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Tamara Thorpe

D&I Strategist

Get to know me in three:

My home away from home:
I've traveled to over 30 countries and lived for extended periods of time in Spain, France, South Korea, Canada and Ireland. All have been amazing experiences, but the one place that feels like home every time is Paris, France. The city streets, patisseries, bistros and park bring me a sense of comfort and familiarity that feels like home.
The values that influence me:
My mother was my first mentor and role model, and she taught be the value of empathy and service. These values are at the forefront of my approach to leadership and training, and the basis for my years of advocacy in social and racial justice.
My diversity story:
Growing up I was often asked, “What are you?” by classmates and well-intended strangers. It was a question that I have answered differently over the years as I’ve developed and grown in my identity. Today when asked, I let people know that I am black with mixed heritage. And while I continue to learn more about my mixed heritage, my life experiences remains deeply rooted in blackness.

Bio

Tamara is a recognized thought-leader in next generation leadership with more than twenty years experience in global leadership and organizational development. She has helped inspiring non-profit organizations, renowned universities, and complex government organizations to build healthy organizations that challenge the status quo and make a difference.

In her work as a facilitator and coach, she helps leaders and teams learn how to leverage diversity and differences to foster belonging in the workplace. Tamara’s approach to diversity and inclusion is grounded in her own experiences as woman of color and her years of education and experience in the US and abroad.

Known for her ability to move a crowd, Tamara is also a dynamic speaker and passionate activists who has used her voice to advocate for racial justice and gender equality to create thriving communities and a fair and just society. She is equally passionate about mentoring, breaking down the barriers between generations and challenging age bias.

Tamara was born and raised in Los Angeles, and today she calls Albuquerque, New Mexico home. She earned a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of California, San Diego. She is also a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI©) , an instrument that measures intercultural sensitivity.