Black Life Coaches Network announced the selection of Dr. Artika Tyner as Coach of the Month for May 2015.
The Coach of the Month award recognizes a member of the network who, through their work, displays a commitment to the organization’s mission to help Blacks lead an extraordinary life by harnessing the power of life coaching.
“Since joining the Black Life Coach Network in December 2013, Artika has authored her first book, ‘The Lawyer as Leader: How To Plant People and Grow Justice,’ finished the manuscript for her next publication, ‘The Leader’s Journey,’ connected with her audience through radio and television, expanded her network by becoming a contributor on ‘Ms. JD,’ and delivered her first TEDx Talk,” said Dr. Towanna Freeman, founder of the Black Life Coaches Network. “We applaud Artika for taking a stand for social change and leading a movement that will inspire a new generation of change agents.”
Tyner is an assistant professor of public policy and leadership at the University of St. Thomas’ College of Education, Counseling and Leadership. According to Freeman, Tyner’s work is inspiring people across the globe to unleash transformative power within their hands to move beyond race, tribe, and creed.
Tyner serves on the board of the Children’s Defense Fund – Minnesota and supports a number of causes including the Campaign for Prison Phone Justice, and local and national efforts to dismantle the school to prison pipeline.
“Due to the economic, racial and social injustices that marginalized communities are currently facing, now is the time when leaders must stand ready to take a stand for justice,” said Tyner. “We each can play an integral role in advancing leadership for social justice. My leadership training model (Planting People, Growing Justice) provides everyday people with the right tools for becoming the transformational leaders who can make a difference in this world. Planting People recognizes that each person has a measure of influence that can be used to positively affect the world around them. Growing Justice fosters collective engagement through community organizing and public policy advocacy.”
Tyner has served in many different positions at the University of St. Thomas where she earned her Master’s degree in public policy and leadership, her law degree, and most recently, her doctorate. She has been a member of the Clinical Law Faculty team and is the director of diversity for the university’s law school.