CEO Today - Executive Coaching Awards 2022

Tonya Echols is an award-winning international Executive Coach, Leadership Development Consultant, Educator, and Founder/Managing Principal of Vigere, which was selected as one of the Top 20 Leadership Development Training and Coaching companies for 2022. Tonya has almost 30 years of experience in corporate management, digital and traditional media, technology, finance, coaching, leadership development, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She works with numerous organizations across various industries, including Fortune 500 companies. Tonya applies her diverse professional background to connect with her clients by drawing on her real-world experience of successfully leading large teams and addressing various management challenges. She helps her clients move forward to find actionable human-centric solutions that will allow them to accomplish their goals and become impactful transformational leaders and organizations. Tonya holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee in Business Administration-Accounting. Tonya is also a doctoral candidate in Leadership Psychology from William James College. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentialed by the International Coach Federation (ICF), of which she is a Director of the Professional Coaches Global Board and Past President of the ICF Georgia Chapter. Tonya is an adjunct faculty member at William & Mary, a contributing member of the Forbes Coaches Council, and an Executive/ Leadership Coach for the TED Fellows Coaching and Mentoring Initiative. Her writing has also been featured in several publications, including Forbes and HuffPost. In founding Vigere, Tonya wanted to take the world of leadership development beyond just helping individuals become stronger leaders. She focuses on helping the entire system develop in a way that supports an organization’s overall vision. Tonya focuses on individual and collective values, beliefs, and motivations alongside operational processes. Transformational and sustainable change happens at a deeper level that goes beyond development courses. Through the coaching relationship, Tonya helps leaders and teams explore deeper levels of awareness, allowing them to become more powerful and adaptive partners within their organizations. An area of distinction is the company’s focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Justice (DEIBJ) as an integral aspect of Leadership Development. Inclusive leadership is not an add-on skill; it is a mindset and consistent commitment to ensuring that people from all backgrounds and experiences are respected, valued, and engaged members of an organization. The world has never been more globally connected than it is right now, and that connection will only continue to expand, which means leaders must create diverse and inclusive environments that reflect the world we live in to remain effective and relevant. Diversity is no longer optional – it is a requirement. Tonya is passionate about raising awareness about the impact coaching has on individual and collective development. She believes that meaningful change starts with one new insight and that anyone courageous enough to explore their beliefs, values, and behaviors with a willingness to learn can positively impact the world. Tonya Echols Founder/ Managing Principal of Vigere CEO Today Executive Coaching Awards 2022 - USA - - 105 - EXECUTIVE COACHING & LEADSERHIP CONSULTING SERVICE OF THE YEAR

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