Tanya Cruz Teller

Strengths-Based Transformation Catalyst

Company: Spaciousness Works
Role: Moderator  /  Session Presenter

2019 Conference Session: From Surviving to Thriving in DEI Work: Creating Spaciousness to Inspire Inclusion and Innovation (S6-J)
2021 Conference Session: Activating Relational Power to Dismantle Systemic Racism in the Workplace (S1-E)
2021 Conference Session: Equitable Development and Advancement of People

Tanya Cruz Teller, a strengths-based transformation catalyst at Spaciousness Works, is a passionate, creative leader of systemic change processes founded on principles of personal transformation, collaborative partnerships, whole systems thinking, and appreciative inquiry.

As an organization development practitioner, her work is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive world through building great organizations.

She has 20-plus years of experience as an innovative learning and management professional in international, organizational, and community development. Tanya champions assets-based design in strategic planning, leadership development, and stakeholder engagement.

Tanya’s career in the international OD and DEI arena includes her role as an expert panelist of the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks. She enjoys engaging large audiences — in 2019 she co-keynoted at the World Appreciative Inquiry Conference in France on the theme of Thriving Women, Thriving World, and she presented at The Forum on Workplace Inclusion 2019 Conference in the USA receiving top reviews from attendees. (She withdrew from her 2020 workshop invitation to co-present due to COVID-19 concerns.)

She also enjoys designing, facilitating, and moderating conferences such as the 2019 Voices of Change in Johannesburg, the 2018 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Futures Project conference as MC and lead co-designer in Princeton, N.J., and the 2017 International OD Association opening plenary interactive visioning session in Cape Town.

Tanya helped steer the Learning and Development Community of Practice in Johannesburg into an era of experiential learning events for which she was frequently the MC. In this role, she introduced and facilitated the live engagement of a Twitter audience to expand the presence to include virtual delegates.

With the current COVID-19 pandemic, Tanya has harnessed her many years of combining participatory convening, coaching, and culture work with technology to engage and build inclusive processes for organizations and stakeholders online. Moving in-person conferences, workshops, and programs to virtual platforms has proven her innovation skills invaluable and cost effective.

Tanya has a Master of Intercultural and International Management and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology.

Publications include:
• D. Whitney, J. Cocciolone, C. A. Miller, H. Moon, K. Britton, A. Leon De La Barra, A. Koh, T. Cruz Teller, M. Ogawa (2019). Thriving Women, Thriving World: An Invitation to Dialogue, Healing and Inspired Actions. Ohio: Taos Institute Publications.
• Cruz Teller, T. (in press). Inspiring Inclusion Using the Appreciative Leadership Lotus Model. In B. M. Ferdman, J. Prime, R. Riggio (Eds.), Inclusive Leadership: Transforming Diverse Lives, Organizations, and Societies. New York: Routledge.

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