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Cynthia Cradduck is the Junior Partner at Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing, overseeing business development, managing the Visibility Team, and coordinating reputation management strategies for clients, media relations and online SEO-PR. Cynthia graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors in Communications focusing on Public Relations. She is holds certifications from L.E.A.P. training, Dale Carnegie and Toastmasters International. Cynthia was named one of the 2018 40-Under-40 by Georgia Trend and a Rising Star in Business by Savannah Magazine and Savannah Morning News in 2017. She currently serves as the Vice President of Communications for the Georgia Jaycees state board of directors and a Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. She is the Past President of the Savannah Jaycees. Cynthia supports several nonprofit organizations in Savannah, including the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, and Savannah United in Prayer.
Suzanne Kirk is President & Executive HR Consultant with Employee Development Strategies, Inc, a human resources and organization development consulting firm established in 2011. Suzanne holds a Master’s Degree in HR Management and Development and is SHPR and SHRM-SCP Certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. She is a certified administrator of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, the Leadership Versatility Index and the CPI260 managerial assessment. Suzanne was a featured speaker at the 2016 national SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) conference in Washington, DC, which hosted over 15,000 attendees from over 90 countries. Kirk’s topic was “Building Blocks to Effective Performance Management,” which focused on the importance of making the connection between an organization’s strategic plan and every employee’s contribution to meeting business objectives through their skills, competencies and behaviors. In 2019, she will serve as facilitator for her 7th year in partnership with the Leadership Southeast Georgia program. As Director of HR Services at a level-one trauma center teaching hospital, Suzanne led the Organizational Development, HR Business Consultant and Recruiting teams with a customer-centric approach to healthcare HR. As Associate Director of Global Learning and Development for a Boston-based marketing and technology professional services firm, Suzanne was responsible for the learning and development strategies for a global workforce of over 1200 employees. She drove the implementation of an organization-wide competency model and redesigned the performance management process in support of the initiative. Earlier in her career, Suzanne was an internal performance improvement consultant in the utility business during the deregulation of Georgia’s natural gas industry. Outside her HR consulting practice, Suzanne is the President of the Board, Susan G. Komen of Coastal Georgia and the Past-President, Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Suzanne has lived in Savannah, Georgia for over 15 years, where her and her husband (attorney Adam Kirk) enjoy raising their three young children.
Address:Employee Development Strategies, Inc. 35 Barnard St. Suite 300 Savannah, GA 31401
Founder and CEO of Cecilia Russo Marketing, Cecilia has extensive experience in collaborative public relations, marketing, fundraising, social media management, and community relations, working with a broad range of constituencies. Cecilia’s civic commitments include memberships and board positions on the Savannah Technical College Foundation, the United Way of the Coastal Empire, the Rotary Club of Savannah, the Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Island, Horizons Savannah, Senior Citizens, Inc., and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire. In addition, Cecilia has served as a fundraising consultant and advisor for Savannah Technical College, Leadership Southeast Georgia, the Veterans Council of Chatham County, American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia, Benedictine Military School, and America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia. She was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year by the Junior Achievement of Savannah in 2013, and Entrepreneur of the Year by the Savannah Chamber of Commerce in 2018. She is a graduate of Leadership Southeast Georgia and proud alumnae of St. Vincent’s Academy and the University of Georgia. She is married to Bob Turner and resides on Talahi Island, GA.