Shalanda Tookes Wilder earned her B.S. in Human Development/Psychology and a dual M.A. in Professional Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy from Southern Christian University in Montgomery, Alabama. She also completed post-graduate coursework in Organizational Development and Human Resources Management. Shalanda holds certification as a Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC) and Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP).
Shalanda is a military brat (father was an Army Captain) and a military spouse who understands transitions all too well. Her husband and CFO of TookesWilder Guidance has served in the Army, Air Guard Reserves, and Navy. She seeks to teach military service members, their spouses, and employees seeking to elevate their career how to navigate career transitions. She has received invitations to speak to various groups that include young adults, recent college graduates, church groups, and women’s groups teaching them the value of goal setting, time management, and career development.
Over the years, Shalanda successfully transitioned from a career in sales to human services and finally to human resources and recruiting. In 2006, she began coaching professionally and centered her practice on relationship coaching. Since then, Shalanda has extended her practice to executive career coaching and independent recruiting where she helps career transitioners assess their next career move, set goals, critique their resume, and hone their interviewing skills using valuable information and techniques she learned during her time as a human resources professional and corporate recruiter.
Shalanda has been with her spouse, Darian, over 20 years and is a mother of four wonderful children. She is a dedicated mother and a devoted wife who also enjoys writing and traveling. She has had several of her works (which have mostly centered around relationships, time management, and other life skills) published. Shalanda not only talks the talk, but she also walks the walk.
Darian Wilder is CFO of TookesWilder Guidance and owner of D & S Services, a company that provides financial consulting services to individuals and business owners. He earned his accounting degree from Savannah State University where he graduated at the top of his class. Darian has always had a love of numbers and anything dealing with financial matters. He previously served as an Accounting tutor for college students and a tax advisor before enlisting into the military.
For the past 18 years, he has proudly served his country, first, as a Chaplain’s Assistant in the Army and is now a highly decorated Navy Supply Officer. He and Shalanda have been married for 18 years and have 4 beautiful children together. When not serving his country, Darian works alongside Shalanda serving as her business advisor. He also enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family. As if he’s not busy enough, he still makes time to binge watch sci-fi shows on Netflix.