About Us

About Us

Career Development Academy, LLC (CDA) provides career education and training to youth and early career talent. Our mission is to help sustain our economy by providing the next generation of workers with essential skills to navigate in the world of work. 

Our future workforce depends on youth having essential skills to thrive and grow. Not investing in youth development has a substantial economic impact. Our career training programs harness youth and early career leadership skills. When we don’t invest in our youth today, it can contribute to costly problems in our economy, such as violence, early school dropout, and high unemployment.

Our mission

Our mission is to develop programs tailored to youth development to advance socio-economic development. The framework of our training programs is centered around the holistic approach to career development. We use real-world applications in our delivery so students are aware of job and behavior expectations. Students learn the importance of accountability and soft skills needed to grow and thrive in life and career.

Career Development Academy Magazine.

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Career Development Academy, LLC publishes biannually (Spring & Fall)

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Building Skills for a Brighter Future

Meet Niakesha Woodley, SHRM-CP, MHRD

President Career Development Academy, LLC & Publisher Career Development Academy Magazine

Niakesha Woodley is the CEO of Career Development Academy, LLC a global education, training, and development company providing skill-based professional development training for youth and early career talent with an outreach focus on underrepresented communities. 

With a diverse and strong background in Human Resources, training, and development, Niakesha is a graduate of Georgia State University and holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Training & Development from Clemson University. She earned a certificate in Human Resource Management from Kennesaw State University. She also holds two Human Resource certifications from the Society of Human Resource Management and Human Resource Certificate Institute.

She began her career as an HR Intern while a junior in college at a large retail company in Atlanta, Georgia. In that role, she was responsible for associate training and development, new hire orientation, and diversity outreach initiatives. She has provided human resource leadership to many industries including technology and construction.

Niakesha is the Founder and Executive Director of Diversity in STEM Outreach Project, a nonprofit that provides early exposure to STEM careers to students in underrepresented communities. A 2016 United State of Women Nominee & Finalist for addressing gender equality in STEM. 

In 2020, Niakesha created Your Scholarship Planner ™ a tool to help students develop an organized mindset for scholarship planning. To order online visit www.YourScholarshipPlanner.com. Bulk orders available. Niakesha resides in Atlanta with her two daughters. She enjoys hiking self-care, and spending time with family and close friends. 

Soft Skills Training Workshop (Youth & Early Career)

Our students are better equipped with important skills they need to be successful in the workplace. Students enjoyed the interactions and practical tips provided.

A. Hines

University Administrator for Student Success

I feel better prepared for my first job internship this summer after attending your career and soft skills workshop at NSBE Conference. Thank you for sharing great tips about how to best use LinkedIn and how to professionally engage with recruiters.

O. Owelu

College Student, Mechanical Engineering

Thank you for facilitating a dynamic workshop for our high school students about how to find and win scholarships. You shared a lot of valuable information and resources, and you were very relatable. Our students are now better equipped with planning for their future post high school.

N. Johnson

High School Counselor

Why Is Soft Skills Training Important?

Employers desire more soft skills from their workforce in order to achieve long-term business growth and success. Soft skills reflect your personal attributes that enable you to engage well with other people.  A key part of this is the importance in developing your interpersonal skills which is how we interact with other people.

More businesses are realizing a need to place more value in relationship building.  An increased number of workplace conflicts continue to rise resulting in low employee morale and productivity that can be costly for any business.  Learning how to interact with people especially in the workplace is a skill individuals should invest on improving for their own personal brand.

Our training program guides students in interactive soft skills training exercises using real world scenarios and applications. We understand the unique challenges some of our students face when entering the workforce.

Building Skills for a Brighter Future

Help us reach our goal to increase our impact on youth in underrepresented communities by delivering essential job skills training to be successful in life and career. We work closely with schools, recreation centers, churches, youth groups and community partners to deliver world class training to metro-Atlanta’s youth and early career talent. 

As a Sponsor, you will receive:

  • Blog Post feature
  • A feature inside Career Development Academy Magazine  
  • Mentions on social media 
  • An opportunity to brand your organization
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