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, the Society for Human Resource Management. With over 300,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM is the largest HR professional association in the world, impacting the lives of 115 million workers every day.

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. He 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 and Blockbuster Entertainment Group, McGuireWoods LLC, and Compass Group USA. Most recently, Mr. Taylor was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

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 a Trustee of the University of Miami, Governor of the American Red Cross, and member of the corporate boards of Guild Education and iCIMS.

In 2020, Mr. Taylor received the Distinguished Executive of the Year Award from the Academy of Management, and in 2021 was named Professional Society CEO of the Year by CEO Update.

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


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. 

LVCC Halls N3-N4
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General Session
Global & Cultural Effectiveness
Leadership & Navigation
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