Influential Speaker Through her partnership with communications conglomerate Sprint; Tara has served as keynote speaker and host at its Business Intensive Roundtables, which are in store events that provide business owners with personalized business branding and technology solutions. She was also a featured business and branding presenter at the 6th Annual Women of Prince George’s Conference. Tara will take the stage at this year’s Blogalicious Conference in Atlanta Georgia and the 2016 Market Simple: The Summit Conference in College Park, Maryland as a business and branding expert presenter. She served as conference host and speaker at the “It’s Go Time” Women’s Conference hosted by 21st Century Woman Founder, Chereace Richards with keynote speaker, Iyanla Vanzant, New York Times Best Selling Author and host of “Iyanla Fix My Life” on the OWN Network. She participated as a business and branding expert panelist and session presenter at DC Media Connection’s 2015 Hair & Beauty Symposium ~ Billion Dollar Industry: “How to Get Your Percentage of the Marketplace” and as a branding and international business expert panelist at the 2015 International Women In Business Luncheon where she educated attendees on how to expand and build their brand to strategically secure international business opportunities.
Business Boss Over the past 8 years, Tara has effectively established herself as a public relations, business branding expert through her company TGA UNIFIED, LLC., a Maryland Limited Liability Company. TGA UNIFIED, LLC. is an amalgamation of media, education and business intelligence that works with brands to build and expand on domestic and international levels. Tara’s company has secured monetary and product sponsorships for high-volume events in the Las Vegas, Miami, Washington DC, Chicago and North Carolina markets. She has managed integrated marketing campaigns that increased revenues by over 20% in a 30-day time period. Her public relations campaigns have garnered increased engagement through a 75% increase in ticket sales and a 24,000% increase in social media following during 90-day contractual periods. She has served as an Interactive Brand Ambassador for the BET Network and Cover Girl.
With her love for business and education, she launched Tara Gates Anderson University (TGAU), where she offers business on line branding courses and webinars for entrepreneurs, start up to mid-size businesses. Through her follow-up consultation sessions she works intimately with businesses to develop their brand reputation and increase their visibility within desired target markets. She has worked with Shark Tank Contestants, The Restroom Kit Brand to expand its reach from online to in store presence. She secured The Restroom’s Kit’s partnership through in store placement at The Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Tara also started a domestic and international multi -level marketing business in 2012, where she recruited, trained and developed teams in the US, Canada, Switzerland and the UK. As a result of her dedicated work ethic, she rose to top leadership and VIP elite leadership levels within a 9 month time period of starting her business.
Media Maverick Tara’s media connections and strong on camera presence keep her in demand for media coverage and red carpet correspondence. She served as media correspondent and red carpet host for The Officialist Magazine at the 2016 Essence Festival in New Orleans, LA. She covered the red carpet at the 2015 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Awards in Beverly Hills, California. Her company also provided production assistance and event execution for “Secrets the Movie” a motion picture drama slated for nationwide release in 2016. She also served as coordinator as well as, marketing and branding partner for “Secrets” summer 2016 Promo and Screening Tour in the mid-west and eastern markets.
In February of 2016, she was named Lifestyle and Business Editor for ”The Officialist Magazine” a city guide that provides readers with interviews with next generation influencers, celebrities and everyday people, while keeping business owners up to date on the latest business trends. Some interview highlights include: Director Producer, Lee Daniels, The cast of Queen Sugar OWN Network TV series by Ava Duvernay, Actress Lynn Whitfield, Journalist Soledad O’Brien, The cast of Barbershop 3, Artist and Actor, Ice Cube, Actor and Comedian Cedric The Entertainer and Actress Regina Hall, Actor and Star of Showtime’s House of Lies Don Cheadle for Miles Ahead, the Miles Davis Biopic. You can view all of her red carpet interviews and upcoming events on her website
Educational Leader Prior to beginning her public relations and business branding company, Ms. Anderson spent over 22 years in education in both the public and nonprofit sectors. She began her career as a classroom teacher. Through her successful teaching career she was recognized as a “Golden Apple” teacher for student progress and increased standardized test scores and was presented with the opportunity to serve as a teacher trainer and coach with the Office of Accountability and School Intervention with Chicago Public Schools. At which time, she trained and developed new and seasoned teachers to increase student achievement and over school performance.
She later went on to executive leadership positions as an assistant principal and high school principal. She completed The Principal’s Executive Program for Charter School
Principals at UNC Chapel Hill and secured over $154K in grant dollars targeting teacher training and staff development. Ms. Anderson also worked as an educational consultant with schools in Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI and Columbus, OH, where her specialty areas were, curriculum training and implementation, classroom management and teacher effectiveness. She spent the last 10 years of her education career serving as the Director of Training for the Baltimore Curriculum Project, a private non-profit charter school operator in Baltimore, MD. During her time as Director of Training she established the first ever training department that provided training and daily support for over 275+ teachers and staff across four public charter schools.
Tara Gates Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science from Virginia State University, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree (inclusive of international business study abroad trip to Brussels, Belgium and Bucharest, Romania) and a Master of Science in Management: Public Relations Specialization, both from the University of Maryland University College. She lives in the Washington DC area and is the proud mother of her 18-year-old daughter Ava.