Lori George Billingsley has over 30 years of public relations experience in developing and implementing breakthrough programs that meet organizational goals, target audience needs and produce results. Currently, she is the global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for The Coca-Cola Company.
In this role, she leads the company’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence, including the Diversity, Inclusion and Workplace Fairness teams for North America, all directed to enabling a more engaged global workforce, mirror the markets we serve, and supporting a more inclusive culture to best position the associates of The Coca-Cola Company to drive growth.
She previously served as Vice President of Community and Stakeholder Relations for Coca-Cola North America (CCNA), where she led community giving and engagement, including grants from The Coca-Cola Foundation, stakeholder relations and issues management, employee volunteerism, community board placements, disaster relief, and CCNA’s 5by20 women’s initiative. She served as a company spokesperson at external stakeholder events, while managing a staff of nine and $20+ million budget. She also served on the company’s Multicultural Leadership Committee.
She has been in the Public Affairs and Communications (PAC) function of TCCC for 16 years in a variety of positions, including Vice President, Community Connections, Director of Community and Multicultural Communications and Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President of CCNA PAC, Director of Shareowner Affairs, Director of Issues Communications and Director of Regional Communications.
Prior to joining TCCC, Lori had her own public relations consultancy, LG Communications. The consultancy provided communications solutions for corporations, nonprofit organizations, associations, foundations, and public relations firms. She was a vice president at Porter/Novelli, a leading public relations firm, where she managed a number of nationally-acclaimed public education campaigns for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and National Cancer Institute. She co-founded the firm’s alliance building and multicultural communications practices and serviced clients, including federal agencies, Fortune 500 corporations, associations, and nonprofit organizations
Lori joined Porter/Novelli from the District of Columbia Government where she was a senior public affairs specialist. In that capacity, she wrote speeches, promotional materials, coordinated events, publicity, and community outreach efforts for the Office of Human Rights and Minority Business.
She was an associate professor of public relations at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio; taught classes as an instructor and lecturer at Valor Christian College in Columbus, Ohio; and Howard University in Washington, D.C.