Tonya McKenzie

A gun violence survivor who builds thought leadership through public relations and identity branding

Tonya McKenzie will speak on women gaining leadership through personal public relations and identity branding. Tonya has broken barriers, as the first African American to be elected as a director for the Oakley Chamber of Commerce, the first African American woman elected to the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the first African American elected as the president of the North Redondo Beach Business Association and on the Redondo Beach Police Board, chairing the first Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in a city that had less than 4% African Americans.

With all of these accomplishments, nobody would have known that Tonya is a gun violence survivor, spent time in a Federal Witness Protection Program, a shelter, and a prison for women with children until they read her book, "A Child's Memories of Cartoons and Murder".

Strategy, personal public relations, and identity branding helped to pave a path of leadership and professional success based on goals and aspirations.

Tonya will lead a powerful discussion and lay out steps for the audience to gain leadership skills and exposure to obtain the accolades and elevation that they desire.

Instead of simply posting things on social media, they will learn to have a level of delayed gratification, take their good news and accomplishments to the media to turn them into a display of pubic relations and grow their personal brand.

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