Travels From: Silver Spring, Maryland
I help people find their WHY so they can find their WAY.
Tonya is a 3-time TEDx presenter, international speaker, Delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (63rd), member of the famed Explorers Club and U.N. World Tourism Organization award nominee. As a world traveler and ex-pat, Tonya has experienced the transformative power of travel. A lawyer and former White House appointee as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Policy at the U.S. Department of Education, Tonya also understands how travel fosters leadership development, personal growth and champions the imperative of cultural diversity in all areas of our lives.
Through her leadership positions and travels, Tonya understands how to communicate effectively and exercise diplomacy that builds bridges across cultural lines.
As a global citizen, Tonya knows how to effectively navigate cultural lines. She understands the power of connection and the importance of finding your WHY to find your WAY. Tonya inspires people to find their truth in their lives and in the world around us; especially, when misconceptions create fear about other cultures and destinations. She energetically shares the transformative power of travel to our personal and professional lives.
In addition to her TEDx talks, Tonya has presented at Wayne State University and conferences around the world including the Women Economic Forum, National Assoc. of Women MBAs, Market Simple conference, National Association of Travel Journalists, FestiGals, Environmental Film Festival and National Press Club. She has also served as an Emcee at the National Speaker’s Association Washington, DC chapter meeting.
A Lowell Thomas and multi award-winning broadcaster and co-Founder of World Footprints LLC, Tonya (with her co-host husband Ian) stands on the foundation of social responsibility. Through World Footprints she has inspired purposeful travel and has raised awareness about several important global issues from environmental concerns, wildlife conservation and preservation of national treasures to human trafficking. Tonya has shared inspiring interviews that support a truth about the common humanity we share. Guests have included prominent figures like the late Dr. Maya Angelou, Ken Burns, David Rockefeller, Jr., Robert Kennedy, Jr., and others.
Things I can’t live without: God, sunshine, new adventures
My favorite piece of advice: Listen to your own voice, trust those who have earned it, forgive yourself and don’t allow your yesterdays to consume today.
Describe yourself in one word: Compassionate
One thing you would like to check off your bucket list Climbing Kilimanjaro
Things I love: Connecting people; helping people grow; traveling, learning, inspiring others
- Find your WHY to Find your WAY