Tanya M. Odom is a highly regarded consultant, coach, facilitator, teacher, writer, and thought leader.
As a speaker, presenter, facilitator, and consultant, she focuses on several areas including: Mindfulness, Inclusive Leadership, Innovation and Creativity, Diversity and Inclusion, Teambuilding, Mindfulness, Coaching, Well being and Leadership, Women of Color, Educational Equity, and Girls’ Leadership Development.
Tanya's work has focused on civil and human rights, dialogue, and education for over 20 years.
Tanya’s unique portfolio career has allowed her to work in the education, private sector/corporate, not-for-profit/NGO, law enforcement, and university/college arenas.
She is the co-author of "Evaluation in the Field of Education for Democracy, Human Rights and Tolerance.” Tanya is also a contributor to the Huffington Post, where she has written posts about diversity, leadership, civil rights, self-compassion, and mindfulness. Tanya has also written for cnn.com and Diversity Woman Magazine.
Tanya was named by Diversity Best Practices as “One of the Five Diversity Thought Leaders to Follow on Twitter.”
Ms. Odom has traveled extensively, and has both lived and worked abroad. Tanya has lived and/or worked in more than 30 countries. She is fluent in Spanish.
Tanya has been trained as a coach by the Center for Creative Leadership and she is certified in the Hay Group’s Emotional and Social Competency Inventory. Tanya has also been trained in the Difficult Conversations methodology at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.
Tanya is passionate about working with youth, and engaging youth in meaningful, relevant conversations. She has combined her diversity and youth focused work to work on projects in Northern Ireland, where she worked with Catholic and Protestant Youth, and in Israel, where she worked with Palestinian and Israeli youth on topics including bias, dialogue, community building, and youth leadership.
Tanya has a particular interest in working with young girls/young women on issues of leadership, self-compassion, power, and equity.
A strong focus of Tanya's coaching work focuses on Women of Color, and working to optimize leadership, power, and well-being.
Tanya was on the faculty of the Human Resources Management program at Georgetown University, where she taught courses in the area of innovation and creativity. She has also taught at Princeton University in the Junior Summer Institute, and has been an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College, where she taught graduate courses in the areas of Diversity, Leadership, and Team Development. She has also taught a course at the Center for Conflict Resolution at the University of Capetown in South Africa.
Ms. Odom has been involved in the European Union’s projects focusing on bias, discrimination bigotry and tolerance. In this capacity she has facilitated diversity workshops for adults and youth in nine European countries. She is currently a consultant for the European Peer Training Organization, where she has worked on creating diversity programming, training, and information sharing in Europe, with a particular focus on youth, empowerment and leadership. This program has been cited as a Best Practice program in by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia. She was a member of the Bertelsmann Foundation’s International Tolerance Network, where she worked with theorists, academics, and practitioners from around the world on issues of tolerance and anti-bias research, programming, and training. She served as a delegate to the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa.
Ms. Odom has spoken on issues of race and multiculturalism on Newstalk Television cable show and HOT-97 radio program. Her work, research and commentary have been mentioned in such media outlets as Fortune Magazine, The Daily News, and the Village Voice. She has appeared on a program for IDTV, an online diversity education platform, and Diversity Matters, an Internet radio show.
Tanya is committed to community and community connection. She served as an appointed member of Community Board 4 in Manhattan, NYC.
Tanya is the first female President of the Board of Directors of Townsend Harris High School at Queens College, and is currently serving in the role of co-Chairperson. Tanya serves on the Advisory Board of Wall Street in the Black. She is also on the Board of the National society of High School Scholars Foundation, and is currently working on a book with Civil Rights activist Mel King.
Ms. Odom has a Masters degree in Education from Harvard University. She received her B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology with a correlate sequence in Women’s Studies from Vassar College. Follow Ms. Odom on Twitter @TMODOM.
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