Lori George Billingsley has over 30 years of public relations experience in developing and implementing breakthrough programs that meet organizational goals, target audience needs and produce results. Currently, she is the Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC). In this role, she leads the company’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence, including the Diversity, Inclusion and Workplace Fairness teams for North America, all directed to enabling a more engaged global workforce, mirror the markets we serve, and supporting a more inclusive culture to best position the associates of the company to drive growth. She has been with the company for 18 years, having spent the last 16 years in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility in the Public Affairs and Communications function. Prior to joining TCCC, Lori had her own public relations consultancy, LG Communications; was a vice president at Porter/Novelli, a leading public relations firm; and a senior public affairs specialist for the District of Columbia Government.She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.; Women’s Business Enterprise National Council; Leadership Atlanta; ColorComm, Arete-Executive Women of Influence; and Living Water for Girls. She is a member of the Howard University School of Communications Board of Visitors; and CoChair of American University’s Women’s Network. She has also received numerous national awards for her work and is an ordained minister.She received her Bachelor of Arts in public relations at Howard University and her Master of Arts in public communications at American University.
For years, executing a clear D&I mission has been more of a discussion rather than a call to action. Virtually overnight, our world changed and HR leaders are now being called upon to put all their strategies into motion. During this insightful session, panelists will discuss how they are responding to social unrest, how they are refocusing their efforts to support their ethnically diverse staff and how they are moving forward to ensure a more inclusive future.