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KEYNOTE - Embracing the Power of Your Leadership Footprint

It has been said that ‘we never touch another so lightly that we do not leave a trace’. In this humorous inspirational keynote, Tara emphasizes that we are all leaders in some capacity, regardless of title or position, and that kids are constantly seeking leaders who they can follow. There has always been the need for human connection—so much more now than ever before.  Through powerful stories of her time spent both teaching and coaching diverse populations,Tara emphasizes the importance of embracing intentional actions that will inspire and motivate. Characteristics of great leaders will be discussed, and attendees will take away tremendous encouragement with which to embrace the power of their educational leadership footprint on a daily basis—today and tomorrow.

This talk was presented at:
2021 National ESEA Conference
February 2021 in Cyberspace
Tara Brown

Tara Brown, known as ‘The Connection Coach’, Tara Brown is president of Learner's Edge Consulting and an Award-winning educator, author and international speaker. She holds a Masters degree in Administration and Supervision and is a nationally certified Personal Trainer.

Tara’s 33-year professional journey as a teacher and coach has taken her coast-to-coast from rural Florida to gang territory in California and to one of the largest high schools in Tennessee with over 42 countries represented. Her international engagements have included Dubai and Beirut working with both teachers and youth. During the 1990’s, Tara worked with ‘Communities in Schools’, the leading nonprofit dropout prevention organization in the nation and established a successful program at Lindbergh Middle School in Long Beach, CA. She worked closely with at-risk teens, many who were entrenched in the gang lifestyle and helped empower them with leadership and life skills and reshape their view of the future. In 2005, in Nashville TN, Tara played a key role in piloting a Leadership Development program at Antioch High School targeting nontraditional leaders. Because of the success of this program, it expanded to all high schools in Davidson County and earned Tara the ‘Pioneer Award’ and ‘Teacher of the Year’ award in 2006.


Since leaving the classroom, Tara’s passion and humor continues to drive her work with adults around the globe. Through her keynotes, trainings, and consulting, Tara’s goal is to motivate, to inspire and to better equip adults with the ability to connect and have meaningful relationships with kids of all ages, so their potential can truly be unleashed. She is committed to strengthening organizations ONE connection at a time.