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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
Suzanne (Suz) Smith serves as the program administrator for Leadership Southeast Georgia. She joined the Cecilia Russo Marketing team as a Public Relations Coordinator in 2017 and specializes in pitching and coordinating media coverage, campaign research, report generation, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
Suz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Georgia Southern University. She served as Chairman for a 2019 Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) Man of the Year, helping to raise more than $26,000 for LLS. Through various donation drives and hands-on volunteer opportunities, Suz is always looking for ways to help her community.
A native of Cartersville, GA, Suz made her home in Savannah in 2006. She is married to Chris Smith, and they have two children, Tinsley and Walker. When she’s not working or chasing her kids around, she enjoys cooking, baking, and reading.
In 2008, Cecilia Russo Turner founded Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC to help businesses and organizations increase their visibility locally, nationally, and globally through reputation management, consultation and fundraising strategies.
Throughout her 27-year career, Cecilia has managed and participated in philanthropic activities, raising millions of dollars for nonprofit charities and civic improvements in communities throughout Savannah and the Lowcountry and Southeast region of our State. CRM’s team provided strategic direction, public relations, and major gift solicitation for the most successful campaign ever held by the Veterans Council of Chatham County: the World War II Memorial, ‘A World Apart,’ erected on historic West River Street and dedicated in November 2010.
Additionally, Cecilia has enjoyed a successful and strong list of small business and corporate clients while also serving as a fundraising consultant and advisor for organizations such as Tour de Georgia, Susan G. Komen Savannah Race for the Cure®, Leadership Southeast Georgia, SAFE Shelter, Inc., American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia, Benedictine Military School, Savannah Technical College, and America’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia. Cecilia was the co-founder of Savannah’s Fashion Night Out through Vogue’s Conde Nast in 2013.
She was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year by Junior Achievement of Savannah in 2013 and named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Savannah Chamber of Commerce in 2018. She is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Southeast Georgia and a proud alumna of St. Vincent’s Academy and the University of Georgia.
Cecilia’s most recent civic volunteer efforts include currently serving as the 2021-2022 Campaign Chair for the United Way of the Coastal Empire. She also holds board positions on Horizons Savannah and the Savannah Technical College Foundation. Previously, Cecilia actively served on the boards of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire and Senior Citizens, Inc and Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Island. She is married to Bob Turner, and they have five grandchildren.
Cynthia Cradduck is the Managing Partner at Cecilia Russo Marketing, where she oversees business development and staff management, coordinates reputation management strategies for clients and maintains media relations and online SEO public relations. She also serves as the executive administrator to Leadership Southeast Georgia.
Cynthia is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors in Communications focusing on Public Relations, and L.E.A.P. certified, as a PR professional in Leadership, Experience in Communication, Academics, and Professionalism training. Cynthia is a graduate of the 2020 United Way of the Coastal Empire Young Leaders’ Board Readiness Program.
In 2018, Cynthia received national recognition as a 40-Under-40 leader by Georgia Trend Magazine and was named a Rising Star in Business by Savannah Magazine and Savannah Morning News in 2017. She served as Vice President of the Georgia Jaycees and is a past president of the Savannah Jaycees.
Cynthia serves as Chair of United Way of the Coastal Empire’s Business Champions for this year’s annual campaign, board member for YMCA of Coastal Georgia and ambassador for Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. Cynthia also supports several nonprofit organizations, including the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire, One Love Animal Rescue, the Fresh Air Home on Tybee Island, and her church of Isle of Hope United Methodist Church. She is married to Aaron Cradduck, and they have a son, Emerson, and a daughter, Ruthie.