Facilitator for Conflict Resolution – Peace Coach Tamara Smiley Hamiton

Tamara Smiley Hamilton conflict resolutionTamara Smiley Hamilton was honored by the National Rotary to have an interview featured as an article in the July 2019 edition of Rotary Magazine, The Rotarian.

“It is good to recall the paths that converged into diversity and inclusion as a central part of my peace journey.”

– Tamara Smiley Hamilton

Color Conscious Peace Coach!

Visit the National Rotary Clubs website to explore the July 2019 Rotarian Magazine and read more on Tamara Smiley Hamiton’s experience as a facilitator, coach, speaker, and trainer. You will see why Tamara is a sought after facilitator for conflict resolution, diversity and inclusion, and empowerment training. She is not only the Peace Coach, but she is also the Color-Conscious Peace Coach!

Did you know Tamara Smiley Hamilton is also an Accredited Speaker through Toastmasters International? 

Rotarian Magazine Designates Tamara S. Hamilton Peace Coach

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The July 2019 issue of The Rotarian Magazine features an article with Tamara S. Hamilton. Dubbing her the ‘Peace Coach’ the article speaks to Tamara’s lifelong learning and desire to promote peace and understanding between all cultures.

The story begins with Tamara’s personal experience of the Watts Riots, in 1965 Watts, Los Angeles California. Further details of Tamara’s dedication to peace and inclusion in her studies and her career are highlighted. Read more here on the International Rotary website. 

If your corporate or civic organization is looking for a Color-Conscious Peace Coach, to discuss the undiscussable about race and gender, contact Tamara S. Hamilton. Peace Coach, Tamara can facilitate meetings or speak to large audiences and provide customized coaching.

“I convene conversations on race in order to enhance employee engagement and morale. “ – Tamara S. Hamilton

Contact Peace Coach Tamara today! Remember to subscribe to Tamara’s newsletter for information on color conscious peace coaching tips to address diversity and race relations with grace, influential events, and more. Find the blue subscription box near the bottom of the TamaraSHamilton.com home page.

Becoming a Color Conscious Coach

Join Color Conscious Coach, Tamara Smiley Hamilton, MA, AS on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, for this webinar. Color Conscious Coach, Tamara will be presenting via the Zoom platform for International Coach Federation (ICF) Maryland Chapter. Members and non-members are welcome to join the conversation about becoming a color conscious coach.

Some questions to ponder…

  • Are you reluctant to advance powerful questions related to race and inclusion during the coaching engagement?
  • Are you hesitant to name the racial elephant in the room?
  • Are you stuck in your own story that you are NOT the right coach if the person is racially different from you?
  • Do you want to be empowered to discuss the undiscussable?
  • Are you curious about how race shows up in the coaching engagement and pushed aside for fear of being vulnerable to not knowing where the conversation will go?

If you can nod “yes” to any of these questions, join ICF Maryland for an intriguing conversation with Tamara Smiley Hamilton, an expert in coaching in race space. Tamara will share stories and insights, ask powerful questions, and demonstrate how to frame and name issues related to race and non-inclusion. She will support your journey towards becoming a color conscious coach. Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the webinar, coaches will:

  • Increase their understanding of racial formation and the generational trauma that resides in clients of color, notably African American clients
  • Enhance their understanding of why being a color conscious coach is critical in the current reality in the US and globally
  • Examine their internal landscape on race and begin the pruning process
  • Have a beginning knowledge of the power of questions in the context of diversity and inclusion
  • Create a new story as a color conscious coach.

This webinar is designed to support coaches seeking to gain a better understanding of how they can be more impactful with their clients when race and diversity may be contributing factors to a client’s capacity to move forward. It will support coaches who want to examine their own interior landscapes to begin the pruning process to remove the weeds that entangle them from seeing color with their clients. It addresses the fear and the hesitation that some coaches have reported as barriers. As the first Color Conscious Coach, Tamara will provide examples of framing and naming during the coaching engagement.

About Your Color Conscious Coach

Tamara Smiley Hamilton, MA, AS, is a global coach, facilitator and professional speaker. Her work has been appreciated on military bases in Korea, German, and Japan. Tamara is the founder and CEO of Audacious Coaching LLC, a professional services firm addressing inclusive conflict resolution. As a conflict resolution specialist and as a diversity and sensitivity leadership coach, she helps senior leaders to transform their thinking about race and inclusion. She is often called upon to create and facilitate healing circles when race relations become toxic to an organization’s culture. Coaching is a key component to addressing wounds inflicted by non-inclusive work environments.

