Daralynn Walker is a Children’s Book Author and Owner of Beautiful Works Publishing. Daralynn’s critically acclaimed Children’s series “Madison Miles and Friends” has been featured in the Michigan Chronicle, Fox 2 Detroit, and on Channel 4 news.
Whether as an author, Talent Management Specialist, or overseeing her summer mentoring program, Daralynn Walker has spent the last 15 years of her life serving the Detroit Metropolitan Area in a variety of ways. A native Detroiter in her own rite, Daralynn’s passion to move the needle forward in her own community has been a driving force and passion of hers for many years.
Daralynn attended Communication and Media Arts High School and went on to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Theatre Arts with a minor in Marketing from Eastern Michigan University. While on the college campus she was very active and volunteered her time with various youth organizations including the King-Chavez-Parks Program, the summer Incentive Program, and worked closely with service-led organizations like The Black Student Union and Meals on Wheels. She went on to pursue her MBA in Strategic Management, which inspired her to start her nonprofit mentoring program with the assistance of the Children’s Museum in the City of Detroit. While managing her summer program and facilitating life skills workshops for students, she saw the need to pivot her talents into the Talent Acquisition space and started to recruit for large corporations including Dow Chemical, Henry Ford Hospital, and Quicken Loans.
Over the years, Daralynn has shown that she’s an expert in her professional endeavors. Within the last 5 years, she has written and published 6 books for youth, including the “Madison Miles and Friends” Children’s book series. In addition to this, she has the proven ability to establish collaborative partnerships with large scale organizations and executives to meet successful candidate search and hiring objectives. She is also adept at developing and executing diversity and inclusion recruitment strategies to expedite time-to-fill quotas and diversify talent pools.
Daralynn is truly a strategic thinker with the capability to manage, organize, develop, and train others effectively. She falls squarely at the intersection of Talent Acquisition and Diversity, Inclusion, and belonging. Her desire to see underrepresented individuals be exposed to different walks of life is apparent in everything that she does. Currently, she works for the City of Detroit in managing the Talent Acquisition strategy for the Mayor’s Office, IT, and the Health Department.