Lilicia Bailey

Ms. Bailey is an executive leader with great depth and breadth of experiences across multiple industries creating HR vision and strategies that align with organizational goals, building departments for functional alignment and effectiveness, and leading all facets of “transformative people strategies” that achieve improved outcomes.

Her passion for developing people at every level and ensuring a high level of organizational effectiveness through employee engagement is supported by vast expertise in organizational design; change management; culture assessment; succession and talent planning; strategic staffing; compensation and benefits design; leadership development; diversity and inclusion; community partnerships, communications, employee relations; M&A, and divestitures. She is a proven global people strategist and Chief Human Resource Officer with broad industry experience in Fortune 50 retail, media/automotive, multi-site complex operations, and learning healthcare system.

Ms. Bailey joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, a 20,000-employee integrated academic medical center, in 2016 to lead the transformation of HR from compliance-focused administrators to strategic people-centric practitioners. As Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer, Ms. Bailey reports to the CEO/Dean and is the chief advisor to the CEO’s Council and the Medical Center Board of Directors on all HR matters. She is implementing M&A organizational change integration strategies, launching executive and leader effectiveness efforts, and implementing a new human capital management system (Workday).

As Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer at Belk, Inc., she advised the senior executive team on all HR matters, including macro environment factors associated with the $4.1 billion, privately-owned retailer with 24,000 employees in 16 states. She oversaw HR, Communications and Community Affairs. Ms. Bailey led the people and culture strategy that centralized operations, reduced turnover, increased employee engagement and leader diversity, implemented a change management function, and was the chief architect on all people matters associated with the sale of the company to a private equity firm.

Prior to Belk, Ms. Bailey was Senior Vice President, Business Services and Global Chief People Officer for Manheim, a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, a $3.6 billion company with 20,000 employees globally. She was the executive over HR, Facilities, Legal and Government Affairs, Security and Communication and Community. Under her leadership, Manheim was recognized numerous times by agencies for innovative HR practices, and by AARP four times as a “Best Place to Work for People 50 and Over.”

Ms. Bailey held global HR positions of increasing scope and responsibility at Home Depot, Inc., as the company grew from 25 to 1,532 locations globally. She developed and instituted a global values-based culture that was embedded in hiring, talent development and promotions, and performance management.

Ms. Bailey earned an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, an MA in Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management in Atlanta, and a BA from Spelman College in Atlanta. She has been recognized nationally and locally for her leadership and named among the 50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America by Black Enterprise, and among the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy. Ms. Bailey’s interests focus on education, social-economic empowerment, and developing future leaders. She serves on several non-profit boards that align with her focused interests.

Lilicia Bailey
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