Opening General Session featuring Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP and Martha Stewart

2019 Annual Conference & Exposition

A Conversation with Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart is an Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and America’s most trusted lifestyle expert. As founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, she has found wild success in a variety of business ventures. She is a branding powerhouse who reaches approximately 100 million consumers every month across all media platforms.

In this conversation, learn how Stewart has become one of the most recognized and celebrated entrepreneurs in the world—with a media empire and line of products that have enriched so many lives. She has demonstrated resilience in her decades long career, overcoming odds and rising again and again in the face of personal and professional challenges. But she came back stronger than ever…reinventing herself and her brand. She is the perfect example of second chance and stunning comebacks. Stewart has been steadfast in supporting diversity and inclusion within Martha Stewart Living. Martha Stewart Weddings famously introduced same-sex couples into its pages in 2009—long before the landmark 2015 Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. Last year she was named one of Forbes “100 Greatest Living Business Minds.” During this session, you will hear about her journey and learn:

  • The strategies she used to transition careers and how to rebrand yourself.
  • How diversity and inclusion strengthen company cultures and the bottom line.
  • How creativity and entrepreneurship are the keys to business success.
  • How to embrace change and inclusiveness.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 2:35pm to 4:00pm

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP

Johnny C.
Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM. With nearly 325,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 235 million workers and families globally.

 As a global leader on the future of employment, culture and leadership, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice on all matters affecting work, workers, and the workplace. Recently named one of the “Most Influential People Shaping Public Policy” in our nation’s Capital by the Washingtonian Magazine, Mr. Taylor is frequently asked to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues and authors the weekly USA Today column, "Ask HR."

 Mr. Taylor's career spans over 20 years as a lawyer, human resources executive and CEO in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space. He has held senior and chief executive roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, Viacom's Paramount Pictures, Blockbuster Entertainment Group, the McGuireWoods law firm, and Compass Group USA. Most recently, Mr. Taylor was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

 He is the author of the national bestseller, RESET: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval, which delivers a candid and forward-thinking vision for leaders to reimagine their company cultures in a time of global upheaval and presents data-driven strategies to make the necessary foundational reset of all things work. Immediately upon its release in September 2021, RESET was in the top three of the Wall Street Journal’s list of best-selling hardcover business books. All author proceeds benefit the SHRM Foundation, which is committed to empowering HR as a social force for change.

 He was appointed chairman of the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and served as a member of the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board during the Trump Administration. He is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami, Independent Director of the Flores & Associates corporate board and member of the corporate boards of Guild Education and XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO).

 The Women Business Collaborative (WBC) named Mr. Taylor as one of its 2023 Trailblazers in Gender Equity and Diversity for his work to achieve equal position, pay and power for all women in business. In 2020, he received the Distinguished Executive of the Year Award from the Academy of Management, and he was named 2021 ALA Professional Society CEO of the Year by CEO Update

He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C.


Martha Stewart


Martha Stewart is an Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur, bestselling author of 90 books, and America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living - cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, healthy living, holidays, weddings, and pet care. The Martha Stewart brand reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media and merchandising platforms each month. Her branded products can be found in over 70 million households and have a growing retail presence in thousands of locations.

In 2015, Martha merged her company with Sequential Brands Group, Inc., one of the world’s leading brand management companies with a portfolio of consumer brands in the home, fashion and active categories that generate over $4 billion annually in global retail sales. While continuing to oversee the brand she founded, she also now serves as Chief Creative Officer and a member of the Board of Directors at Sequential. 

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General Session
Global & Cultural Effectiveness
Leadership & Navigation
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