Tracy J Edmonds
Her Journey Makes Her Unique
Known as a truly authentic leader throughout her career, Tracy J. marries her lived experience, business savvy, HR knowledge, and strategic diversity management expertise to guide women, leaders, and organizations through their leadership and diversity journeys. As the owner of TJE Coaching & Consulting, LLC, Tracy launched her second career – one that focuses totally on her passions – as an executive coach and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) consultant. She teaches her framework for mastering authenticity as the driver to creating successful careers, teams, and organizations. She specializes in coaching women – especially minority women – to bring out their best in a corporate environment, leaving their unique stamp on the roles they hold and work that they do.
Tracy J’s journey makes her unique. She began her career in an entry-level position at a then small Ohio-based insurance company. The evolution of her career and personal development aligned with the growth of the company. Through acquisitions, reorganizations, and promotions, Tracy completed two degrees, married, and raised a family. And, after almost twenty years in the business, she set out to find her purpose, leaving a prominent operational leadership role and starting over in a new career in human resource.
During her time in human resources, Tracy held a variety of roles, from enterprise program management to leading a team of more than 30 HR professionals supporting over 15,000 associates. As a partner to the business, she drove restructures and executed talent succession plans resulting in the movement of high potential diverse talent into critical leadership roles. But it was her role as Chief Diversity Officer where she brought her passion and all her expertise together to leave a legacy.
As Chief Diversity Officer, Tracy led diversity strategy resulting in consistent external recognition, and most importantly, internal cultural change. Tracy implemented Anthem’s first Executive Diversity Council, grew resource group membership 225% up to 13,000 members, implemented cultural competency and unconscious bias programming, and launched corporate-wide diversity communications, including video stories highlighting successful women and minority talent across the organization. She created the Talent 2020 initiative aimed at improving gender and racial diversity in leadership, with the Board, CEO, and Executive Leadership team committing to annual diversity goals. The results were impressive with significant improvement in representation of women and minorities in leadership.
Throughout her career, Tracy J. remained committed to coaching and developing women, especially minority women. She became a corporate certified coach, coaching many participants in high potential leadership development programs as well as countless others who sought her out for her unique, uplifting, and authentic guidance.
Never one to take herself too seriously, Tracy brings all her authenticity, wisdom, skill, and experience to every coaching and consulting engagement to help you, your team, or your organization achieve success.
She believes your authenticity is your currency to transform your career, your team, and your organization.
I had the pleasure of working with Tracy in her role as Chief Diversity Officer at Anthem. During her tenure, Tracy drove significant progress advancing Anthem’s DEI strategy, and I found her tenacious, experienced, and persuasive in framing out the imperative for change and assuring progress was made in achieving DEI goals. Tracy was a driven executive, a collaborative partner, and an influential presenter with colleagues, the executive leadership team, and the Board of Directors. I’d recommend her strongly as DEI leader, advisor, and consultant.
Tracy’s coaching helped me develop confidence and tools to advocate for myself effectively. She was instrumental in assisting me in my decision to pursue my MBA. Her coaching helped me objectively evaluate the decision and provided me a blueprint to follow to secure endorsement from management. Tracy offers a wealth of coaching experience and knowledge to those she coaches.
Tracy is an authentic and thought-provoking speaker! Her conversations resonate with audiences of all tenure and business level experience. She captivates, motivates and challenges one to be their best selves, while understanding/accepting their areas of opportunities. Every time I’ve had the opportunity to hear her speak, I’m prepared to take my journey to the next level. Tracy has my highest recommendation!