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Jodi Barnes

Jodi Barnes


Jodi Barnes brings a balance of consulting, teaching, training, coaching, and community work to GCC. She loves opportunities for improved communication, change management, leadership, and genuine inclusion in the workplace. Social identity, engagement, trust, and voice are central themes.

Jodi has a PhD from the University of Georgia in human resources and strategy, an MA in labor and employee relations from the University of Illinois, and an MS in organizational communication and a BS in journalism from Illinois State University. She has worked for Schlumberger, Cisco Systems, Duke Energy, and several pharmaceutical firms. In addition to being on graduate and undergraduate faculties at Clemson University, North Carolina State University, and UGA, she co-facilitates conversations around ethnicity, race, religion, and gender identity for schools, organizations and communities. She is also trained in restorative justice circle-keeping.

Eight years ago, Jodi founded 14 Words For Love, a social enterprise that promotes social justice and human connection through creating and sharing small pieces of art, writing and conversation. Jodi has three adult daughters who live along the US eastern coast. She and her husband live in Athens where Jodi also writes, works with Clarke County students, and is an advisory board member for Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement. Contact Jodi at


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