Shelton John GoodeShelton John Goode

CEO at Icarus Consulting

Icarus Consulting

Dr. Shelton Goode is the president and chief executive officer of Icarus Consulting, a veteran-owned consulting firm that specializes in helping organizations create inclusive cultures that leverage diversity and inclusion for a competitive advantage. Icarus Consulting accomplishes this by developing strategies which enable their clients to attract, develop, and retain highly skilled talent from an emerging diverse workforce and, at the same time, enhance the engagement, knowledge, and skill of current employees.

He is a business executive with over 20 years of diversity, inclusion, HR, and higher education experience. He has held executive positions for companies ranging in size from $300M to $11B+. Dr. Goode was a senior D&I executive at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Agency, 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.

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 a 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.

In 2019, Forbes selected him as one of the Top 10 Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazers. The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources awarded him their HR Trailblazer Award in 2005 and 2012 -- 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.

Takes part in

May, 21 5:00 PM CEST
Stage 1
Panel Discussion

Confronting Racism and Injustice in the “New Normal” Corporate World

Racial disparities and injustice remain prevalent in workplaces across the world. Widespread protests filled the streets in many countries after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police last May. As the murders of Floyd, Rayshard Brooks and too many others have made painfully obvious, Black people to this day experience racism and injustice in different settings, including the corporate one.

Facing injustice at work is difficult for just about anyone, especially when it comes to issues that in some way implicate those above us. Employees can well fear to suffer career, social, psychological, or other kinds of harm for speaking up.

So how can we confront systemic racism and injustice in the workplace? And what can be done to be a good ally and recognize your own privilege?

The speakers in this panel will discuss the following topics:

  • One year after George Floyd's murder, has the corporate world become less racist?
  • Power, privilege and equity: How do they look in the transformed post-COVID workplace
  • What is the level of anti-racism corporate policies and practices?
Amber Hikes Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at ACLU
Shelton John Goode CEO at Icarus Consulting