Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world's largest HR professional society. Under his leadership, the Society has grown to a record 300,000 members in over 165 countries who impact the lives of 115 million workers every day.

As a global leader on human capital, culture and leadership, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice by C-suite executives as well as state and federal elected policy makers on all matters affecting work, workers and the workplace. He is frequently invited to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues—from sexual harassment to paid leave—and authors a weekly column, "Ask HR," in USA Today, the country's largest newspaper.

Mr. Taylor's knowledge and perspectives are shaped by his 20+ year career as a lawyer, human resources executive and CEO in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space. His decades of industry leadership include senior and chief executive roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, Viacom's Paramount Pictures and Blockbuster Entertainment Group, McGuireWoods LLC and Compass Group USA. Most recently, Mr. Taylor served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which advocates and represents publicly supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Mr. Taylor serves on the corporate board of Gallup, the world's leading public opinion and consulting firm. He also actively volunteers for education, employment and other social causes by serving on the boards of the University of Miami, Jobs for America's Graduates and the American Red Cross and as an adviser to Safe Streets & Second Chances, an initiative to reduce the high rate of recidivism among the formerly incarcerated. In 2018, he was appointed Chair of the President's Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities by President Donald J. Trump.

Mr. Taylor holds both a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Arts with honors from Drake University. He obtained a Bachelor of Science with honors from the University of Miami. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C. 


Dr. Karen Goodnight

Dr. Karen Goodnight is the owner of Goodnight & Associates, LLC - a private consultant business specializing in executive performance coaching, strategic planning, and leadership development.

Karen has held positions throughout her career, such as the Head Start Director, as well as the Administrator to the Governor of the Chickasaw Nation overseeing all Education programs.  She also served as the Chief Training Officer of the Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce, where she, along with her team were responsible for the establishment and management of the Division of Training and Development. She has over 20 years of experience in executive leadership and management experience working in and with Tribal Government, private businesses, colleges, and non-profit organizations.  Karen is particularly skilled at helping individuals identify and develop their unique leadership strengths and talents through performance coaching.  She provides other leadership training and team development opportunities for individuals, teams, and organizations.   Karen started Goodnight & Associates, LLC in October 2012, and has a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum from the University of Oklahoma She currently serves as a Legislator for the Chickasaw Nation, Pontotoc District, Seat 4.


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