Today we’d like to introduce you to Niakesha Woodley.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My 20 year as a certified HR leader inspired me to help develop the next workforce of leaders with essential soft skills needed in business and career. Over the years, I observed many career professionals excelling with technical skills or the how to task but lacked the skills necessary for long-term business and professional growth. We identify those skills as soft skills (people skills, time management, conflict resolution, leadership, relationship building, communication, emotional intelligence, etc).
In addition, I got frustrated with the high number of negative feedback received from hiring managers about interns or new job candidates which 95% of the comments are usually soft skills related. I believe we have a responsibility to educate first before we criticize. The Soft Skills College Tour was launched to partner with career services at colleges and universities across Georgia and other states with signature soft skill workshops. Our most popular is the Dress For Success Workshop including a Clothing Closet Pop-Up Experience. College students learn appropriate workplace attire and how what you wear conveys a message. Students learn about workplace professionalism and that dress for success is a statement to your own brand. An added bonus to the Dress For Success Workshop is a Clothing Closet Pop-Up experience where students have an opportunity to shop affordable career clothes for that interview or internship. During the clothing closet pop-up students have an opportunity to learn wardrobe styling, how to tie a tie, and wardrobe tips with wardrobe stylist.
The tour launched Spring 2018 with four college stops. We look forward to visiting more schools Fall 2018.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The Soft Skills College Tour has had four successful tour stops. This type of business requires good project planning, logistics, communication, and marketing skills. I am always working towards improving in each area. If you are not in it for the passion it will show in your presentation delivery. You must be practical, purposeful, and passionate.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Soft Skills College Tour – what should we know?
I am most proud of the impact the Soft Skills College Tour is making in the future generation of workforce leaders. We are developing and inspiring college students with essential skills needed for business and career success (professionalism, ethics, leadership, communication, etc). Students are learning about what it is to be professional and why it matters in the business world. Students gain a deeper appreciation for owning their brand. Students learn that what you wear conveys a message. I am also proud of the feedback from students and college personnel on the impact from the tour.
I create signature soft skills workshops at colleges across Georgia and other states. The most requested Soft Skill Workshop is Dress For Success Workshop including Clothing Closet Pop-Up Experience. I am proud in knowing that I am helping build confidence in student’s college to career transition. I have a responsibility to use my talents to help shape the next group of leaders. What sets me apart is my presentation delivery. I am practical, purposeful, and passionate when I engage and or present to students. That is what sets me apart from other college speakers.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
The Soft Skills College Tour has the biggest support from my dad Jesse a retired corporate professional who attended every college tour stop and mentored the students answering questions about corporate professionalism and also served as wardrobe stylist showing students how to tie a tie. This was some of the students first time someone took the time to show them how to tie a tie.
Another cheerleader and supporter is Tamika Jackson, CEO of TJ Tax Services a tax education and preparation company based out of Atlanta. She assisted with wardrobe styling and helping students understand workplace appropriate attire during the clothing closet pop-up experience.
We have had such wonderful support from the partnering colleges and universities career services team. We value this partnership and together we will help college students’ transition from college to career successfully and confidently.
God is so faithful. My family has been an incredible support team. My husband and daughters have given me positive words of encouragement and love. My mom, dad and twin sister are examples of what unconditional love is. When you have a vision or a dream a good support system can make the world of difference.
- Website: www.NiakeshaWoodley.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @softskillscollegetour
- Twitter: softskillstour