Talaya Parker is an entrepreneur and business leader with a history of success for leading and developing people. She has led teams within sales, service, marketing and public relations. Talaya has a passion for diversity, cultural inclusion, social and community responsibility. While residing in Augusta, GA, Talaya started volunteering at the age of 13 as a candy striper at the VA Medical Center (her mother was Lt. Col/operating room nurse) and various outreach organizations. Talaya’s corporate career began at Alltel Communications in Augusta, GA, where she developed a diversity and community program. She was the corporate ambassador for Communities in Schools. She also helped to organize her firm’s community participation in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, GA. After relocating to Atlanta, GA, Talaya continued to volunteer in the community. She had the pleasure of working with prominent corporate leaders in the community. Talaya is a motivational speaker and mentor. She was selected to develop and to execute large scale initiatives related to community partnerships and corporate inclusion. Talaya was asked to launch and to lead Regional Diversity and Inclusion Programs with a population over 4,000 associates in the southeast. She spearheaded Business Resource Groups such as Cultural Business Resource Groups and Women in Business (global). She developed a reading program for a local elementary school. Talaya also was a founding board member that created an employee mentoring and coaching program. Talaya has served as a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Communities in School, American Red Cross, Dress for Success and corporate donor for HomeStretch. In 2015, Talaya was inducted into the Atlanta Tribune’s Hall of Fame. She holds a degree in Business and a degree in Marketing.