MY EXPERIENCE

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MY EXPERIENCE

Dr. Tara Reed, Ph.D., affectionately known as the Motivator, Communicator, Educator, is an accomplished professor, entrepreneur, and highly sought after dynamic leader and speaker with expertise in communication, education, business, philanthropy and nonprofit organization. Dr. Reed’s ability to come across with a common sense approach, honesty and compassion, will inspire and reinvigorate you to move to the next level!

 

Dr. Reed is the Founder and CEO of Next Level Consulting, established in 1999 as a marketing and public relations consulting firm, where she continues to grow her brand by incorporating professional coaching, public speaking engagements, and educational consulting. Dr. Reed holds certifications as a Certified Master Life Coach and Certified Master Mindset Life Coach. Dr. Reed is also a Tenured Full Professor of Speech Communication in Fort Worth, TX where she currently resides. Dr. Reed’s next project is based on the motivational tool described as “Power of One”. The #OnePearlMovement will inspire H.O.P.E. which stands for Helping One Pearl Everyday move from exclusion to inclusion, unfulfilled to satisfied, hidden to visible. P.E.A.R.L. stands for Purposed. Empowered. Ambitious. Resilient. Leader.

 

Dr. Reed earned a Ph.D. in Education, Master’s Degree in Communication Studies and Bachelor’s Degree in Business. In addition, Dr. Reed is a Licensed Real Estate Broker, holds membership within multiple associations, honor societies, and is a life member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Dr. Reed has been recognized by her community and national organizations for the work that she has done, which exemplifies her commitment to the members in which she serves.

EXPERIENCE

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Next Level Consulting, Fort Worth, Texas: July 1999 – present

Founder and CEO

Independent Consultant and Public Speaker

  • Educational Consulting, Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Trainer, Professional Training

  • Public Relations and Marketing: Press Releases, Media Buyers, Sponsorship and Endorsements, Brochures/Flyers/Programs, Diversity Marketing

  • Event Planning: Banquets, Concerts, Tradeshows/Expo’s, Community, Sports and Special Events    

  • Grant Writing/Fundraising: Client: Renaissance Cultural Center application process and approval for 501(c)3, Raised and awarded over $500,000 to graduating seniors in Tarrant County (2010-1994) Client: National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum and Hall of Fame process and approval for 501(c)3, National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum grant application process and awarded by Nissan Foundation in the amount of $100,000 over 2015-2019, National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum grant application process and awarded by Amon G. Carter in the amount of $25,000 over 2014-2018, National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum grant application process and awarded by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Foundation in the amount of $50,000 over 2016-2019. Ongoing annual fundraising through the National Multicultural Western Museum which includes foundation, corporate and individual giving. Promotional material developed and products sold during rodeo tour: Cowboys and Cowgirls in Action Calendar Series 2007, 2004, 2002

 

Independent Film Maker, Fort Worth, Texas: December 2001 - Present

  • Independent Film title “Texas Voodoo Zombies”, Dallas, Texas October 2016 Producer and Actor

  • Documentary of Multi-Cultural Western History title “Best of Cowboys of Color Rodeo (’00-’02)”, Fort Worth, Texas: December 2001 Producer, Researcher, Editor, Interviewer

  • Producer of the Cowboys and Cowgirls in Action Calendar Series 2002, 2004, 2007

 

Texas Licensed Real Estate Broker

Certified Master Life Coach (Transformation Academy)

Certified Master Mindset Life Coach (Transformation Academy)

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

  • Tarrant County College (TCC), South Campus, Fort Worth, Texas

  • Department of Language Arts and Distant Learning Division:

  • Professor of Speech, August 2018 – present

  • Associate Professor of Speech, August 2014 – August 2018

  • Tenured, August, 2008

  • Assistant Professor of Speech, August 2007 – August, 2014

  • Speech Instructor, August 2003 – August 2007

  • Adjunct Instructor, January, 2003 – August 2003

  • Courses taught (on campus and online campus):       

            Public Speaking

            Business and Professional Communication

            Introduction to Speech Communication

            Interpersonal Communication

EDUCATION

Northcentral University: March 2013
Doctor of Philosophy in Education: (Dual Specialization) Higher Education Leadership and Instructional Leadership 

