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 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 supervised global crisis management and handled  media relations for 50 U.S. cities as well as all of Europe and Asia. 

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 is frequently a lecturer throughout the country keynoting several national  conferences including Office Depot’s Success Strategies for Businesswomen Conference,  Colgate Palmolive’s Multicultural Summit, the Diversity Conference in the U.S. Senate, the  Minority Employers’ Conference at Newell Rubbermaid, Microsoft’s Education Summit, AT &  T’s Diversity Summit, Home Depot’s Women’s History Speaker’s Series and Black Enterprise’s  Entrepreneurs Conference. 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.  

Hatchett has served on the Boards of three Fortune 500 companies – HCA, The Gap Inc. and  ServiceMaster Company.  

While on the Board of Directors of HCA, she was Chair of the Ethics, Compliance and Quality  of Care Committee. 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. At the time, the buyout was the largest leveraged buyout in  US corporate history. 

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.  

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 presided over the two-time Emmy nominated nationally syndicated show, Judge Hatchett, for 13 seasons (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 on pressing legal and social issues.  

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 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.  

Currently, Hatchett has announced the formation of the Hatchett Firm – specializing in risk and  crisis management, as well as innovative and effective closing and settlement strategies. The  firm will also engage a national network of Attorneys to handle complex civil litigation  specializing in catastrophic injuries and mass tort litigation. Hatchett is a seasoned litigator with  over 30 years of experience as a judge, corporate lawyer, corporate and non-profit board  member. She has honed a distinctive set of communication, profiling, and legal skills. Her acute  ability to analyze individuals and situations provides unique insights and resulting strategy  development for conflict-ridden negotiations. Hatchett also serves as a consultant advisor to  corporations communicating with the media during crisis situations. .  

Hatchett is the recipient of numerous awards including the Roscoe Pound Award for outstanding  work in Criminal Justice, NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall Award and she 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.