Meet Genesys Works Houston’s New Executive Director

October 17, 2023

News, Press Release

Houston, Texas

Houston, TX – October 17, 2023 – Genesys Works Houston, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to creating economic equity by connecting high school students from marginalized communities to career opportunities, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Daphane Carter as its new Executive Director.

Carter brings a wealth of expertise in project and program management, organizational effectiveness, leadership development, talent management, and business transformation to her new role. Her unique blend of visionary, strategic, operational, and analytical skills, combined with her commitment to empowering and nurturing high-performing teams, will well-position Carter to lead Genesys Works Houston into its next chapter of transformational growth.

“We are excited to welcome Daphane as the new Executive Director of Genesys Works Houston,” said Elisabeth Nash, Board Chair of Genesys Works Houston. “Her dynamic leadership style, coupled with her commitment to creating positive community change, will be instrumental in driving our mission of creating economic equity for youth throughout the greater Houston area.”

In her previous role as Chief Academic Officer and State Superintendent at a charter organization, Carter witnessed firsthand the power of leadership training, professional development, and the transformative aspects of leadership in achieving outstanding academic outcomes for students in marginalized communities. She recognizes the profound impact and potential of post-secondary access for students, achieved by striking a balance between technical leadership and fostering equity. Carter’s rich experience in K-12 education, ranging from being a chemistry teacher to holding key leadership positions, has equipped her with invaluable insights into the challenges faced by underrepresented talent.

Beyond her professional achievements, Daphane is known for her unwavering commitment to supporting others on their journey to success and happiness. She has developed a powerful toolkit of advice, wisdom, and resources, with a particular emphasis on empowering women to leverage their voices for impact and change. As a recent breast cancer survivor, she actively participates in the Sister’s Network organization, advocating for increased access to mammograms and supporting women in their healthcare journeys. Moreover, she is an active member of distinguished organizations such as The Links, Incorporated and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Her dedication and impact have been recognized by several organizations, including her selection as a Women Who Mean Business honoree by the Houston Business Journal in 2021.

Daphane earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston at Victoria, complementing her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Georgia.

“I am truly honored and excited to join Genesys Works Houston on its mission to create economic equity and empower underrepresented talent,” Carter said. “The transformative power of access to career opportunities cannot be overstated. I am committed to working tirelessly with our dedicated team to bridge the gap between high school and professional success, unlocking the potential within each student we serve.”

To learn more about Genesys Works Houston and how to get involved, please visit To schedule an interview, contact or (346) 479-4020.

About Genesys Works Houston:

Genesys Works provides pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities through skills training, meaningful work experiences, and impactful relationships. Our program consists of 8 weeks of technical and professional skills training, a paid year-long corporate internship, college and career coaching, and alumni support to and through college. Our goal is to move more students out of poverty and into professional careers, creating a more productive and diverse workforce in the process. Since its founding in 2002, Genesys Works has grown to serve more than 4,000 students annually in Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington’s National Capital Region.

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