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Trainer Bio

Tara Powers, MS

Tara Powers, CEO of her own training and consulting firm, is on a mission to help fast growing companies and socially responsible organizations boost employee passion, develop cohesive teams, and build leadership agility in a virtual environment. Her commitment to her clients is to serve as a catalyst for change, to be the business partner that takes their team collaboration, employee engagement, and leadership credibility to the next level and to deliver results that make them want to do the happy dance.

As a 20-year talent development professional, Tara is an international best-selling author, keynote speaker, award-winning leadership and Wiley DiSC® expert and crusader against boring, ineffective employee development initiatives and leadership training. She's worked with over 300 companies and more than 30,000 leaders building programs and launching initiatives that deliver high touch and high impact for her clients.

Tara's strategic programs have earned her prestigious recognition as a Top 10 Leadership 500 Award winner by HR.com. In 2019 and 2020, Tara received the HR Contributor and HR Vendor Icon Award for her thought leadership on virtual teams and for her outstanding partnership with her clients, chosen by a jury that included senior executives from PepsiCo, GE, UPS, TIAA, TripAdvisor, HP, New York Life and more.

Tara is also a long-time judge for the coveted Brandon Hall Excellence Awards which recognizes the best learning organizations globally that have successfully deployed programs and tools that have achieved measurable impacts. You might also recognize Tara as a 2020 Women to Watch in Colorado's Biz Magazine.

As an experienced keynote speaker and author, Tara speaks nationally on vital topics such as the importance of human connection, resiliency, and emotional agility, as well as simple steps to create cohesive virtual teams. Her highly acclaimed books for Wiley's popular "Dummies series" include Virtual Teams for Dummies (2018) and Working from Home for Dummies (est. 2020), both focused on success strategies for the new reality of work.

Tara's fresh approach, combined with a heavy dose of humor, will leave your leaders and teams wanting more. Whether you're looking for a keynote or a transformational virtual program, Tara will teach and share her expertise in a simple, experiential and entertaining way.