Dr. Loretta Daniels is an expert in organizational leadership, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), conflict management, communication, and leadership coaching. In addition, she specializes in organizational leadership and cultural competency. As an executive leader in the corporate arena, Daniels has served in executive leadership roles such as Chief Operations Officer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Executive Director of Sales Operations, and General Manager. In addition, she has written corporate training manuals, Leading by Example and Fast Track to Excellence. As the former Executive Director of Corporate Relations at Kennesaw State University (KSU), she worked with medium and large organizations to define and deliver leadership growth certificate programs designed to align with the company’s vision and objectives.
Daniels partnered with C-level Leadership and HR to determine leadership development goals, identify training gaps, enable cultural workplace initiatives, and implement gender pay equality and equitable hiring practices. Additionally, she served as the University Office of Diversity and Inclusion Co-Chair, and Presidential Commission on Gender & Work-Life Issues. She advised executive teams, including the President and Chief Diversity Officer, and consulted as a subject matter expert on DEI challenges and solutions and supported DEI’s continuous improvement efforts.
As an adjunct instructor of Leadership at KSU since 2002, Daniels delivered in-class and online lectures encouraging students to think strategically by applying fundamentals to real-world problems. Courses taught included Corporate Communication and Conflict Resolution, Human Communications, Public Speaking, Writing for Public Communication, and Foundations of Leadership. Additionally, she has designed a Coursera Specialty Certificate program, Leadership Out the Box, which will be offered in Fall 2022.
Daniels received a Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership from Johnson University, a Master of Science in Conflict Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Bradley University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication/Media Studies from KSU. She is a Certified Diversity Professional and the author of two books, For Women Only, Women Mean Business (J & W Publishers, 1992), and Unlock Your Success, a Comprehensive Guide for Starting a Successful Business (J & W Publishers, 2006). Daniels’ upcoming book, Leadership and Diversity – A Practice-Based Systemic Approach to Cultural Competency, published by SAGE Publications, will be available in January 2024. This textbook will offer a new and comprehensive approach to organizational leadership to address the paradigm shift in our global business community.