Along with her expertise as the Color Conscious Coach, Tamara is an Accredited Speaker with Toastmasters International, a designation held by only 81 people out of a membership of 366,000 worldwide. She uses her global platform to speak on “Creating Inclusive Communities.” She is the recipient of the James H. Laue Endowment Scholarship from the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. This honored award is given to graduate students who continue the peacebuilding work of the late Dr. Laue, a founder of the conflict resolution field. Tamara came of age during the Watts Rebellion of 1965 and has dedicated her life’s work to build bridges connecting the human spirit. Her work is taking her to Rwanda in Central Africa to greater understand the power of forgiveness, healing, and reconciliation after violent ethnic conflict.

Additional Color Conscious Coaching Links:

The Race Whisperer: Getting people comfortable talking about race

Tamara Smiley Hamilton

Tamara’s Linkedin Account

A Note from Tamara: As an African American woman who is a coach, my expert knowledge relates to African Americans. As the Color Conscious Coach, I am committed to helping all coaches break through perceived race boundaries with their clients. I am a Black Studies major: BA, Scripps College, 1974; African Studies and Research, MA, Howard University, 1976; Communications Management, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California, 1981; Executive Leadership, Georgetown University, 2009; Advanced Coaching Certificate in Leadership and Well-Being, George Mason University, 2014. I am currently completing a Masters in Conflict Resolution at George Mason University (2019) with a focus on race relations in the United States. This webinar does not intend to project expert knowledge of all people of color but expertise within the African American context.


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Creating Better Social Worlds

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The complexity of our nation and the world demands focused attention on making things better, especially racial divisions. Each of us has the personal power to build one relationship at a time across differences, to hold one conversation at a time. It’s the small steps that matter. I recently took a step by presenting research on an example from my own community: Watts, CA. Here basketball is a magnet for attracting a global community in an environment of peace. This is where a better social world is created one game at a time.

Forgiveness One Story At A Time

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How Do We Forgive?

The countdown has begun. My feet will touch African soil in the country of Rwanda on December 29th. I already know that this will be a transformative experience as I meet with both victims and perpetrators of the 1994 genocide when neighbors committed the worst atrocities against one another. More than one million people were slaughtered with crude weapons of war in a ninety-day period.

Somehow, they found the power to forgive. They found a way to heal and to move forward together. There is no more ethnic recognition of Tutsis and Hutus. They are now one Rwanda. How did this happen? At the core of their forgiveness was the ability for victims to share their stories of grief, trauma, and devastation while the perpetrators listened. The road to this point is revealed in the video, “As We Forgive.” It is required viewing for my study group of fourteen students and citizens traveling under the auspices of George Mason University.

Forgiveness grows when we share our stories

“What project do you want to pursue?” Al Fuertes, my professor, inquired. Without hesitation, I said “I want to talk with storytellers and artists, women especially, who have found a sense of identity when all has been ripped away: husbands, children, parents, lovers, and friends. How do they tell their new stories of resilience?”

All of us face loss and disappointment. Some have faced the unbearable. How do we keep putting one foot in front of the other under the most adverse circumstances? I work with organizations where one co-worker cannot forgive another. I work with teams that are divided because of unresolved racial tension. But, in Rwanda, forgiveness has occurred one story at a time. When we look at our own lives, who needs to forgive us and to whom do we need to extend the olive branch? Have you calculated the cost of remaining stuck in your hurt story? I would love to read your responses. I will share my learning journey through this blog while gaining insight into the power of healing and forgiveness in Rwanda.

Forgive: The new practice and mantra for Black Men | Kosmos Quarterly

Forgive Kosmos Quarterly Article

By Ulysses ‘Butch’ Slaughter and Tamara S. Hamilton

At the fragile age of 12, Ulysses Slaughter listened as his mother Clarice was shot to death by his father Ulysses Grant Slaughter Sr. Emerging from his bedroom, he watched as life flowed out of his mother. Stepping over her body that day was the first act in his amazing odyssey toward forgiveness.

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This Article by Tamara Smiley Hamilton is an Excerpted from Speaker Magazine – National Speakers Association (Banner Graphic Credit: NSA Speaker Magazine)

When six of seven global finalists advance to the coveted circle of Accredited Speaker and your name is not called, you are grateful for a dimly lit ballroom.

These were the words I wrote in my journal the night I did not receive the designation as an Accredited Speaker (AS) from Toastmasters International. The feeling was unfamiliar, because most things I want in life and truly prepare for, I achieve. For this endeavor, I was not prepared emotionally, nor was I at the depth of my craft. I underestimated the magnitude of what I was pursuing.

Perhaps I am not alone in misjudging the rigor of becoming an Accredited Speaker. What I do know is that I grew exponentially as a speaker because of the journey. And the journey continues.

Some people think Toastmasters is only for the beginning speaker. For many, including some very accomplished NSA members, it is a road worth traveling. Come along and see for yourself.


Toastmasters International is the world’s leading leadership development and communications organization, with 350,000 members in 142 countries. NSA founder Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE, was a Toastmaster and was crowned the 1942 World Champion of Public Speaking.

