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Aug 25, 2020

Today’s guest knows exactly what it means to be called to a mission that is greater than yourself.

I am honored and excited to introduce you to this incredible force for change, CEO of Pencils of Promise, Tanya Ramos. Tanya has devoted her career to improving educational opportunities and life outcomes for young people in the most low-resourced communities. With a track record of growing organizations in key leadership roles at Education Pioneers and The Children’s Aid Society, she has served as a tireless advocate for educational equity.

Tanya has been honored with the Annie E. Casey Foundation Award for exemplary work in underserved communities and received her Master of Science in Urban Policy and Management from New School University.

In this episode, Tanya and I go deep into conversations about access to education and how Tanya is working diligently to reshape the landscape of education across the globe. Tanya shares her own personal story and reveals the struggles behind her ADHD diagnosis and the inspiration behind her calling of servant leadership. Plus, Tanya discloses why BIPOC women are deserving of leadership roles and the extensive work it took for her to achieve her recognition and success.

In this Episode You’ll Learn: 

  • All about today’s guest, Tanya Ramos [ 3:40 ]
  • How Tanya navigates access to provide quality education [ 4:35 ]
  • The way that Tanya stays resilient during a global pandemic [ 7:50 ]
  • About Tanya’s journey [ 10:00 ]
  • The importance of resilience + fearlessness for staying on our path [ 15:00 ]
  • How to navigate the feelings of fear as a leader [ 18:20 ]
  • Advice for up-leveling our business relationships [ 24:50 ]
  • About advancing in leadership as a woman of color [ 32:10 ]
  • Ways to navigate the overwhelm of education during COVID [ 41:00 ]
  • The importance of being comfortable with vulnerability [ 47:05 ]


Soul Shifting Quotes: 

  • “My purpose is to ensure children that look like me around the globe have access to quality education.”
  • “My purpose is to be a servant leader.”
  • “I could have gone left at any point.”
  • “When you’re not scared of failing, it opens up a multitude of opportunities.”
  • “Be comfortable with being vulnerable.”

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