About Us

About Us

Career Development Academy is a global company providing career education, skills training,
and professional development to increase career advancement opportunities, and economic
and upward mobility in the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) communities.

Our Impact

To support the positive financial household well-being in the BIPOC communities.

“Your career is an extension of your life, make it count!” – CEO, Niakesha Woodley, MHRD, SHRM-CP

mission & Vision

To provide world-class professional development experiences in advancing the BIPOC
communities as a trusted career development partner.

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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 & CEO Career Development Academy, LLC & Executive Director & Founder Diversity in STEM Outreach Project.

Niakesha Woodley is the CEO & President of Career Development Academy, a global career
education and training company focused on the advancement of the BIPOC communities.

Niakesha has a diverse background in human resource management, career education, and
workforce development. Passionate about advocating for the career advancement of the BIPOC
communities to increase economic and upward mobility.

Niakesha is a graduate of Georgia State University and holds a master’s degree from Clemson
University. She earned a certificate in human resource management from Kennesaw State
University with two human resource certifications from the Society of Human Resource
Management (SHRM) and the Human Resource Institute.

Niakesha is also the Founder & Executive Director of Diversity in STEM Outreach Project, a nonprofit that provides early exposure to STEM careers to youth in
underrepresented communities. She is a 2016 United State of Women Honoree on addressing
gender equality in STEM by President Barak Obama.

Niakesha is the creator of Your Scholarship Planner®, an educational tool designed to help
teens develop an organized mindset in the scholarship application process.

Niakesha is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management & Metro Atlanta
Exchange for Workforce Solutions. She also volunteers on several boards across metro Atlanta.

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 registered 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. 

Attention Schools, Educators, Youth Serving Organizations

Bring Scholarship Planning Made Easy Workshop to your school or youth-serving organization.


Soft Skills Training Workshop (Youth & Early Career)

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

A. Hines

University Administrator for Student Success

Thank you for facilitating a dynamic scholarship planning workshop for our high school students. You shared a lot of valuable information and resources. You were very attentive to our students and relatable. Our students (mostly first generation) are better equipped to plan for their future.
N. Johnson

High School Counselor

I feel better prepared for my first summer internship after attending your career and soft skills workshop at NSBE Conference. I am more confident in how to approach and engage with recruiters at the career expo.
O. Owelu

College Student, Mechanical Engineering

Investing in Professional Development

Professional development boost confidence and increases overall career satisfaction and performance.

It also fosters a sense of community, connections, and collaboration.

We are grateful to be considered a trusted career development community partner.

Professional Skills Workshop Topics

Our Most popular & in-demand workshops

English - Language Workplace Private Tutoring

Language barriers are a common challenge for international companies. Communication is essential for productive teamwork and morale. It can also improve productivity and efficiency. Private English tutoring can help retain immigrant workers and promote a sense of belonging.
An inability to speak English prevents individuals from career advancement opportunities. Our English-language private tutoring is offered onsite or remotely and it supports career advancement. To learn how our company can help to ensure effective communication and breakdown of language barriers,

Sponsorship Opportunities

As a sponsor, you will receive:

To become a Community Sponsor

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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