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Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker champions workforce success through innovative and evidence-based education and training programs and models. In her current role as Chief Education & Operations Innovation Officer at the Colorado State University System, she leverages years of experience in collaborating, leading, and sharing what is possible among diverse stakeholders to deliver innovative higher education and training programs that ensure workforce success. This builds on her prior role as Recovery Officer with Colorado’s Departments of Labor & Employment and Higher Education where she worked to invest post-pandemic federal and state funds for economic growth and recovery.

Previously, and backed by leadership experience and skills acquired in the private sector, Becky was the first president & CEO of Colorado State University Global. In this role, Becky drove operational, organizational, and business success through human development, technological advancement, and data-driven analysis. Her work is seen through the success of CSU Global, the nation’s only online, fully accredited, state, nonprofit university. Achievements include the development and execution of CSU Global alternative credit programs; organizational training; client-based outsourcing initiatives; creation of non-degree short programs for reskilling and upskilling; and innovative pathways into CSU Global degrees through partnerships with K-12 school districts, industry organizations, and third-party education and training organizations. Her work led to the graduation and degree completion of over 20,000 in CSU Global’s first decade while still serving over 20,000 students all without the benefit of state financial support.

Becky holds a Ph.D. in Organization and Management with a specialization in Leadership; an MBA in Finance; a post-graduate certificate in marketing management; and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She is also the author of the book, Impacting the Future of Higher Education, and has been selected as one of Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business; and named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Business by the Colorado’s Women’s Chamber of Commerce, one of the Five Higher Ed Leaders to Watch by Education Dive, a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts, and a PowerBook Thought Leader by the Denver Business Journal.

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