Dawanta Parks

Dawanta Parks Director of Bayaud Works

Bayaud Enterprises


Graduating Class: 2015

Industry: Business Management & Administration, Government & Public Administration, Human Resources, Human Services, Leadership Development, Project Management, and Social Impact/Community Service


Dawanta Parks is a demonstrated Veteran leader serving as Director of Bayaud Works for Bayaud Enterprises. Over the last eight years, Dawanta has specialized in identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions for talent acquisition and development for the veteran population in Denver.

As a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Dawanta is known for applying business and sound management principles to the Department of Labor and Employment. He is skilled in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resource modeling, leadership coaching, production improvements and management of people, process and technology. Additionally, he has been recognized for superior presentation and communication skills and has been a guest speaker presenting on topics such as Strategic Vision, Diversity and Inclusion and Career Development Strategies.

Specialties: Client management, business measurement and metrics, performance management, human resources, workforce development strategies, organizational development, career development, training, evaluation, research, data collection and information analysis.


University Education: 

    • Master of Public Administration (MPA)Focus: Local Government, University of Colorado – Denver [Graduate Fall 2021]
    • Master of Science (MS)Focus: Human Resources, University of Colorado – Denver
    • Master of Science (MS)Focus: Change Innovation, University of Colorado – Denver
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA)Focus: Strategic Business Management, University of Denver
    • Master of Human Relations (MHR)Focus: Organizational Development, University of Oklahoma
    • Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS)Focus: Administrative Leadership, University of Oklahoma
    • Associate in Applied Science (AAS), Focus: Business Management, Oklahoma State University


Community Leadership Programs: 

    • Chamber Connect – Class of 2015, Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado
    • Impact Denver – Class of 2016, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Program
    • Leadership Denver – Class of 2020, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Program
    • Global Scholars Fellow (Public health and policy for Uganda), Global Livingston Institute
    • Citizens’ Academy – Class of 2020, The Denver Regional Council of Governments


Professional Development Certifications: 

    • Boots to Suits – Military Professional Development Program
    • Certified Public Manager (CPM), Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services
    • Global Career Development Facilitator – GCDF15134, Center for Credentialing & Education
    • Certified Workforce Development Professional with Job Seeker Endorsement – CWDP6992, National Association of Workforce Development Professionals


Local and State Government: 

    • FEMA Professional Development Series Certificate
    • Ethics 101 E-Course, ICMA
    • Local Government 101 – Government Management Level I, ICMA
    • Local Government 102 – Government Management Level II, ICMA
    • Public Leadership Development, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
    • IEDC Basic Economic Development Certificate, International Economic Development Council


Process Improvement: 

    • Lean and Agile Project Management, SSD Global Solutions (Finishing Requirements)
    • Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, SSD Global Solutions (Finishing Requirements)
    • Design Thinking Workshop
    • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt – BB-964001343, SSD Global Solutions
    • Agile Scrum Master – ASM-199052, SSD Global Solutions
    • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt – Gallogy College of Engineering | University of Oklahoma
    • Lean Six Sigma Fundamentals – Gallogy College of Engineering | University of Oklahoma


Executive Development: 

    • Leverage Diversity and Inclusion for Organizational Excellence, Stanford GSB Executive Education
    • Creating Public Value, Harvard Kennedy School
    • Leadership and Character in Uncertain Times, Harvard Kennedy School


Military Leadership Development: 

    • U.S. Army Infantry School
    • Primary Leadership Development Course – Class 004-05
    • Basic Noncommissioned Office (NCO) Course (Phase 1)
    • Drill Sergeant School (Phase 1)


Director of Bayaud Works, Bayaud Enterprises

Veteran Employment Representative, Colorado Labor and Employment

Director of Employment Initiative, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

VP of Operations, National Black MBA Association – Denver Chapter

Co-Manager (Senior Store Management), Walmart Supercenter

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Specialist, Oklahoma Department of Transportation

Non-commissioned Officer / Infantry Leader, Oklahoma Army National Guard (SFOR8 and OEF Veteran)