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Angelia Pelham


I am a Mother (of a 16 year-old daughter), a Wife (of 30 years), a Daughter (caregiver to my 87 year-old mother), and an HR Executive (of 30 years)…not unlike me there are thousands of women in the workforce who wear many hats. There are times when we struggle to keep all of the balls in the air. There are even times we feel guilty when, much to our dismay, one of those balls drops and breaks. I’ve learned over the years that not all balls are made of glass; in fact, there are many balls that simply bounce back when they are dropped. But I had to learn that lesson and many others over time. There are many things I’ve experienced as a woman in an executive role to include achieving some pretty significant career milestones, contributing and coaching at the highest levels in an organization, as well as encountering some pretty painful ‘barriers to entry’. I’ve experienced being respected for my competence; yet I’ve also experienced being discounted for my gender and race. However, in all of these experiences, I have been made stronger. I’ve learned more about myself and have had to confront some of my own ‘brutal realities’ as Jim Collins calls them. It is with 30 years of HR expertise and many life lessons as a mother, wife, and executive that I desire to have transparent developmental dialogue, Real-Talk, designed to validate, motivate, and build the capability of women to reach their full potential in their careers.​

Career Background​

I have been blessed to have been part of some great organizations and I’d like to thank each of them for contributing to my destiny in some meaningful way; as each of them in their own way has helped to shape and mold me into who I am today.

Walt Disney World (HR Director)
PepsiCo/Frito-Lay (Vice President, HR)
Yum Brands (Vice President, HR)
Main Event Entertainment (Head of HR)
Cinemark Holdings (EVP, Chief HR Officer)
Dave & Busters (SVP, Head of HR)


B.S. in Communication & Psychology
M.A. in Human Resources Management
Certified Coach Practitioner, ICF Accredited.


Black Enterprise Magazine Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America 2017

Plano Profile Magazine Featured Women in Business 2017

Dallas Top 15 Business Women Award 2017

Black Enterprise Magazine Most Influential Women in Corporate 2016

Savoy Magazine Top Influential Women in Corporate America 2016

Dallas Chamber HR Executive of the Year 2016