Business executive and consultant Jylla Moore Tearte was born on April 12, 1954 in Salisbury, North Carolina to Julian Moore and Vera Moore. Tearte graduated from Salisbury High School in 1972, and earned her B.S. degree in mathematics from Livingstone College in 1976. Tearte went on to receive her M.B.A. degree in marketing from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 1978, and her Ph.D. degree in organizational behavior from Benedictine University in 2009. Tearte was also trained as an executive coach at Corporate Coach University.
From 1979 to 1983, Tearte worked as a systems engineer at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM). Tearte was promoted to systems engineering manager in 1983, a position she held until 1996, when she moved to New York City to become IBM’s vice president of operations for the Northeast. In 1997, Tearte became vice president of sales for small and medium business for the Midwest region; and in 1998, she was named vice president of global channels for IBM. While working at IBM, Tearte formed IBM’s employee resource groups. Tearte left IBM in 2000 to found Crystal Stairs, Inc., a consulting and executive coaching service. In 2012, Tearte co-founded the Tearte Family Foundation, and served as chief operations officer of Tearte Associates, Inc. Tearte also authored books on business development, including Due North: Strengthen your Leadership Assets, released in 2002, and Encore Leadership: Transforming Time, Talent and Treasure into a Legacy That Matters, published in 2013.
From 1992 to 1996, Tearte served as the international president of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. In 1995, she spoke at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. Tearte received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Livingstone College, in 1999 as well as the distinguished alumni award from the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education in 2000. Tearte’s other honors include the IBM Leadership Award, and induction into the National Association of Business and Professional Women’s Corporate Hall of Fame. In 2014, Tearte was the recipient of the Wally Jones Lifetime Achievement Award from The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.
Tearte has one daughter, Anjylla Foster.
Jylla Moore Tearte was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 6, 2018.