Tamara Thorpe

Principal Consultant & Head of Content and Quality
A smiling woman with short, curly red-brown hair

Get to know me in three:

My home away from home:Traveling was a value instilled in me at an early age, and so far I’ve traveled to over 30 countries and lived for extended periods of time in Spain, France, South Korea, Canada and Ireland. Each experience has taught me to be more self-aware, curious and kind. Both Ireland and France feel like home, places where I feel a strong sense of belonging and as thought I can never see the same thing too many times.
The values that influence me:My mother was my first mentor and role model, and she taught me the value of empathy and service. These values are at the forefront of my approach to leadership and training, and the basis for my years of advocacy in social and racial justice, equity and inclusion.
My diversity story:Growing up I was often asked, “What are you?” by friends and strangers alike, and while the question has been othering for me in most circumstances, it has forced me to be mindful about my racial identity from a very early age. Today I identify as Black with mixed heritage, and while I continue to learn more about my mixed heritage, my life experiences remains deeply rooted in blackness and my experiences as a Black woman.


Tamara is a recognized thought-leader in next generation leadership with more than twenty years’ experience in global leadership and organizational development. She has helped inspiring non-profit organizations, renowned universities, and complex government organizations to build healthy organizations that challenge the status quo and make a difference.


In her work as a facilitator and coach, she helps leaders and teams learn how to navigate differences and leverage their diversity to foster belonging in the workplace. Tamara’s approach to diversity and inclusion is grounded in her work in cultural competence, experiences as woman of color, and her years of education and experience in the US and abroad.


Known for her ability to move a crowd, Tamara is also a dynamic speaker and passionate activist who has used her voice to advocate for equality and equity to create thriving communities and a fair and just society. She is equally passionate about mentoring, breaking down the barriers between generations and challenging age bias, and creating advancement opportunities for professionals.


Tamara was born and raised in Los Angeles, and today she calls Albuquerque, New Mexico home. She earned a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of California, San Diego. She is also a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI©) , an instrument that measures intercultural sensitivity.

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