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THE 8AM VIRTUAL SPEAKER SERIES

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  • As a thank you for presenting for no charge, each speaker in this series will get contact information of all who are present for their talk so they may stay in touch.

  • The recording of each speaker will only be shared with that speaker for their own use.

  • A “key take away” from each recording will be captured and put in the Charmm’d Directory for your future reference.

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Tynisha D. Gardner, MS O.L.

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Tynisha D. Gardner, M.S. is a transformative leader and community activist. With over 10 years of experience in education and 20 years in business, she advocates for the next generation of leaders. Notably, she has coached professionals at all levels

in education including collegiate as well as in fortune 500 corporations. Mrs. Gardner is a community stakeholder who is a dedicated member of the Gurnee Women’s Business Associate (GWBA), Not for profit business owner for Business Network International (BNI), and a member of the Charmmd Foundation Executive Director’s Leadership Group. She is also a consultant for the Community Based Planning Initiative with Lake County Community Foundation, and council member for the Lake County Early Start - focusing on providing more services to children birth to five years old. As well as a former board member of Zion Benton Township’s High School District 126.

Mrs. Gardner has become a staple in education serving families from all walks of life in the private, public, and charter sectors. She cherished the many opportunities to have taught children in grades Preschool - 12th. Mrs. Gardner’s education journey has afforded her the opportunities to develop and implement life-changing programs focusing on high school readiness and placement, higher education attainment, as well as career coaching. She believes that any child regardless of zip code and economic status deserves a high-quality education and should be empowered to “pay it forward” for the next generation. Over the course of her education career,  in a short span of time, Mrs. Gardner has placed over 500 young-scholars in some

of the country’s most prestigious secondary independent, parochial, private, and boarding schools. An advocate for children and families who experiences the impact of living in underserved and underrepresented communities, Mrs. Gardner has become a highly sought out influential leader to help catapult change within her own community where funding, resources, and opportunities are limited. As President and CEO of Affirm Leadership Christian Academy(ALCA), she is committed to helping girls of color break barriers. From her own life journey, she champions the cause to raise up women leaders who will impact generations and transform the communities they live in.

Mrs. Gardner obtained an associate degree in Business Administration in 2006 followed by a bachelor’s degree in 2007 with a Concentration in Management from Roosevelt University formerly known as Robert Morris University in Waukegan, IL. Mrs. Gardner further pursued a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Dominican University in River Forest, IL in 2009. She also co-authored “Emotional Wellness for Women Vol. III” through the Professional Woman Network. While these accomplishments have opened the door to many career experiences, it is the success of a child that is the greatest reward for her.

Tynisha values her family and faith and is dedicated to answering the call of God. She strives to align her life with the scripture Ephesians 2:8-10. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

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