 

Baylor University: December 2002  
Master of Arts: Communication Studies (Organizational Management)

 

Baylor University: August 1996
Bachelor of Business Administration: (Dual Major) Marketing and Human Resource Management, (Minor) Broadcasting Management

ACCOLADES

2020 Minnie Stevens Piper South Campus Selected Nominee 

2019 National Pan-Hellenic Council President of the Year Award
2019 National Women of Achievement, Inc. North Texas Chapter Hidden Treasurers Within Our Community Honoree
2019 5th Anniversary Who’s Who in Black Dallas Honoree
2018 National Communication Association Presidential Citation for Service for Commitment to Facilitating NCA's Vision of Equity and Inclusion
2018 National Communication Association Presidential Citation for Service for the Black Caucus
2013 Northcentral University Dissertation of the Year Nominee 
2002 Fort Worth Business Press 40 Under 40 Inaugural Honoree
2002 Fort Worth Black News Five Most Fascinating Blacks of 2002 Honoree 
1999 Outstanding Citizen Award Fort Worth, Texas, LaVida Newspaper
1997 National Association of Broadcasting Travel Grant Recipient and Team Leader, Baylor University
1996 National Association of Broadcasting Travel Grant Recipient, Baylor University

ASSOCIATIONS

National Communication Association
Southern States Communication Association
International Communication Association 
World Communication Association
Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education
Kappa Delta Pi – Alpha Delta Epsilon
Golden Key Honor Society – Northcentral University
National Society of Leadership and Success 

Junior League of Fort Worth 
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated – Alpha Pi Sigma Alumnae Chapter, President, 2014 – present
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated – Alpha Pi Sigma Alumnae Chapter,  Life Member 1996 – present
National Pan-Hellenic Council of Tarrant County – President 2020, 2019 & 2018
National Pan-Hellenic Council of Tarrant County – Vice-President 2017
National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum Advisory Board
Renaissance Cultural Center Advisory Board 
Volunteer Now (formally Volunteer Center of North Texas) Past Secretary

SPEAKING/PRESENTATIONS

National Communication Association

 

Surviving and Thriving Across the Discipline in an Era of STEM. Chair. National Communication Association Conference, Virtual. Reed, T. C. (2020, November).

Intersectionality for Survival? Negotiating the Primary Identity. Presenter. National Communication Association Conference, Baltimore, MD. Reed, T. C. (2019, November).

 

Surviving and Thriving Across the Discipline in an Era of STEM. Chair. National Communication Association Conference, Baltimore, MD. Reed, T. C. (2019, November).

 

Communication as a Multifaceted Source for Survival: Reflection and Reaction. Chair. National Communication Association Conference, Baltimore, MD. Reed, T. C. (2019, November).

 

Surviving Black Womanhood: Rejecting Toxic Hegemonic Communicative Practices and Re-Negotiating New Ways of Thriving. Presenter. National Communication Association Conference, Baltimore, MD. Reed, T. C. (2019, November).

 

Voices and Resources: Placing Communication at the Forefront through Financial Literacy, Self-health Management, Social Change and Survival Engagement as a Muse for Advocacy, Implications of Media Scholarship and Communication Careers after College. Pre-conference Chair. National Communication Association Conference, Baltimore, MD. Reed, T. C. (2019, November).

 

The Black Caucus: Founders, Foundations, and the Future. Presenter. National Communication Association Conference, Dallas, TX. Reed, T. C. (2017, November).

 

Day of Service. Co-chair. National Communication Association Conference. Dallas, TX. Reed, T. C. and West, R. (2017, November).

 

Are Black Greek Letter Organizations Still Relevant in Society. Panel Chair. National Communication Association Conference, Dallas, TX. Reed, T. C. (2017, November).

 

Social Technology and Peer Feedback: Engaging Today’s Oral Communication Student. Presenter. National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL. Reed, T. C. (2014, November).

 

The Historical Myth of Black-Identified Women’s Strength: A Critical Conversation. Presenter. National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL. Reed, T. C. (2014, November).

