We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiara M. Tucker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiara M., what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
To properly answer this question, I think it’s important to level set on the definition of a habit. Wikipedia defines habit as “a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously.” When I pause to reflect on my most common habits that have helped me to succeed along my journey, I think about how I regularly wake up and go to sleep thinking about my dreams, goals, and my organizations, Speak That! Movement and Tiara PR Network. There is not a day that goes by when I don’t focus my attention on them and nurture them in some way. Because I recognize how critical mindset is, I also regularly surround myself with positive messages – whether they come from my favorite people, speakers, songs, books, media sources, or social media pages. I regularly pour into myself with affirmations and by speaking life over myself because I believe in the power of words, especially my own words to myself. I regularly challenge my thinking, expand my connections, think outside of the box, try to be a good person to others and myself, and give myself permission to try new things with the belief that I will never fail if I am always open to learning. Lastly, I regularly pray for guidance, direction and protection. I know that if God is for me and my life, then no weapons formed against me shall prosper even when they try. I now know that because of me regularly doing these key items, I was creating a personal and professional brand even when I was not initially attempting to.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I like to say I’m an “empowerment connector” because I believe my purpose in life is to connect people via my purpose-driven businesses, empowerment events, communications, speaking engagements, guest speakers, and my Speak That! Movement Empowerment Calendars and other novelties found at www.speakthatmovement.com. This year my goal is to help people dream bigger, speak louder and shatter the glass with my efforts! Long gone are the days of feeling boxed in based on other people’s thoughts and limitations about our lives. In addition, I like to play off of my name and say that I am the wearer of many “tiaras.” To name a few, outside of my 16-year career in Corporate America where I am currently a Corporate Responsibility Analyst and Public Affairs Communications Specialist, I am a PR strategist, empowering (and loud) international speaker, event creator/host, panel moderator, empowerment life coach, social justice activist, mental health advocate, philanthropist, and the visionary founder and CEO of my babies, Tiara PR Network, LLC and Speak That! Movement, Inc. After years of working on PR, communications, events, consulting, and coaching others just for fun or to offer support, I decided to take baby steps of faith with Tiara PR Network. My most notable PR experiences include my “behind the scenes” work in the battle against social justice inequalities and police brutality. I have worked alongside some of the nation’s most well-known civil rights attorneys, as well as among nationally-known social justice activists. I am occasionally called on for PR strategy and PR/media coordination for very high-profile and media-saturated cases. I have been responsible for overseeing local, national and international media relationships. I have also been the event chair and PR coordinator for multiple high-caliber events, as well as the fun and intimate family/friend gatherings. In addition to Tiara PR Network, I passionately lead my charitable organization, Speak That! Movement, which was originally created in my home state of Illinois as an empowerment spoken word community event called “Speak That!” It evolved into a movement after I moved to Dallas and I evolved to a more focused woman in business. The mission of Speak That! Movement is to equip and empower professional women in business along their journeys of dream and goal realization so they can unapologetically walk in their purpose, use their voice and live their best lives. We are also combatting the mental health and social injustice roadblocks that we as women experience along our journeys. I am really excited about how Speak That! Movement will continue to make a difference in the empowerment, mental health and social justice space. We have a big initiative that will be revealed soon, so I’m looking forward to sharing details. I hope to partner with other orgs and donors to really do some amazing things with my charitable organization. Also, as a result of just wanting to pause and TALK on Facebook Live during the social unrest and COVID-19 uneasiness last year, I somehow became the creator, host and executive producer of over 40 Speak That! Talks, which are my weekly live virtual events created to empower, uplift and virtually connect people all over the world via my unscripted TALKs with special guest speakers. This also ties into my PR passion because I am connecting with a variety of business professionals from all over the world (most recently the UK, Sweden, Australia, and Canada), and creating a platform for them to share their message in front of large audiences. My goal with this emerging effort is to bring positivity, hope and fun to people when we need it most. My journey has had it’s mountain-high moments (and I truly have escaped to Denver to hike a mountain as a mindfulness practice) and valley-low moments (when I couldn’t get out of bed), but I wouldn’t change anything. I have had the most amazing experiences and opportunities ever! I’ve also had hardships and battles with anxiety while going after my own dreams and wanting to live my best life. When I got out of my pit by focusing on mindfulness, speaking life over myself, shifting my mindset, expanding my circles, and some other things, I declared I would not give up on myself, my visions, my dreams, or my goals. I have dedicated my life to supporting and empowering others along their journeys. Although it may sound like I have done a lot, I really feel like there is much more to do. I know that I am just getting warmed up! The best is yet to come, and I look forward to connecting with even more people along my journey. Ayye!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I must admit, I am quite the hostess with the mostest when my guests come to Dallas looking for a memorable time and good food! I can find something for anybody! Granted my current itineraries would be adjusted due to COVID-19. However, we’d put on our masks even if they are not mandated in Texas any more, and I’d be sure to take them to some of my favorite Black-owned restaurants for good dining, beverages, ambiance and people, such as DJ’s Steakhouse, Kitchen + Kocktails, Pangea, and Coffee Soiree. For the Dallas Cowboys fans, I’d add a visit to the Star in Frisco and Downtown Dallas for the Dallas Mavs fans. A trip to Dallas is not complete without some Tex-Mex, weekend brunch, a rooftop establishment, a nice patio, and live music!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It’s always difficult trying to identify who or what deserves credit and recognition in my story because the long list continues to grow. It’s equally important for me to thank the people who have always believed in me and supported me, such as my immediate family and loved ones, as it is to thank the people who did not or do not. For this particular shout out, I want to recognize my father, Michael Chandler, and maternal grandmother, Louise Tucker. In March of 2006, they both died in separate cities (one died on March 1, 2006 and the other March 29, 2006). I had the chance to visit both of them right before they died and I promised some things to each of them. In very faint voices, one said, “You go, girl,” and just a few weeks later, the other mumbled, “Keep the faith.” I never forgot what I said to them and their replies, which would have been their final face to face words to me. When they died, I wanted to make sure I fulfilled my promises I uttered to them and make them proud. I am often reminded that they are protecting me and hopefully proud of me when a stranger or someone I know may randomly say, “You go, girl” or “Keep the faith.” It always feels like a sign from up above to keep pushing forward! May they both rest in heaven!
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