Jodie J. Cunningham, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

HR/Talent Strategist, Search & Consulting Executive

Jodie J. Cunningham is currently the CEO and talent optimization expert with Optimus Talent Partners, LLC. As part of the KK&W team, she provides club leaders with guidance, a framework, and resources to design strong leadership and support teams, select top talent and create productive work environments that maximize business results. Additionally, she provides robust management development programs to enhance your leaders’ effectiveness with their teams. Classes are tailored to your unique industry and provide attendees with applicable management and leadership skills they can immediately apply in the workplace.

Jodie is a human resources executive with over 20 years of experience. She started her HR career in the hospitality industry, most recently with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. She then transitioned into professional sports as the human resources executive with the Los Angeles Rams. Her strategic workforce planning experience is extensive, creating and executing data-driven people strategies related to talent acquisition, leadership development, organizational acquisitions and employee engagement. With her unique background in high-end luxury hospitality, private golf and country clubs, and professional sports, she brings a wealth of knowledge as a trusted human capital advisor. Her goal is to provide analysis and consulting that effectively balances the needs of the organization with the talent it currently employs.

Jodie is also an instructor at the CMAA Business Management Institute, facilitating leadership education at Michigan State University several times as year. She regularly offers highly attended educational workshops on human resources, talent acquisition and leadership topics at the CMAA World Conference, CMAA Mid-Managers Conference, CMAA Student Chapter education and local CMAA chapter education. Jodie is also a regularly speaker with the GCSAA, PGA of America and HFTP chapters. Additionally, Jodie is a certified partner with The Predictive Index and assists clubs in integrating behavioral and cognitive data in every facet of their people selection and development programs.

Jodie earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Arizona State University, and a master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. She has also achieved the highest human resources certifications of SPHR and SHRM-SCP.

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