 

National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD)

 

The New Normal: Nontraditional Students at Community Colleges and Universities. Master Presenter. National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, Austin, TX. Reed, T. C. (2016, August).

Continuing the Conversation on Retaining Nontraditional Students’ in the Classroom: Are You Helping? Roundtable Discussion Leader. National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, Austin, TX. Reed, T. C. (2016, August).

Implementing a Comprehensive Retention Plan in a Multi-Campus Community College. Master Presenter. National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, Austin, TX. Reed, T. C. (2015, May).

Retaining Nontraditional Students’ in the Classroom: Are You Helping? Roundtable discussion leader. National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, Austin, TX. Reed, T. C. (2014, May).

 

Developing a Comprehensive Retention Plan in a Multi-Campus Community College. Master presenter. National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, Austin, TX. Reed, T. C. (2014, May).

Nontraditional Students’ View of Community College and Retention. Master presenter. National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, Austin, TX. Reed T. C. (2013, May).

 

World Communication Association of North America

Cultivating Diverse Classroom Environments in Majority Race, Historically Black, and Community Colleges. Presenter. World Communication Association of North America Conference in Winnipeg, Canada. Reed, T. C. (2016, August).

 

Invited Speaker and Presentations

 

Junior League of Fort Worth "How Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is Driving Emotional Intelligence" Workshop Presenter. (2021, April 21).

Omicron Beta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. "Serving in Presence, Purpose and PEARLZ" Panel Discussion. Topic "Where Do We Go from Here: The Next Thirty Years and Beyond" (2020, November 21).

   

Leadership Scholars Seminar. Texas Christian University Fraternity and Sorority Life in Fort Worth, TX. Invited speaker. (2019, November 7).

 

Greek Life and Leadership Workshop. Texas Christian University Fraternity and Sorority Life in Fort Worth, TX. Invited Speaker. (2019, March 23).

 

Transitioning from High School to College Workshop. Texas Christian University Fraternity and Sorority Life and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Tau Rho Chapter in Fort Worth, TX. Invited Speaker. (2018, April 15).

 

Public Speaking Tips “One Minute Elevator Speech.” Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Rhoer Club in Dallas, TX. Invited speaker. (2017, March 26).

 

“Leadership Skills 1: Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals. ” Student National Medical Association NATIONAL LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (NLI) Hosted by: American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in Irving, TX. Invited speaker. (2017, January 6).

 

“Leadership Skills 2: Proficient Verbal Communication in 30-seconds.” Student National Medical Association NATIONAL LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (NLI) Hosted by: American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in Irving, TX. Invited speaker. (2017, January 6).

 

“Leadership.” Excellent TEEN Choice C.L.E.E. (Character, Leadership, Education and Entrepreneurship) Conference on Tarrant County College Southeast Campus in Arlington, TX. Invited speaker. (2016, October 16).

 

Sister to Sister Summit Panel Discussion at Cedar Valley College in Dallas, TX. Invited panelist. (2015, May 29).

 

Bank of Texas presents Steps to Financial Success: Financial Literacy Workshop Series in Fort Worth, TX. Invited presenter. (2015, April 30).

 

“Characteristics of an Effective Leader.” Excellent TEEN Choice C.L.E.E. (Character, Leadership, Education and Entrepreneurship) Conference on the Tarrant County College Southeast Campus in Arlington, TX. Invited panelist. (2014, April).

 

“Business Communication.” Workforce Solutions at Tarrant County College Opportunity Center in Fort Worth, TX. Invited presenter. (2013, May).

 

“In Pursuit of Excellence.” The Village Mentor Program Mentoring Summit at Tarrant County College Southeast campus in Arlington, TX. Invited panelist. (2013, February).

 

“In Pursuit of Excellence.” The Village Mentor Program Mentoring Summit at Tarrant County College Southeast campus in Arlington, TX. Invited panelist. (2012, February).

 

“Moving from Mediocrity to Excellence.” African American Student Organization Student Success and Leadership at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, TX. Invited presenter. (2012, April).

 

“Communication Strategies.” Texas Health Information Management Association (DFW HIMA) in Fort Worth, TX. Invited presenter. (2007, June).