Niakesha Woodley, MHRD, PHR, SHRM-CP serves as Executive Director for Diversity in STEM Outreach Project, Inc. A nonprofit which aims to promote an opportunity through early intervention and exposure for students in underrepresented inner-city communities (grades k-12) to pursue STEM subjects in order to develop and prepare for 21st century leaders in innovation. As the leader of this nonprofit, she is committed to uphold the core values Education, Collaboration, and Equality for all students. We aim to inspire students to pursue STEM as a career of choice including higher education.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia and a graduate of Georgia State University and Clemson University, Mrs. Woodley has over 15 years of experience as a certified Human Resource leader in workforce planning, talent acquisition, organizational development, and strategic planning. Having worked as a HR leader in many industries including technology, her passion has always been to serve the underrepresented community by exposing the many career opportunities STEM offers in hopes to increase the number of minorities pursuing a career in this field.
The passion to serve as the leader for this nonprofit is a result of seeing many underrepresented children being impacted by lack of exposure to STEM. We believe we can change that through early exposure of STEM career professionals through observation and hands on contact. Mrs. Woodley believes we have a responsibility to reach back into the communities that deserve more investment to ensure all children have equal access and resources to achieve a positive learning outcome with amazing experiences. She adds,”we have a choice to either sit back and continue to watch the number drastically decrease of minorities pursuing careers in STEM or we can take action to implement a plan to change that”. Our choice is to create a solution to the problem which is the foundation of our nonprofit.
A proud mom to two girls who love literacy and technology she enjoy visiting new museums and attractions across Atlanta with her family. The vision for Diversity in STEM Outreach Project, Inc will expand in 2016 under her leadership we look forward to building long-term community and corporate partnerships to expose all children to opportunities STEM offers. We realize not every child will have an interest in STEM; however, every child deserves an opportunity to be introduced to it and make that decision for themselves. Reside in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters in suburbs outside of Atlanta. Interested in being a community or corporate partner, volunteer, or to donate please email Executive Director.