Melody Smalls serves as executive vice president of global human resources for Allen Media Group. In her role, Melody oversees global human resources strategy for all Allen Media Group divisions: Entertainment Studios, Entertainment Studios Networks, The Weather Channel, The Weather Channel en Espanol, The Weather Channel Streaming App, Pattrn, Allen Media Broadcasting, Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, Freestyle Digital Media, Local Now, theGrio, and HBCUGO Sports. She also spearheads security and facilities operations teams across the company.
Previously, Melody served as Chief Human Resources and Compliance Officer at The Weather Channel television network, where she led the development and execution of all human resource strategies and acted as a trusted advisor to senior executives on all human capital matters.
Prior to joining The Weather Channel, Melody served as vice president of human resources for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., leading human resources for Turner’s, corporate functions, entertainment and animation networks: TNT, TBS, TCM and Cartoon Network. She has also served in various human resources roles at MTV Networks, First Chicago Trust Company, JP Morgan and Chase Manhattan Bank.
Melody received her master’s degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University and a dual bachelor’s degree in marketing and human resources administration from Temple University’s Fox School of Business, where she was named HRM Alumnus of the Year in 2014. Melody also holds a certification in change management.
Melody is a member of the WICT Network and a Betsy Magness Leadership Institute alumna. She is also a member of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications and a certified 360 facilitator. Melody is a member of the governing body of Evanta's CHRO Leadership Summit and a member of the Human Resources Leadership Forum. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Cool Girls, Inc. which focuses on mentoring young girls in all aspects of their development to break the cycles of poverty and low self- esteem through education and exposure to a broader world of opportunity. In 2018, Melody was named one of the Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine. In 2016, she was named one of the Most Powerful & Influential Women by the National Diversity Council. Most recently in 2022, Melody received an award from Cynopsis as a Top Woman in Media and a Corporate Visionary. Most notably, on behalf of Allen Media Group’s Weather Channel team, Melody received the Chairman’s Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for her leadership role in creating and implementing the protocols and procedures that made safe and uninterrupted production possible at The Weather Channel during the global pandemic.