Tanya M. Odom
Diversity Leadership Committee Chair, American Heart Association
Odom has been trained as a coach by the Center for Creative Leadership and is certified in the Hay Group’s Emotional and Social Competency Inventory. She has also been trained in the Difficult Conversations methodology at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. As a mindfulness practitioner, she incorporates mindfulness research and practice in her work with individuals and groups and connects it to leadership, teams, intentional inclusion and the mitigating of unconscious bias.
Odom is passionate about working with young people and engaging them in meaningful, relevant conversations. She has combined her diversity and youth-focused work in Northern Ireland, where she worked with Catholic and Protestant young people, and in Israel, where she worked with Palestinian and Israeli young people on topics including bias, dialogue, community building and youth leadership.
A recent area of focus is her global work on gender equity and parity with UN Women, the United Nations and other organizations. Over the last three years, she has spent a great deal of time facilitating sessions and moderating panels on “Challenging Conversations,” in which she creates spaces for honest and courageous dialogues and sharing.
Odom is Chair of the AHA’s Diversity Leadership Committee, a member of the Board of Trustees for Vassar College and a board member of the National Association of High School Scholars. Entrepreneur Magazine recently featured her as one of the “Three Women Entrepreneurs Who Unleash Their Energy for the Greater Good.”
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