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Hidden Gems: Meet Dr. Tana M. Session

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Tana M. Session. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Dr. Tana M. Session is an award-winning International Speaker, Best-selling Author, and Certified Executive-level Performance Strategist. Her path to success was not an easy one and started out with her being born into the New York City foster care system where she remained until she was 3 1/2 years old and reunited with her biological family.

She pushed through her adversities and went on to build a successful career in Human Resources and a successful public speaking and consulting practice. Tana openly and readily shares her life and career lessons with audiences and clients so they can learn from what worked and what did not work along her personal journey. Her ability to overcome obstacles, both professional and personal, has fueled her to stay-the-course to be successful in all her endeavors.

Over the years, she has learned to use her adversities as FUEL and not EXCUSES. Witnessing people truly operate in their purpose is what inspires Tana and reinforces she is conducting her purpose-driven work. Her unique skill is making people MORE of who they already ARE!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Dr. Session has faced many obstacles in both her personal and professional life. Being a product of foster care for the formative years of her life definitely impacted how she dealt with rejection and abandonment for many years. In her corporate life, she had to manage through discrimination, inequitable salary issues, unfair promotion practices and imposter syndrome. Through her own inner work and learning how to truly believe in herself with no self-limitations, she has been able to push past those adversities and build a successful career in Human Resources and thriving business as a highly sought-after consultant and international speaker. She truly believes the only limits in life are the ones we place on ourselves. And she has learned to bet on herself every single day…it was certainly paid off!

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Dr. Tana M. Session is the CEO & Founder of TanaMSession.com, a certified Women Minority Business Enterprise (WMBE) with over 30 years of Human Resources experience. Dr. Session specializes in cultural engineering, facilitated experiences and leadership & organizational development. She has spent ten years as the top Human Resources executive for both domestic and international organizations where she led various change initiatives and up-leveled entire departments, including talent, systems and infrastructure. She has partnered with hi-tech start-ups and fast-growth companies as well as McDonald’s, Xerox, Creed Perfumery, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Spotify, Federal Executive Board, Department of Health & Human Services, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, NASA and many other multi-national for-profit & not for profit organizations and government agencies. Her experience has enabled her to embed her passion for Diversity, Equality & Inclusion in everything she develops and implements. Tana was recently recognized as a “Top Company Culture Consultant” by Fond.co, “Top Employer Branding Expert” by Eightfold.ai and a Huffington Post “Top Female Expert to Follow,” and in 2019, Tana received her Honorary Doctorate (PhD) degree in Philosophy/Humane Letters. Tana is the official LinkedIn Learning expert for Diversity & Inclusion in recruiting and interviewing and was also recognized by Forbes as a “Top Diversity & Inclusion Business Leader” and a “DEI Champion” by the National Diversity Council. Dr. Session is an international speaker who has spoken at professional events throughout the U.S. as well as Bangkok, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Jamaica.

Tana completed her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and her MBA in Organizational Psychology & Development. Recognized by the University of Phoenix as one of its Distinguished Alumni of Southern California, Tana also joined the team of UCLA Extension and California State University – Long Beach as an Instructor/Adjunct Professor. In 2019, Tana was selected as the only MBA alumni in American InterContinental University’s history to speak as the keynote speaker for the commencement ceremony where she shared a powerful message to over 7,000 attendees in Houston and Atlanta.

Tana is the author of multiple books, including the #1 Best-seller Get Your Career Life in Order. Tana is a recognized media contributor and has been a contributing writer for Forbes.com, Entrepreneur, Thrive Global and BlackEnterprise.com, and has been featured in Huffington Post, Essence Magazine and on various local news, syndicated radio, television and podcast shows as a media contributor.

In her free time, Tana likes to travel, participate in high adrenaline adventures and spend time with family and friends.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
Every year for her birthday, Dr. Tana M. Session likes to go on a thrill seeking adventure. Some of her past experiences have included skydiving, a hot air balloon ride Napa Valley, paragliding off of the Malibu Mountains, parasailing in the Caribbean and an attempt at water flyboarding. This year, Dr. Session is determined to learn how to roller skate and has recently started taking private lessons. And for her 2022 birthday, she has already told her husband she wants to take flying lessons. You may soon see her flying a small aircraft in the friendly skies!

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Photos by: Jonny Marlow Photography (July 2021)

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