Your employees are not OK, with Forbes Next 1000’s Dr. Tana Session

As a floating secretary for Ernst & Young, Tana Session found herself spending a lot of time in HR and soaking up every bit of knowledge she could. A boss saw potential in her, and she climbed the corporate ladder focusing on DEI and culture. She eventually decided it was time to step out on her own – she made the leap to entrepreneurship, where she now consults with brands such as Madison Reed, Carhartt, and Dolce & Gabanna.

Dr. Tana Session is a DEIB & HR Consultant, host of the Stop Being the Best Kept Secret Podcast, and author of Working While Black: A Woman’s Guide to Stop Being the Best Kept Secret.


Jackie Ferguson: Hello and thanks for joining me today. My guest today is Dr. Tana Session. Dr. Session is an award-winning consultant, international speaker, executive level performance coach, best-selling author, recognized inclusion diversity and multi-generational thought leader and media contributor.

Dr. Session is the official LinkedIn Learning expert for diversity and inclusion in recruiting and interviewing, and was also recognized by Forbes as a next 1000 and a top diversity and inclusion business leader, and a DEI champion by the National Diversity Council. Dr. Session, thank you so much for being with me today.

Dr. Tana Session: Thank you, Jackie honored to be here. Looking forward to it. 

Jackie: Me too. So let’s start if we can, by just telling us a little about yourself, your family, your identity, your background, whatever you’d like to share.

Tana: Sure. So Dr. Tana Session, I identify as she, her. I am married. I have a 26-year-old son. I have a 31-year-old bonus son. We’ve been empty nesters since 2013, so it’s been a fabulous life of, you know, just myself and my husband doing what we want when we want. Professionally, I, have been in HR for over 30 years.

I’ve been head of HR for 10 of those years for different types of organizations, both for profit and not for profit. I’ve been in the diversity space since 2007. So I’ve been doing this work for quite some time. I just recently got accepted to law school. So I’m really looking forward to starting law school in the fall. And my focus is going to be civil rights law, which many people who know me are not surprised by that. So looking forward to taking my game and DEI up a notch,, from a legal aspect. 

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