Tamara Smiley Hamilton, a global coach, facilitator and conflict resolution specialist, brings strong social science experience to the work of building healthy organizations. Through stories, word weaving, provocative questioning and more, Tamara guides people on their life journeys. She loves to bear witness to transformation and growth.
She earned a master’s degree at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California with a focus in change management and organization development. Since 1998, she has been a skilled practitioner in the application of the MBTI. With excellent oral and written communication skills, she has executed several critical leadership roles for the National Education Association: Executive Counsel for Leadership, Career Transition and Development, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, and Manager of Training and Organization Development. Her responsibilities included coaching executive staff and management. She served as a sensitivity coach in the areas of race, diversity and inclusion. She provided confidential coaching to senior leadership, including the executive director, national president, and executive committee. She led the organization-wide employee morale and cultural transformative initiative when NEA was undergoing major transitions internally and externally within its affiliate structure.
An expert in helping executives address tough issues related to race and diversity, she taught facilitation skills to sitting judges at the National Judicial College. She began a career in federal service in the U.S. Office of Education as an intern. She has been invited by the White House to teach “Mastering Public Speaking Skills” to Presidential appointees.
She is the first Black woman in the world to earn the Accredited Speaker designation from Toastmasters International by delivering a speech at its international convention to a live audience of 1500 which was live streamed to 142 countries.
Tamara’s mission is to be of service in this world by using her voice to give voice to the voiceless, to tell the stories tucked into the corners of neighborhoods, buried deep in the soul of the old lady shelling peas on the porch; the story behind the black eye, the ripped blouse, and the homeless man with the big smile. Tamara is an experienced and sought-after motivational speaker whose wise words lift the spirit, hug what hurts, and models hope and resilience. She is an eloquent and heart-centered communicator.
Diversity and Inclusion
Leadership Across the Color Line
Customer Service in A Diverse World
Employee Engagement and Morale
The Roots of Race
7 Blocks to Building Bridges
The Business Case for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
I facilitate town hall meetings to help discuss the undiscussables about race and gender.
I create toolkits that develop the skill set to shift the mindset to embrace diversity and inclusion.
I convene conversations on race in order to enhance employee engagement and morale.
What people have to say…
“Tamara is a wizard with words. She has a way of engaging the listener and before you know it, Tamara has taken you on an exciting journey that’s filled with many life lessons. She is truly enchanting!”
Princess Moss, Executive Committee, National Education Association
“I am the Human Civil Rights Coordinator for Okinawa, Japan. I was looking for a speaker to come to Okinawa and present a course that teachers could receive college credit. I was told about this dynamite speaker who had presented in Germany. On those remarks, I invited Mrs. Tamara Hamilton to present in Okinawa. I found her to be an orator and a motivational speaker. She provided wonderful handouts, video, and little token gifts when we volunteered to come before the group. She is a wealth of knowledge and there was never a dull moment. Teachers said to me, “this is the best class I have ever taken.”
Yvonne H. Brown, Course facilitator