EVP, Global Human Resources Allen Media Group
Melody Smalls serves as Executive Vice President of Global Human Resources for Allen Media Group. In her role, Melody oversees global human resources strategy for all Allen Media Group divisions: Entertainment Studios, Entertainment Studios Networks, The Weather Channel, Allen Media Broadcasting, Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, Freestyle Digital Media, Local Now and The Grio. She also spearheads security and facilities operations teams across the company.
Previously, Melody served as Chief Human Resources and Compliance Officer at The Weather Channel television network, where she led the development and execution of all human resource strategies and acted as a trusted advisor to senior executives on all human capital matters.
Prior to joining The Weather Channel, Melody served as director of human resources for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., leading human resources for Turner’s entertainment and animation networks: TNT, TBS, TCM and Cartoon Network. She has also served in various human resources roles at MTV Networks, First Chicago Trust Company, JP Morgan and Chase Manhattan Bank.
Melody received her master’s degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University and a dual bachelor’s degree in marketing and human resources administration from Temple University’s Fox School of Business, where she was named HRM Alumnus of the Year in 2014. Melody also holds a certification in change management.
Melody is a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications, the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications and a certified 360 facilitator. Melody is a member of the governing body of Evanta’s CHRO Leadership Summit and a member of the Human Resources Leadership Forum. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Cool Girls, Inc. and is a mentor for the Pathbuilders organization which shapes the future for high-performing women leaders. In 2018, Melody was named one of the Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine. In 2016, she was named one of the Most Powerful & Influential Women by the National Diversity Council.