Cynthia Jones Parks is president and CEO of Jones Worley, an Atlanta-based marketing communications firm she founded in 1990. Parks has a national reputation for outstanding work in marketing, strategic branding, wayfinding, signage design and creative solutions. She’s carved a niche in the transportation industry where her clients include more than 50 transportation authorities from California to Florida.
Always a trailblazer, Parks was the only African-American female owned firm on the team that branded and designed the “Look” of the Centennial Olympic Games. Jones Worley has branded and launched more transit fare collection programs than any firm in North America, an expertise that began with the “Breeze” card for the MARTA. Jones Worley’s portfolio of projects for global-reaching Fortune 1000 corporations includes The Coca-Cola Company, Turner Entertainment, Chick-fil-A, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Parks was recognized as a small business leader in transportation with a Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Award from the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO). She is the first African American named a Lifetime Fellow by the Atlanta Chapter of AIGA, the Professional Association for Design, for promoting excellence in the field.
Terri Ford is a life-long learner and a champion for the growth of others. A devout Christian, Terri has always looked for ways to uplift others. In her professional career, she serves as a Talent Acquisition Lead Staff Selection Advisor for Chick-fil-A Corporation where she has been employed for more than 7 years. Terri remarks “I love what I do professionally because in a lot of cases I play a part in helping people to fulfill their dreams by connecting them with a company and a career that they love”. She has learned that serving others is not only personally rewarding but the source of tremendous joy.
Throughout her career, she has been included on diversity panels and led career sessions for her MBA alma-mater, the University of Georgia, the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), and Women in Technology. As a long-term member of Turner Chapel AME church of Marietta where she attends with her husband of 23 years, Herb (Omega Psi Phi) and family, Terri volunteers as a stewardess and serves as a news anchor for local church news.
Since being initiated into the Marietta-Roswell Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta in 2019, Terri has enjoyed supporting MRAC by serving at events such as the 2019 College Fair, registering the community for financial sessions at the Health and Welfare conference, serving as a Talent Acquisition panel member for the LinkedIn Workshop, and serving as an interview coach with the Image Building Workshop. Terri loves Delta Sigma Theta and recently welcomed her oldest daughter, Summer, into the Zeta Psi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her youngest daughter, Sierra, a member of Delta Gems, is currently taking part in the MRAC Cotillion process. Next on the horizon for Terri is a novel that will inspire and intrigue others.