A graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Emory University School of Law, where she was an Earl Warren Scholar, 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 African-American woman. As Senior Attorney, she represented Delta in labor/personnel and antitrust litigation and commercial acquisitions. As Public Relations Manager she supervised global crisis management and handled media relations for 50 U.S. cities as well as Europe and Asia. Her contributions led to recognition as one of the “100 Best and Brightest Women in Corporate America” by Ebony magazine.
Hatchett is a member of the Georgia Bar and the Bar of the District of Columbia. In 1990, Hatchett was appointed 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.
From 2000 to 2006, Hatchett served on the Board of Directors for HCA Inc., where she was Chair of the Ethics, Compliance and Quality of Care Committee, which was charged with reviewing company matters related to ethics and compliance functions and policies and procedures related to the delivery of quality medical care to patients and patient safety. She was also a member of the HCA board’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
Hatchett was a member of the five-person special board committee that negotiated HCA’s $32.7 billion leveraged buyout paving the way for the nation's largest for-profit hospital chain to go private. The buyout, including debt, surpassed the previous leveraged buyout record of $31 billion paid for RJR Nabisco in 1989.
From 1999 to 2004, while a Board Director for The Gap Inc., Hatchett served on the Governance, Nominating and Social Responsibility Committee and the Compensation and Management Development Committee.
From 1999-2002, Hatchett served on the Board Directors at The ServiceMaster Company.
Hatchett presides over the two-time Emmy nominated nationally syndicated show, Judge Hatchett, now in its 12th season (Sony Pictures Television). Judge Hatchett won a Prism Award for Best Unscripted Non-Fiction Series or Special for Television.
Currently Hatchett 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 and the National Football League.
Moreover, 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 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 The President’s Award.
Hatchett is the Founder and CEO of the newly established production company, Great Day Productions that specializes in television programming. She has been a legal contributor on national news outlets including, CNN, FOX News and The TODAY SHOW, and is the author of the national best sellers Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say (Harper Collins, 2003) and Dare to Take Charge (Center Street / Hachette Book Group, 2010). She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Roscoe Pound Award for outstanding work in Criminal Justice and the NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall Award.
Hatchett 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.
Previous Speaking Engagements Include:
- Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference
- Office Depot’s Success Strategies for Businesswomen Conference
- WOW Facts Diversity Conference in the U.S. Senate