An Authority on DEI, Supplier Diversity and business development


About Ciara

With an impressive tenure spanning more than a decade in her industry, Ciara Lilly currently holds the position of Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Diversified Maintenance. Within this pivotal role, Ciara masterminds and executes the organization’s nationwide strategy for diversity and inclusion and supplier diversity.

Under her visionary leadership, the Company has spent over $40 million with small and diverse businesses, established a Corporate Diversity and Inclusion training program, and catalyzed the creation of over $20 million in new business growth.

Ciara masterfully balances her corporate responsibilities with her entrepreneurial endeavors. She is a business and diversity strategist, a sought-after speaker, and co-founder of The Cleaning Network, an innovative online talent-sourcing platform dedicated exclusively to the cleaning industry.

Ciara’s qualifications are equally as impressive as her accomplishments. She holds an Executive MBA from the prestigious Jack Welch Management Institute and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Ciara’s commitment to lifelong learning is evident in her completion of certificate programs at renowned institutions such as Dartmouth University, Cornell University, the University of South Florida, and the University of Richmond. These programs have equipped her with valuable expertise in diversity and inclusion, MBE executive management, and women’s entrepreneurship, enhancing her capacity to drive impactful change in her field.

Over the years, Ciara has received numerous accolades that underscore her entrepreneurial spirit, outstanding leadership, and unwavering commitment to community improvement. Some of her notable awards include recognition as one of the Top 50 Women Leaders in North Carolina by Women We Admire, a place in Business Equality Pride Magazine’s 40 Leaders Under 40, acknowledgment as one of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce’s 30 under 30, and recognition from the Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce with the prestigious Recognition of Excellence and Emerging Entrepreneur Award.


“My mission is to close the access and opportunity divide between corporations and diverse businesses, with the aim of sparking lasting economic growth and change."


Diversity Consulting

I help companies develop a sustainable and impactful supplier diversity and/or diversity and inclusion program.

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Business Coaching

I help scalable diverse businesses achieve  growth by leveraging supplier diversity as a  business development strategy.

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I help make the complex topics of supplier diversity, DEI and entrepreneurship more digestible and relatable for audiences. 

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"You were great. Not only did you talk about empathy and transparency (hallmarks of inclusive leadership) but you also gave concrete guidance on how to make DEI and Supplier Diversity a business imperative." - Ali L.