Miya Maysent is the VP of talent development and diversity for J.C. Penney. In this role, she is responsible for leading teams who support associate education and growth from frontline store associates to officer and executive development. In addition, Maysent is responsible for the organizational development team, which provides performance management, talent planning, change management and associate engagement support. And the final area that falls under Maysent’s responsibility is ensuring inclusion and diversity initiatives are supported and sustained across the organization. This includes diversity education, talent planning, community outreach, supplier diversity and corporate social responsibility. Prior to joining JCPenney, Maysent held similar roles with 7-Eleven Inc. for five years and with Valero Energy Corp. for eight years. She began her career in consulting with a focus on change management, executive selection, education and coaching. Maysent’s education is from UT Austin, with a bachelor’s in psychology and two master’s degrees from University of North Texas in counseling psychology and industrial psychology. Maysent’s other job is being mom to Emily, 18, and Robbie, 21.