Tanaya Walters

Tanaya Walters - Marketer

Charlotte, NC, USA

Change Leader| Organizational Development Specialist

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Tanaya Walters is a change leader with emphasis on organizational development, strategic planning and business startup. She has spent over two decades of her career working in Higher Education to improve organization efficiency and student life.
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  • EQ-i 2.0 and EQ 360 Certified Coach

Work experience


TW Enterprise Group
April, 2018 – Present (about 1 year)

Tanaya Walters is working to transform individuals and organizations by improving their emotional social capital to impact results and maximize their performance through coaching and consulting.

Intern Guest Faculty Instructor, Center for Teaching and Learning

Georgia State University Perimeter College
November, 2017 – April, 2018 (5 months)

Tanaya Walters taught and delivered course content on Emotional Intelligence to faculty as part of faculty development. She also developed course curriculum design.

Adjunct Faculty- College of Business

Johnson & Wales University
January, 2008 – January, 2011 (about 3 years)

In this position, Tanaya Walters facilitated course content on Business Computer Concepts in Microsoft Suite to undergraduate and adult learners. She also assisted with course curriculum design.

Dean of Students

Johnson & Wales University
January, 2007 – January, 2016 (about 9 years)

Tanaya Walters led 7 departments, 7 direct reports, a staff of 30, and 150 para-professionals. She developed and managed a $2.5M budget and provided strategic vision, leadership, budget and operations for the Division of Student Affairs.

• Established a comprehensive structure to support student integration to college life and balance academic life with outside pursuits.

• Grew enrollment from 1,014 students in 2004 to maintaining close to 3,000 students in 10 years.

• Achieved an increase in the retention rate from 69.3% to 74% over a 7-year period, translating to an increase in educated candidates for the workforce.

Director of Student Life

Johnson & Wales University
January, 2004 – January, 2007 (about 3 years)

Here, Tanaya Walters led 3 departments, 4 direct reports, a staff of 12, and 30 para-professionals. She established and built a new campus in Charlotte, NC to include strategic vision, leadership, budget and operations for the Division of Student Affairs.

• Established a quality institution by mapping out recruiting strategies to attract high caliber students and staff.

• Created a culture of student success through effective delivery of student-friendly, integrated services.

• Established a comprehensive structure to support student integration to college life and balance academic life with outside pursuits.


How to Find a Career Mentor in College

If you’re in college, you may have heard how valuable it is to have a mentor. A mentor is someone who can guide you through the challenges of finding a career, as they’ve been in the same position. They can offer advice on what kind of internships would most benefit you and connect you with people who can help you reach your goals. However, finding a mentor can be challenging if your college doesn’t have a program already in place. Here are four ways to help find a mentor while you’re in college.

Talk to upperclassmen
A mentor doesn’t need to be someone who is significantly older and more experienced than you are. A mentor can be someone who is only a few years older, but still has useful information to pass along to you. The older students in your major classes likely already have experience with applying to internships and writing resumes. Work on forming relationships with some of these students and see if they’re willing to help you with those skills.

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How to Choose your Major in College

Deciding what to major in during college is one of the biggest decisions in your life so far. After all, what you major in is likely what you’ll be working in until retirement. As most college first-year students are only 18-years-old, it’s terrifying trying to decide the rest of your life at such a young age.

While your major doesn’t exactly determine what you’ll be doing forever, and there are plenty of people working in fields vastly different than what they studied during college, it is still an important decision nonetheless. If you’re still not sure what you should choose to major in, here are a few tips to help you decide.

Career prep
Is there a specific career that you know you want to work in? Have you dreamed of being a doctor since you were young? Then choosing a major related to that field is your best option. Before you declare the major, you can take a class or two in that discipline, or shadow someone working in the field for a day, just to confirm that the career is what you want.

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Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom

The importance of incorporating emotional intelligence into the workplace is often discussed, with many programs focusing on how to teach your employees to be more emotionally intelligent. One area less often considered is in the classroom. Teaching students to be emotionally intelligent is just as important, and is a skill that will stick with them throughout their life.

One study tracked students with a high-IQ from childhood into late adulthood and found that the participants that had achieved notable success in their careers demonstrated greater willpower, perseverance and a desire to excel. Results from the marshmallow test suggest that delayed gratification and self-control are linked to better grades in school, higher earnings and increased job satisfaction. All of these traits are also connected to emotional intelligence, as well as active listening and self-awareness.

Active listening

Active listening is a crucial component of two-way communication. It isn’t just the process of paying attention to what the speaker is saying; it involves genuinely following the line of dialogue and responding through use of body language, as well as being able to summarize the key parts back to the speaker. This is especially important regarding feedback. Often, people receiving feedback take it as an attack on who they are, and only partially listen to the speaker as they’re instead trying to generate their response.

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Challenges of First-Generation College Students

Being the first person in your family to attend college is a huge accomplishment and one that should be celebrated. But while it’s an exciting time, first-generation college students face a unique set of challenges not presented to their peers. First-generation college students make up around 20 percent of the 7.3 million undergraduate college students in the United States.

In some families, the student heading off to college is not supported by their parents. They may see their child pursuing higher education as a threat to them, or as though their child is saying they’re better than their parents. Parents may see their child’s desire for upward mobility as a rejection of them and their background.

These students also suffer from what’s often referred to as “breakaway guilt.” Students feel as though they’ve abandoned their families by attending college, which may be far away. This guilt is especially high in students from families where parents struggle with speaking English. Often, the student serves as the sole speaker for their family and may feel as though they’ve left their parents without an advocate.

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Tips for Adults Going Back to College

Enrolling in college as an adult can be terrifying. You’re not the typical freshman; you may be 20 years older than the other students in your classes. Blending in with the student body isn’t an option. On top of that, you may be juggling full-time employment or a family, on top of keeping up with your reading and homework. While it’s easy to put off enrolling because of your age, you shouldn’t let that fear hold you back. Here are some tips to help adult learners adjust to being a college student.

Find a support system
College is difficult. It often requires a lot of long nights spent working on reading and finishing papers. Finding a support system will help you to make it through the semester without losing your sanity. Whether it’s your parents, your children, your spouse, your friends, or a combination of all four, having a personal group of cheerleaders will help push you to get through the hard times. A strong support system will also be there to help you to celebrate the good times.

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