Raised in Southwest Atlanta, educated at The Paideia School, Ga State University, and UGA’s Terry College of Business, Kali Franklin is a proud Atlanta native who credits her cultural and educational upbringing for much of her professional success. Wife to her childhood sweetheart, Wali Bashir, and resident of Midtown Atlanta, the expecting parents enjoy the conveniences of city-living with their two Cocker Spaniels, Spartacus and Zoë.
In her professional life, as Senior Vice President, Head of Talent & Recruiting for Overtime Elite, Kali is responsible for developing an environment of collaboration, innovation, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. Over the course of her eighteen-year human resources career, she has proven to be a strategic partner who is results-oriented, influential, and energetic in approach. Her exciting background includes successful assignments within a small and informal family business, on the operations and supply chain side of a national retailer (Target), instrumental in the launch of a new business division for a global technology company (Microsoft), and as the functional leader for two well respected sports and entertainment companies (AMBSE & NYCFC).
In each of these experiences, Kali has been a transformational leader in development, implementation, assessment, and scaling. Her progressive work history has aligned her with c-suite leaders for over a decade, where she utilizes her ability to foster authentic relationships and to quickly adjust to shifting priorities. Often recognized for cultivating and championing cultural expectations, Kali quickly identifies synergies between business objectives and people goals. A quote that exemplifies her leadership philosophy is, “If you can only find one solution to the problem, you don’t really understand the problem”. Kali’s passion lies in the People! With her transformational leadership style, she has been successful in introducing change, gaining buy-in from stakeholders, and driving results through teamwork.