Meet 2016 Commencement Speaker Lydia Mari Dorman

As a human resources professional, Lydia Dorman has spent the past 30 years building dynamic leadership teams, facilitating change in lagging organizations, driving organizational capability and capacity planning, leading corporate culture revivals and developing individuals as professional and community leaders across a number of global markets. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Lydia pursued higher education studies in Kentucky. She graduated with honors from Kentucky Wesleyan College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications.  She earned her master’s degree in corporate communications with an emphasis in training and development at Western Kentucky University.

LydiaMs. Dorman’s human resources skills and love for the global marketplace have been honed at three well-known global brand Fortune 500 companies.  She began her career at The Walt Disney Company, where she worked for eight years in a variety of human resources roles.  She was coaxed away from Disney by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, and she introduced several organizational development practices at Toyota. Since April 1995, Lydia has contributed to the refreshment of millions and happiness of thousands of employees at The Coca-Cola Company.  She has travelled the world with Coca-Cola, working in progressively challenging and rewarding assignments.  She began her career with Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Ga., and has held posts in London, England; Dublin, Ireland; Copenhagen, Denmark (encompassing all of the Scandinavian and  Baltic countries); and Toronto, Canada. She has resided in Tokyo, Japan, since November 2010, where she serves as senior vice president of human resources for The Coca-Cola (Japan) Company, Limited.  

She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan and the Human Resources Committee of the Tokyo American Club.  She has held positions in a number of charitable organizations domestically and internationally, and she has served on the Kentucky Wesleyan College Board of Trustees and the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Ms. Dorman is a frequent guest speaker, enlightening audiences on such topics as organizational culture, high performance teams and corporate social responsibility and sustainability.