Currently a Consultant and Speaker in the areas of diversity, inclusion, independent school admission, and wellness. Her career in education and inclusion started as a team member of the University of Southern California (USC). She worked in the areas of admissions, administration, recruitment, research and development. While at USC Tanynya worked her way through school and graduated from USC with a Bachelors of Arts in English, American Literature and soon after served a two year term as a member of the USC Black Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.Tanynya is inv
Currently a Consultant and Speaker in the areas of diversity, inclusion, independent school admission, and wellness. Her career in education and inclusion started as a team member of the University of Southern California (USC). She worked in the areas of admissions, administration, recruitment, research and development. While at USC Tanynya worked her way through school and graduated from USC with a Bachelors of Arts in English, American Literature and soon after served a two year term as a member of the USC Black Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.
Tanynya is involved with independent schools on the national level through the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). She has served as a People of Color Conference (PoCC) Affinity Group Facilitator, a faculty member for the NAIS Student Leadership and Diversity Conference (SDLC) and a member of the 2014 NAIS The Call to Action, a think tank for NAIS. She served on the Assessment of Inclusion and Multiculturalism Team at the Westmark School assessing School Governance and Leadership and was a member of the Head of School Search Committee.
Tanynya serves on the Westmark School’s Board of Trustees as the Advancement Committee Chair, Member of the Executive Committee and advisor to insure inclusionary practices. Tanynya serves onPacific Point Academy’s Advisory Board andhas continued to be involved with the USCAlumni Association as a member of the USCEncore Council, and as a 2016 Women's Conference Host Committee Member.
Tanynya presents keynotes, leads seminars, workshops and presentations surrounding diversity, multiculturalism, inclusion, equity, justice and wellness. She is a certified yoga instructor and Reiki Level 1 Practitioner. She teaches privately, at yoga studios, fitness clubs and speaks across the greater Los Angeles Area about the importance of meditation, movement, mindfulness and diabetes prevention. Tanynya has many passions in her life. In addition to education, and diversity work the most important are family, yoga, reading and volunteering at organizations such as KJazz 88.1.
As Founder and Managing Director of Urban Wealth Management, we host several educational venues geared toward women throughout the year. For the past year, Tanynya Hekymara has been a member of our Longevity Planning for Women Forum team, and her contribution has been invaluable. Because her story is so compelling, audiences naturally respond to her message. Her delivery is engaging, interactive and is wrapped in pure integrity. We are proud to have her as a member of our Forum Team!- René Nourse, CFP©, Urban Wealth Management
I have heard Tanynya speak before both large and small audiences, offering guidance to parents on their children’s education. On every occasion, Tanynya immediately put them at ease with her kindness and humor. One of her great strengths is her ability to engender trust with the audience. They can sense her honesty, her candor, and her authenticity. I am very impressed with Tanynya’s ability to guide people through what could otherwise be a difficult and stressful process. She is a wonderful speaker, leader, and inspiration.- B. Bowman, Humanities Teacher, Vistamar School
I highly endorse Tanynya Hekymara as a member of Great Black Speakers. I have heard Tanynya speak to the youngest and the oldest and she resonates with all through her sincerity, energy and flexibility. Her real life examples pulled from her own experiences and those close to her resonate with all ages, races, and religions. She has moved me to tears on several occasions and likewise had me uproariously laughing in the same season. You cannot help but be enthralled by her words!- Muir Meredith, Head of School, Westmark School
When I was the Director of Admissions at Westmark School, I had the opportunity to hear Tanynya speak in multiple contexts to students, faculty and staff, and parents. In every case, she had complete command of the subject matter and tailored her speech to her audience. I never saw students more rapt and engaged. The same was true for her adult audiences. She is charismatic, passionate, and big hearted, qualities that enable her audiences to hear and understand multiple points of view.
As an administrator at Westmark School I was thoroughly impressed with the day-long session that Tanynya recently conducted for our faculty and staff on “Unpacking Oppressive and Exclusive Behavior”. Tanynya is the consummate professional; she does her homework getting to know your training needs and then expertly tailors a program to meet those needs. Tanynya’s delivery is engaging and she has a remarkable ability to connect with different types of people and get them to understand complex issues. She presents complex topics in easy to understand terms that resonate with her audience. She offers the right mix of instruction, exercises and group participation. She has a wealth of knowledge to back up more specific questions and is a vibrant, compelling and articulate speaker – her energy visibly motivated our staff.- Nancy Nichols, Director of Advancement, Development
Ms. Hekymara provided a whole day professional development seminar, “Unpacking Oppressive and Exclusive Behavior”. The day was transformative for me personally, as well as for the entire faculty and staff. She is extremely knowledgeable on the subject of racism and she presented the material in a professional, compassionate and extremely engaging manner. Ms. Hekymara planned the perfect blend of information, hands-on activities, mult-media materials, and small and large group break-out sessions. As a presenter, her passion, enthusiasm and humor were contagious and helped the audience become more interested and willing participants.- Patricia Valli, Faculty
I was impressed with her ability to quickly assess the needs of her audience and adjust accordingly ensuring that her message was received by all. She was able to meet the needs of all the participants regardless of the exposure to the subject matter. It was by far the best and most useful professional development seminar I have attended at our school.
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