Tonya C. Hegamin, MFA

Transformational Speaker •  Inclusivity and Creativity Expert •  Award-Winning Author •  Tenured Professor •  Co-Creative Coach

Through storytelling and narrative, Tonya supports individuals, organizations, and companies. Studies show that when work environments minimize individual identities, interpersonal relations, and creative problem solving, they suffer. Stagnation, contention, intergenerational conflict, and ultimately, a loss of profit are at stake. Through her experience as a queer, disabled BIPOC, Tonya Hegamin has spent decades committed to challenging the traditional hierarchies of work processes and team dynamics to develop compassionate and ethical leadership. She helps people evolve into highly productive, inclusive, and empowered ecosystems that utilize emotional and multiple intelligence models accurately for success.

“Tonya’s presentation style is engaging, supportive, and candid as she works to
further the group’s understanding and
awareness. Our attendees found the presentation to be a great blend of
thought-provoking and enjoyable
. Leading up to her presentation, Tonya was responsive and a pleasure to work with.”

-VICTORIA BENYO, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS CAMP, NEJEDA FOUNDATION INC.

Speaking Topics

⊛ COMPASSIONATE LEADERSHIP

⊛ USING ILLNESS AND TRAUMA TO ACCESS EMPOWERMENT

⊛ PUTTING HUMANITY BACK INTO HEALTHCARE

⊛ HOW VULNERABILITY CAN ACCESS VALUE

⊛ USING PLAY AND CREATIVITY FOR COLLABORATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING

⊛ SELF-HEALING IN TOXIC WORKSPACES

⊛ ANALYZING STORIES FOR TRANSFORMATIVE IMPACT

Generative creativity, radical inclusivity, holistic inquiry: these are the hallmarks of
Tonya C. Hegamin’s practice. Collaborating with her opened new corridors of thought
within my writing and worldview
. Tonya’s insight and guidance transformed my pedagogy and praxis, helping me nurture my creative attunement for my students along the way.”

—MARGOT DOUAIHY, PHD, CO-EDITOR OF
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS ELEMENTS IN CRIME

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