Emily Talley is an instructor and consultant with twenty years 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) at Virginia Tech, Emily serves as faculty for the Master of Natural Resources and the Executive Master of Natural Resources programs. Her specialties with Virginia Tech, and as a Senior Consultant for Miller Consultants and Principal of Talley Consultancy, are communication, leadership, networking, and employee professional development.
Prior to her role with CLiGS and the formation of her consultancy, Emily was the Senior Director of Community Affairs for Capital One Financial Corporation, where she connected lines of business and nonprofit partners to lead and advance financial education programs, national philanthropy, and employee engagement through volunteerism. Previously, she directed Gonzaga University’s development efforts in support of Native American outreach, leadership, and community service programs, and spent five 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 Emily and her teams have received recognition and awards 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, Emily also served as a founding member of the Taproot Foundation's Pro Bono Leadership Council, a board member for Alternative House, a member of the Spokane Task Force on Race Relations, and a mentor and tutor.
Emily 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.
- Engagement Practices