Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.
Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M. is a global consultant, leadership coach, facilitator, teacher, writer, and thought leader focusing on areas of inclusive leadership, diversity and inclusion, civil rights, and wellbeing/mindfulness.
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 a contributor to the Huffington Post, where she has written posts about diversity, leadership, self-compassion, and mindfulness. Tanya’s work and commentary has also appeared in Diversity Woman Magazine and Cnn.com.
Tanya was named by Diversity Best Practices as “A Diversity Thought Leader 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 a specialized focus and passion on issues related to girls and women. Before working in the corporate arena, she worked with women and children in homeless shelters in NYC, and coordinated a drop-out prevention program on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Tanya was a Board member for IOFA (International Organization For Adolescents,) where she helped the organization focus on topics like human and sex trafficking that impact young women around the world. Tanya has partnered with other anti-trafficking organizations to facilitate session about the importance of culture and gender is addressing trafficking.
Most recently, she has been involved in a project with UN Women focused on gender equality and unconscious bias education globally.
She is also working on a project focused on ongoing women’s empowerment in Myanmar. She is part of an advisory team working with NGOs in Myanmar as they work on engaging women in the peace and political processes, increasing training and professional development, and highlighting the importance of gender equality.
Tanya has worked with many corporations globally in their efforts to maximize innovation through intentional inclusion and diversity work that creates sustainable change in organizations. She has worked with such clients as JPMorgan Chase, Starbucks, American Express, Capital One, Coca-Cola, Ogilvy and Mather, Capstrat, Microsoft, Johnson and Johnson, Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg, DLA Piper, and Lockheed Martin.
As a mindfulness practitioner, Tanya weaves in mindfulness research and practice in her work with individuals and groups and connects it to leadership, teams, and the mitigating of unconscious bias.
Tanya has served as an appointed Community Board Member in CB 4 in Manhattan, NYC. She is now an appointed member of the Housing, Health, and Human Services Committee.
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.
Tanya has a Master’s 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.
Special Training includes:
- Trained as a Coach by the Center for Creative Leadership
- Mindfulness Training
- Difficult Conversations Training (Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School)
- Hay Group ESCI training (Emotional Social Cultural Inventory)
- Values Assessment Training (Barrett Values Centre)