Melkeya McDuffie

Chief Human Resources Officer

Melkeya (Mel) McDuffie joined The Wallace Foundation in November 2020 as the Chief Human Resources Officer.  In her role, she is responsible for leading Wallace’s overall human resources strategy, reinforcing strong company culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion, total rewards, learning & leadership development, and talent management strategies that support the achievement of the mission, vision, goals, and objectives of the foundation.

Mel’s career spans over 20 years of broad Human Resources experience across multiple industries. She has extensive experience working with large, global Fortune 500 organizations in the areas of C-Suite Succession; Merger Acquisition, Culture Integration, Team Effectiveness, Talent Acquisition, Leadership Development, and Executive Assessment, Development, and Coaching.

Prior to joining Wallace, Mel was enterprise Vice President of Organizational & Talent Development for Waste Management, a 50,000 employee environmental services company headquartered in Houston, TX with more than $14b in annual revenue, where she worked for 15 years.  Prior to that, she held various HR leadership roles with large global companies in the healthcare and financial industries.

Melkeya has received numerous accolades as an HR leader including being recognized as an “HR Superstar” by HRO Magazine in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2020, and “One of the Most Powerful Business Women in Texas” by The National Diversity Council.

Melkeya holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management and a Global MBA from York St. John University.  Melkeya also holds a post graduate certification in Employee Relations from Cornell University, Strategic Business Leadership certification from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business, and studied Sustainable Business Strategy at Harvard Business School.


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Day 1: Mar 3, 2020

2:45 pm

2:45 pm


Analyze your Company’s Needs to Build the Business Case for Investing in Digital Talent Acquisition Technology and Getting Buy-in from Leadership

While many companies have embraced digital talent acquisition as part of their overall HR transformation, leadership in other organizations have yet to fully grasp its importance to their future success.  Encourage the adoption of digital HR tools and technology in your organization by building a solid business case targeted to your company’s needs.  Take back to the team best practices to create a blueprint for your business case by:

  • Understanding the differences and commonalities between high-growth and more mature companies to help you analyse your company’s needs
  • Demonstrating how adopting digital talent acquisition can accelerate the achievement of organizational goals
  • Get leadership buy-in by clearly identifying potential ROI and impact on your company’s ability to compete

Set the stage for your organization’s transition to digital HR by establishing a rock-solid business case for adopting digital technology for Talent Acquisition

Day 2: Mar 4, 2020