July 3, 2023

Southern Company CEO Shares Org Values with SEC Leaders

By: SEC Staff
SECU (Twitter: @TheSECU)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Chris Womack, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company, presented to Southeastern Conference administrators and head coaches at the annual SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Florida.

Womack oversees one of the nation’s premier energy providers with more than 27,000 employees across the Southern Company system. Along with holding several leadership positions within the organization and its subsidiaries since 1988, Womack served as senior vice president of human resources and chief people officer at Southern Company.

The SEC Spring Meetings’ session is in support of Conference Bylaw 23 initiatives and efforts focused on enhancing the experiences of individuals associated with the SEC. Womack’s leadership and presentation show how, regardless of industry, the principles of valuing people remain universal.

Womack provided a framework for investing in people’s growth, as continuous learning opportunities and accountability can help lead to moving equity forward. He shared successful tools that SEC leaders can take back to their respective campuses to continue supporting the growth and development of students, staff and other essential members.

“As an influential leader and forward thinker, Chris brings a visionary approach to placing people at the forefront of an organization’s values,” said Dr. LeNá Powe McDonald, associate commissioner of academic relations at the SEC. “Overseeing a large company whose footprint mirrors that of our member institutions, Chris’ expertise can help our campuses encourage and support sustainability and challenge them to think differently about what is needed for a supportive infrastructure that helps people thrive.”

With Conference Bylaw 23 focused on the people, culture, and community, the Conference facilitates multiple initiatives such as the SEC Opportunity Forum for aspiring athletic directors and the SEC Emerging Scholars for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows pursuing academic careers.