Airies Davis

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Airies Davis is recognized as a highly effective and strategic human-centered visionary. Her life goal is to support in bridging the equity gap for underserved communities by providing access to work-based resources. As a proud product of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) the experiences of a diverse and transformative public school education provided a critical landscape towards shaping the trajectory of her professional and academic goals.

Often affectionately described as a “business education unicorn”, she successfully bridged over 10 years of practical experience in both academia and corporate sectors. Her current client engagements include providing both for and non-profit sector solutions around opportunity youth curriculum design, national career summits, business development/client relationships, and scalable senior strategies. In terms of academia, Dr. Airies currently serves as an Executive in Residence (EiR) and Adjunct Professor at Dominican University, Brennan School of Business in River Forest, Illinois. Some of her recent higher education client partnership engagements include City Colleges of Chicago (Olive-Harvey, Malcolm X, and Daley) and University of Southern California. In K-12, she led in the merger of diverse school populations and cultures in both Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) network/districts.

Dr. Airies earned a doctorate degree (Ed.D) in Urban Educational Leadership with a concentration in Education Psychology from University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. Davis holds an Executive MBA and Bachelors of Arts in Speech Communications/Business from the University of Illinois-Urbana coupled with a Human Resources course from Northwestern University. She also qualified for the SPHR certification. She is a recognized leader and member on several boards including Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) and Chicago Chapter past President, Lifetime member, and Executive Advisory Council (EAC) Board Member of the National Association of African Americans in HR (NAAAHR).