Executive Director, Women’s Institute for Global Leadership
Benedictine University Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies
Tanesha is an educator, innovator, international inspirational speaker, spiritual life coach and budding author. She has over 15 years of eclectic experiences in academic, government and corporate sectors. Tanesha currently serves as an Executive Director for Benedictine University’s Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies. She has developed and led a myriad of distinctive programs, including the unprecedented Master of Science in Leadership degree program for women. Her expertise and passion for empowering women has now led her to pioneer and lead a Women’s Institute for Global Leadership for the university and establish her own education and business enterprises.
Dr. Pittman graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in African American Studies. She furthered her education by obtaining a Masters in Business Administration degree from Keller Graduate School of Management, Oak Brook Terrace, IL and achieved her doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change at Benedictine University, Lisle, IL.
Tanesha is an accomplished orator who has spoken for a plethora of organizations, including BP, Alcatel Lucent, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Fifth Third Bank, Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement, Naperville Community Career Center, Naperville Women in Business, National Diversity Council, Oxford Roundtable at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England, Public Issues and Leadership Development Conference, United Negro College Fund Women Who Lead Chicago, Northern Illinois University, University of Wisconsin – Platteville, UCAN, YWCA Chicago Metropolitan, Spirit Magazine, Solid Rock Women’s Conference in Kenya and many others. As an ordained minister by God, she gave her first sermon in Kenya at Solid Rock Church in the Kenlands.
Dr. Pittman serves on several boards and committees, including the Joseph Center for Adult Education, Foundation for the Future, SCUPE Advisory Board, University of Illinois Extension State Advisory Council (chairwoman), UIC Urban Health Outreach Program, and UNCF Women Who Lead – Chicago. She also mentors and volunteers for many organizations like the Young Women’s Leadership Charter school where she previously served as Board of Directors. Tanesha embarked upon an independent mission project to serve and minister to the people of Kenya in Njoro, Nakuru, Limuru, Narok and Rrotian. Also, she was one of 15 elite female leaders from across the United States, chosen to participate in Leadership America’s international leadership program in the UAE – Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. Recently, she was selected by the Israeli Consul General of Chicago as one of 13 U.S. Academic Delegation of Scholars for the Israeli Consulate to take part in a myriad of business meetings with diplomats, university officials/professors, community leaders and social entrepreneurs throughout Israel.
Tanesha is very people oriented and possesses great optimism for global economic and community development. She is often described as a universal leader, natural community organizer, encourager, multi-talented, tenacious and conscientious, as well as, proficient in her professions. She is the recipient of many accolades, including the 2012 Women President’s Organization and 100 Black Men Women of Color Award, 2012 Chicago Defender’s 50 Women Excellence, Diversity MBA Magazine’s 2011 Top 100 Executive Leaders under 50, McDonald’s Corporation Team Award, Friends of University of Illinois – Extension, Benedictine University’s Above and Beyond Award and Founder’s Award Search for God by Oneself and With Others, Fred Hampton Community Service Image Award, Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities, Who’s Who Among Black Chicago, Who’s Who of Executive & Global Leaders and the 2010 Windy City Woman of Color Advocate Diamond Award.
A devout Christian, she is God centered and family focused.