"A citywide art installation where all communities provide a piece to the puzzle."

Future 50 Class of 2020

Kierra Williams

Head of talent management and organizational development, Shearer’s Foods

About: Kierra Williams has more than 15 years of experience in the public and private sectors and has developed a passion for growing talent. Whether through executive coaching, informal mentoring or creating and implementing formal programs and initiatives, she finds energy in helping to elicit the “amazing gene” that she believes exists in every individual. At Shearer’s she’s responsible for leadership development, performance management, organizational design and culture and engagement.

Williams has had the privilege throughout her career of advising leaders at all levels on how to diversify their talent pool to build great teams while also creating inclusive environments and solutions that empower everyone to grow.

With experience ranging from creating leadership development content for warehouse associates to working with C-Suite executives on cultural framework campaigns, Williams tailors content to fit any client group to help integrate solutions and attain meaningful results.

Outside of work: Williams is a foster youth advocate and lobbyist and serves as a special advisory board member for Ohio Youth Advisory. She is founder and president of the Kindred Canvas Foundation, a nonprofit centered around the arts and civic engagement that sponsors an annual scholarship for students pursuing post-secondary art education.

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What does Columbus need to thrive? “Columbus needs more think-tank incubators that are inclusive of all communities and socioeconomic statuses, bringing people together to create actual solutions in their communities.”

Williams’ idea: “A citywide art installation where all communities provide a piece to the puzzle with something unique to their community that they want encapsulated in the installation. A component of what enables that is city-wide art workshops open to everyone where they are provided guidance and direction and can contribute.”

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