Talent Scout, American Airlines
Towanda Yancy, Talent Scout is a member of the American Airlines’ Talent Attraction Team and specializes in the Development and Implementation of Diversity Candidate Sourcing strategies. Towanda has a broad sourcing/recruiting background with airline, aviation and aerospace companies such as Southwest Airlines and CAE among others. Prior to moving into Corporate Recruiting, Towanda made strong contributions at Lucas Group (a top US recruiting firm) which resulted in her achieving President’s Club status, consecutive MVP and Recruiter of the Week Awards, as well as recognition as the local branch’s Search Recruiter of the Year for FY 2008. To further highlight Towanda’s achievements in candidate sourcing and recruiting, she billed $200,000 and ranked among the top 50 recruiters at Lucas Group in FY ‘2009 (which was one of the toughest job markets since the Depression). Since Towanda joined American Airlines in 2016, she has contributed significantly to the reduction in the use of 3rd party recruiting agencies and to the development of candidate attraction strategies.
Prior to embarking upon her career in Human Resources, Towanda received her degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. Her Consumer Products career started during college at Procter and Gamble as a participant in Georgia Tech’s Co-Operative Education Program with R& D assignments with brands such as Folgers, Lava Soap, Downy, and Orange Crush. Upon graduation from college, Towanda became a Process Engineer with Johnson and Johnson where she contributed to the development of the Splenda sugar substitute product and to process improvements on other prescription drugs.
Next, Towanda joined the Clorox Company where she managed a team of technical professionals while making major contributions in the areas of process, product, and packaging development for products such as Kingsford Charcoal Lighter Fluid, Match Light Charcoal Briquets, Armorall, and STP. She was also involved with Full Time Employee/College Recruiting and her most notable contributions at Clorox were reformulating Kingsford Charcoal Lighter Fluid into a more environmentally friendly formula for Southern California (which is now sold all over the US and in Canada) as well as being an inventor on two patents issued to the Clorox Company. Towanda’s reformulation of Kingsford Charcoal Lighter Fluid and being named an inventor on these patents also makes her a Hidden Figure in the Consumer Products industry and the first African-American listed on a Clorox Company patent in the history of the company!