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Meet Toneille Bent

Interim Executive Director for City Year Baton Rouge

Toneille Bent City Year Baton Rouge Executive DirectorToneille Bent serves as Managing Director/People Business Partner with City Year’s People team out of Headquarters. Toneille began her career in private sector with international fastener company, Hilti, serving distributorships in Latin America and the Caribbean. After years working across sectors and roles, she ultimately segued into education in 2005 teaching Spanish, and joined City Year Tulsa as Impact Director in 2015 leading program and service delivery across 6 schools. She became Managing Director in 2016.

Among Toneille’s proudest accomplishments while leading Impact: building a truly diverse team of professionals; supporting expansion into 10 schools; reducing Impact turnover from 50% to less than 20% and maintaining that rate through her transition to her current role. Toneille considers herself a specialist in people, organizational culture and engagement. A deeply people-focused leader with a proven success in building positive, impactful relationships, Toneille is also a certified life and executive coach, and is the founder of Essence-tial (pronounced “essential”) Truths Coaching and Consulting, LLC. Empathy and Ubuntu are among the City Year core values she holds most important.

Ever a willing student, Toneille is completing year three of doctoral studies at the University of Oklahoma, pursuing a PhD in Social Foundations of Oklahoma. She holds a BA in Spanish from the University of Tulsa and a Master’s in Human Relations (MHR) from the University of Oklahoma. A native of Jamaica, she came to America as a young girl. Her unique journey and experience as a “border crosser” in the most literal and figurative senses, offer her a special worldview and ability to connect with people across lines difference. Her greatest joys are her family and loved ones, being an auntie/godmother, travel, music, dancing and good food!

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