Bio for Jodi Barnes

Jodi Barnes brings a balance of research, consulting, coaching, and community work experience to opportunities for improved communication, change management, leadership, and genuine inclusion in the workplace. Social identity, engagement, trust, and voice are central themes.

She has a PhD from the University of Georgia in human resources and strategy, an MA in labor and employee relations from the University of Illinois, and an MS in organizational communication and a BS in journalism from Illinois State University. Jodi has worked for Schlumberger, Cisco Systems, Duke Energy, several pharmaceutical firms and publishing companies.

In addition to being on graduate and undergraduate faculties at Clemson University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Georgia, she continues to consult and co-facilitate conversations around ethnicity, race, religion, gender, and class identity for schools, organizations and communities. She was a writer-in-resident for Wake County schools from 2008-2014. She received training in restorative practices for schools this summer.

In 2011, she founded 14 Words For Love, a social enterprise that promotes creating and sharing small pieces of art, writing and conversation for social good. In 2018, 14 Words For Love became her full-time job. Jodi has three daughters and seven grandchildren who live along the US eastern coast. She and her husband JB Maddox live in Athens, GA, where Jodi serves as Georgia Conflict Center's board president and works on projects for Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, Athens for Everyone, and the Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia.

Jodi Barnes