Tanya Cruz Teller

Consultant, Shepherdess

Company: WholeSystems
Role: Session Presenter
Session: From Surviving to Thriving in DEI Work: Creating Spaciousness to Inspire Inclusion and Innovation (S6-J)

Connecting wisdom with knowledge, Tanya Cruz Teller 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.

Currently serving as consultant and shepherdess at WholeSystems, Tanya has 20-plus years of experience as an innovative learning and management professional in international, organizational and community development. She champions assets-based design in strategic planning, leadership development, and stakeholder engagement. Tanya is a collaborationist and proven advocate of generating innovative local knowledge, maximizing impact and inclusion across diverse and often divergent stakeholders. Current passions include social enterprises, organization designs of the future, and diversity and inclusion in the age of artificial intelligence.

In her previous role as country director for the Synergos Institute, Tanya’s mandate was to bring together government, business and civil society in partnerships that create a more equitable society. Through collaboration and action, she engaged leaders as catalysts for systemic change in South Africa (SA) and the region. Tanya helped steer the Learning and Development Community of Practice in SA with primarily private-sector membership into an era of experiential learning events for which she was frequently the emcee. In this role, she introduced and facilitated the live engagement of a Twitter audience to expand the presence to include virtual delegates.

Tanya was formerly with the SA government, directing a leading-edge center of excellence in youth development practice for adults and policy makers to create an enabling environment and realize the youth dividend in the country and continent. She’s an innovator with the demonstrated ability to strategize, create and implement emerging/best practice. She’s uniquely skilled in combining participatory convening, coaching, technology, and social media to engage and build inclusive processes for clients and stakeholders. These skills and platforms are core to her bridging work, linking and engaging the whole system and connecting internal wisdom with external knowledge.

Tanya has a Master of Intercultural and International Management degree and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology. She’s accredited by the SA Qualifications Authority in Training & Assessment; member of SAODN, IODA.

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