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Emily Talley

Managing Director, Graduate Education

Emily is the Managing Director of Graduate Education at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability. She also serves as a faculty member for the Master of Natural Resources program. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Emily served as the Senior Director of Community Affairs for Capital One. Previously, she directed Gonzaga University’s mission area development efforts and served as a community development director for America’s Promise. She 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. Emily’s doctoral focus is on systems thinking and leadership, and she serves on the board of directors for the Model Forest Policy Program and the Foothills Child Advocacy Center. Her research on "Systems Thinking for Systems Leadership: Promoting Competency Development for Graduate Students in Sustainability Studies" is published in International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. 

  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Professional and Career Development
  • Systems Thinking
  • Strategic Planning
  • Stakeholder Engagement
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