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2018 Colloquium Speakers

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Linda D. Nelson

UPS President of Customer Experience Linda Nelson began her career with the $61 billion company as a part-time package handler in 1986. In her 31 years with UPS, Nelson has served in a number of assignments in human resources and operations. This included key operational assignments in Minnesota, California and Kansas before being promoted to and serving as president in the Ohio, Alabama and Illinois districts. In her current role, Nelson is responsible for leading a corporate team in the creation of a culture at UPS that focuses on improving the overall experience of customers globally.

A native of Bloomington, Minnesota, with a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from St. Cloud (Minnesota) State University, Nelson has served on United Way boards in Kansas, Ohio, Alabama and most recently metro Chicago. Additionally, she served as a board member of Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. Nelson currently serves on the national Human Rights Campaign (HRC) business advisory board and also serves as the UPS Corporate Women’s Leadership Development Advisory executive.

Carole Ann Carter Daniel

A 1968 graduate of the Brenau Women’s College, Carole Ann Carter Daniel is the business development executive of the more than 70-year-old family business, Carroll Daniel Construction Company, based in Gainesville, Georgia. A former Hall County school teacher, she assumed the senior executive role following the 2003 death of her husband, Ed. Under her leadership, the company enjoyed the largest growth in its then 65-year history. Today, her son Brian leads the business, but Daniel remains active in a strategic planning role for marketing and business development.

Daniel established the Carroll Edmondson Daniel Endowed Scholarship in memory of her husband. It is designated for any Brenau student with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. A member of the Brenau Board of Trustees, Daniel is also co-chair of Brenau University’s $40 million ForeverGold campaign, another reflection of her commitment to providing students every opportunity to succeed.

Deborah Keith Mack

Deborah Keith Mack, a well-known activist and servant leader in her native Gainesville, Georgia, earned a Bachelor of Science from Spelman College and worked for the Georgia Department of Labor for 31 years after a two-year gig for Gainesville City Schools. During her career with the Department of Labor she worked in many human resources capacities, from employment interviewer and counselor to unemployment insurance claims examiner. She retired in 2000.

In 2002, she was elected to the Hall County Board of Commissioners and served for six years. She is a founding member and past president of Gateway Domestic Violence Center and of WomenSource, a local organization designed to create personal and professional success for women of all ages and backgrounds in Northeast Georgia. She serves on the Hall County Board of Equalization, as president of the Greater Northwestern Baptist Association of Georgia, Inc. Women’s Auxiliary, and as vice president of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, Inc. Women’s Auxiliary.

Lydia Jackson Sartain

Experienced trial lawyer Lydia Sartain is a partner at Stewart, Melvin & Frost, where she directs the family law practice of the firm. She is a third-generation graduate of Young Harris College, and she earned a Bachelor of Arts from Mercer University and a Juris Doctorate from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer. Prior to her work in private practice, Sartain was in 1986 elected the first female and then-youngest solicitor in Georgia for the State Court of Hall County. She subsequently won reelection without opposition and served until then-Gov. Zell Miller selected her as director of the Office of Children and Youth.

In 1993, Sartain was appointed district attorney for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit and was reelected twice. She served as president of the Gainesville-Northeastern Bar Association and was named by Chief Justice Norman Fletcher to the State Bar Disciplinary Committee, where she served two terms. She was in 1999 appointed to serve on the State Board of Public Safety by then-Gov. Roy Barnes. She is active in civic organizations and community efforts, particularly those in support of children. She was a founding director of the Edmonson-Telford Center for Children and a founding member of WomenSource.

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