Tanya White. A name that has reverberated through the spheres of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), authorship, broadcasting, and leadership. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, White has navigated through adversities and triumphs alike to become a prominent advocate for DEI in workplaces and beyond, a bestselling author, an inspiring speaker, a visionary publisher, a dynamic podcast host, and most importantly, an influential voice for systemic change.
Becoming a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated in 2020, and a growing up an ardent fan of New Edition, White had initially embarked on a corporate training journey, earning a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Louisville. However, life had a different path in store for her, leading her towards the challenging yet rewarding world of education.
Her unexpected assignment at one of the toughest and lowest-performing schools in the district was a turning point in White’s life. This led to a teaching position marking the beginning of her twenty-year-long career in education. Along this journey, White added a master’s in special education, another master’s in K-12 school counseling, and a specialist degree in educational leadership/principal certification to her educational arsenal.
White’s journey was not without personal trials. She lost her father at 25, her mother at 34, and the love of her life, Stefon, when she was 50. These experiences gave her a deep understanding of grief as an inevitable part of life. White’s message is that “God will birth more out of you while you are grieving than you ever imagined.”
Amidst the trials, White found solace in writing. She started a blog as an emotional outlet, and it was through this medium that writing became her therapy. This new path led her to author and self-publish books in 2007, and in the following year, she expanded her platform by launching the Blog Talk Radio show, ‘Real Talk With Tanya White.’ Today, she boasts an impressive portfolio of ten published books, a live radio show, and a podcast titled “Go Get It With Tanya White.”
As a Book Birthing Consultant, White has been writing and self-publishing professionally since 2005. She coaches authors, focusing on manuscript development, cover design, and crafting a compelling branding/marketing plan. Her transparent and timely approach sets her apart and ensures tangible results. She cultivates a magnetic media presence for her clients, empowering them to reach wider audiences and make a lasting impact.
White’s unwavering belief is that everyone is enough. She insists that when you question your worth, always respond with an emphatic “YES, I AM ENOUGH!” For her, success means living life unapologetically, guided by one’s purpose, peace, and God’s plans.
Tanya’s commitment extends to the vital area of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Her upcoming book, ‘Professionally Lynched: Revealing Systemwide Workplace Injustices and Healing From the Lifelong Trauma It Causes Everyone,’ delves into this topic with a critical and profound lens. Slated to release on July 4, 2023, the book is a social justice manifesto for an organizational revolution aimed at ending systemwide workplace injustices.
In addition to her books, Tanya hosts a live radio show, Real Talk With Tanya White, in the Louisville, Kentucky area, and a podcast, Go Get It With Tanya White. Through these platforms, she creates high-energy, informative content for her listeners, interviewing notable guests, and continuing her mission of inspiration and empowerment.
Workshops surrounding her book ‘Professionally Lynched’ include “Wounded While Working: The Barriers Black Women Face After Getting A Seat At the Table”, “The Delusion of Diversity: There’s Nothing Affirmative About Today’s Workplace”, and “Allowing America To Lynch Us Again: How Workplace Injustices Are Killing Amazing Employees & the Organization’s Bottom Line.”
In the face of life’s most significant challenges, Tanya White has taught us that we can turn our adversities into advantages. She has turned grief into motivation, pain into power, and her passion for writing and advocacy into a transformative journey that continues to inspire and empower. As we journey with Tanya on her mission to impact and transform lives through words, we are reminded that every challenge we face is not a setback but a setup for a great comeback.
As Tanya gears up to release her tenth book, she invites us to join her in challenging the status quo and standing up against workplace injustices. To connect with Tanya White, visit her websites at www.tanyawhite.com, professionallynched.com, and www.sntpublishing.com.