Judge Glenda Hatchett presents the finale of the Social Justice Innovators Speaker Series in Harrisburg


Link Martin, Glenda Hatchett, and Vickie McGarvey standing for a group photo

(Above from left to right - Temple Harrisburg campus director, Link Martin, Judge Glenda Hatchett, Temple University Vice Provost, Vicki Lewis McGarvey.)

After presiding over a two-time Emmy nominated nationally syndicated television show for 13 seasons, it’s likely easier to ask Judge Glenda Hatchett what she hasn’t seen than what she has. A Prism Award winner for Best Unscripted Non-Fiction Series or Special for Television, she could certainly be considered an expert in taking responsibility for your actions.

Having spent many years in the corporate sector in addition to her prestigious career in criminal justice, Judge Hatchett also has a deep understanding and abiding belief that corporate leadership demands an enormous amount of responsibility.

Judge Hatchett, who recently announced the formation of the Hatchett Firm, specializing in risk and crisis management, was the finale to Temple University Harrisburg’s new speaker series on — Social Justice Innovators: The Value of a Healthy Community. On Wednesday, May 23rd at the Gamut Theatre in Harrisburg she gave a presentation entitled “The Corporate Challenge to Lead and Serve” The speaker series was held in partnership with the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg. Her lecture was additionally sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield, UPMC Pinnacle and Hamilton Health Center.

“Judge Hatchett’s presentation was an outline of the seven principles of leadership including the fact that leaders must first seek to serve. They cannot lead where they are not willing to go and they must lead with integrity, passion and compassion,” said Shade. “She  additionally addressed the challenges corporations face to support, through their philanthropic activities, the communities they seek to serve.”

Glenda Hatchett with community health students
Glenda Hatchett with high school senior students

(Above - Judge Hatchett interacts with community partners and high school seniors from the Harrisburg community.)

Judge Hatchett also touched on diversity, something Temple University basis its core values and mission statement on. “Diversity is NOT tolerance but rather inclusion and the responsibility to learn from our differences”, Hatchett said accompanied by a roar of claps in concurrence from her audience. Temple University’s founder Russell Conwell was all too fond of diversity, commitment and community which has overshadowed Temple Harrisburg’s efforts in the Harrisburg and surrounding areas.

Judge Glenda Hatchett Bio

A graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Emory University School of Law, where she was an Earl Warren Scholar, Judge Hatchett completed a prestigious federal clerkship in the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia. She then spent nearly 10 years at Delta Air Lines, where she was the airline’s highest-ranking woman of color worldwide. As Senior Attorney, she represented Delta Air Lines in labor/personnel and antitrust litigation and commercial acquisitions. As Public Relations Manager, she additionally supervised global crisis management and handled media relations for 50 U.S. cities as well as all of Europe and Asia.

Judge Hatchett left Delta Air Lines to accept an appointment as Chief Presiding Judge of the Fulton County (Atlanta, Georgia) Juvenile Court — becoming the first African-American Chief Presiding Judge of a state court in Georgia and head of one of the largest juvenile court systems in the country. She is a member of the Georgia Bar and the Bar of the District of Columbia.

Hatchett has served on the Boards of three Fortune 500 companies — HCA, The Gap Inc. and ServiceMaster Company. Currently, she sits on the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons’ Board of Advisors, a position she has held since 2004, and serves as a consultant to the National Basketball Association on pressing legal and social issues.

Hatchett has presented leadership sessions for various companies including PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Georgia-Pacific, Wal-Mart and Hospital Corporation of America Inc. (HCA). Additionally, she has moderated several forums including the CEO Forum on Diversity Leadership and Wells Fargo’s Forum on the Economic Impact on Colleges and Universities. Hatchett served as a guest faculty member lecturing on the topic of corporate ethics at the University of Vanderbilt Directors College, presented by the Law School and the Owen Graduate School of Management.

She has consistently shown her commitment to community development through her service on various nonprofit boards including: the National Board of Governors of the Boys and Girl Club of America; the Board of Advisors for Play Pumps International; the Leadership Circle for the After School Alliance and the Advisory Board for the Women’s Resource Center at Spelman College. Hatchett serves as the national spokesperson for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a non-profit volunteer organization that trains volunteers to represent abused and neglected children and is the recipient of their President’s Award.

Judge Hatchett is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Roscoe Pound Award for outstanding work in Criminal Justice, NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall Award and has been recognized as one of the “100 Best and Brightest Women in Corporate America” by Ebony magazine. She was named Distinguished Alumna at Mt. Holyoke College, which later granted her an honorary degree. Her other alma mater, Emory University Law School, named her Outstanding Alumni of the Year. Emory University also presented her with the highest award given to university alumni, the Emory Medal.