Tiana Carter is the Vice President of Business Development for Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (Skills), an organization that is closing Chicago’s access gap by meeting the hiring needs of businesses with qualified unemployed and underemployed job seekers. She is a passionate leader, energized by creating strategic diversity workforce solutions for close to 100 leading brands and is responsible for executive leadership and oversight of business development, innovation, youth initiatives and client services.
During her time at Skills, Tiana has worked to stand up multiple strategic initiatives, including the growth of Skills’ youth-focused work. Tiana oversaw the initial design and development of Skills’ job readiness curriculum, and she was the operational architect on Skills’ Career Pathway programming. Notable nonprofits, foundations, and businesses partnering with Skills’ on these youth-focused initiatives include: Chicago CRED, JPMC’s The Fellowship Initiative, Story Catchers, Crane Preparatory Academy, Gary Comer College Preparatory & Youth Center, Intrinsic Charter School, Rush University Medical Center, Walgreens, Freedman Seating, CDW, McDonald’s, AT&T and Hyatt.
Tiana has provided subject matter expertise as a committee member, across multiple nonprofit organizations focused on social good, including The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement’s Community Development Working Group - Employment & Job Training Committee, The Chicago Workforce Funders Alliance - Reimagine Retail Initiative, and Thrive’s - Pathways to Careers Community of Practice.
Prior to joining Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, Tiana held various sales and human resource related positions at Vibes Media, Loyola University Medical Center, The Development Institute and Mary Kay Cosmetics.
Tiana holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology and Counseling from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and a Bachelors in Psychology and Communications from Converse College.