Many NSA members are accomplished Toastmasters. The ideas in this article come from five who have achieved one or both of the highest designations or awards a Toastmaster can achieve: Accredited Speaker and World Champion of Public Speaking.

  • Darren LaCroix, CSP, won the 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking and earned Accredited Speaker in 2016. He is the first NSA member to hold the CSP and the AS designations along with the World Championship of Public Speaking.
  • Rochelle Rice, MA, CSP, NSA board member, is the only woman in the world to hold both the CSP and the AS designations.
  • Sheryl Roush earned Accredited Speaker in 1993 and is a global ambassador for Toastmasters.
  • Ed Tate, CSP, is the 2000 World Champion of Public Speaking.
  • Peter Barron Stark, CSP, earned the Accredited Speaker in 1990.

All are devoted NSA members, and all know a secret: Toastmasters is not a club solely for rookies. It’s a powerhouse for practice. “There is enormous opportunity from participating in both organizations,” says Rice, who says the AS designation has played a huge role in building her business.

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In the Light | Kosmos Advising Editor, Tamara Hamilton & Kosmos LIVE Podcast

Unlearning with Tamara S Hamilton

On Unlearning…

“What do we need to unlearn– about people, about reconciliation, about what we think we know for sure? Unlearning is a pilgrimage into our own inner landscape to see where we might need to prune our assumptions and clear a less treacherous path through this complex time. What might we unlearn in community, in communication and in solidarity with others? This idea is very fluid, but also holds the potential to shift mindsets and to open new vistas.” – Tamara Hamilton

Tamara Smiley Hamilton MA, is a professional speaker dedicated to giving voice to the voiceless. She is the CEO of Audacious Coaching LLC and facilitates workplace conversations on conflict, race and implicit bias.

Tamara has taught courses in race relations at Loyola Marymount University and served as assistant dean of students at Occidental College. From 1985-91, she lived with her family in the Rhineland Phalz region of Germany to experience life as an immigrant. That experience helped shape her as a citizen of the world, a dream her father espoused since the day she was born in segregated Montgomery, Alabama.

A lifelong learner, she is a graduate of Scripps College, Howard University and the University of Southern California. In 2017, she returned to higher education to study race, conflict and peace at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. She is the 2017 recipient of the James H. Laue Scholarship Endowment in recognition of her contributions to human and civil rights.

Her coming of age story, Diary of a Watts Princess: A Memoir of Hopes and Dreams, is published in Kosmos Journal. And her recent podcast with Valerie Brown is linked below.

KOSMOS LIVE PODCAST SERIES Unlearning Together with Tamara Hamilton
Episode 1 | Valerie Brown on Pilgrimage

Diversity and Inclusion Speaker, Tamara S. Hamilton is Advising Editor of Kosmos Quarterly

Kosmos Quarterly Debut

The inaugural edition of the new Kosmos Quarterly debuts June 15: Unlearning Together

Kosmos Journal Summer cover of bees in the hive, calls to mind community and collective work. Honeycomb is said to symbolize the heart chakra and life’s sweetness. Deeply woven into the ecosystem, bees are essential pollinators and remind us that we too can be agents of cross-fertilization and transformation!

The inaugural edition is a vibrant snapshot of where we stand at a pivotal moment in the human experiment. What do we care about most deeply, and what habits, views, and assumptions are we ready to release? How do we balance our grief for the world with authentic, effective action?

Coach and Professional Speaker on Diversity and Inclusion, Tamara S. Hamilton Is One of Circle of Advising Editors

Tamara Advising EditorKosmos advising editors work as networkers, writers, and ambassadors for Kosmos and the Kosmos Quarterly edition they serve. This intentional group of culture hackers, healers, activists and artists have come together for 100 days to cross-pollinate ideas and share the fruits of their practices with subscribers. Tamara brings her extensive knowledge and heart-felt passion for diversity and inclusion awareness and training.

For 100 days, the Editorial Circle has made Kosmos an important part of their heart-centered activism and personal journey. The Summer Edition of Kosmos Quarterly is the result!

Contributors, include: Drew Dellinger, Helen Titchen Beeth, Alnoor Ladha, Pamela Boyce Simms, Charles Eisenstein, Orland Bishop, Bill Plotkin, and many others.

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Telling Our Stories of Conflict and Accord

Diary of a WATSS Princess Tamara Smiley Hamilton

Our stories matter.

When I found the courage to tell my story, I had no idea where it would lead me. Reflecting on my life opened doors to memory and magic. Details returned about lessons learned and how I came into awareness of not only myself but also how I wanted to show up in the world.  Our past is an invitation to our future, if we pause to take a look.

What started as a project in a memoir writing class three years ago is now the lead article in the digital edition of Kosmos, a journal of transformation. My story now has global exposure to an audience of peace seekers, to an audience seeking to change the world for good.

My story focuses on conflict but ends with a message of hope. Where does your story begin?

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