A former assistant to President Obama, executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, Tina has worked to advance gender equality, particularly for working women. At the White House, Tina spearheaded the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families and helped form the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.
Prior to taking the helm at TIME’S UP, Tina was a lawyer specializing in workplace culture, advising companies on gender inequity, sexual harassment, and diversity. She has served on numerous strategic advisory boards for organizations, businesses, and nonprofits, including the United State of Women, which she continues to co-chair.
As an Asian American woman who juggled work as a single mother, Tina understands the importance of diversity in the workplace and leadership. Tina believes diversity manifests itself, especially right now, not only in the color of our skin -- but in our situation at home and more.
- A Conversation with Tina Tchen
Tina Tchen draws from her lifetime of public service, including eight years in the Obama White House, to inspire others to realize the power of an individual to spark change and the value of diverse teams in any venture. A passionate champion for women and minority empowerment, Tina encourages young leaders to recognize their worth, take charge of their futures, and set and achieve lofty goals. From organizations to communities and college campuses, Tina proves to audiences that leadership looks like everyone, and that, no matter your race, gender, sexual orientation or creed, the corner office, the Oval Office and any other aspiration are within reach. Listeners walk away motivated to contribute toward creating a world where equality, diversity and inclusion are no longer buzzwords, but typical facts of everyday life.
- What’s Next for “Time’s Up”: Giving a Voice to the Voiceless
Tina Tchen, Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff and a prominent gender equality advocate, leads audiences through the latest developments in the equal rights movement — including her role in co-spearheading the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund. Backed by such celebrity powerhouses as Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, the TIME'S UP legal aid initiative was established to help women who have experienced sexual abuse, assault, misconduct, retaliation, discrimination or harassment in the workplace connect with an attorney and cover the costs of litigation. As more stories of sexual misconduct courageously come forward, Tina outlines concrete ways society, workplaces, and government can protect workers, meaningfully support diversity and inclusion, create cultural and policy change, and help women and minorities achieve parity. Tina also explains why the collective #MeToo and #TimesUp movements represent an unprecedented yet pivotal moment in history that we all must seize upon to not only end systemic sexual abuse, but level the playing field for all.