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Stacey Young Rivers, Ph.D. is a talent development leader with expertise in creating strategies to close skills gaps and develop talent pipelines. She is a mom, an author, and an avid blogger who loves to write about her career journey and share her lessons with others. Rivers is passionate about helping people succeed in their career aspirations with a special focus on students and early career professionals.



Rivers completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at Mercer University in Atlanta. She is a fellow in Mercer's STEM Education Innovation Lab.


Rivers obtained her Bachelors Degree in Technology Management from Clayton State University, and her Masters Degree in Management specializing in Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness from Troy University. 


Throughout her career journey, Rivers has achieved several awards for her impact and contribution. Rivers was honored with the Clayton State University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007 from the College of Professional Studies, recognized in 2008 as a “Modern Day Technology Leader” by the Career Communications Group, and in 2010 was awarded the title “Rising Leader in Technology” by the Women of Color (STEM) Committee. Rivers served as Senior Director of Mentoring for the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Southeast Chapter when the organization was awarded the National Award for Excellence in Mentoring in 2011. In 2018 Rivers received the Youth Advocate Award from Technology Association of Georgia Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) for her work with internships and empowering Georgia’s Youth. In 2019 Rivers was selected as the Association for Talent Development (ATD) "One to Watch" Award for her leadership in learning & development (L&D). In 2021, she was awarded the Women in Technology All-Star Award for her career accomplishments by the Career Communications Group. 


With a passion for sharing her knowledge and giving back, Rivers has served on several boards including the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Southeast Chapter Board of Directors,  the Clayton State University Alumni Board, and a founding member of Turner Toastmasters which included a CNN chapter. Rivers currently serves on the board for H.E.R.O. for Children, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Future Workforce Council, the Georgia Department of Education Computer Science Advisory Committee, and Chief Learning Officer Advisory Board. Rivers is also a member of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the Women's Entrepreneurial Opportunity Project (WEOP), Emory University Board of Visitors, and Ushers New Look Foundation.

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