Carol Waddy takes a vision and makes it a reality. She is an inspirational leader who is grounded in the information that drives transformational change. Carol is respected as a credible voice in community leadership, decision making, and helping others extend their thinking wherever she serves.
Carol currently serves as director of corporate social responsibility and community engagement for Chick-fil-A, Inc. where she leads a team devoted to removing barriers to opportunity for underserved communities and youth. She is responsible for Chick-fil-A’s community initiatives, civic engagement, corporate volunteerism, and public/private partnerships.
Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, Inc., Carol served as a Vice President and member of the Executive Leadership Team at United Way. She has 15 years of global experience in various executive leadership roles from Fortune 500 corporations to technology-focused companies including GE Capital and Acuity Brands, Inc.
Carol served as Vice President of Human Resources for Aquilex Corporation where she led Human Resources across North America and Europe and Director of Corporate Human Resources for Acuity Brands, Inc. where she led the human resources function for 10,000+ staff enterprise-wide.
In addition to her corporate career, Carol is an entrepreneur. She and her husband are co-owners of a successful property and forestry management organization serving the Southeastern U.S.
A passionate volunteer and supporter of many philanthropic endeavors, Carol serve on the Board of Directors for Breakthrough Atlanta, Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance, National Black Arts Festival and the Atlanta Public Schools Advisory Board.
Carol was named 2019 Atlanta Magazine Woman Making a Difference and a United Way Woman of Impact. She is a member of the Buckhead Cascade City Chapter, The Links, Incorporated, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Carol and her husband, DePriest endowed a scholarship awarded annually to students attending HBCUs. Because of their generosity over 15 African American students have realized their dreams of a college education.
Carol earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tuskegee University and a Master of Public Administration from Clark Atlanta University.
Carol lives in Atlanta with her husband of 27 years and attends Impact United Methodist Church. They have one adult daughter living in Missouri.