Dr. Johné Battle has been recognized by Who’s Who for 2023, by the LA Times as a Top 50 DEIA Leader, and by the National Diversity & Leadership Council has one of the Top 100 Diversity Officers for 2021, 2022, and 2023. He recently received the prestigious honor of Inclusive Innovation for Leaders who mean Business award. His work has been featured in Fortune Magazine, he has the graced covers of INCLUSION magazine and Diversity Professional magazine and was recognized at the CAA 2023 Inclusion Innovation Summit for the Inclusion Innovation Stars Who Mean Business award. He is renown as a global Business Executive and thought leader who brings the powerful combination of skillful talent development and human capital expertise. His deep understanding of human relations, personal branding, diversity and inclusion, and organizational performance have led to a successful history of business transformation and human capital counseling. He currently is the founding partner and CEO of The Inclusion Genius, LLC, and the Senior Vice-President and Chief Diversity Officer for Dollar General Corporation, a $38+ billion-plus retailer with more than 19,000 convenient, easy-to-shop stores in 48 states making Dollar General the largest retailer in the United States. Dr. Battle owns the strategy for diversity, equity, and inclusion for over 170,000 associates; working across the organization using belonging indexes, talent-flow analysis, inclusive leader assessments and other data to make data-based decisions. Prior to joining Dollar General, Dr. Battle was a Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry where he led clients through large-scale cultural transformation and assisted with holistic DEI leadership development, employee engagement and employee branding efforts that enabled clients to attract, develop and retain their talent while meeting their business goals. Dr. Battle received his doctorate in Work-Base Learning Leadership from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also earned a Master of Education in Learning Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, a Master of Business Administration in Organizational Behavior from Emory University Goizueta Business School, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership from Mercer University. He holds several education and leadership certificates through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.