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Career Change By Calculated Risk: Math And Engineering MBA Turned Shoe Designer Tiannia Barnes

Career Change By Calculated Risk: Math And Engineering MBA Turned Shoe Designer Tiannia Barnes

    Many people harbor a passion very different from their day job but not everyone acts on it. As a coach to both executives and entrepreneurs, common justifications I hear include lack of time, too much risk or the work/family conflict. “My current job is too busy to do something on the side!” “I have a steady thing, and my idea is too risky!” “I already have a second job – as a parent!” Tiannia Barnes could have hid behind all three excuses instead of launching into her career change aspirations. An IT program manager with undergraduate degrees in mathematics...

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Four CEOs On How Their Side Jobs Made Them Better Leaders

Four CEOs On How Their Side Jobs Made Them Better Leaders

  Side Gig: IT Manager CEO Skill: Managing a lot of moving parts You could say Tiannia Barnes did what some people only dream about doing. The IT program manager followed her passion for footwear to become the founder and CEO of the eponymous high-end shoe company that launched in January of 2014. Barnes’ background—degrees in math and industrial engineering combined with an MBA—as well as her status as single mom of a 10-year old understandably make her a little risk-averse. In addition to learning the fundamentals of footwear such as pattern development and design at a shoemaker school, Barnes continues...

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Introducing a New Black Owned Shoe Brand: Tiannia Barnes

Introducing a New Black Owned Shoe Brand: Tiannia Barnes

    There's a New Black Owned Shoe Brand to Know Just in time for fall (and fall Fashion Week), engineering consultant turned fashion line owner, Tiannia Barnes revealed her new fall collection of footwear on her self-named online store, and we love it. From bold colors bound to set you apart and show off your signature style on the concrete runway, to printed flats that are sure to keep you stylish and comfortable, we love the direction Barnes is going and we’re happy to see a Black woman boldly step in the fashion designer limelight. Made in Italy from...

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Walk A Mile In Her Shoes: How Tiannia Barnes Went From IT To Shoe Design

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes: How Tiannia Barnes Went From IT To Shoe Design

  Most women can relate to Tiannia Barnes’s love of shoes. But what’s extraordinary about Barnes’s love of footwear is how she turned into a career, and in the process left behind a career in IT with no regrets.Barnes, who grew up in Oklahoma City, holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and industrial engineering as well as an MBA, but she’s always had a passion for designing –she designed her own prom dress. Today, she is a footwear designer and owner of the Tiannia Barnes luxury shoe brand,Barnes’s shoes are Italian made and have names like”Jackie, which was named in...

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