Terri MayesTERRI MAYES is a highly accomplished and respected executive who has earned a reputation as a collaborative and results oriented leader. She has an impressive track record of driving results as a Vice President in a fortune 100 organization. Her career path included a purposeful tour of duty in diverse departments affording her a unique perspective as a business leader (HR, P&L owner, sales, call centers, and supply chain).

Terri began her relationship with the Illinois and National Diversity Council in 2012 when she was recognized as one of Illinois’ Most Powerful and Influential Women. Terri joined the board of directors in 2013 and served as Vice Chairwoman of the board in 2014.

Prior to joining the ILDC as executive director and vice president, Terri most recently served as vice president of talent, leadership, and organizational development for OfficeMax/Office Depot. At the announcement of the 18-billion dollar merger between OfficeMax and Office Depot in 2013, Terri was named the lead for OfficeMax for the organizational talent work-stream with specific focus on talent retention, organizational design, selection process development, synergy achievement, and talent off-boarding. In addition, Terri is the founder and president of Mayes Bridging Strategies, LLC, where she has leveraged her substantial business background to provide non-profits, corporations, and individual leaders strategic transformational services.

In addition to a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming, Terri completed graduate level executive education through the University of Notre Dame, advanced training as an executive coach through Excellero Leadership Studies, and a certificate in Change Management through Prosci.

Terri has spoken on diverse talent, leadership, and engagement strategies at conferences and educational institutions like Northwestern University and Elmhurst College.