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Dr. Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah is an award-winning author, change maker, and committed servant leader with over 17 years of experience in higher education.  She is a trailblazer in the fields of curriculum design, leadership development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, who teaches others how to apply best practices education to real life experiences. 


Dr. Tara is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TMJ Consulting, LLC, a national firm that provides customized strategies and innovative solutions for higher education institutions, corporations, and non-profit organizations.   She is known for her unique ability to propel organizations to their next level through strategic action.


Dr. Tara earned her Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo’s, American Studies program specializing in Global Gender Studies (Women’s Studies) along with an Advanced Certificate in Teaching for Leading Diversity.  She has graduated from several leadership programs including but not limited to: National African American Leadership Institute (NAAWLI), Harvard Business School Not-For-Profit Management Development Program, SUNY Sail Institute Leadership Program, and the CIC Senior Leadership Academy. By nature, Dr. Tara is teacher and equipper of the next generation of leaders and seeks to ignite a flame to inspire their passions to pursue their life purpose.


Dr. Tara has published several book chapters, and scholarly articles in the Journal of College Admissions, Palgrave, Journal of Race and Policy, NACADA Publications, and Southwest Journal of Cultures.  She is also the co-author of Is College a Lousy Investment?: Negotiating the Hidden Cost of Higher Education which discusses how the idea of ‘investment’ can be expanded from a short-sighted view to engage a broader, more holistic rationale for higher education from which students can expect a full return on their investment. Dr. Tara was awarded the John B. Muir award in 2016 from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) for her contributions to college admissions counseling field.


Dr. Tara has served as a board member for Trocaire College, the ACE Women’s Network of New York, and the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier. In her spare time, Dr. Tara enjoys mentoring young adults in the community. She is the proud mother of two teenage daughters, Makayla and Jael and they reside in Buffalo, New York.

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