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Game of Her Own

Dec 3, 2020

“I want people who look like me to have opportunities to get to their highest potential.”  - DeRetta Rhodes, Senior Executive for the Atlanta Braves 


This conversation is packed with incredible insights as DeRetta gets candid and talks about her journey to becoming the extraordinary senior leader she is today. Not to mention, this Boss is a TEDx speaker, PhD, SVP, mom, and wife...just to mention a few.  


Listen in as we talk about: 

-How she gives herself grace and handles mistakes

-How she handled working for a leader who didn’t like her

-The value of being introspective & retreating for awhile 

-Why she considers herself a survivor 

-Why we should unpack barriers like self-doubt 

-How you should approach making sure you are paid the same as your male counterparts 



Deretta’s TED Talk: From Survive to Thrive: Women of Color in Corporate Leadership

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DeRetta Rhodes, Ph.D. joined the Atlanta Braves in 2019 as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, 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 HOGAN Assessment.

She is currently a Board Director Member and Member Engagement Chair of Human Resource Leadership Forum (HRLF), Board Member of 21st Century Leaders, Advisory Member of HR Exchange Network and past President of the Alumni Board of Family Consumer Science College at the University of Georgia.

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


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