Tish Norman

As an award-winning speaker, leadership expert and cultural critic, Tish Norman has been educating students and other audiences on achieving great things for more than a decade. Her witty, entertaining style makes her an amazing choice for any leadership keynote.

Tish uses creative energy and stylish motivation to help students release their inner leader. She is known for her humor, her energy and for delivering programs that offer practical information and positive strategies. She also brings a special sensitivity to diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, making her the perfect choice for those campuses with significantly multicultural student bodies.

“Tish was a fun and motivational addition to our conference! Her message truly resonated with our students, and they were actively engaged throughout her entire presentation! We loved having her here at UT and would highly recommend her to other institutions.”

– Sally Gates, University of Tennessee

“Most definately! She gave our students key points that I believe that they will remember for a long time. Great Job TISH!!!!”

– Alexis Turner, Ashford University

“Tish was able to reach our students and help them see the potential they have to make a difference in the Greek community.”

– Astrid Beltran, Baylor University

Calling All Greeks to the Floor!

This spirited keynote, perfect for Greek Week or your Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Conference, is Tish’s most popular program. She engages audiences with a motivational, high-energy, multi-media presentation that quite simply…connects! Tish promotes diversity and unity by calling on Greek-letter organizations to recognize, celebrate, and embrace their differences rather than be separated by them. As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Tish specifically designed this keynote to serve several purposes—to celebrate our respective organizations’ legacy, to inspire leadership effectiveness, and to revitalize your fraternal bonds as we serve our campus, chapters, and community.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • To identify the trends and implications of the contemporary undergraduate fraternity/sorority experience.
  • How to reduce the frustration, fear factors, and stress associated with recruitment and membership intake.
  • How to empower Greek communities to be proactive and positive in the areas of inclusion and compassion in order to realize their potential.

Redefine the Divine Nine

Does your NPHC experience drama AND inner-council conflict? Have your NPHC organizations failed to maintain their required GPA? Are relations with other councils strained? Is there a lack of understanding, communication, and unity?

Imagine what it would be like to get control of these and other challenges and to motivate NPHC members to decrease the drama with one another, to increase academic eligibility, and to attract higher quality members who engage in succession planning, collaboration, and sustainability. It is extremely critical that every NPHC member be provided with the tools necessary to support themselves, one another, and the broader Greek community. This motivating presentation gives every member mind-changing strategies to empower their community to take action on issues that challenge their community the most. Tish will help equip members at all levels of experience to create and perpetuate an environment of improvement and results.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • To further increase students participation in educationally meaningful collegiate activity.
  • To enhance members’ cultural competency, knowledge, and skills associated with NPHC.
  • Ways to create and sustain momentum in their chapters, co-councils, and campus-wide community.

History, Herstory, YOUR Story…

Student leaders send powerful messages when they demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion that is fueled by action, not just rhetoric. Embracing people from all kinds of backgrounds shows that diversity is important, and it fosters an inclusive campus culture. Tish helps sets the tone for your campus’ culturally sensitive programming by promoting diversity and inclusion and calling on student organization leaders, represented by a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, to recognize, celebrate, and embrace their differences rather than be separated by them.

Tish reinforces her message of creating a nurturing campus community for all students by infusing relevant current cultural trends, thus connecting with every member of the audience. If you are looking for an innovative way to create stronger community among your diverse student leaders, this impactful keynote will help attendees better understand the misconceptions and stereotypes about themselves and one another. It’s time to make diversity a strategic priority and execute your goals!

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How to better understand the culture of diverse students and campus-wide organizations.
  • Ways to build effective interpersonal communication skills.
  • To identify the MVPs (Most Valuable Points) of multiculturalism and diversity.
  • Steps to create a Personal Action Plan for implementation for themselves and their organization.

Girls, Let’s Talk!

This engaging journey empowers undergraduate women to re-define themselves with respect, humility, refinement, and a positive self-image. Tish creates honest dialogue about the labels that the media, society, and often times, peers, use to define women. Specifically, Tish focuses on empowering female student leaders to properly engage themselves daily and in various social environments. These, along with other personal characteristics like developing accountability and maintaining healthy relationships, are explored to engage and challenge participants to re-examine their behaviors in an effort to improve themselves and their effectiveness on campus.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How to cultivate an environment that supports mutual respect and encourages individuality.
  • Ways to acknowledge the unique contributions of other female student leaders and their role in building an inclusive and equitable campus community.
  • To promote academic achievement, personal development, and accountability.

Emcee Services – Kick Off Your Event or Conference with Energy!

If you are hosting a conference or a big campus event, it’s critical that someone kicks it off with high energy and enthusiasm. If you want to kick things off with a bang and get your audience excited about the event, then you should consider having Tish Norman host your event. She will kick-off your conference or event so your audience feels fired up and ready to learn and have fun. Tish uses music, interactivity, humor, and energetic motivation to engage an audience and keep the energy levels high throughout the event.

Tish is highly-regarded as a conference energizer and as a “Mistress of Ceremonies.” She projects enthusiasm, pleasant appearance, confidence, skill with words, and ability to think on her feet. Whether your audience is pumped up or needs a little enthusiasm, Tish can get things moving by establishing rapport with the audience and generating a contagious “oomph” that gets everyone excited and involved.

Whether she’s on stage kicking off a lip sync event, step show, leadership conference, or other big campus event, Tish will help you get things started off BIG. Call for more information, and we’ll put you in touch with Tish directly to discuss what you need and imagine for your next big event.

Tish’s Bio

Tish Norman, M.Ed is the Executive Director of Transforming Leaders Now, Inc., a leadership development company, specializing in educational programming. Having spoken in 43 states and eight countries, Tish is an influential voice on leadership, women and the African American experience, and her keynotes have become favorites among universities, associations and leadership conferences. Not only is she knowledgeable in the fundamentals of effective leadership, Tish has published several articles in university publications and is a contributing author of From Mediocre to Magnificent and Leading the Way, Stories of Inspiration and Leadership.


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