, Walmart
Kimberly McGee is a Senior Manager in the Center for Racial Equity at Walmart. She has over twenty years of corporate retail experience in program management and systems. Over the course of her career at Walmart, Kimberly has held positions across the enterprise in Global Technology, Health and Wellness, Office of Diversity, Walmart Services & Digital Acceleration, and Real Estate. Kimberly is a strategic partner who has managed complex cross-functional initiatives and programs.
Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems with a concentration in Computer Software Systems from the University of Alabama and Master of Business Administration from the Webster University. Also, she holds the Society for Human Resource Management - Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designations.
Kimberly is an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to advancing the mission. She is actively engaged with the Black/African American Resource Group and serves as Vice Chair. Also, Kimberly serves on the Women of Color Advisory Council with the Network of Executive Women (NEW). She has served on several community boards and is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Council.
Kimberly is passionate about community service and empowering women to succeed on a personal and professional level. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, The Links, Incorporated, NEW Northwest Arkansas, and Junior League.
Kimberly resides in Bentonville, Arkansas. She enjoys traveling, crafting, and is an avid Alabama fan (Roll Tide Roll!).