As the CEO of Chicago Scholars, Dominique Jordan Turner is responsible for leading the organization, and working collaboratively with the Board, and senior level management to establish and implement operational and programmatic goals, as well as cultivating partnerships that positively impact the organization. If you are interested in learning more about the Chicago Scholars Community, and how to get involved, Dominique will be happy to connect with you.
Prior to joining Chicago Scholars, Dominique served as the Posse Foundation’s Chicago Director. She was the Regional Director of Network Growth for the KIPP Foundation, where she managed the Smart Growth process across the network. Dominique began her career as a management consultant at Deloitte, where she focused on process reengineering and customer relationship management.
Additionally, Dominique was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Panama. She is fluent in Spanish and holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University and a M.B.A. from Marquette University. She has been selected for several prestigious leadership programs including IMPACT through Chicago Urban League and University of Chicago, the Trinity Fellowship in Urban Leadership, New York University’s Lead the Way Fellowship and the Broad Residency in Urban Education.
Dominique is also the founder and face of Speak On It™; a weekly video blog focusing on leadership, success and what she calls the ‘art of winning’. Because we spend most of our waking hours at work, she wants to help you be great when you are there. But before all of that, she says her most important job is being the mom to her daughter Kennedy, who is a brilliant, talented, kind and funny 4th grader at Morgan Park Academy.
Dominique is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated and a graduate of Clark Atlanta University. She has been recognized numerous times for her work in the community. In 2016, her sorority named her Woman of the Year, Glamour Magazine recognized her as one of their 50 hometown heroes, and the esteemed radio show Café Mocha acknowledged her with the Community Activist Award. Given her leadership in the city, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has appointed her to both the Chicago Board of Education and the Chicago Public Library Board. Additionally, Dominique is one of the 20 leaders selected from more than 20,000 applicants from 191 countries to be an inaugural Obama Foundation Fellow. This Fellowship will be a collaborative effort to elevate and continue to empower the next generation of Chicago leaders.
Outside of work, Dominique is fluent in Spanish, loves to dance, travel and spend time with her “Fit Chics” family working out. Her home and office is filled with inspirational quotes and one of her favorite is “I’ll find a way or make one”. Dominique has a new book “Finding Your Superpowers” coming in 2019!
Dominique is passionate about creating equal education opportunities for underserved youth. She believes that education is not a merit of socioeconomic status, but a valuable resource to pull marginalized youth out of poverty and into leadership positions that positively influence their communities.
Dominique’s advice to Scholars is to maximize your leadership while in college. Do not just join an organization, be the president of that organization, or start your own.