LaTonya Wilkins

Director of Talent, Career & Leadership Coach
Gies College of Business

LaTonya Wilkins is the Director of Talent Management at the Gies College of Business at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. LaTonya is also a speaker, a diversity and inclusion pioneer, and a career, business and executive coach. Her coaching vision is to make work better for everyone. She coaches ambitious individuals so that they can do their best work, navigate difficult career situations, land their dream role, start or expand their business or ignite their authentic leader within. While LaTonya’s career has been shaped by roles she has held working for highly admired companies in progressive, newly created, talent management roles, she has expanded to work in academia and has advised dozens of arts entrepreneurs, boards and small businesses on topics such as strategic planning, organizational development, and board development. LaTonya is currently the President of the True Star Youth Foundation board, which is a tech social entrepreneurship company that aspires to be the future global BuzzFeed for youth.  These diverse engagements have molded her into a highly versatile leader that achieves results across industries. LaTonya regularly writes and presents on topics such as organizational culture, inclusion, leadership and coaching on her Wicked Problems at Work blog ( She believes that the future of diversity lies in putting people, not programs, first (Inclusive Talent Development), which involves embracing the authenticity of underrepresented groups.  Her speaking spans many topics including HR Innovation, Leadership & Growth, Organizational Culture, and HR Wicked Problems (Disrupt HR Chicago). In her spare time, LaTonya enjoys biking, hiking and reading.