Emily Talley

Emily Talley
Senior Fellow; Faculty
Charlottesville, VA

Emily Talley is an instructor and consultant specializing in communication and organizational development, with two decades of leadership experience in the Fortune 200 corporate, national nonprofit and higher education sectors.

As a Senior Fellow with the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS), Emily serves as an instructor for both the Master of Natural Resources and the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) programs. Her primary areas of focus are communication and student career development.

Prior to joining the CLiGS team and forming her consulting practice, Ms. Talley served as the Senior Director of Community Affairs for Capital One Financial Corporation. During a period of tremendous growth and multiple corporate acquisitions, she led the development and implementation of national grants, financial education programs, employee volunteerism, and the “Investing for Good” community brand. Ms. Talley also previously directed Gonzaga University’s development efforts in support of Native American outreach, ethics, leadership, and community service programs, and spent several years as a writer and community development director for America’s Promise - The Alliance for Youth, a national nonprofit founded by General Colin Powell, USA (Ret).

Programs created and led by Ms. Talley have received awards and recognition from the Points of Light Institute, the Taproot Foundation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Board Source, Junior Achievement USA, and the Washington Business Journal. A Board Member for the Model Forest Policy Program and consultant to the Virginia Environmental Endowment, Ms. Talley has also served as a founding member of the Taproot Foundation's Pro Bono Leadership Council, a member of the Spokane, Washington Task Force on Race Relations, and a mentor and tutor to underserved youth.

Ms. Talley received a B.A. in English from The College of William and Mary, a M.A. in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, and an Executive Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech.

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