Dr. Shelton Goode
Dr. Goode is an executive with over 20 years of experience in business and higher education. He has held executive HR and D&I positions for companies ranging in size from $500M to $11B+ and has developed or implemented talent management programs, performance management systems, sales incentive plans, labor relations strategies, and large-scale culture change initiatives. Prior to forming his own consulting firm, Dr. Goode was a HR executive at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Agency (MARTA), Oshkosh Corporation, Pennsylvania Power & Light (PPL), Georgia Power, Southern Company, and Alabama Power. Based on the results achieved in these positions he earned the reputation as a strategic, yet results-oriented leader.
The author of “Diversity Managers: Angels of Mercy or Barbarians at the Gate”, Dr. Goode learned the value of human resources and diversity first-hand by rolling up his sleeves and providing CEOs and senior executives with counsel, insight, resources, tools and innovative ideas that helped advanced their companies’ strategic business goals. For the last 10 years, he has focused on helping companies implement their diversity and inclusion strategy.
Dr. Goode, a highly-decorated Air Force veteran, has not only served the country in time of war but also consistently served his community in time of need. In July 2011, the Supreme Court of Georgia appointed him to the State Bar Ethics Investigative Panel. He was one of only three non-lawyers serving on this prestigious panel. He chaired the Conference Board Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council and has served on the board of numerous professional organizations such as the Atlanta Compliance and Ethics Roundtable, American Association National of Blacks in Energy, Society for Human Resource Management, and the Atlanta and Diversity Management Advocacy Group.
The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources awarded him their HR Trailblazer Award in 2012 and 2018 — the only person selected for the award twice. In April 2013, the Technology Association of Georgia presented him with the organization’s first Lifetime Diversity Achievement Award for his body of work in diversity and human resources.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) and his master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Troy University. He obtained his Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Alabama. Dr. Shelton Goode speaks nationally on a variety of public administration, human resource, ethics and diversity topics.