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Tish Norman is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and is the Executive Director of Transforming Leaders Now, Inc., an educational consulting company specializing in college & career readiness, women’s leadership, and the African-American experience.


Tish started her career in the classroom in Cincinnati, OH teaching 3rd and 4th grade, and after being crowned Miss Black Cincinnati, she decided to take her gifts to Hollywood. Commercials, music videos, game shows, documentaries, sitcoms, Tish did it all!

After 10 years of grinding in Hollywoodland, guess where Tish ended up? Yup, you're right! Back in the classroom. Out of an amalgamation of all of her professional experiences in education, pageantry, and acting, one day, Tish found her sweet spot; on stage, delivering a keynote to 500 high school students...and loved it!

Now, almost 20 years later, as a professional speaker and having delivered over 1000 presentaions, Tish’s unparalleled energy, delivery style, and stirring keynotes have become favorites among universities, associations and leadership conferences from coast to coast.

Tish is a contributing author of several articles and three books, "From Mediocre to Magnificent", "Leading the Way", and the newly released, "BLACKOUT: Real Issues and Real Solutions to Real Challenges Facing Black Student Affairs Professionals".

A graduate of Kentucky State University, Tish has a Master’s in Education from Pepperdine University and is a doctoral pursuant in Pan-African Studies, where her research focuses on memory and the Black sorority.

Having spoken in 45 states and 14 countries and despite her rigorous academic obligations, Tish still maintains an active speaking schedule, keynoting at dozens of campuses and leadership conferences every year. In 2017, Tish returned to her roots in Georgia and calls Atanta home.

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