Ms. Tanesha D. H. Pittman is an educator, innovator, international inspirational speaker, spiritual life coach and budding author. She has had diverse career experiences in the fields of academia, government and corporate America for more than 15 years. Ms. Pittman is presently the Executive Director for Benedictine University’s Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies.
As an innovator and educator, she has pioneered a multitude of distinctive programs, including an unprecedented graduate degree program, a Master of Science in Leadership for women. She is now pioneering a Women’s Institute for Global Leadership for the university. In pursuit of her purpose to empower nations, particularly women leaders, she has presented on a myriad of topics, including women in leadership at the Oxford Roundtable, at the University of Oxford - Manchester College, in Oxford, England, Solid Rock Women’s Destiny Conference in Njoro, Kenya, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, National Diversity Council Illinois Women’s Conferences, United Negro College Fund Chicago Women Who Lead, American Association of University Women, and Spirit Magazine, just to name a few.
Ms. Pittman continues to be the recipient of many accolades. She was invited into the Who’s Who Global Leaders, Presidential Who’s Who among Business and Professional Achievers, and Who’s Who among Colleges and Universities. She received the Windy City Woman of Color Diamond Advocate Award, Benedictine University’s Founder’s Award, “A Search for God by Oneself and with Others,” University of Illinois “Friends of Extension” Award for exemplary volunteer service. Additionally, she received Benedictine University’s College of Adult and Professional Studies “Above and Beyond” Award, McDonald’s Corporation Team Award, Fred Hampton Community Image Award and recognition for her countless contributions to the Village of Bellwood’s community and economic development programs.
Ms. 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 is finalizing her doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change at Benedictine University, Lisle, IL.
Presently, she serves on several for profit and not-for-profit boards to include BSU Enterprises, University of Illinois Extension State Advisory Council (chairwoman) and Regional Advisory Council (chairwoman), University of Illinois at Chicago Early Outreach Executive Board, The Joseph Center Adult Education Executive Board, and Benedictine University Academic Council on International Education.
Ms. Pittman has been instrumental in developing and implementing various programs, as well as empowering individuals and communities on many levels. She embarked upon an independent international mission project to serve and minister to the people of Kenya - Njoro, Nakuru, Limuru, Narok and Rrotian. To further establish her global positioning, she was privileged to be selected among 15 elite female leaders from across the United States to participate in Leadership America’s international leadership program in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.
Ms. Pittman is very people oriented and possesses great optimism for global economic development and community growth. She is often described as a universal leader, community organizer, exhorter, multi-talented, tenacious and conscientious, as well as, proficient in her professions.
A devout Christian, she is married and has four daughters.