Tanjia M. Coleman, Ph.D. has more than 18 years of experience working as a senior-level human resources and organization development professional in non-profit and Fortune 100 companies including Microsoft, Starbucks, Tribune Company, Whirlpool, Sears, and Motorola.

Currently, Coleman is the President of Reimagine Development Organization, Inc. where she provides clients with various organizational solutions focused on culture, leadership development and diversity, equity & inclusion.  In addition, she holds a faculty position with the Loyola University Quinlan School of Business and is a founding member and faculty for their Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leadership Institute Certification Program.  Previously, Coleman served as the Chief Human Resources Officer at the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago which for over 140 years is the oldest and largest women’s organization in the region, with a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. In the CHRO role, Coleman was responsible for ensuring the people and cultural infrastructure meet the high demand of the communities the programs served.  Coleman introduced cultural transformation and talent management initiatives as an instrument of business transformation that is advancing strategy and operational outcomes at the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.

Prior to her role at the YWCA, Coleman was the Senior Director, Human Resources, at KinderCare Education where she was responsible for 20,000 employees and 1,700 locations.  Due to her leadership, KinderCare Education went from one of the most disengaged companies to being on Gallup’s Top 37 companies to work.

Coleman’s contributions earned her the 2019 Visionary Award with Benedictine University.  This award is given to distinguished alumni that have both positively moved their industry and professions forward but is also committed to philanthropic endeavors. Coleman was the most junior of the recipients with the three others in this category graduating on average of 40 years prior to Coleman.  In addition, Coleman earned many accolades and awards throughout her professional career including the Commencement Speaking award, Professional Recognition of Integrity, Dedication, and Excellence Legacy of Service, You Are A Star,  Human Resources Newcomer of the Year Awards as well as being named a 2020 HR Influencer.

Coleman completed her dissertation to earn her Ph.D. in Organization Development in January 2016 from Benedictine University.  In 2014 she received, “The Best Student Paper Award” at the Academy of Management – ISEOR conference in Lyon, France.   She went on to be the recipient of the Best Paper Collaboration award from the Academy of Management in August 2016.  She has completed research papers, presented as well as served as a reviewer and discussant at the Midwest Academy of Management, Southwest Academy of Management, Western Sciences Decision Institute, and the International Socio-Economic Institute of Firms and Organizations, and her work was further recognized and published in the Recherches en Sciences de Gestion 2015 publication.  Coleman also holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial and Employee Relations from Loyola University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from DePaul University.

In 2019, Coleman authored the Who Are We Journal? A Diversity & Inclusion Journal which was created to foster an understanding and appreciation for exploring differing experiences and beliefs.  In 2018, Coleman’s titled chapter: Role Modeling as an alternative to Mentoring for Career Development Outcomes in Organizations was included in the 2018 volume of Leadership and Role Modeling: Understanding Workplace Dynamics published by Palgrave Macmillan.  

Coleman is active in several human resources and organization development organizations including the Academy of Management, Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, Society of Human Resources Management, and the Organization Development Network. Coleman holds various leadership development certifications including; Benchmarks 360, Forte Communication, Behavioral-IQ, Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), DiSC and Strengths Finders, Servant, and Situational Leadership.  Coleman deeply believes in the importance of philanthropic work and is affiliated with several organizations including; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the K.I.N.D. fund (UNICEF), Imerman Angels, YWCA, and Feed My Starving Children. 

In addition, she is an elected leader serving as the Professional Development Chair of the Academy of Management; Management Consulting division. 
Most recently an editorial was written about her in Crain’s People on the Move and in the London Daily Post. 
Coleman is often requested to speak at corporations, professional associations, and networking events showcasing her expertise in diversity, inclusion, equity, human resources, organizational, and leadership development. 

Awards: Dr. Coleman Benedictine University Visionary Award Recipient 2019

The Visionaries represent alumni from our institution who have gone out into the world, affected change and transformed their industries for the better. While these alumni come from a variety of backgrounds, all Visionaries have one thing in common: their leadership, ideas and passion have helped to move their field forward. As the name of the award suggests, their vision has been a driving force in their lives and that vision has inspired and improved the lives of others.

Benedictine University
Saturday, March 2, 2019

Dr. Coleman’s Research

• Author and contributor in the book Leadership and Role Modeling: Understanding Workplace Dynamics. Role Modeling as an alternative to Mentoring for Career Development Outcomes.

• International business leader and author of Elements of a Continuous Cultural Transformation Initiative.

• Academy of Management best research and execution: A Strategic Planning Intervention Employing Large Group Change.

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