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Tara Jaye Frank

Tara Jaye Frank

Tara Jaye Frank is founder and CEO of TJF Career Modeling LLC. The former Hallmark executive has served as co-designer of the NEW Executive Leaders Forum, and is the author of Say Yes: A Woman’s Guide to Advancing Her Professional Purpose

Race. Racism. Bias. Privilege. Words that provoke powerful emotion in almost every American.
“The mind is the master-weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance.” — James Allen, As A Man Thinketh
Whenever I speak or teach, someone in the audience asks about my journey to finding my professional purpose. Of course, we often look to others’ experiences as a guide — why and how did you do that? And what, if anything, can I learn from it?
People often ask what I believe would help employees of color thrive at work. Many companies have declared a commitment to diversity and inclusion — to creating a level playing field where all employees have the opportunity to excel and be their authentic selves.
A colleague I deeply respect recently sent me an email with something tremendously valuable inside — a great idea. Working for Hallmark, I receive emails with ideas all the time. But this one got me thinking about why some ideas take hold and others don’t.
I made a personal commitment to keep it extra real in 2015. I love social media for connecting, entertainment and the speed with which we’re able to satiate our natural curiosity. But let's be honest, if we're not careful, media can also have us believing the worst about humanity.
Unless you’re Rip Van Winkle, you already know that people of color represent 92 percent of U.S. population growth, and women of color will comprise 53 percent of the female population by 2050.