Dr. Thelma T. Daley

Dr. Thelma Thomas Daley is a distinguished Counselor-Educator, organization leader and Administrator, and college professor. She is an American Counseling Association Fellow, and a National Board Certified Counselor.
In her career world, she completed a long successful tenure with the Baltimore County Public Schools and directed the counseling program for 163 schools. At Loyola University (MD), she served as Assistant Professor in the Graduate School and Coordinator of Clinical Experiences. She has also served as an adjunct professor at her Alma Mater, George Washington University. She served as an instructor at the Harvard University Summer Institute for Counselors. She was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Career Education under the aegis of The Secretary of Education (USOE) and became the first woman to chair The Council.
She is a graduate of Bowie State University, New York University, and George Washington University. She has pursued additional study at Catholic University, American University, and the University of Maryland.
Her advocacy for equity and excellence has been reflected in her many national, state, and local roles. Prior to her presidential position with NCNW, she has served as president of four national organizations. She served as the first African American president of the American School Counselor Association, representing the multitude of school counselors in the United States. Later, she broke the racial barriers when she became president of the American Counseling Association (the largest counseling association in the world) international in scope and representing a wide variety of counseling groups. She served as president of Women In Community Service (WICS), a coalition of the National Council of Jewish Women, National Council of Catholic Women, Church Women United, the Hispanic Women, and the National Council of Negro Women. WICS focused on helping girls to gain skills and jobs mainly through the Job Corps.
She served as the 16th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., whose purposes are to engage in cultural, educational, social action, and service activities.
Some Board experiences are:
Trustee, The College Board
Trustee, The Education Testing Service (ETS)
Advisory Committee, American Testing Association (ACT)
The Good Shepherd Center (Residential Treatment Center for Youth) The Saint Agnes Ascension Hospital
The Carrollton Bank The Links, Inc.
National Coalition of 100 Black Women The National Peer Helper Association
Current Commissioner, Baltimore Engineering and Architectural Commission The Civic Design Commission
The Seton Institute


For several years, she has served as National Director of Women In NAACP (WIN).

She has held many local positions. She has conducted workshops or given speeches to groups through the United States, in Europe, Africa, and Japan.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. She was induced in the BGE and Baltimore Sun 2020 Business and Civic Hall of Fame.
She is widely recognized for her organization and leadership skills, especially her training skills and her ability to motivate and inspire people.
She has a strong civil/human rights advocacy record and gives freely of her time and skills to empower others.
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