Tanya M. Odom

President and Chief Executive Officer

Tanya M. Odom, Ed. M. is the Director of Innovation and Social Media and an Executive Coach with The FutureWork Institute.

Tanya works with corporations in the United States and Europe in their efforts to address diversity issues and create sustainable change in organizations. She has worked with such clients as 3M, American Express, Boehringer Ingelheim, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, the New York Stock Exchange, Ogilvy & Mather, Raytheon, Starbucks, Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Wells Fargo. Her areas of specialty include race/racism, gender dynamics, disabilities, recruitment and retention, work/life balance, mentoring, coaching, and global diversity.

She has been involved in the European Union’s projects focusing on bias, discrimination, bigotry and tolerance. In this capacity she has facilitated diversity workshops for adults and youth in nine European countries. She is currently a consultant for the European Peer Training Organization, where she works on creating diversity programming, training, and information sharing in Europe, with a particular focus on youth and youth empowerment and leadership. This program has been cited as a Best Practice program by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia. She was a member of the Bertelsmann Foundation’s International Tolerance Network, where she worked with theorists, academics, and practitioners from around the world on issues of tolerance and anti-bias research, programming, and training. She served as a delegate to the World Conference against Racism in South Africa.

Tanya is the co-author of “Evaluation in the Field of Education for Democracy, Human Rights and Tolerance.” She is the diversity columnist for Diversity Woman. Tanya also writes for Insight Into Diversity and Workshifting, among others.

She was named by Diversity Best Practices as “One of the Five Diversity Thought Leaders to Follow on Twitter.”

Tanya was recently on the faculty of the Human Resources Management program at Georgetown University, where she taught courses on innovation and creativity.

She has taught at Princeton University in the Junior Summer Institute and has been an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College, where she taught graduate courses in the areas of diversity, leadership, and team development. She has also taught a course at the Center for Conflict Resolution at the University of Capetown in South Africa.

Tanya received her master’s of education from Harvard University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology/sociology, with a minor in women’s studies, from Vassar College.